Stefani
Kong Uhler’s shot of the actor with Ifugao children is one of two photographs
for the set of “Apocalypse Now” available through the auction benefitting City
Hearts: Kids Say Yes to the Arts charity


Los
Angeles—A previously unpublished photograph of Marlon Brando
from the set of Apocalypse Now will
be among the items on offer at City Hearts’ 4th Annual Fresh Focus Photo
Auction, November 1st at The Leica Gallery in West Hollywood. The
photograph, which shows the late actor in the company of child extras, is one
of two shots by Stefani Kong Uhler that will be included in the auction. The
second photograph, also from the set of Apocalypse
Now
, shows Brando with the late photographer Mary Ellen Mark, who will be
the subject of a special tribute. The Fresh Focus Photo Auction benefits City
Hearts: Kids Say Yes to the Arts, a non-profit organization whose mission is to
transform the lives of L.A’s most underserved and at-risk children through the
arts.
This year, City Hearts’ 4th Annual
Fresh Focus Photo Auction will be juried and feature the work of a host of fine
art and celebrity photographers, including Jeff Bridges, Doug Kirkland, Herb
Ritts, George Hurrell, Kim-Gottlieb Walker, Eli Reed, Anthony Friedkin, Julia
Dean, Michael Semaan, Nicola Goode, Helen K. Garber, Ruven Afanador, Jenny
Okun, Greg Gorman, Brian Leatart and Steve Banks, among many others.
High-profile Members of the American Society of Cinematographers such as
Richard Crudo, Russell Carpenter, David Darby, James Chressanthis, and Charlie
Lieberman have donated still photography from their gallery showings.
The
Brando photographs were shot by Kong Uhler while working as the actor’s personal
photographer. The children belong to
the Ifugao tribe and were hired to portray Vietnamese Montagnards in Apocalypse Now.  The Ifugao are
indigenous to the mountainous region in the northern Philippines province of
Luzon. 

“Marlon
was intrigued by their ‘primitive,’ yet extremely political opposition to
dictator Ferdinand Marcos,” recalls Kong Uhler.  “He would spend hours
among the tribe, and often could be found removing lice from the children’s
hair.  For me, this photograph captures Marlon’s fascination with the
children, their innocence and pure joy, and, equally, their fascination and
wonder with him.”

“The
scene was painstakingly lit by cinematographer Vittorio Storaro ASC, but never
appeared in the film,” Kong Uhler adds.  “It has never been published.”
Raised in Beverly Hills, Kong Uhler
began her career when she received a telegram from Marlon Brando, asking her to
join the production of Missouri Breaks.
She became the actor’s personal photographer and worked with him on several
films. She went on to photograph many other Hollywood personalities and movie
sets, as well as numerous other subjects ranging from acclaimed scientists to
local gangs. Her work has been featured in People, Rolling Stone, Paris Match
and many other publications. She is currently working on Heartbeat, a limited edition of photographs from 1975-1985, and a
book.

Kong Uhler decided to share her very
private photographs as part of the Fresh Focus 2015 auction because of her
respect and admiration for the organization’s work with inner city youth. “City
Hearts brings essential skills to young people and a new way to access and
express their world and lives,” says Kong Uhler. “There is nothing greater than
giving children the tools for self-expression.”

About
City Hearts
CITY HEARTS: For over 30 years, www.cityhearts.org
programs have been that very special place for children to grow, experience the
Arts, and learn skills that help motivate and enhance school involvement,
community engagement, and a sense of caring and compassion for their local and
the global communities while encouraging and inspiring children to reach their
full potential. Founded in 1984 by Juvenile Court Public Defenders, Bob and
Sherry Jason, City Hearts has provided unique training and experiences in the
Arts to over 30,000 children since our inception. We believe that intervention
and prevention are key elements to nurturing our children to become creative,
compassionate and responsible young adults. 
City Hearts is Southern California’s pre-eminent Arts education outreach
organization.

Fresh Focus: A New Shot at Life, City
Hearts’ Photography program, encourages students to shoot with cameras – not
guns. “We teach our students to evaluate their lives and community with a
critical eye so that they may, in turn, educate others about their world and
tell their ‘story behind the shot’,” Jason explains.

What:   City Hearts: 4th Annual Fresh Focus Photo
Auction
When:  Sunday, November 1, 2015. 1:00 p.m. to 4:00
p.m.
Where: The Leica Gallery, 8783 Beverly Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90048
Tickets
and information:
www.cityhearts.org
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