Annual
photo auction benefits youth arts charity, City Hearts: Kids Say Yes to the
Arts.
Los
Angeles—A playful portrait of David Hockney taken by
award-winning celebrity portrait photographer Michael Childers will be
available for bidding at City Hearts’ 4th Annual Fresh Focus Photo Auction,
November 1st at The Leica Gallery in West Hollywood. Proceeds from
the auction benefit City Hearts: Kids Say Yes to the Arts, a non-profit
organization that operates arts programs for underprivileged youth in Los
Angeles.
One of the founders of Andy
Warhol’s Interview magazine, Michael
Childers has photographed more than 200 magazine covers for publications
including Elle, Life and Vogue. Working mostly in black & white, he has
captured the legends of pop culture and the art world. Notable subjects include
actors Natalie Wood, Robert Wagner, Clint Eastwood, Catherine Deneuve, Rock Hudson
and Carol Channing, and artists Andy Warhol, Sam Francis, Edward Ruscha, Robert
Graham, and Ed Moses.
Childers’s
portrait of Hockney is an homage to a famous 1911 photograph by Jacques-Henri
Lartigue of his brother Zissou floating in a pool. “I showed Lartigue’s photo
to David, who thought it was interesting,” recalls Childers. “He agreed to pose
in a small raft, even though he was wearing a $12,000 Savile Row linen suit.”
Famed gallery owner Peter Fetterman called it the most iconic image of David
Hockney ever taken.
The
City Hearts’ 4th Annual Fresh Focus Photo Auction will feature photographs from
many renowned commercial and fine art photographers, studio photographers and
celebrity photographers. They include Jeff Bridges, Doug Kirkland, Herb Ritts, Greg
Gorman, George Hurrell, Leigh Weiner, Eli Reed, Anthony Friedkin, Julia Dean,
Michael Semaan, Helen K. Garber, Ruven Afanador, Jenny Okun and Brian Leatart,
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.

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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