photo auction benefits youth arts charity, City Hearts: Kids Say Yes to the
Angeles—Actor Jeff Bridges has just donated his photograph
capturing Robin Williams jam for the cast and crew of The Fisher King to City
Hearts’ 4th Annual Fresh Focus Photo Auction, November 1st at The
Leica Gallery in West Hollywood. Proceeds from the auction benefit this 30-year-old
non-profit organization that sponsors arts programs for Inner City youth.
Williams was a force to be reckoned with on and off the set. A consummate
performer and gentle-man, he could
sense tension and find ways to help people blow it off whether through one of
his outrageous practical jokes or, as on The
Fisher King, by letting the crazy person out and making everyone laugh or
cry until they forgot what was bothering them. “When the going got rough, Robin
would often plant his feet and jam, pulling things out of his soul to make us laugh
at ourselves,” Bridges says.
was recognized for his skill as a photographer through a Special Presentation
at the International Center for Photography’s 29th Infinity Awards.
His stark, black & white images capture candid moments from the sets of his
films in unique, funny and moving ways. Bridges is proud to contribute to City
Hearts’ 4th Annual Fresh Focus Photo Auction. “I support the great art programs
of City Hearts,” he says. “I believe they are enriching children’s lives for
City Hearts’ 4th Annual Fresh Focus Photo Auction will feature photographs from
many renowned commercial and fine art photographers, studio and celebrity
photographers. In addition to Bridges the event will feature works from Doug
Kirkland, Herb Ritts, Greg Gorman, George Hurrell, Leigh Wiener, Eli Reed,
Anthony Friedkin, Julia Dean, Michael Semaan, Helen K. Garber, Ruven Afanador,
Jenny Okun, Brian Leatart, and a recent addition from the late Walter Rosenblum’s
1930s New York series. High-profile Members of the American Society of
Cinematographers such as Emmanuel Lubezki, Richard Crudo, Russell Carpenter,
David Darby, James Chressanthis, Charlie Lieberman and Steven Poster have
donated still photography from their gallery showings.
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
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.
and information: www.cityhearts.org
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