PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo announced its annual bash will host a special fundraising event during PhotoPlus Expo on Friday evening, October 28th to benefit the victims of the Japan earthquake and tsunami. The benefit will take place at the Highline Stages located at 440 West 15th Street (between 9th / 10th Ave.) in New York City, from 8:00 p.m. -- 12 midnight. To help raise funds for the Red Cross, fifty of the world's most respected photographers will donate an original print as part of a silent auction that will take place throughout the evening. Benefit attendees will have an opportunity to bid on original, signed images from a broad range of world renowned photographers including Harry Benson, Susan Meiselas, Douglas Kirkland, Ryszard Horowitz, Scott Mead and John Isaac, to name a few.
Tickets for the PhotoPlus Bash and Benefit for Japan event can be purchased online at the PhotoPlus Expo website for $35. After October 26th, tickets will only be available on site for $50. Proceeds from the event will be presented to the Red Cross for its dedicated efforts to aid the victims of the Japan earthquake and tsunami.
"The disaster in Japan last March has had an incredible impact on the photo industry and we wanted to create an event that would allow us to help -- as an entire photo community -- those most affected by the disaster," said Jeff McQuilkin, Director – PDN PhotoPlus International Conference & Expo. "The response we received from photographers invited to donate prints for auction has been overwhelming and in most cases their initial response was, 'what else can I do?' The benefit will not only help raise needed funds, but will continue the tradition of PhotoPlus Expo social events as being celebrations of community and photography," McQuilkin added.
Highline Stages is the venue for this year's PhotoPlus Bash and Benefit for Japan and with 45,000-square-feet of large studio spaces and cycloramas for fashion shoots, video commercials, and productions, it is the perfect backdrop for hosting an event that celebrates the world of photography and motion.
Registration to attend PhotoPlus Expo and WPPI NYC Expo is free through October 25, 2011. The WPPI NYC Expo will be held October 27-28 and PhotoPlus Expo will be held October 27-29 at the Javits Convention Center, New York, NY.