[Hrant, age 12, The Green Bottle 2011, Archival Pigment Print, 8.5″ x 11″ unframed. Edition of 5. Pablove Shutterbugs.]
I was all set to tune out for the evening when I read about a wonderful upcoming event that energized me: Pablove Shutterbugs Graduation Show, a special exhibition of photographs by kids living with cancer, taking place at Kopeiken Gallery in L.A. this Saturday, May 14, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
[Nathan, age 7, Swirls 2011, Archival Pigment Print, 8.5″ x 11″ unframed. Edition of 5. Pablove Shutterbugs.]
Shown above are just two examples of the young photographers' work. Pablove Shutterbugs currently involves pediatric cancer patients from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, enabling the kids to receive both one-on-one and group photography instruction, camera equipment and, above all, a new avenue for creative expression.
At the Kopeikin event, students will walk the red carpet and share their work with a broader audience. The happening is also a benefit with silent and live auctions encompassing work from acclaimed established photographers. Fans of music photography, in particular, will want to check out the preview.
If you can't attend the benefit, you may contact the gallery to place a bid. The students' striking work is available for purchase too.
[Emily Shur, Picnic Table, Queenstown, New Zealand 2008, Archival Pigment Print, 11″ x 14″. Edition 5 of 20. Donated by the artist.]