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Supporting the Haiti Earthquake Relief Effort: Prints Sale

Earlier today, I wrote a blog post encouraging photographers to help out in the relief effort of the recent earthquake which has devastated the island nation of Haiti. If you haven’t read that post yet, please do so now.

As I outlined in that post, we photographers can help out by donating a portion of our sales proceeds (either through prints or bookings) to the charities directly working in Haiti right now.

If you want to participate in this effort revolving around the images I have been posting over the last three and a half years on my photoblog, Erudite Expressions, then please continue reading.

I’ve decided that I will do a prints sale where 50% of your order at Erudite Expressions will go to a charity of your choice. If you don’t specify a charity, then I will donate to Partners in Health (the reason? I was moved by the efforts of that organization in Haiti after reading Tracy Kidder’s beautiful work, Mountains Beyond Mountains). You can read the latest news about the efforts of Partners in Health here. Of course, if you don’t participate in this promotion, then I encourage you to give directly to Partners in Health or your charity of choice.

To answer all your questions about this print promotion, the FAQs follow.

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January 14, 2010 Posted by | prints | , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Photographers: Help with the Haiti Earthquake Relief Efforts

By now, you are no doubt aware that a devastating Earthquake hit the island nation of Haiti. The situation is dire: 100,000 people are estimated dead. Almost every building in the capital city of Port-au-Prince sustained damage, and most people no longer have a home. You can see some pictures of what has transpired in Haiti in this moving Big Picture gallery from Tracy Kidder (whose book Mountains Beyond Mountains, about doctors working in Haiti, has touched me greatly) writes in the New York Times:

The earthquake struck mainly the capital and its environs, the most densely populated part of the country, where organizations like the Red Cross and the United Nations have their headquarters. A lot of the places that could have been used for disaster relief — including the central hospital, such as it was — are now themselves disaster areas.

As you can imagine, Haiti needs a lot of help.

Today, I read about how the The Mac and iPhone development community is going to help out with the IndieRelief project. Here’s how it will work:

On January 20, 2010, all the participating companies are pledging to donate their sales for the day to a charity of their choice that benefits the Haitian relief effort. Doctors Without Borders and The Red Cross are two of the most common charities, but the developers can choose any organization they want.

Indie Relief is going to aggregate these efforts, listing the participating companies and what products they are offering (some are going to donate the sales from all their products, some might just do it for select titles) and their charities. The companies themselves will make the donation.

I applaud this effort. And I think a similar social effort can also be undertaken by photographers. I have two ideas.

  1. Hold a Print Sale. Many photographers sell their prints, and I think this would make for a solid campaign. Mention that a certain percentage of proceeds (say 50% to 100%) of the sale will go to a charity of either your choice or (preferably) the customer’s choice. Some notable charities include Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders, UNICEF, OxFam, and Partners in Health.
  2. Donate Bookings Proceeds. If you don’t sell prints but are more of a lifestyle/portraits/wedding photographer, then instead consider donating a certain proportion of your upcoming bookings to help Haiti. Perhaps this is a more difficult campaign to organize because urgent help is required, but it’s one idea with which you can work.

I myself am still thinking about the details of holding a print sale (I’ll update this post throughout the day). I think together we photographers can make an impact in helping with the relief effort currently ongoing in Haiti. If you have any suggestions on other ways photographers can undertake to help (of course, we can always give directly to charities mentioned above) with the relief efforts in Haiti, please leave a comment.

One last thing: if you think these are good ideas, spread the word. Write about your efforts on your blog telling your readers what you’re doing to help. Together, we can make a difference.

January 14, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment