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On April 8, the first stop of the Anne Fontaine Foundation‘s itinerant “Trees in Focus” exhibition came to a close. The 40 photographs from the exhibition were auctioned at Sotheby‘s New York, with the presence of the Brazilian Ambassador Luiz Felipe de Seixas Corrêa.
Founder, Anne Fontaine and executive director, Christine Dutreil, were delighted to welcome more than 250 guests who admired the works from the 35 participating photographers, each donating a photograph inspired by the theme of trees.
“Trees are an endless source of wonder and inspiration,” said Anne Fontaine.
Through the diverse visions of these artists, the pieces on display captured the many faces of trees and vegetation.
“Creating digital x-ray images of threatened plants and endangered animals is my way of bringing the extraordinary beauty of Brazil’s biodiversity to the public,” asserted participating photographer Steve Miller.
Present in the room were famous photographers from all over the world, such as Laurent Elie Badessi, Maritza Wild Chateau, Steve Miller, Adriana Echavarria, Patricia Canino, KT Kim, Antoine Verglas, Benoit Cortet, Bertrand Lacaze, Rafael Y. Herman, and CharlElie Couture. The crowd enjoyed a Brazilian-themed buffet and music, while placing bids during the live and silent auction that took place throughout the night.
The auction of the 40 photographs was a great success. All works will all be sold to the benefit of the Anne Fontaine Foundation and dedicated to the foundation’s reforestation programs implemented through local NGOs in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest.
Following the success of this first event, the traveling exhibition “Trees in Focus” is preparing for a second venue in Paris by the end of the year.
Anne Fontaine is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of endangered forests.