October 21, 2009
OSLO / NEW YORK / LONDON: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Voss Foundation to exhibit Magnum Photographer Stuart Franklin’s photos of Mali at Oslo’s Blomqvist Kunsthandel from October 24 to November 1 2009 Sales of the limited edition photo series The Dogon to provide up to 10 African villages with access to clean water Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre to open the exhibition in Oslo on October 24 at 2pm
On October 24th, Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre will open the Voss Foundation’s The Dogon exhibition at Blomqvist Kunsthandel, Oslo’s premier auction house. Norway’s oldest and largest auction house will host the exhibition from October 24th – November 1st. Proceeds from the sale of the limited edition photographs benefit the Voss Foundation and contribute to its work on new water projects. Photographer Stuart Franklin will be present at the opening.
In 2009, renowned Magnum photographer Franklin was commissioned by the Voss Foundation to photograph its work in the Dogon region of Mali, focusing on women and water. The purpose of the mission was both to document the Voss Foundation’s successful water projects in the area and to increase awareness of the global water crisis.
The May 2009 photographic journey to Mali resulted in a series of collector-quality images depicting landscapes and settlements, women and children, human and animal, where water is paramount in the daily struggle to survive.
The fifteen photographs, signed and numbered, are available in two different sizes for USD 3000 and 5000. The sale of photos began in the summer of 2009; when all the photos sell, the proceeds will allow the Voss Foundation to implement up to ten more water projects. The photographs will continue to be exhibited globally with viewings currently being planned in Bergen, New York, and Washington DC.
On Wednesday, October 28, Thorvald Stoltenberg, who has served as Norwegian Minister of Defense and of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador to the United Nations, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, and President of the Norwegian Red Cross, among other positions, will preside over another event at the exhibition at Blomqvist. This night will honor the Women Helping Women/Kvinner Hjelper Kvinner participants and is exclusive to the group.
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The Voss Foundation is dedicated to providing access to pure, clean drinkng water to sub-Saharan African communities. The Voss Foundation helps to meet these needs through a unique approach which ensures local ownership and long-term sustainability. The Voss Foundation’s primary targets are women and children, with special focus on adolescent girls. www.thevossfoundation.org
The world-renowned Magnum Photo Agency is photographic co-operative of great diversity and distinction, owned by its photographer-members. With powerful individual vision, Magnum photographers chronicle the world and interpret its peoples, events, issues, and personalities. Through its four editorial offices in New York, London, Paris, and Tokyo, and a network of fifteen sub-agents, Magnum Photos provides photographs to the press, publishers, advertising, television, galleries, and museums across the world.www.magnumphotos.com
The president of Magnum Photo Agency (2007-2009), Mr. Franklin is most famous for his iconic image of protesters in Tiananmen Square in 1989. He has also, among other things, photographed about 20 stories for National Geographic Magazine. www.stuartfranklin.com