Thursday, December 20, 2018

Andy Gotts Charity Print Sale (2018)

December 14, 2018: 

Photographer Andy Gotts has launched his iCons campaign to raise money for the Elton John Aids Foundation. Portraits of Elton John, Judi Dench, Tom Hiddleston, Ringo Starr, Shirley Bassey, and Daniel Craig are available to purchase from RiseArt with at least 60% of the proceeds going the Elton John Aids Foundation. Each print is 41x31cm (approximately 16x12in) and will be sold for $135 plus shipping fees (yes they do ship internationally). There will be a limit of 750 prints sold. Additional charity prints are available of Kate Winslet, Michael Caine, and Annie Lennox Additionally there are prints of Kate Winslet, Michael Caine, Annie Lennox, and Tom Jones available for $1,115. These prints are larger (61x51cm) and limited to 12. 

Andy spoke about how this specific photograph came to life:  
I was in town to photograph him to be part of Greenpeace/Vivienne Westwood’s SAVE THE ARCTIC campaign. Tom and I got on like a house on fire and we spoke of my other projects I was shooting at the time. He loved the iCons project so I suggested we should shoot a portrait for that too. I knew he was also preparing for playing Hank Williams in I SAW THE LIGHT, so I wanted quite a thoughtful and provoking shot. We played with hands on the face and creative ways to frame the face. At one point he looked very peaceful and closed his eyes. ‘click’ I knew I had a great shot.

Andy Gotts has always been one of the most generous people in the business and frequently does photoshoots or sells prints in order to raise money for various charities close to his heart. In 2016, Andy sold 200 Tom Hiddleston prints to aid Unicef after seeing the devastation in Syria. In 2018, Andy sold additional Tom Hiddleston prints to benefit Greenpeace. (There are my personal prints that I ordered during these fundraising drives)

Andy even raffled off the shirt that Tom wore in the Save the Arctic photoshoot!

His prints doubly raised money for Unicef since we also used them as prizes in our Unicef UK fundraiser

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