Through Our Lens: Photographers Reflect on Empowerment – Benefit Auction @ 25CPW

Dee and Lisa on Mott Street, Little Italy, NYC 1976 © Susan Meiselas/Magnum Photos

On view from March 8–11, 2012, Through Our Lens: Photographers Reflect on Empowerment is a charity photography exhibition and auction benefiting Man Up, a global initiative launched by award-winning journalist Jimmie Briggs, aimed at mobilizing youth worldwide toward the prevention of violence against women and girls. Through Our Lens assembles the work of 50 notable photographers, ranging the worlds of fashion, documentary photography, and contemporary art, in an exhibition/auction event hosted by honorary chairs Gloria Steinem and Harry Belafonte, and curated by Whitney Johnson of The New Yorker, Bess Greenberg, Yukiko Yamagata, and JB Reed.

Among the works on view and available for auction are Susan Meiselas’ 1976 Dee and Lisa on Mott Street Little Italy (pictured above), and Hank Willis Thomas’ 2011 After Identity What?, a work pulled from the artist’s socio-politically and identity driven 1969 series.

Through Our Lens: Photographers Reflect on Empowerment is open to the public March 9th–11th, offering a weekend of FREE public programming which includes a film screening with activist Christy Turlington Burns, and talks with author Jill Iscol.

The ticketed reception and auction kicks off Thursday, March 8th at 25CPW with hors d’oeuvres, open bar and a guest DJ set by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson of The Roots. Tickets are $150 in advance, $175 at the door.


Through Our Lens: Photographers Reflect on Empowerment
Ticketed Reception and Auction
Thursday, March 8, 6:30PM–11:00PM

Public Viewing w/ Additional Weekend Programming
March 9-11, 2012

25 Central Park West
New York, NY 10023

For more information, contact 25CPW at: 212.203.0250. For the full weekend schedule and for tickets visit: