Friends of Anton Hold Charity Auction. Sebastian Junger Discusses War Reporting.
May 11, 2012
On May 15th in New York, top auction house Christie’s holds a first time-ever dedicated photojournalism auction. It’s a charity event organized by Friends of Anton dot org to benefit South African photographer Anton Hammerl’s three children. Hammerl was the first of three journalist casualties of the Libyan civil war in April 2011; shot fatally in the stomach by Qaddafi forces near Brega, Libya on April 5th, 2011. Hammerl was freelance. His body has not been recovered. (Featured image: Mani – Young Girl Singing in Baba Amr, for the Friends of Anton dot org auction at Christie’s NY, May 15th 2012.)
15 days later in Libya, two of the world’s top photojournalists, Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros, died of injuries suffered in a mortar attack in Misrata. Hetherington had been Oscar-nominated in 2011 for co-directing the Afghanistan war documentary, Restrepo, with writer Sebastian Junger. Restrepo won the jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival 2010.
In the year since Hetherington’s death, pictures he took in war zones including Afghanistan, Sierra Leone and Liberia have premiered at the fine art photography fair AIPAD; at Chelsea dealer Yossi Milo (which took on representation of Hetherington’s estate); and at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington DC. Joining me for AdobeAirstream’s first podcast is celebrated journalist and writer, Sebastian Junger, author of four books including War, and The Perfect Storm, and a contributing editor of Vanity Fair. My second guest is Elizabeth Eichholz, photo specialist at Christie’s New York.
Our music segment today is a new song by the Austin band Marmalakes. AdobeAirstream writer Don Simpson says that the band – Max Colonna on bass, Josh Halpern on drums and Chase Weinacht on guitar – is likely to be the next big thing out of Austin. In April, Marmalakes released their third E.P. – In Arnica – with an all-out dance party at the Scottish Rite Theater in Austin. The first track is “Septimus Warren Smith”…
Then David D’Arcy previews the film , Steve Jobs, the Lost Interview, directed by Paul Sen. The interview was done by Bob Cringely for a show about successful computer nerds. That was in 1995, when Jobs wasn’t at Apple any more. He was working for Next, a firm he started after Apple canned him. A few months after the interview he went back to Apple, after a Pepsi executive named John Sculley almost sent it down the drain, and Jobs turned Apple into the one of the world’s most profitable and visionary companies.
AdobeAirstreamRadio Producer: Ellen Berkovitch. Sound: David B. Wolf. Contributing Writers: Don Simpson (Music, Austin); David D’Arcy (Film, New York).For Santa Fe University of Art and Design, the audio speakers are Linda Swanson, chairman of the art department; Tony O’Brien, faculty in documentary photography; Chris Eyre; chairman of the film department; and Dana Levin, chairman of creative writing.