Prestige photography exhibition puts focus on Veterans Aid


February 7, 2019

Veterans Aid has been selected as the 2019 beneficiary of 24Photography’s 16th Anniversary auction of prestigious prints.

The sale will take place on Tuesday 5th March at The In & Out Naval and Military Club after the photographs have been exhibited publicly for 24 days – from Sunday, 24th February – in London’s Soho Square.

The exhibition features a number of critically acclaimed artists from across the globe and the group draws on a wide variety of experiences and talent.

This year’s show will be curated by Ed Kashi, American photojournalist and member of VII Photo.

The 24Photography project was launched in 2004 when 24 photographers set out on an ambitious journey – to document New Year’s Day for the next 24 years.

Ed Kashi said:

“To capture life in a 24 hour period, especially what life is these days, presents a great challenge.

The visual representation of this concept has been poignantly and in some cases poetically reflected in this set of images.

The variety of situations, people and atmospheres give a vibrant and visually dynamic feeling to the times we’re living in.”

00:00 Helen Chambers ©
00:00 Helen Chambers ©

Claire Spreadbury, founder of 24Photography, said:

“We are delighted to announce that we are partnering with Veterans Aid to auction 6 prints from this year’s exhibition.

Proceeds will go towards funding delivery of the charity’s unique Welfare to Wellbeing© programme, which is helping to prevent and break the cycle of homelessness among ex-servicemen and women.”

05.00 (18.00) Enrico Vietti ©
05.00 (18.00) Enrico Vietti ©

CEO of Veterans Aid Dr Hugh Milroy said:

“We are very happy to be partnered with an organisation that shares our commitment to preventing and ending homelessness.

We have been at the frontline in this area since 1932 and although we operate internationally, VA is most active at the heart of London, working closely with the City of Westminster and City Hall to deliver immediate practical support and long-term, sustainable solutions to homelessness and its causes.”

08.00 Toni Ward ©
08.00 Toni Ward ©

Claire added:

“We are delighted to be helping a charity that tackles homelessness, an issue that all too often has been reflected in our images over the years, and hopefully by partnering with Veterans Aid we can go some small way in trying to help.

One of the things I most enjoy about this project is that each year the images and subjects surprise me. Even though the theme and aim of our project remains the same, every year there are new points of view and stories to be enjoyed.”

The 24 photographers met while studying on a postgraduate photography course at Central Saint Martins. Although their various careers have all led them down different paths they reunite to continue towards their goal.  When they first set out each was allocated one hour of the day during which to record what was going on around them. But the project didn’t end there; it was to last 24 years, with each photographer progressing one hour every year, so that at the end of 24 years, there will be 24 sets of images from New Year’s Day – 576 images in total.

*24Photography extends special thanks to its sponsors and partners:

www.bayeux.co.uk , www.westminster.gov.uk , www.csm.arts.ac.uk , www.theinandout.co.uk , www.richardfitzwilliams.com