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International Fine Print Auction
Wednesday, March 6, 2002, 6:30-10:00 p.m.
With Denise Bethel, Senior Vice President, Auctioneer, Director of the Photographs Department, Sotheby’s Inc. New York

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Over 90 contemporary international and U.S. artists participated in FotoFest’s Fifth International Fine Print Auction. The auction provides a rare opportunity to find high quality contemporary fine art photography from Latin America, Asia, Europe, and the United States.

The auction took place on Wednesday, March 6, from 6:30-10:00 p.m. with a Preview Reception, Buffet, and Live Auction at Foley’s landmark store in Downtown Houston. The live auction was conducted by Denise Bethel, Senior Vice President, Auctioneer, and Director of the Photography Department at Sotheby’s Inc., New York. Ms. Bethel’s services as auctioneer were being donated by Sotheby’s, Inc. New York.

“The FotoFest Benefit Auction is one of the best opportunities I know to acquire works by photographers who may be on the cusp of international market fame,” Ms. Bethel states. “There are some very smart institutions and collectors who have been bidding wisely in the FotoFest Auction for years.”

The auction preview exhibit opened February 20, 2002 at Gremillion & Co. Fine Art, Inc. and was on view through March 5, 2002.

Proceeds from Auction ticket and table sales benefited FotoFest’s year-round Literacy Through Photography (LTP) in Houston-area public schools. LTP provides more than a thousand students with cameras and a curriculum using photography to improve writing and cognitive skills. Students are asked to photograph people, places, and events important in their lives, analyze their pictures, and write about these subjects. Sandra Axelrad, an LTP teacher at Piney Point Elementary School says: “The photograph has freed my students to exercise their oral and writing skills.” The LTP program has been in the Houston Independent School District since 1990.

Print sales from the Fine Print Auction benefited artist programs and the Meeting Place portfolio reviews allowing hundreds of artist photographers to exhibit work and show their portfolios to important museum curators, publishers, gallery owners, and representatives of photo agencies from the United States, Mexico, South America, Australia, Canada and Europe.

Judith Cooper, a photographer and 2000 Meeting Place participant commented; “As the reviews from around the country and the world accurately reflected, FotoFest is a truly world class event. It was by far the highlight of my career to be a part of it.”

The Fine Print Auction was one of many events scheduled in Houston and Galveston for FotoFest’s Ninth Biennial International Month of Photography. The only international photography event of its scope in the United States, FotoFest 2002 took place in over one hundred Houston museums, galleries, universities and other visual art spaces.



Among the internationally known artists donating prints in 2002 were:

Mario Cravo Neto
Luis Gonzáles Palma
Didier Ben Loulou
Chema Madoz
Pentti Sammalahti
María Martínez Cañas
Jungjin Lee
Abelardo Morrell
Juan Carlos Alom
Carol Beckwith and
Angela Fisher
Franco Fontana
Pavel Banka
(Czech Republic)
Keith Carter
Andrej Chezhin
Liliana Porter

Further information:
Martha Skow, Fine Print Auction Coordinator or 713/223-5522 x17

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