Screenshot from the eBay listing for Alec Soth commission. Pictures by Alec Soth.
30 Nov 2011
Commissioning Alec Soth for $9100
Earlier this month, Alec Soth took to eBay to raise funds for a charitable cause - the prize? A portrait commission with the Magnum photographer
Earlier this year, Alec Soth's publishing house, Little Brown Mushroom, released the book Conductors of the Moving World by friend and writer Brad Zellar. The book went on to raise $10,000 for the Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami Relief fund.
Despite Zellar's touching contribution to helping others, his luck hasn't been quite as great - a series of dizzy spells and a nasty fall meant he had to spend several weeks in hospital undergoing neurological tests. "As a consequence, Brad is drowning in medical bills," says Soth, explaining why he has decided to offer his services to raise money for the cause.
"Over the years I've done a handful of these," Soth says of his portrait commissions. "Whomever purchases this portrait, I aim to make a serious piece of work for a friend who is seriously in need".
Ten days later and after nine bids on Soth's offer, the commission went for $9100, which will go towards the Brad Zellar Benefit.
So just who is the lucky winner? Justin Miller, an aspiring hobbyist photographer, who told Soth: "‘Lenny, Minneapolis' was probably the first work of yours that made me say ‘wow, need to learn more.'"
Soth's previous commissions have been exhibited internationally - will it be the case Miller's portrait?
For more information and to contribute to the Brad Zellar Benefit via Pay Pal, visit Soth's blog at littlebrownmushroom.wordpress.com.
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