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Kudos to Stephanie Sinclair for making the big effort to help one of her subjects. Here is her post on the matter:

Hey Guys,

Just wanted to draw your attention to an online print auction that just started to help Azra Latif, a Pakistani girl I met who was severely disfigured when her brother-in-law threw acid on her face during an argument.

When I met Azra and asked to photograph her, she agreed but said to me, “Everyone photographs me but no one helps.” This is my attempt to prove her wrong, but I need YOUR help to do that!

We are trying to raise money to pay for her and her husband’s transportation costs and three months of housing and living expenses in France, where she will receive several surgeries to help repair her significant injuries graciously donated by the French NGO HumaniTerra. Extra funds will will start a fund to help future victims through the same life-saving process.

Photojournalists from prestigious organizations such as National Geographic, German GEO, the photo agency VII, TIME, Newsweek, The New York Times and more, are donating iconic works in an Exhibition and Online Print Auction to benefit victims of acid burning in Pakistan.

Online auction presented by November Eleven

Begins at 1am EDT June 6, 2007 and closes EDT midnight July 1, 2007

http://azra.cmarket.com

Live event presented by SeenUnSeen and The Bubble Lounge to support the auction June 26th at 7 pm at

The Bubble Lounge 228 W Broadway, New York City, 212.431.3433

In addition to the 20 photos currently for auction on the website – Jim Nachtwey, John Stanmeyer and Jan Grarup will each be donating a print only available for bidding at the Bubble Lounge event. The evening will end with a musical performance by singer Sparlha Swa.

World-renowned photojournalists are donating their favorite images, signed and printed, to raise money for female victims of acid burning and to raise awareness about a fate inflicted on many women in Pakistan. Marked with dishonor, their harsh disfigurement often forces them live in the shadows of every-day life—excluded by family and society.

Initially, the proceeds will help Azra Latif, a Pakistani woman who suffered third-degree acid burns on her face and torso and faces a lifetime of agony as her injuries continue to scar and worsen the longer they remain untreated. Any remaining funds will go towards helping start a fund to help future victims through the same life-saving process.

Items include never before available work by such photographers as The New York Times’ Todd Heisler, whose Pulitzer Prize-winning and very emotional work on the return of deceased soldiers from Iraq will be available for purchase for the first time.

Participating photographers include Lynsey Addario, Samantha Appleton, Andrea Bruce , Marcus Bleasdale, Tamas Dezso , Jessica Dimmock, Balazs Gardi, David Gillanders, David Guttenfelder, Todd Heisler, Lynn Johnson, Ed Kashi , Gary Knight , Antonin Kratochvil, Yuri Kozyrev, Teru Kuwayama, Shaul Schwartz, Stephanie Sinclair, Kadir Van Lohuizen and Ami Vitale.

For more information, please contact stephanie@stephaniesinclair.com .

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