Photography to fight hunger. The beautiful project of Olivier and Virginie Goy
Supporting both the young talents of photography and the fight against hunger in France is the unusual and ambitious rapprochement that Virginie and Olivier Goy made by launching the brand new photo4food foundation, already placed under the aegis of the Institut de France.
A posteriori, the idea seems obvious: young talents in photography donate prints to the foundation which sells them and pays the sums collected to associations fighting against hunger.
In return, the foundation is committed to promoting their work to an informed public, by organizing exhibitions and charity sales.
Also, the enthusiasm is, from the start, very real. Seventeen photographers joined the project and donated more than 300 works; Chancellor Xavier Darcos and Sebastião Salgado sit on the board alongside the founders, and funding for 25,000 meals has already been confirmed by the foundation with Restos du Coeur.
Virginie and Olivier Goy have also committed to providing photo4food with sufficient capital to cover its costs for 10 years. And Olivier, a passionate photographer, also made a commitment to donate all of his photographic work to the foundation.
A first selection of works is presented in Paris at the WeAre club, 73, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, and a first charity dinner with an auction is organized on June 16, 2020 at the Institut de France in the heart of the French Academy.
Three questions to Olivier Goy:
What is your policy for selecting photographers for the foundation?
We are looking for photographers who have started an artistic career in a professional way beyond their commercial work. Our favorites are discussed with the orientation committee of the foundation including in particular the photographers Lucie de Barbuat and Simon Brodbeck (residents of the Villa Médicis, Prix HSBC…), Emmanuelle de l’Ecotais (former curator for photography at the Museum of Modern Art of the city of Paris) or Arnaud Adida (gallery owner A Galerie).
What are the sale price ranges for the prints?
From € 400 to € 8,000 depending on formats and framing.
How many photographers do you want to recruit for the foundation?
We favor a limited number of photographers at first (maximum 20 for the first year of operation). We are indeed keen to return the favor to these generous artists by giving them visibility. If we have too many talents, we will not be able to properly highlight everyone’s work during the exhibitions.
Virginie Goy (06 20 41 40 13 / email@example.com)
Olivier Goy (06 82 81 78 13 / firstname.lastname@example.org)
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