San Francisco, CA, September 20, 2007 --(PR.com
)-- A folio box set of signed, limited edition prints by photographer Douglas Menuez will be featured at the Macy’s Passport 2007 Event. These images follow the inspiring journey of twenty orphans who overcame tremendous hardships to form a dance troupe and become cultural ambassadors for their troubled country. They have brought their intense energy and joy to audiences across the US over the past ten years, which have resulted in their support of more than 700 orphans in Uganda. The prints will be featured at Passport gala events on September 20th in San Francisco and September 27th in Los Angeles.
"It was a privilege to work with these extraordinary children whose ability to overcome extreme adversity with grace and joy was humbling and deeply moving,” said Menuez. “I felt a deep responsibility to capture the essential experience of their lives. As always, taking the photograph is half the work. To fully express the images, I knew the final prints would need to surpass the standard technical limits of tone and color and deliver a breakthrough in quality. I'm very proud to present these exquisite prints from New Light Editions which I'm pleased to say exceeded all my expectations."
Each folio box set contains 15 signed, limited editions prints. The images are selections from Menuez’ forthcoming book “Transcendent Spirit: Orphans of Uganda” published by Beaufort Books. The folio box set is curated and presented by New Light Editions, a purveyor of fine art photography based in San Francisco. The prints are Photo Trust certified, a designation that ensures the prints are of archival, museum grade. In addition, PhotoTrust validates the authenticity of the print and the artist.
A portion of proceeds from the sale of the prints goes to Empower African Children, a not-for-profit providing major support to the orphans of Uganda. Innova, a provider of archival fine art paper and Canon and both provided generous support for creating the folio box sets.
The sets will be offered at the Passport galas and are also available through New Light Editions and Empower African Children.
About New Light Editions
New Light Editions (www.newlighteditions.com) offers fine art photographic prints and folio box sets from the world’s leading photographers. New Light Editions was founded on the premise of giving back a part of the sale of print proceeds to socially and environmentally responsible charities. Collectors of fine art want to make a difference in the world, and New Light Editions helps them achieve this worthy goal.
About Douglas Menuez
Over his 25-year career, his subjects have included the Ethiopian famine, the Olympics, the AIDS crisis and the rise of Silicon Valley. Menuez’s work has won numerous awards and been featured in nine of the bestselling Day in the Life books. His other books include Defying Gravity: The Making of Newton, Heaven, Earth, Tequila: Un Viaje al Corazón de México, Stanford University Libraries recently acquired his extensive archive for their collection.
About Macy’s Passport Event
Macy’s Passport marks its silver anniversary in 2007, commemorating a quarter-century of unparalleled men's, women's and children's fashion, state-of-the art theatrics, celebrity guests and unwavering dedication to the HIV/AIDS community. Since the onset of the AIDS pandemic in the early 1980's, Macy's – in steadfast partnership with our sponsors, top designers and community organizations – has raised invaluable awareness and, with proceeds from this year, $25 million toward saving lives.
About Empower African Children
Empower African Children (www.empowerafricanchildren.org) is a non-profit organization launched in 2006 by child advocate Alexis Hefley whose work with Ugandan children has earned her international acclaim. Empower African Children's programs provide a fresh new approach that unlocks the potential of this generation through an innovative education. Its holistic approach to education provides tools for success in life, creating confident, skillful, visionary leaders.
Innova (www.innovaart.com) has graciously donated all the Ultra Smooth Fibaprint Gloss ink jet paper to make all the box sets for Transcendent Spirit. The recent addition of the FibaPrint range of digital ‘barite’ alternatives has revolutionized the digital darkroom by providing paper that matches the look and feel of traditional photographic paper.
Canon USA (www.usa.canon.com) has generously contributed the 12 color archival Eniva pigment used in the production of all the prints for the Transcendent Spirit box set and print display at Passport 2007. Their support exemplifies Canon’s corporate philosophy of kyosei – all people, regardless of race, religion, or culture, harmoniously living and working together into the future.