PICTURES FOR PURPOSE
Pictures for Purpose is a foundation that started life in 2020, with the aim of raising proceeds and awareness for urgent causes through the medium of photography. Inspired by artist-led initiatives in Italy (100 Fotografi Per Bergamo, 2020) and the USA (Pictures for Elmhurst, 2020), we initiated a print sale fundraiser of our own.
The first edition of Pictures for Purpose responded to the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic, collaborating with 36 artists based in the Netherlands. The proceeds from each print sold were shared between the Dutch Food Bank and, at their discretion, the participating artists – who themselves had been deprived of valuable streams of income. With this structure, we sought to avoid relying solely on the generosity of the artists, whilst also offering support to those in acute need in the Netherlands. We could never have expected to raise over €200.000 in just two short weeks.
In 2021, a second edition of Pictures for Purpose sought to spotlight another pressing global cause: the climate crisis. With the help of artists from around the world, proceeds from this fundraiser supported UN partner Justdiggit – an NGO committed to reviving ecosystems threatened by climate change.
With another devastating humanitarian crisis unfolding in 2022 – following the brutal Russian invasion of Ukraine – the third edition of Pictures for Purpose will raise funds for World Central Kitchen, a non-profit organisation providing fresh meals to those forced to flee their homes, as well as those who remain in the country. The fundraiser runs from 10 March – 24 March.
As with previous editions of the fundraiser, participating artists can opt to receive 25% of the proceeds from the sale of their prints. For Pictures for Purpose, it is a core principle that artistic labour should not be reduced to charity. For our third edition, this model is a potentially valuable lifeline for those artists who remain in – or who have fled violence in – Ukraine.
Pictures for Purpose is a creative-led initiative. Offering a curated selection of photography to a large audience, we hope our efforts can play a role in supporting various groups in our community, as well as spotlighting a variety of important causes.
Isabella van Marle, Kunna Haan, Tijn Benedek & Raisa Kingma.
WORLD CENTRAL KITCHEN
Founded by Spanish chef José Andrés, World Central Kitchen is a team of food first responders, providing fresh meals to those who need them most in humanitarian, climate, and community crises. In each instance, their work asserts that a nourishing meal in a time of crisis is more than a plate of food – it's hope, it's dignity, and it's a sign that someone cares.
The UN estimates that over 2 million Ukrainians have fled since the invasion began, with that number expected to rise dramatically. The journey is daunting, with many travelling for days without food.
Working at a 24-hour pedestrian border crossing in southern Poland, World Central Kitchen began serving hot, nourishing meals within hours of the initial invasion, and are now set up at eight border crossings across the country. Additionally, they are supporting local restaurants preparing meals in five Ukrainian cities, including Odessa and Lviv. WCK teams are also on the ground in Romania and Moldova, and arriving soon in Slovakia and Hungary.
PRINTS & SHIPPING
All prints are available for a donation of €125. We ship worldwide.
All prints are one size (20 x 30 cm), with a variable printed area depending on the aspect ratio of the photograph. The proportions of each photograph are visible on the website.
All artworks are sold unsigned in an open edition, available for two weeks only.
The Amsterdam-based Fotolab will provide professional printing and packaging services. De Pakkettenfabriek will ship all orders. A subsidised fee of €15.50 will be allocated from each print sold to cover production expenses.
Printing will commence after the fundraiser concludes on 24 March. Please bear in mind that your order cannot be shipped until after this date. Thank you for your kind understanding!
We would like to thank the participating photographers for their generosity in donating an image towards our cause, as well as our editor George King, Sutton PR as Pictures for Purpose's international cultural communication partner, Simone Sassmannhausen for national press and Pictures for Purpose board members Marije Fokkema and Gunifort Uwambaga.
We are also grateful for the kind support of FotoLab for printing all works.
THE FOUNDATION PICTURES FOR PURPOSEinfo@picturesforpurpose.org