The year is 1990 and I was on the Advisory Board of Photographers + Friends United Against AIDS (P+FUAA). They had put together a remarkable project to raise money through an exhibit and art auction called "The Indominable Spirit". If I remember right, the sale of the prints in the exhibit raised close to 1.5 million dollars for AIDS research.
Along the way, Hasseblad got involved in a few different fund-raisers. We sold Ansel Adams' 1977 Cadillac and part of the funds went to the group. Then we did a couple of workshops as part of PhotoWest and PhotoEast (now PPE).
The image above was from a very special shoot Marc Hauser did for us. Marc waved his fee and Leeza Gibbons, then the anchor on ET, contributed her's back to the fund-raiser. This image was done at PhotoWest. Marc then came back and did a second shoot with Carey Lowell of James Bond fame, one of Timothy Dalton's co-stars in "License to Kill" later that year in NYC. Again, Mark nailed it and we raised a little more for AIDS research.
But the true fun of Throwback Thursday is trying to figure out who's in the picture! I know that's Jim Morton on the far left in the back, Leeza Gibbons in the middle with Marc and Mark Rezzonico, now President of Profoto on Marc's right. William Hunt, then Chairman of the Board, and is next to me in the back row behind Marc and on the far right is Paul Mackler, then show director for the company that used to do the PhotoEast and PhotoWest shows. This shot is 24 years ago and it's true - time really does fly when you're having a good time!
Note: Feel free to let me know who else is in the image!
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