Internationally acclaimed photographer Christophe von Hohenberg unveiled his much anticipated ‘White Album of the Hamptons’ book during a pre-launch at Palm Beach’s Coe + Co Photography Gallery. The event, showcasing an exhibit of previously unseen photographs featured in his latest book, raised over $2500 for the Duke Nelson Memorial Scholarship, an endowment fund under the Dreyfoos School of the Arts Foundation. The scholarship was founded in memory a Dreyfoos alumni who at 23 was shot while filming a rap video in Ft. Lauderdale. Christophe is donating 100% of proceeds from the sale of a 20 x 24 edition of ‘Fog on Georgica Pond’ to the scholarship. Philippe Delgrange, principal of Le Bilboquet Palm Beach, bid on the latter, raising donation amount to $2,500.
“I can’t thank Christophe enough for supporting the cause dearest to my heart. Duke was part of my family,” says Maribel Alvarez. “He struggled to champion those who, like him, fought to overcome continuous challenges while turning them into opportunities. He inspired and led them. Today, my family and friends are committed to an ongoing endowment fund in Duke’s name.”
Over 100 guests, many flying in from New York or driving from Miami, attended the three-hour event which was held partially outdoors. All available books sold out in record time, with Christophe taking the time to dedicate and sign each one. Over six photographs were sold, including ‘The Feather’ to former super model and spokeswoman for Empowers Africa, Kim Charlton.
In addition to Philippe Delgrange and Kim Charlton, guests included Chris Snyder, Director of Development at Dreyfoos School of the Arts Foundation, and Ben Guy, a dear friend of Duke’s. Other notable attendees included renown artists Priscilla Rattazzi and Elizabeth Thompson, Marco Possati, Tommy Morrison, Manuel Balontin, Felicia Taylor, Christine Schott, Peter Soros, Electra Toub, Yaz Hernanez, Alain de Grelle, Alvin Valley, Michel Witmer, Jean Shafiroff, Christopher Castroviejo and Diane de la Begassiere.
Photography Sponsor: Annie Watt
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