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SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, October 12, 2017, 7-9pm, at Affirmation Arts in NYC

Details about the next Benefit Auction will be available soon. Please send an email to Katherine Clausen at auction@cpw.org if you would like to become a benefit chair or would like to contribute to this fundraiser in any other way.


We did it! Our warmest thanks to all of those who made the 2016 CPW Awards & Benefit Auction a smashing success. We celebrated, admittedly we cried a little, we toasted successes, and we sold some stunning art.

This annual benefit significantly contributes to CPW’s budget for artist programs. We cannot give enough thanks to those who make this event happen, including the many artists, collectors and galleries, who gave us stunning work. Thank you to our speakers (in order of appearance): Bill Hunt, Hannah Frieser, Fabienne Powell, Elsa Horberg (2016 Photographer’s Fellowship Recipient), Buzz Hartshorn, Joan Lyons (who accepted the 2016 Vision Award for the late Nathan Lyons), Howard Greenberg, Bill Mindlin (2016 Affinity Award Honoree), Rick Wester (our incredible auctioneer), and Barry Mayo.

Our sponsors included Affirmation Arts, Aperture Magazine, Archival Methods, Belmond Management, The Beaumont London, Empire Merchants North, Howard Greenberg Gallery, Laumont Photographics, Paddle8, Photo District News (PDN), Photograph Magazine, SQ-Travel by Design, LLC, Woodstock Framing Gallery, and Vice Magazine. Our thanks also go to La Palapa Cocina Mexicana for their wonderful food and amazing mango and blood orange margaritas.

See you in October 2017, when we celebrate our 40th anniversary like its 1999!

2016 Award Recipients
Vision Award: Nathan Lyons
Affinity Award: Bill Mindlin
Photographer’s Fellowship Award: Elsa Horberg

The 2016 benefit was held on October 13, 2016 at Affirmation Arts in NYC.

About the Benefit Auction:

Every year the photo community comes together at the CPW Benefit Auction to mix and mingle, celebrate leaders in the field, and bid on excellent art — all in the knowledge that they are supporting artists. CPW’s benefit brings together a wide gamut of the arts community, including collectors – both seasoned and aspiring, patrons, artists, and all around fans of CPW! In 2016, we celebrated Vision Award Honoree Nathan Lyons and Affinity Award Honoree Bill Mindlin. Art work for sale included sixty photographs, featuring Berenice Abbott, Ted Croner, Danny Lyon, Vivian Maier, Mary Ellen Mark, Jeffrey Milstein, Gordon Parks, Matthew Pillsbury, Manjari Sharma, Joseph Sudek, Deborah Turbeville, Weegee, and more.

The proceeds from the benefit auction directly impact the lives of artists and sustain a place where great photography is made, discovered, and encouraged. 


If you missed the event, you can still contribute to CPW’s programming by making a direct donation. Our artists and everybody at CPW thank you!