As the devastation of Superstorm Sandy continues to leave its mark on many communities in and around New York City, New Jersey, and Connecticut, one company is helping people get back on their feet by releasing a groundbreaking new book that offers a firsthand account of the disaster.
#SANDY, Seen Through the iPhones of Photographers is a new book by Wyatt Gallery Studio. It is a collection of eyewitness accounts of the storm by a number of acclaimed photographers. Armed only with their iPhones, these photographers have captured and preserved a terrifying moment in time with startling intimacy. This hardbound 8x8” book contains around 100 images and will be published and distributed by Daylight Books in 2014. In addition, 100% of the proceeds from this book will be donated to Occupy Sandy, a relief effort to help stabilize people still recovering from the storm in the New York City area and along the Sandy Storyline.
A fundraising exhibition was held Last November at FOLEY Gallery at which hundreds of attendees purchased a total of nearly 400 photographs. As a result, Wyatt Gallery Studio was able to donate $19,000 to Occupy Sandy and Third Wave Volunteers. Now they will be able to continue helping those who are still suffering from the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy almost a year later.
Some of the photographers featured in this book include Benjamin Lowy, Stephen Wilkes, Ed Kashi/Vll, Richard Renaldi, Hank Willis Thomas, Lyle Owerko, Wyatt Gallery, Ruddy Roye, Craig Wetherby, Andrew Quilty, 13th Witness, Michael Christopher Brown, Yosra El-Essawy, Erica Simone, Giles Clarke, Sam Horine, Stanley Lumax, Dylan Chandler, Brent Bartley, and Nicole Sweet.
This is a non-profit campaign operating through IndieGogo with a goal of raising $22,000 for relief efforts. If their fundraising goal is not met, the book will not be published. People who purchase this book will receive it by the first year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy in Late October 2013, and by visiting their IndieGogo campaign, Wyatt Gallery Studio has a variety of opportunities to contribute to their cause. By donating a minimum of $50, donors can also recieve an early collector's edition of the book signed by all the photographers in October 2013. Higher donations include the chance to recieve multiple signed photographs, dinner with the photographers, and even having your name included in the book's title.
Watch the video below to find out more about the book and their relief efforts: