Anton Hammerl in Libya four days before he was shot and killed.

A forest in the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan. Forests cover nearly 75% of the state and are protected by the government, which lists the environment as one of the pillars of Gross National Happiness. Yes, Gross National Happiness. Whereas most countries measure national well-being according to Gross Domestic Product, Bhutan favors Gross National Happiness. Photograph by Lynsey Addario.

The Young Wife of Kony by Marcus Bleasdale. Valantine Mbolibirani was abducted at 13 and forced to be one of many wives of the infamous Ugandan guerrilla fighter Joseph Kony.

Pakistani jihadis are captured for illegally entering Afghanistan and held in a makeshift prison. By Kate Brooks (2001).

Andrew Burton photographs members of the Southern Sudanese national marching band before they practice for the formal ceremonies of South Sudan’s independence on July 5, 2011.

English photographer Giles Duley snaps three Angolan children on their first day of school (2008).

Philadelphia by Larry Fink (1990).

A single mother in a "short-time hotel" in Bangkok by Katharina Hesse (2008).

Hesse’s Beijing Punks (1998).

A boy creates makeshift toys out of odds and ends he finds around his temporary home, a camp for displaced Kurds, in Kirkuk, Iraq, in 2005. After the liberation of Iraq, Kurds ousted from Kirkuk during Saddam Hussein’s Arabization program returned, but didn’t have anywhere to live. Photograph by Ed Kashi.

Surfers in Oahu await waves during the 2006 Rip Curl Pipeline Masters competition. By Vincent Laforet.

Irish photographer Ivor Prickett captures a handful of young men relaxing in the harbor at Ras Hilal, which Gaddafi commissioned for private use. Before the revolution, the public was forbidden from entering the harbor.

An abandoned ship in the Barents Sea off the coast of Russia, by Simon Roberts (2005).

A window in Memphis, Tennessee by Alec Soth (2000).

Newlyweds at a park in Uganda weeks after the country’s civil war ended in 2002. By Lori Waselchuk.

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Photojournalists Auction Works To Support The Children Of A Slain Peer

Anton Hammerl was shot and killed covering the Libyan conflict last year. A stellar collection of contemporary photojournalism prints will be auctioned to raise money for his three young children.

Christie’s is set to auction an exquisite set of photojournalism prints to raise money for the the young children of freelance photographer Anton Hammerl, who was shot and killed covering the Libyan civil war last year.

Hammerl went missing April 5, 2011, after he and three other journalists were attacked by Gaddafi loyalists. More than a month passed before his family learned he had been shot in the gut and killed. "For 44 days his family was told repeatedly by the Libyan regime that he was alive and well," Friends of Anton, the nonprofit organizing the auction, says. "The truth is he was left to die in the desert."

Members of the Southern Sudanese national marching band, by Andrew Burton
A window in Memphis, Tennessee by Alec Soth (2000).

2011 was an astonishingly bad year for journalists. More than 60 were killed and 179 detained. The latter figure represents a 20% increase over 2010 and the highest level since 1990, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.

"Besides raising funds for Anton’s 11-, 8- and 1-year-old children the evening aims to highlight the sacrifices made by photographers—particularly freelancers—who assume great risks to bring back images to agencies, magazines, publishers and readers worldwide, often with little backup," Friends of Anton says.

The auction will feature signed photographs by some of contemporary photojournalism’s leading lights. They range from cheerfully innocuous (Platon’s portrait of Michelle Obama) to downright disturbing (João Silva’s snapshot of Malawi prison inmates packed in like sardines). Others, such as Adam Ferguson’s ironic photograph of a wounded American soldier smoking as he awaits Medevac, depict the dark absurdity of war, the very thing that took Hammerl’s life.

An abandoned ship in the Barents Sea by Simon Roberts (2005).

The auction will be held May 15. Details here.

Images courtesy of Friends of Anton

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