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Elton’s photo fun

Rineke Dijkstra, Sir Elton John, 2011, © 2011 Rineke Dijkstra, Courtesy of the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, Paris

PST gives LA a lot to celebrate this weekend—its artists, its museums, its growing gallery scene—and now you can add another item to the list, with the release of the Elton John Aids Foundation’s (EJAF) Photography Portfolio II. Published in honour of next year's 20th anniversary of the music star’s foundation, the portfolio is being released at Art Platform Los Angeles (1-3 October) in a special booth. It contains the work of ten well-known photographers, including Tina Barney, Rineke Dijkstra, Candida Höfer and David LaChapelle. Sir Elton says he had “tremendous fun” working with the artists. “For our first Photography Portfolio, I was absolutely thrilled that the artist Juergen Teller asked to take a portrait of me for the collection. Imagine my surprise and delight when Rineke Dijkstra made the same request for the second Photography Portfolio!” John says. “I am incredibly grateful to both of them for generously supporting EJAF’s work in such a unique and personal manner.” Each portfolio of prints, in an edition of 40 with 12 artists' proofs, is priced $25,000. Sales will support care services, grants for HIV prevention programmes and efforts to eliminate Aids-related discrimination.

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