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At the Aperture Foundation’s Annual SNAP!2011 benefit party on October 17th, the idea was to point and shoot.  The Aperture Foundation fosters the development and appreciation of photography as an artistic medium, and the organization’s passion for the subject was evident that night. Amongst a lavish open bar and succulent buffet of treats, a silent auction featuring works from emerging photographic artists raised funds to benefit the foundation.  The talent wasn’t only present on the walls however; the guest list was packed with photographers and notable players in the art world.  

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Even those of us who weren’t of a traditionally artistic background could try our hand at photography thanks to the Fuji Instamax experience, which loaned the cameras to guests.   While half of us were shaking developing pieces of instant film, DJ Japanster had the other half shaking it on the dance floor overlooking the Hudson River at Chelsea Piers’ fabulous Lighthouse venue.

SNAP! 2011 was co-chaired by artist Jowhara Alsaud, Peter Berberian of Gotham Imaging, Emily Bierman of Sotheby’s and actor Ken Triwush.  Proceeds from the evening went to benefit the Aperture Foundations various exhibitions and programs, as well as its quarterly periodical.  A wonderful resource for education, development, and support of photographic arts, Aperture is an outstanding organization for both emerging and accomplished photographers.