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The Guardian Features Christy Lee Rogers' Avatar Shoot

The Guardian says: "Photographs of the actors Kate Winslet, Zoe Saldana and Sigourney Weaver seemingly floating underwater in elaborate blue dresses, with eyes shut and arms outstretched, are to be sold to raise money for ocean conservation.

The images are the work of one of the world’s most celebrated underwater photographers, Christy Lee Rogers, who teamed up with the stars of the 2022 film Avatar: The Way of Water and its director, James Cameron, a longtime proponent of ocean conservation, who commissioned the photoshoot.

All of the profits will go to The Nature Conservancy, which is working to protect marine wildlife, and has set itself the aim of conserving 10% of the world’s oceans by 2030.

Cameron has been a keen collector of work by Rogers, who has photographed the three women in her trademark baroque style. “Her unique style of shooting her subjects underwater naturally inspired me to suggest she do a special shoot with our cast,” he said.

The prices of the prints range from $65 (£50) to $35,000, and are being sold by A Gallery Artists, through Rogers’ website.

Fraser Scott, who runs the gallery, said: “The shoot took about eight hours in total, but was greatly aided by how much underwater training the actresses had already undergone.”"

See: www.theguardian.com/environmen  ...  P=twt_b-gdnnews

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Muses of Avatar by Christy Lee Rogers



Zoe Saldaña, Sigourney Weaver and Kate Winslet, stars of 20th Century Studios’ “Avatar: The Way of Water”, posed for renowned underwater photographer Christy Lee Rogers for a series of photographs celebrating our oceans to raise funds to support The Nature Conservancy (TNC).

James Cameron, the film’s producer/director/writer, is a long-time supporter of ocean conservation. Rogers created these artworks in her unique style, breaking usual conventions and shooting the actresses through the play of light refracting through the water to evoke the feel of a painting.

Cameron said: “I have long admired Christy’s art and began collecting her works several years ago. Her unique style of shooting her subjects underwater naturally inspired me to suggest she do a special shoot with our cast.”

The artworks, released on March 8, 2024, are available as four limited edition, museum quality photographs signed by Rogers, as well as a series of high-quality prints both signed by Rogers and unsigned, available for purchase through Fraser Scott at A Gallery Artists Ltd. via Rogers’ website at www.christyleerogers.com/avatar

“Offering these unique pieces of art to benefit The Nature Conservancy through the “Avatar: The Way of Water’s” ‘Keep Our Oceans Amazing’ campaign is a perfect synergy, and we were excited to collaborate with Christy,” added Producer Jon Landau.

In celebration of “Avatar: The Way of Water”, Disney and Avatar launched a global “Keep Our Oceans Amazing” campaign to raise awareness of the challenges facing oceans and marine life. The campaign supports TNC and its work to protect 10 of our oceans’ amazing animals and their habitats, connected to the beauty of Pandora. This art sale is one of many ways fans can help
TNC reach its goal, as 100% of net proceeds from the art sales will go to TNC and help protect our oceans. To learn more, visit: www.nature.org/disney

Christy Lee Rogers said: “Water is healing – it’s life itself. And as the provider of life – oxygen to all through tiny phytoplankton, our oceans need our care more than ever right now. It is a great honor to be able to help James Cameron, Jon Landau, and the ‘Avatar’ and Disney teams in realizing that dream of clean and protected world oceans – through the release of these images for The Nature Conservancy.”

“Healthy oceans are vital to the health of the planet and all living things, including people. Oceans are 90% of the habitable planet and home to more than half of all life on earth; they provide livelihoods for billions of people, produce the food we eat and half the air we breathe,” said Melissa Garvey, Global Director of Ocean Protection at The Nature Conservancy. “Through the work of Christy Lee Rogers and the support of Disney and Avatar, we can shape a brighter future
where people and nature can thrive—ensuring healthier oceans for all.”

20th Century Studios’ “Avatar: The Way of Water”, nominated for four Academy Awards® including Best Picture, is filmmaker James Cameron’s highly-acclaimed first follow-up to his 2009 blockbuster hit “Avatar.” Set more than a decade after the events of the first film, “Avatar: The Way of Water” begins to tell the story of the Sully family (Jake, Neytiri and their kids), the trouble that follows them, the lengths they go to keep each other safe, the battles they fight to stay alive and the tragedies they endure. Directed by James Cameron and produced by Cameron and Jon Landau, the Lightstorm Entertainment Production stars Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldaña, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang and Kate Winslet. The screenplay is by James Cameron & Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver. The story is by James Cameron & Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver & Josh Friedman & Shane Salerno. David Valdes and Richard Baneham serve as the film’s executive producers.

Christy Lee Rogers is a visual artist from Kailua, Hawaii. Her obsession with water as a medium for breaking the conventions of contemporary photography has led to her work being compared to Baroque painting masters like Caravaggio. In 2019 she won Open Photographer of the Year at the Sony World Photography Awards. She is a two-time finalist for the Contemporary
Talents Award from the Foundation François Schneider in France, and was commissioned by Apple to create underwater images with the iPhone 11Pro, as well as featured in their behind-the-scenes process films. Rogers' art has been featured on several album covers, including “Orchesography” for the 80s band Wang Chung, and her images were selected for the 2013–2014 performance season of the Angers-Nantes Opera in France. In 2020 she created the cover image for the 2021 Lavazza Calendar ‘The New Humanity.’

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. The Nature Conservancy supports the goal of protecting 30% of the planet’s ocean, lands and freshwater over the next decade. To contribute to that goal, TNC intends to conserve more than 10% of the world’s ocean area by 2030. Working in 76 countries and territories: 37 by direct conservation impact and 39 through partners, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.

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The Guardian Calls for Josh Kirby's Art to Be Placed in Museums

The GUARDIAN agreed with A Gallery and the Josh Kirby Estate's call for Josh Kirby's works to be added to museums, preserving his legacy. See: www.theguardian.com/artanddesi  ...  sts-of-our-time

A Gallery's director, Fraser Scott, is quoted as saying:

 “A collection like Josh Kirby’s needs to be public because it such a broadly known part of our culture.

“While it may be obvious in 2024 how Kirby’s works for Star Wars, Discworld, Hitchcock Presents or countless other examples are important, hundreds of years into the future that importance is tremendously magnified – when we look back at artefacts from the 1700s, we wish so much more had been preserved for history.

“Here’s a chance to ensure one of the great artists of our time [has] his original paintings conserved and available to view for generations to come.”

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Disneyland Use Carlos Diniz's Art in The Contemporary Hotel

Carlos Diniz drew the illustrations for Disney that helped them plan and design their Contemporary Hotel at Disneyland. Now Disney honoured Carlos' work by placing his art behind their front desk reception at that same hotel that he helped create.

(Photo credit: Tom Morris)

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Damien Hirst Bought Mercedes Helnwein's Show from Fraser Scott

The world's most famous living artist, Damien Hirst, bought Mercedes Helnwein's entire show, that A Gallery staged in Notting Hill. He collected 19 of Mercedes stunning black and white drawings - every single drawing in the exhibtion.

See: www.ladygunn.com/art-3/ladygunn-surprise-issue-mercedes-helnwein/

(Pictured is Renata Helnwein with Damien Hirst and a signed Mercedes Helnwein, containing many of the works he bought from A Gallery)

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James Cameron Collects Mila Fürstová's Art from A Gallery

The largest high quality newspaper in the Czech Republic, Pravo, announced that legendary film director James Cameron (director of Avatar, Titanic, Terminator) collected Mila Fürstová's works from A Gallery, as gifts for his wife, Suzy. 

See: www.novinky.cz/clanek/kultura-vytvarnice-mila-furstova-ma-dila-zacal-sbirat-james-cameron-40425461

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Guillermo Del Toro Collects Josh Kirby's Art

3 time Oscar winning director, Guillermo Del Toro added Josh Kirby's "Dr. Phibes Skull" painting to his Bleak House museum.

Photo: "Dr. Phibes Skull" by Josh Kirby is to the right of Frankenstein in Bleak House

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Josh Kirby's Empire Strikes Back Poster Sells for $67,000

Josh Kirby's Empire Strikes Back poster sold at auction for £53,125 (at the time that was $67,000).

See: www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/ent  ...  0/41138089.html

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Coldplay Commission Mila Fürstová for their Album Art

A Gallery got Mila Fürstová the job of making the album art for Coldplay's Worldwide No.1 album Ghost Stories. Mila's art was seen by a billion people around the world. Coldplay attended the opening of A Gallery's show for Mila and sales of her art raised over £100,000 for children's charities.


Read about it here: www.coldplay.com/newsdetail.php?id=1826



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CNN Call Christy Lee Rogers "one of the most prominent artists in underwater photography"

CNN made a short film about Christy Lee Rogers and wrote an article which they placed on the front page of CNN Style. The article said: "...Christy Lee Rogers is pushing the boundaries of underwater photography. Among those who call "underwater photography" their specialty, Christy Lee Rogers stands apart." When they tweeted the article they said "Christy Lee Rogers is one of the most prominent artists in the field of underwater photography. Her images push the boundaries of reality and can be easily mistaken for paintings."

Read the article and watch the film here: https://edition.cnn.com/style/article/christy-lee-rogers-underwater-photography/index.html?utm_content=2020-09-15T02%3A32%3A06&utm_medium=social&utm_term=video&utm_source=twCNN

See the tweet here: https://twitter.com/cnn/status/1305695874861985794