Public invited to attend free charity exhibition featuring works of celebrated photographers on 29 – 30 November

The Financial Times and Sightsavers are hosting a free photography exhibition at London’s Getty Images Gallery to mark the launch of this year’s seasonal appeal. The annual appeal runs from November to mid-January with coverage of a chosen charity’s work and is this year in aid of Sightsavers, which aims to change the lives of some of the 39 million people in the world who are blind.

The free, two-day photography exhibition is open to the public and features a special selection of works by celebrated photographers such as Martin Parr, Charlie Bibby, Tom Hunter, Matt Cardy, Eamonn McCabe and Jane Bown. Sponsored by Standard Chartered, the event will conclude with a private auction hosted by Sothebys on 30 November, with over 20 photographs up for sale. Parties interested in placing a bid for any of the stunning photographs before the live auction should go to from 21 November. The full list can be viewed here.

Photographs on display and up for auction include a one-off print of all 2011 F1 World Championship drivers, signed by all the drivers and taken by top sports photographer Andrew Hone, plus a photograph of Sightsavers work taken in Nigeria by this year’s FT appeal photographer Charlie Bibby.  More information about some of the auction lots can be found below.

Event details:

Gallery Address: Getty Images Gallery, 46 Eastcastle Street, London, WiW 8DX
Opening Times: 12pm-5.30pm on 29 November, 10am-3pm on 30 November

The impact of the appeal will be aided by Standard Chartered Bank, which has generously agreed to match all donations through its long-standing community investment programme, Seeing is Believing. This means that for every £1 donated another £1 will be given by Seeing is Believing, helping Sightsavers to bring vital eye services to some of the poorest communities in the world.

List of auction lots

Charlie Bibby
‘In the village of Birnin Waje, northern Nigeria, close to the border with Niger, stands a young girl. Her grandfather, Ubandoma Adamu’s sight has been taken by River Blindness. She has, however, thanks to Sightsavers, had access to a simple drug that has nearly eradicated the disease from their village’
2011, Edition 1/1

Martin Parr/ Magnum Photos
‘I don’t think it’s anything particularly forced on Deborah. We’ve just always enjoyed the same sort of things.’
From ‘Sign of the Times. 1991, Edition 9/25

Tom Hunter
‘And I serve the Fairy Queen, To dew her orbs upon the green.’
2011, Artist Proof

Jane Bown
1964, Edition 1/40

Eamonn McCabe
‘Herbie Hancock’
2000, Edition 1/10

Bettina von Zwehl
‘Made up love song’ part 15 (from 34)
2011, Edition 2/5

For more information contact

Rachel Heald
Sightsavers media team
T: + 01444 446754/ 07775 928253

Emily Gibbs
Communications Executive
T: +44 (0) 20 7 873 3184


Notes to editors
About Sightsavers:

  1. Sightsavers is a registered UK charity (Registered charity numbers 207544 and SC038110) that works in more than 30 developing countries to prevent blindness, restore sight and advocate for social inclusion and equal rights for people who are blind and visually impaired.
  2. There are 39 million blind people in the world; 80% of all blindness can be prevented or cured.
  3. In the six decades since its foundation, Sightsavers has:
  • Treated over 206.8 million people for blinding and potentially blinding conditions
  • Carried out over 7.1 million operations to restore sight
  • Trained almost 0.5 million primary eye care workers
  • Carried out rehabilitation training to 91,000 people

About the Financial Times:
The Financial Times, one of the world’s leading business news organisations, is recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. Providing essential news, comment, data and analysis for the global business community, the FT has a combined paid print and digital circulation of 592,390 (Deloitte assured, 4 July 2011 to 2 October 2011) and a combined print and online average daily readership of 2.1 million people worldwide (PwC assured, May 2011). has 4 million registered users and 247,000 paying digital subscribers. The newspaper, printed at 23 print sites across the globe, has a global print circulation of 344,583 (ABC, September 2011).


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