Night of Originals
June 26, 2012
On June 26, 2012, the We Are Family Foundation hosted “Night of Originals” with legendary photographer/filmmaker Bruce Weber and musician/producer and founder of We Are Family Foundation, Nile Rodgers, at the Norwood Club in New York.
An intimate gathering of guests enjoyed a private dinner with Weber and Rodgers that was followed by a black and white portrait sitting with Weber using one of only five 20x24 large format Polaroid© Land cameras in existence and one of the last remaining rolls of large format Polaroid© film – all owned by 20x24 Studio. Each image is a one-of-a-kind – there are no negatives. Weber carefully crafted every image and brilliantly told a story with each one.
One of the many highlights of the evening was Valerie Simpson (Ashford & Simpson) and her two daughters, Asia and Nicole, singing “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” as Weber shot their portrait. This was the first time the family has been photographed together since Nick Ashford’s passing last year.
As guests were waiting to have their portraits taken Rodgers performed a one-man show sharing stories about his life, music and the New York underground during the 70s and 80s – as depicted in his critically acclaimed best-selling autobiography, “Le Freak: An Upside Down Story of Family, Disco and Destiny”.
20x24 Studio Executive Director, John Reuter, organized the purchase of the remaining 20x24 Polaroid Land cameras and film during Polaroid bankruptcy proceedings and created 20x24 Holdings LLC in order to preserve the unique artistic medium.
Proceeds from Night of Originals benefitted the We Are Family Foundation and its signature Three Dot Dash Global Teen Leader program.
Check out some images from our event!