Eyes & Hearts For Haiti

My friend Howie Shneyer has organized Eyes & Hearts For Haiti, a charity auction to benefit the victims of the Haitian earthquake. Howie runs Aperture Pro in Miami and through his deep connections in the photo and art community, he has received over 160 photographic prints and artworks and all proceeds from the auction will be donated to Friends of the Orphans, a group who has for more than 40 years worked to end the vicious cycle of poverty by giving safe and loving homes and brighter futures to children in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Eyes & Hearts For Haiti has set up an eBay Auction site to bid on the lots, but should you be in South Florida, there will also be a silent auction held this Friday March 12, from 7:00-10:00 PM at Aperture Studios, 385 NE 59th Street, Miami 305-759-4327. I’ve got a few of my photographs in the auction, including these of Evander Holyfield and Steven Spielberg…

…but the wealth of great photographers who have donated prints for the auction catalog is pretty impressive…..

Greg Gorman

John Eder

Arthur Elgort

Wayne Maser

Henry Diltz

Jeff Licata

William Coupon

Douglas Kirkland

So please, check out the List Of Available Lots or the Facebook Page that Howie set up and if you feel so motivated, bid early…..and bid often!

Song of the Day



It’s been almost a year since I told you guys about The XX, but since that time, the number one outside search that has newbies showing up at the Damn Ugly door is for The XX…I usually get anywhere from 50 to 100 hits a day from people searching for these four sad-faced kids from South London! Their popularity certainly wasn’t hurt by both Rolling Stone and NME placing them on their “Best of the Year” lists, but then came the Winter Olympics…an AT&T commercial with Apolo Ohno featured their song ‘Intro’ and was in heavy rotation for the entire two weeks of the games. They’ve been touring nonstop (and picking up fans) in support of their debut album…so much that keyboard player Baria Qureshi has quite the group siting exhaustion…and then today I found out that they’re gonna be playing SXSW next week. Head over to MySpace and give a listen.

Here is the video for ‘VCR’…..

…and here’s that Apolo Ohno AT&T commercial…..