Above image: Gavin Watson, ‘Skins Skinny Jim’ 1980
With the COVID-19 virus supposedly at its peak in this country, foodbanks in the UK have rarely been so vital, having already seen a 300 percent increase in footfall compared to this time last year. In response to this urgent situation, the Trussell Trust, which supports two-thirds of food banks across the UK, are the subject of a new fundraising photography initiative that follows in the footsteps of similar models in Italy (100 Photographers for Bergamo) and the US (Pictures for Elmhurst).
Photographers for the Trussell Trust is a photography print sale of work by British-based photographers with 100 percent of proceeds going towards the Trussell Trust. Participating photographers include Juergen Teller, Derek Ridgers, Gavin Watson, Jamie Hawkesworth, Karen Knorr, Martin Parr and Dick Jewell, among many others.
Founded in 1997, the Trust not only provides food to people in crisis but support and counselling to help alleviate poverty. Prior to the virus outbreak, their network of over 1200 food bank centres nationwide provided for the 14 million people living in poverty, a number that is now only expected to rise.
“As the coronavirus pandemic develops, we’re working closely with food banks to support them to continue providing vital emergency food to people who can’t afford the essentials,” said Alice Hudson of the Trussell Trust. “Right now more people than ever are likely to need our network’s help. We are focused on rapidly mobilising support so that those most vulnerable to the impacts of poverty and isolation can survive these months of crisis.”
All prints are 8×11 inches and priced at £100 each, plus £5 shipping costs worldwide. See the full list of available photographs here.
Dick Jewell, ‘Castles Pie n Mash in Camden’
Janette Beckman, ‘Teds, South London’ 1979