Printsforhaiti.com has donated $5,000 to Direct Relief International, funds that were all raised from its Internet photo gallery sale.
Founded following the earthquake by Santa Barbara-based Specialty Color Services and Greg Lawlor, the special collection consists completely of donated photographs.
These currently include award-winning Western art and horse photography by Norm Clasen; several contributions by Amit Gupta, the founder of Photojojo; and a single edition of the iconic “Suzanne” by Joyce Tennyson. Discount codes on the site are designed to make purchases possible at any budget. Once purchased, museum-quality archival silver-halide prints are produced by Specialty Color Services, a custom photo lab, and shipped to the buyer.
In a written statement, Lawlor, a photographer and technology solutions consultant, said, “Our next donation will be allocated to the American Red Cross. We hope that people will continue to support our effort. There is still a massive amount of recovery work to be done. The great thing about this project is that contributors have the opportunity to build a beautiful collection of photography for themselves at very reasonable prices while helping others.
The earthquake in Haiti occurred on January 12, 2010, after which the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies estimated that 230,000 people died while as many as one million people were made homeless.