December 13, 2010

Support the Bag! Donate and Win! Party with us in New York!

To Friends of The Bag,

Eight months into our relaunch, we couldn’t be more proud of our many new features and the distinctive content we have brought you this year from insightful analysis of news photos, to fearless photojournalism, to distinctive video slideshow interviews, to our unique online Salon discussions.

As a holiday fundraiser for our non-for-profit mission — and to help cover our overhead and fund our independent photography — we are hosting a holiday raffle.  Here’s how it works.  Each $20 you donate to the site buys you 1 raffle ticket.  If you donate $100, for example, that buys you 5 tickets so five chances to win. (Remember, too, that your donation is fully tax-deductible!)

We don’t ask for contributions very often so please give what you can to support the cause.

The official drawing will take place on Wednesday, December 29th at a party at the Bag’s East Coast headquarters in Brooklyn. (Also, Alan Chin’s studio, famed photojournalist crossroads and domicile.)  The price of admission is also 1 raffle ticket — unless you already purchased one ticket or more. If you’re in the area, we also warmly welcome you to come meet Michael, the BagNews staff and many of our contributing photographers, view a great slideshow and celebrate the Bag and the holidays!  (Directions can be found below.)

And, what are we raffling off, you ask?

Well, we have one print each from our primary contributors, Alan Chin and Nina Berman (Nina’s print will be posted shortly), as well as signed copies of photographers books from contributors and close friends Nina Berman (her book, Homeland, including Michael’s afterward),  Mario Tama, Peter Van Agtmael and Jason Eskenazi as well as a signed copy of Notes contributors Robert Hariman and John Lucaites’ lauded “No Caption Needed.”

Alan Chin B+W fiber-based print, signed, 11×14 inches,  Lady In Flag, New Orleans 2005

Nina Berman signed original “Homeland” print, 8.5 x 11

Signed copy of “Homeland” by Nina Berman. (Afterward by Michael Shaw.)

Signed copy of “Coming Back: New Orleans Resurgent” by Mario Tama

Signed copy of “Second Tour: Hope I Don’t Die” by Peter Van Agtmael

Signed copy of “Wonderland” by Jason Eskenazi

Signed copy of “No Caption Needed” by Bag Contributors Robert Hariman and John Lucaities.


And all you have to do is click!


Contributions can also be made by check (although they must be received by December 28th to be eligible for the raffle). Checks should be made payable to Fractured Atlas, with“BagNews Notes” in the memo line and sent to:  BagNews – c/o Michael Shaw, Ph.D. – P.O. Box 3217 – Manhattan Beach, CA 90266. is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions on behalf of BAGnewsNotes may be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.


The BagNews PARTY: Wednesday, December 29, 6 – 9pm. $20 Fundraiser.The Place: 46 Beard Street, 3rd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11231

Directions by Subway or Bus:

F or G train to Brooklyn.  Get off at Smith/9th Street Stop. Switch to B61 bus (to Ikea) or the Ikea shuttle bus. If on the B61 bus, get off at the corner of Van Dyke and Dwight Streets, which is the Rocky Sullivan Bar. The building is catty-corner from Rocky’s. If you walk down Dwight toward the river, the entrance is on Dwight Street on the left side just before Beard. (Ikea is on Beard.) Ring Bottom Buzzer.

By Car: Coming from Manhattan, take the Brooklyn Bridge and then the BQE to the Hamilton Avenue Exit, right on Clinton Street, right on Lorraine Street, left on Dwight Street to the last block of Dwight. Parking is ample.

By Ferry: From Pier 11 on Wall Street, you can take the Ikea Ferry here, $5.00 (free if you buy $10 or more at Ikea). The ferry runs every 40 minutes until 8 pm, see the schedule here.  From Ikea entrance, cross street, head left. Walk one block down Beard to corner of Dwight. Building is on the corner.

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