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Entrepreneur sets up a photojournalism fund

on Wednesday,January 28,2009 22:01

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Responding to the need to chronicle human rights abuses, a successful businessman''s foundation provides resources for photojournalists to document injustices around the world.

Andy Patrick launched his FiftyCrows Foundation in 2001 and has thus far disbursed $300,000 to young photographers who documented events such as child marriage in Afghanistan and the hardships of illegal immigrants from Central America and Mexico, according to a CNN.com feature article.

The foundation''s website states that one of its main goals is to "increase access to documentary photographic essays for under-served populations, especially children, minorities and teenagers."

Patrick experienced his first business success at age 11 when he set up a shopping service for his snowed-in neighbors. But he made his fortune when he launched Adjacency Brand New Media, an e-commerce website developer in 1995, which he subsequently sold for $67 million.

"Being lucky is a big part of success," he told CNN and added that he "decided to turn my good fortune into something that could bring about positive change."

Initially funded by some of the money from the sale of Adjacency, the foundation supports its current activities with donations and proceeds from the sale of works by well-known photographers, such as Debbie Fleming Caffrey, through its Fine Print Program.

In addition to providing grants, FiftyCrows helps young artists showcase their work through Patrick''s latest business venture liveBooks.com which creates web-based applications for professional photographers.
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