During a series of photography trips to Cambodia's Angkor Wat monuments, internationally acclaimed photographer Kenro Izu was deeply affected by his encounters with often ill, malnournished, and disfigured children. As a symbol of his gratitude for the profund artistic inspiration he received from Cambodia's historical treasures, Izu committed himself to building a pediatric hospital to provide desperately needed healthcare for its children…its future.
Friends Without A Border (Friends), a non-profit organization, was founded by Izu in 1996 to build and manage Angkor Hospital for Children in Cambodia. In 2013, Friends launched a new initiative to extend the reach of the mission to the children of Lao PDR by building and establishing Lao Friends Hospital for Children; which opened in February 2015.
Since inception, the art community has been a vital source of support for Friends. An integral part of this relationship has been the Friends of Friends Photography Auction, first held in 1997. In the years since, nearly one thousand artists, their representatives, and collectors have generously donated their work to the auction, the proceeds from which directly support the mission of Friends to provide quality healthcare to children in Southeast Asia. The past nineteen auctions have raised more than $2.5 million, including $120,000 in 2016. With your help we hope this year's event will continue and build on that success.