Harry Sandler exhibit to benefit 1MattersWritten by Zach Davis | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteer organization 1Matters announced plans May 16 for “1Walks — 1Rocks — 1Matters,” a one-day spectacle on Oct. 9. The event includes a one-mile walk, a nine-hour concert (lineup TBA) and a photography exhibit from Harry Sandler that will run from Oct. 9-30.
“The thing that I think is so cool about 1Matters is it’s just people who give a rip,” founder and formerly unhoused man turned comedian Ken Leslie said. “We give people the opportunity to get involved. We are not trying to recruit or trying to save the world. What we are doing is changing lives one at a time.”
Sandler, a 45-year veteran of the entertainment industry, will donate 30-45 pieces of art from his life on tour in rock ‘n’ roll and through landscapes he came across on his travels. All proceeds from “Harry Sandler: Childhood and Other Neighborhoods” will be donated to the 1Matters foundation, which works to change the perception of the homeless, or unhoused, to reflect reality.
“It’s important from a personal standpoint,” Sandler said. “I always felt like an inch this way or an inch that way and I could have been on the street. I also feel that there’s not enough done in a global way to take care of people that lose everything and end up on the street — not always because of their own doing. There are a lot of factors that come into play on a lot of levels.”
Sandler began his career as a photographer in the 1960s, hired by Rolling Stone, Circus and record companies to capture musicians in New York including the Rolling Stones, The Who, Harry Chapin and others.
He left photography in 1976 and served in roles including tour manager as well as film and video producer during the next 35 years for artists such as the Eagles, Van Halen, Jewel, Billy Joel, John Mellencamp, Stevie Nicks, Bruce Springsteen and Barbara Streisand.
While on tour, Sandler continued to pursue photography on the side, a hobby he began when he was just 8 years old after he received a Polaroid camera for his birthday.
“I was immediately intoxicated with image making,” Sandler said.
“As time went on I spent many days learning the technical aspects of photography, but was always attracted to the alternative look at life through the lens of a camera.”
Sandler has also been at the forefront for the artistic movement in iPhone photography. After getting his first iPhone three years ago, Sandler began to transfer those pictures onto canvas. He is also planning on instructing a class on “iPhoneology” in the future, with all proceeds going to 1Matters.
“This process is groundbreaking,” Leslie said. “Putting pictures from the iPhone onto canvas, he’s probably the first to do it and he’s the only one with access to be able to produce these different images. Anyone who is a fan of rock ‘n’ roll can come down and find a beautiful new image of their favorites.”
Leslie first met Sandler when he was in Canada to meet with John Mellencamp, who he worked with at the time. Mellencamp had interest in helping 1Matters with some public service announcements and that interest spread to Sandler.
“We got to talking and he had seen my photography and over the next few weeks went back and forth,” Sandler said. “We decided we should do something here for the organization that involved the combination of my fine-art photography and the musical acts I captured over the last 30-40 years.
“The last few years on the road with John Mellencamp, I would get up early every morning at sunrise and look around for images to capture. The world is a very simple, yet complex neighborhood to capture in an image. This is the challenge, and this is the victory.”
Leslie alluded that the interest from both Mellencamp and Sandler in 1Matters has already made its impact in the music community, which will soon bring others in to assist.
“They will be creating something that the entire music industry can rally behind,” Leslie said. “We will be making more announcements in the next 30 days of other artists that are getting engaged on the campaign.”