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World-famous snappers focus on helping charities

Jerome Reilly

Published 01/06/2014 | 02:30

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SUPPORT: Leslie Buckley and David Cantwell with Barretstown CEO Dee Ahearn, at the launch of Snap Dragons, a unique photo collection to raise money for Haven and Barretstown. Photo: Colm Mahady
SUPPORT: Leslie Buckley and David Cantwell with Barretstown CEO Dee Ahearn, at the launch of Snap Dragons, a unique photo collection to raise money for Haven and Barretstown. Photo: Colm Mahady

Some of the world's most iconic photographs taken by many of the leading exponents of the art will help raise funds for two major Irish charities.

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Photographer David Cantwell has published a book featuring a number of famous photographers from across the globe to assist Haven and Barretstown.

His book Snap Dragons includes 30 world-famous photographers and their famous photos.

"I wanted this book to be a celebration of great photographers who have brought the world some of the great images of our time. Everyone knows their work so I felt the world should know the photographers," David said.

"I have been working with both Haven and Barretstown for the past five years so it was an obvious choice for me. I regularly photograph families at the bereavement camps at Barretstown.

"Very often families, after they lose a child, simply stop taking family photos and what I do is try to encourage them to start again.

"For Haven I cover the fundraising events here in Ireland, which raise money to help them to make inroads in bringing Haiti back from the devastating earthquake."

David has been working with the children's charity Barretstown since 2008. Barretstown provides therapeutic recreation or "serious fun" to families affected by childhood cancer. 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the children's charity, which has helped over 27,000 seriously ill children and their families since 1994.

Haven is an Irish NGO working solely in Haiti to build sustainable communities, after the devastating earthquake, through the provision of adequate sanitation, shelter and training solutions.

Haven founder Leslie Buckley said: "David has been such a tremendous support to us over the years. This book is not only a display of David's fine talent as a photographer but a testament to his passion for helping others."

Dee Ahearn, chief executive of Barretstown, added: "David is a long-term supporter of Barretstown and in particular our bereavement camps, which we host a number of times each year. These camps are devoted to supporting families who have lost children to serious childhood illness and David's work of encouraging those families to start capturing special family moments through taking photos is really important."

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