The Coe + Co. Photography Gallery was the setting for a reception and book-signing to benefit a scholarship fund for Dreyfoos School of the Arts students. The indoor-outdoor event took place March 24 and served as a "pre-launch" for "White Album of the Hamptons" by renowned photographer Christophe von Hohenberg.Von Hohenberg's work has appeared in American, French, and German Vogue, as well as Interview and Vanity Fair and in ad campaigns for Givenchy and Estee Lauder. He is the author of "Another Planet: New York Portraits 1976-1996"; "Andy Warhol: The Day the Factory Died"; and "Shadows of the Gods: Mexico City."In addition to the book-signing, the evening included cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, an exhibit of previously unseen photographs featured in the book, and the live auction of six photographs, including "Fog on Georgica Pond" won by Le Bilboquet's Philippe Delgrange and "The Feather" won by former model Kim Charlton, now a spokeswoman for Empowers Africa.
All proceeds from the event benefit the Duke Nelson Memorial Scholarship, an endowment fund under the Dreyfoos School of the Arts Foundation.
The scholarship was founded in memory of Duke Nelson, a Dreyfoos alumni who at 23 was shot while filming a rap video in Fort Lauderdale.
More than 100 people attended, including Dreyfoos development director Chris Snyder; Duke's close friend Ben Guy; artists Priscilla Rattazzi and Elizabeth Thompson; and Marco Posatti, Tommy Morrison, Manuel Balontin, Felicia Taylor, Christine Schott, Peter Soros, Electra Toub, Yaz Hernanez, Alain de Grelle, Alvin Valley, Michel Witmer, Jean Shafiroff, Christopher Castroviejo and Diane de la Begassiere.