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EHMJ2013-waterwater

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EHMJ2013-waterwater

  1. 1. Water is the lifeblood of humanity. Without it, there are des- erts. With it, society thrives. So it’s no surprise that water has been a constant inspiration to Giorgio Armani: in the slick, wet models for his sunglasses; in the line of high-fashion swimwear he touts each sum- mer; in the warm, wet scent of his many colognes. Since 2009, water has also been a social cause for Mr. Armani. Through his Acqua for Life project, he’s been able to supply millions of liters of drinking water to thirsty communities around the world. It’s no surprise, then, that water also figures into Mr. Armani’s pa- tronage of the arts. Each year in Paris, the grand exhibition Paris Photo showcases the greatest works of artistic photography from around the world, and since 2011, Armani has presented a segment of the show called The ACQUA Exhibit, full of photographs specifically related to the theme of water. This year, for the first time, Paris Photo will be hold- ing a spring showcase in Los Angeles, appropriately called Paris Photo LA. Armani will not be missing out on this new venue, showcasing “ACQUA #3,” his latest sponsored exhibit. This work, a series of poignant photographs, centers around Haiti and the devastating earthquake that struck the country in 2010. The images are the work of Jim Goldberg, a distinguished photographer as well as professor in the California College of Arts and Crafts. In black Water, Water Every- where At Paris Photo LA, Giorgio Armani sponsors a wet and wondrous exhibit. By Charles Shoultz and white, the photographs depict the quiet desperation of the Haitian people as they grapple with the enormity of the disaster that has befallen them. Appropriately, each photograph features water, and in them there is the heavy sense of how vital water is to human life. As Armani and Goldberg both understand, without water, there is nothing. Photoscourtesyof©JimGoldberg/MagnumPhotos f o c u s ESSENTIAL HOMME | 101

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