Photographs by legends Henri Cartier-Bresson and Elliott Erwitt are set to raise money for the homeless charity Crisis as part of a project backed by Prince William.
The project, called ‘A Positive View’, will launch with an exhibition at Somerset House in London from 10 March-6 April.
‘It will bring together more than 100 rare and signed vintage works across almost a century of photography,’ say organisers.
Cartier-Bresson’s ‘Seville’ (1933) and a Erwitt’s ‘Wyoming Steam-train Press’ (1954) will be among the exhibits, as is a famous Corrine Day portrait of Kate Moss captured in 1990.
The images – which have been donated – will then be auctioned at a reception to be held at Christie’s on 15 April.
They include classic and contemporary work across a range of genres, from fashion to reportage.
Backing the project is Prince William who spent a night sleeping rough near Blackfriars Station in London before Christmas, in support of the charity Centrepoint.
His mother, Princess Diana, was patron of the project when it first took place in 1994.
‘Prince William’s interest in homelessness and generous involvement as patron is a key ingredient in what promises to be the most impressive A Positive View yet,’ said Crisis chief executive Leslie Morphy.
Picture: Corrine Day Kate, 1990 © Corinne Day, courtesy Corinne Day
Picture: Elliott Erwitt, Wyoming Steam-train Press (1954) © Elliott Erwitt, Courtesy of Hackelbury Fine Art
Picture: Henri Cartier-Bresson Queen Charlotte’s Ball, London, 1959 © Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson, courtesy of HackelBury Fine Art