Alec Soth portrait commission on eBay

Posted in Flotsam by LBM on November 15, 2011

Stacey, South Plains, Texas

Earlier this year we released a book entitled Conductors of the Moving World by Brad Zellar. Brad’s book raised $10,000 for Japanese earthquake and tsunami relief. Since then, Brad has suffered a number of setbacks. After multiple unexplained dizzy spells, Brad fell down a flight of stairs and was left unconscious for a full day. He then spent weeks in the hospital and months undergoing neurological tests. As a consequence, Brad is drowning in medical bills.

To help Brad, I’m offering the opportunity to purchase a portrait commission on our eBay auction page. Winning bidders may book a session for themselves or give the portrait session as a gift. The picture can be made in my studio in Minnesota or I can travel to you (as long as my expenses are covered). From this session the sitter and I will select an image to produce as a large scale print (up to 40×50 inches).

Over the years I’ve done a handful of these commissions. The picture above was commissioned in 2004 and has been exhibited all over the world. (See other commission examples on our eBay auction page). Whomever purchases this portrait, I aim to make a serious piece of work for a friend who is seriously in need.

If you are unable to purchase the portrait session, you can still help. On Sunday November 20th there will be a fundraiser at the Amsterdam Bar & Hall in St. Paul. Otherwise, you can donate cash directly via PayPal here.

So check out our eBay auction page, and if you have any questions (or just want to send a check), please email

Thank you,

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  1. Eric Gunderson said, on November 15, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    you guys should set up a paypal “donate” button. I can’t afford much, but I’d be happy to send something.

  2. LBM said, on November 15, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    Great point Eric. We’ll get to work on it.

    • Eric Gunderson said, on November 15, 2011 at 8:32 pm

      Good 🙂 I’ll keep checking in for it then.

      • charlie b. ward said, on November 16, 2011 at 2:33 pm

        Hey Eric the paypal donate button has been created- it can be found here:

        Thank you much for your generosity!

  3. Brigitte said, on November 15, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    Dear Alec, being a great admirer of your work for many years, I wish I was rich enough to:

    A: Win this Ebay auction to help Brad out and have you photographing my brother.
    B: Cover those expenses that will bring you down here in Sydney Australia….

    Oh well…

    • LBM said, on November 15, 2011 at 8:22 pm

      Thank you Brigitte, very kind.

  4. Denis said, on November 15, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    Yo Alec, surely I can’t afford (yet) get my picture taken
    but – stressing is not enough – make sure we can donate some from somewhere to someone

    x 🙂

  5. Moira said, on November 16, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    Hi Alec – I am a big fan of your work. And I really admire your generosity. I shared your auction on my blog today. Best wishes to you and your friend Brad Zellar. I hope he is well.

  6. Paul Cyr said, on November 17, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    Great idea, best wishes

  7. thatvoiceagain said, on November 29, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    Fantastic portrait, love the composition, and the blurred sheep to the left of the subject looking over.

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