Photo realism

Toronto's World AIDS Conference has brought the devastation of HIV to the forefront of everyone's minds this week. Now, an art event will give them a chance to actually do something about the problem. Next Thursday (August 24) at the Elliott Louis Gallery, Art for AIDS Orphans auctions off photographic works to benefit the Canadian arm of the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund—a group that aims to help the millions of kids left parentless by the epidemic. Highlights include work by Nick Brandt, best-known for his haunting photos of Africa (shown here); Jillian Edelstein, a U.K. photographer who's shot for the likes of Vanity Fair and the New Yorker; and Nadav Kander, whose conceptual photography has featured the faces of celebrities like Benicio Del Toro and Richard Ashcroft. Many of the artists are showing in Canada for the first time. Admission is free, and includes African music, food by Elixir, and wine. Preview work from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or at; doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the auction happens at 7:30 p.m.