SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – During Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, Able Body Spa (405 Park Ave.) in downtown Scotch Plains is hosting a special fundraiser on Thursday, Sept. 17 from 4-7 p.m. for cancer survivor Hank Webber, a gifted black-and-white film photographer with 60 years of experience.
Webber’s photography, known as “Cameo Classics” extends from a 1920s family tradition that began with his grandfather and was passed along by his dad, who taught him the film-to-print process, will be exhibited throughout the spa and will be available for purchase. The photographs are limited-editions of 100 prints per image and come with a certificate of authenticity.
“Hank is a dear friend of ours and we’re honored to display his work while offering a platform that we hope will help him raise some money towards his medical bills,” said Ruth Wolinsky, owner of Able Body Spa, a friend of Webber for nearly a decade. “His fight over cancer was inspirational, and we are here to provide him with all the support that we can offer.”
Webber recalls his very first piece of art 60 years ago during an all-day excursion with his father. He used his father’s folding 6x9 medium format camera to take some shots of a steam locomotive, a print that Webber hangs proudly in his office today.
“The pride of hand-crafting a photograph is what continues to draw me to the darkroom,” suggested Webber. “It's my purpose as an artist to produce the finest images in keeping with the family tradition of black-and-white film photography.”
Proceeds from the sales will help Webber cover some of the medical expenses incurred during his battle with prostate cancer. Wine and other refreshments will be provided at the art exhibit.
For more information on the event, call Able Body Spa at 908-288-7800.