BY Christopher Harrity
May 15 2014 5:02 AM ET
Above: Colby Keller and his shot list
Hurry! This great auction benefitting MIX NYC & Queer Experimental Film is already under way. More than 150 celebs are auctioning off unique personal photos and selfies as part of the MIX NYC #NakedEye Camera Benefit. To bid, visit MIXNYC.org/nakedeye. Auctions close May 22.
Each celebrity has taken a disposable camera's worth of photos, which are being auctioned “naked,” i.e., with undeveloped negatives included, giving fans a unique opportunity to own original, one-of-a-kind photographic artworks. Celebrity partners have been encouraged to have fun and create candid and surprising images that reflect their real lives. With top actors, comedians, musicians, drag queens, and even porn stars participating, there's something for everyone.
A kickoff party Thursday, emceed by RuPaul’s Drag Race superstar Alaska Thunderfuck, will celebrate the Naked Eye at New York City’s famed downtown venue the Slipper Room, described by The New York Times as “a beacon in the New York burlesque scene.”
Admission is $25 in advance or at the door, with a limited number of $50 VIP front-row seats available. Advance tickets are available on the Ticketfly website.
A partial list of celebrities, performers, and arts stars: Joan Allen, Penny Arcade, Joey Arias, Susanne Bartsch, Jake Bass, Jackie Beat, BenDeLaCreme, James Bidgood, Justin Vivian Bond, Kate Bornstein, Julie Bowen, Pandora Boxx, Ammie Brown, Dan Bucatinsky, Betty Buckley, Lady Bunny, Charles Busch, the cast of Bob's Burgers, Rick Castro, Michael Cera, Walt Cessna, Craig Chester, Peaches Christ, Lea DeLaria, Guillermo Diaz, Drew Droege, J.D. Samson, Kenny Scharf, Amy Sedaris, Jeffery Self, Jake Shears, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, James Franco, Joe Gage, Rebecca Gayheart, Anthony Goicolea, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Alexander Kargaltsev, Colby Keller, John Kelly, Wayne Koestenbaum, Terence Koh, Le1f, Blake Little, Mink Stole, Buck Angel, Gregg Araki, Ann Magnuson, Honey Mahogany, Dina Martina, Heather Matarazzo, Wendi McLendon-Covey, John Cameron Mitchell, Slava Mogutin, Jenni Olson, Catherine Opie, Jack Pierson, Wakefield Poole, Parker Posey, Sally Jessy Raphael, Michael J. Willett, Holly Woodlawn.
Above: Amy Sedaris's loaded camera
Above: God only knows what Holly Woodlawn took pictures of.