BACKSTORY

 A photo after the Oakland Hills fire by Richard Misrach

A photo after the Oakland Hills fire by Richard Misrach

Russell Hyzen, one of the founders of this effort, lives in the Oakland Hills, site of the 1991 fires which claimed 25 lives and destroyed over 3,000 homes. Russell used to live in Glen Ellen, in the hills off Hwy. 12 on Trinity Road. This was one of the locations affected by the October 2017 Northern California wildfires where many of his former neighbors lost their homes. In addition a very close friend of Russell lost his home in Sonoma which was a special sanctuary to him and his wife. With all these related personal threads Russell wanted to find a way to help the victims of these devastating wildfires and it just came to him...

 Richard Misrach's photo book of the Oakland Hills fire.

Richard Misrach's photo book of the Oakland Hills fire.

Richard Misrach, known as one of the most influential photographers of his generation, took photos of the aftermath of the 1991 Oakland Hills fires and released a book of these photos on the 20th anniversary of the fires. A friend of Russell's gave him a signed copy of this book. This book was our inspiration of an idea to photograph a series of various vehicles (cars, trucks, trailers, tractors, boats, etc.) which were destroyed by the fires, thus turning these ashes into a form of art which could then be sold to benefit the victims of the fires.

 Photo of Russell Hyzen and Scott Maddern in back of truck burnt in the October 2017 Northern California fires.

Photo of Russell Hyzen and Scott Maddern in back of truck burnt in the October 2017 Northern California fires.

Russell called his photographer friend Scott Maddern and the pair headed to Santa Rosa and surrounding area to photograph the vehicles that still stood in the ash, their twisted and burnt metal taking on a solemn and eerie beauty. They photographed more than 100 vehicles over a series of six days. You can see the best photos that were chosen to be produced here and purchase any of them in the sizes and formats available. The hardback photobook of these 39 amazing images can be purchased here on our website as well. You will also be able to purchase the 1st editions of these photos at our upcoming auction. Our auction can be attended in person or if you can’t physically make it to the location you can bid online. Sign up to be notified of the date and location of the auction. The proceeds will then go to help the victims of the fires who are still in need. Although time has passed since the fire it will take years for homeowners and business owners to recover from the devastation.