See Art by Henry Leutwyler, Doug Abraham + More to Aid Those Affected by the Boko Haram Crisis

Black and white print courtesy of Bibi Cornejo Borthwick 

Who could forget the horrors incurred by the people of Nigeria, terrorized by Boko Haram? Thousands of lives have been lost, entire towns have been decimated, hundreds of girls are still held hostage, and still the situation isn’t getting nearly the attention or help it deserves.

For a breakdown of the situation, read this.

Bibi Cornejo Borthwick and May Kwok are working to change that, hosting a silent auction and fundraiser to support the work of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) (or, as we more likely know it, Doctors Without Borders), which is working to aid those affected by the Boko Haram crisis.

Over 30 artists and designers have signed on to contribute works to the silent auction being held on January 28. (See a preview of five of the works below.)

Artists include Doug Abraham/BESS, Michael Avedon, Tim Barber, Alex John Beck, Bibi Cornejo Borthwick, Mark Borthwick, Christian Brylle, Jamie Burke, Francesco Carrozini, Christian Calabro, Maria Cornejo, David Flinn, Yara Flinn, Kava Gorna, Hugo Guinness, Frances Tulk Hart, Henry Leutwyler, Danielle Levitt, Phillip Lim, Kathryn Lynch, Paul Maffi, Dan Martensen, Andrea Mary Marshall, Skye Parrott, Kai Regan, Narciso Rodriguez, Magnus Unnar, Alice Waese, Andre Walker, Ruvan Wijesooriya, and 13th Witness.

Those who aren’t attending can still help May Kwok and Bibi Cornejo Borthwick reach their goal of $25,000 by donating directly to MSF here.


Two pieces by Donald Robertson: 




Henry Leutwyler’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Lauren Lovette NYCB 2012:



BESSNYC4 Limited Edition Skate Deck, Side A and Side B:



Black and white print by Bibi Cornejo Borthwick:



You Should Be Inspired By… Bibi Cornejo Borthwick, Photographer

Photo courtesy of Bibi Cornejo Borthwick

Bibi Cornejo Borthwick’s unfettered images are easily reminiscent of a dream-state; Cornejo Borthwick captures her subjects solely on film, which allows for a happenstance beauty to appear– see above for proof. In her images, it’s easy to see that sometimes letting go is the best way to let the grace and charm of the subject shine through.

At only 24, the young photographer has already shot for publications such as Dazed and Confused, T Magazine, Pop, and L’Officiel Hommes. Here she shares with us a few things that inspire her work and life.


“The MET. I can spend hours getting lost in that museum.” (1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY.)



“Marcel Duchamp: The Afternoon Interviews by Calvin Tompkins. My absolute favorite book.” (Available here.)



“Another favorite book of mine is Gerhard Richter’s Atlas.” (Available here.)



“The best album is Finley Quaye’s Maverick a Strike.” (Available here.)



“My favorite scent to wear is Narciso Rodriguez.” (Available here.)



“In my home, I burn Feu de Bois by Diptyque.” (Available here.)



View more of Bibi’s work here.

Bibi Cornejo Borthwick’s Fresh Start for the New Year

“This outfit is somewhat of a staple for me, a me a silk shirt and a camisole. My neighborhood in Brooklyn is idyllic and really amazing for shooting in natural light,” Bibi says of her Joe Fresh look.

Sponsored by Joe Fresh

Bibi Cornejo Borthwick’s photography is intimate and revealing; there’s an allowance of imperfection, and a trust in the film – she doesn’t shoot digital — that speaks to her humanity. On the day we spent with Bibi, the photographer welcomed model Ajak Deng along with us, offering fresh coffee, and dancing with her dog, a French bulldog named Brooklyn, between shots.

Fashion and photography both run in Cornejo-Borthwick’s blood; she’s the daughter of Zero+Maria Cornejo’s namesake designer and photographer Mark Borthwick. Fashion and photography may make up her DNA, but with recent editorials for magazines like iD, Pop,and L’Officiel Hommes, and fashion clients like cool-chic accessory designer Karen Gallo, it’s clear Bibi has talent all on her own.

It’s her passion for Tu Sisi, an organization founded by Bibi to facilitate artistic expression and creative learning among children in Swaziland that truly lights the photographer from within. In the New Year, Bibi is making a few fresh starts.

“My resolution this year is to travel more. I want to do a road trip and make a few short films. I’m excited to go back to Africa and start the first projects for Tu Sisi,” Bibi tells us.

To learn more about Tu Sisi, click here. View Bibi’s photography here.

“This sweater is the perfect black cashmere. Whenever I’m working from home, Brooklyn is always right there. One of my favorite things to do is archive all my old negatives.”

“I recently got to shoot Ajak for an editorial. She was incredible, my idea of perfect beauty and really one of the most sincere and intelligent women I’ve met.”

“When I’m shooting from home my puppy is always close. He loves being in the middle of everything! I loved this easy, laidback look from Joe Fresh, especially the t-shirt which I can pair with anything.”


“This is just our spot — whenever I have time off, I love sitting on the stoop with a cup of coffee to people watch.”

“I love this polka sit dress that I paired with a sweater, so it looks like a skirt — great for wearing an evening outfit earlier in the day!”

Bibi’s clothing by Joe Fresh. Photos by Vince Patti.