About Diana Large

HRH DIANA, PRINCESS OF WALES, PATRON 1994; Photography: Patrick Demarchelier / Vogue

About William Large

Positive View was initially created in 1994 by Andrew Page as his personal project to raise funds for the Chickenshed theatre in North London where his daughter was a member.

To do this he organized a major photography exhibition featuring international vintage and contemporary photography donated by some of the world’s most respected photographers.

The two month exhibition was held at the Saatchi Gallery in London and the exhibits were later auctioned by Sotheby’s with the proceeds going directly to Chickenshed.

The Royal Patron of the project was HRH. Diana, Princess of Wales and sixteen years later her son, HRH. Prince William took a similar role when the concept was revisited to raise funds for an innovative, life changing photography project benefiting Crisis, the UK’s leading homeless charity. On this occasion over £500,000 was raised by a gala auction held at Christies.

Both exhibitions attracted major media coverage as well as features in arts publications and consumer magazines, there were extensive colour features in national and international weekend supplements. The calibre of the exhibited work also attracted wide coverage from broadcast channels and international digital platforms. In addition, both exhibitions received five star ratings from many of the industry’s most highly regarded critics.

Andrew Page has worked for over 20 years with disadvantaged young people through Fairbridge (now part of the Prince’s Trust), the Foyer Federation and the leading homeless charity, Crisis. During this time he recognized the urgent need to provide high quality, open access youth services on inner-London’s most disaffected estates. As well as the need for proper planning and delivery, he saw it as essential to include the voices of the young people themselves.

Driven by this conviction and with the support of founder patrons, Sir David Tang and Lady Elena Foster, he launched Positive View as a charity in its own right in 2012.