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Bidders to snap up mobile photos
Ever wanted a photograph of Damon Albarn's toilet or Tracey Emin's feet? You could be in luck.

They have contributed the pictures, taken on their mobile phones, for an exhibition opening this week.

The exhibition also features photos from artist Jack Vettriano and Sir Peter Blake.

The photos will be auctioned in aid of Mencap after the exhibition, which begins in London at the Association of Photographers' gallery on Wednesday.

Damon Albarn's contribution
Damon Albarn was told to capture the moment
The mobile phone art has been dubbed Fonetography by Nokia, the exhibition's sponsor.

The gallery said the brief for each of the artists involved was "simply to capture the moment".

Organisers said they wanted to see what some of the leading visual artists could do with camera phones, which have had an impact on everyday photography.

I always take a series of photographs for ideas I have for a painting
Jack Vettriano
Brit Art icon Emin, known for autobiographical works such as All the People I Have Ever Slept With, has submitted a grainy snap of her own feet, sporting eye-catching green nail polish.

Blur frontman Albarn's photo, entitled Loo, appears to be a close-up of the singer in his own toilet, taken from above.


Sir Peter, who designed the legendary album cover for The Bealtes' Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, will display a photo alongside Vettriano, who had 40 paintings sold at auction for 2.5m in September.

Vettriano said: "I always take a series of photographs for ideas I have for a painting.

Jack Vettriano's snap
Vettriano will make his snap into a painting titled Movin' On
"Once I am happy with a particular shot I then work from it straight onto canvas.

"The shots I took for the Fonetography project will definitely from the basis of a painting entitled Movin' On."

Photographers David Bailey, Richard Young, Rankin and New York's Nan Goldin have also contributed mobile snaps for the exhibition, as has artist Jeffrey Kroll and graffiti artist Banksy.

Bailey's photo depicts himself holding a skull to his face.

Other contributors include photo journalist Nick Danziger, fashion designer Wayne Hemingway and art gallery owner Jay Jopling.

The exhibition runs until 27 November.

David Bailey pictured with a skull
Photographer David Bailey [left] embraced the fledgling medium
Do you have a photo taken on your mobile that you would like to share? It won't hang alongside Tracey's feet or Damon's loo, but they end up in one of the picture galleries on the BBC News website.

Send your photo to yourpics@bbc.co.uk. If you want to send your picture from your mobile phone, dial 00 44 (0)7970 885089.

You can send them from any network or phone. Please send the large full size images (usually 640x480 pixels) taken by the mobiles otherwise they are too small to publish.

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