WE GOT A PUBLISHER!
We have a publisher for the PPOTR book! Still have to sign on the dotted line (don't grumble that I'm jumping the gun) but it is a formality. The publisher, who I could, but don't want to name, just yet, is flying out to Portland in a couple of weeks to sit down, meet, greet and eat. We have been familiar with each others work for some time. As with most photo and art book publishers, they are modest in size, big in realism, and supportive of unique project such as Prison Photography on the Road. More to come.
This is especially exciting news for those of you who pre-ordered the book. But good news for everyone. It means we can go full tilt on the design AND press more copies than in a non-editioned copies for general sale.
I've just got back from a couple of weeks in Europe. It was my parents' 40th wedding anniversary so we had the first Brook family holiday in 20 years. Bordeaux was the location. Here's a photo of my nephew, a budding 3-yr-old photographer, in the local vineyard.
The trip to Europe afforded me a the opportunity to pick up 200 newspapers from the UK. The baggage handlers didn't know what they were dealing with!
The newspapers will go out to you all just as soon as I get off this mountain.
So, I'll be off the grid for a week, but when I get back ... I also have the rest of the incentives printed, organised and ready to go.
PPOTR GETS A SHOUT OUT IN THE SUNDAY TIMES, UK
PPOTR got a nice mention by Jonathan Shaw in a recent Sunday Times (UK) photography supplement article about how the internet allows new forms of distribution and engagement:
[New] mutual relationships have also seen other positive benefits perhaps not deemed commercially viable or to have a mass appeal, can now be made, brought into the public domain and given the opportunity to shine. Crowd-funding platforms, such as Kickstarter, provide an opportunity to back creative projects and in return receive an award for support.
Pete Brook, editor of Prison Photography, and writer for Raw File, Wired’s photography blog, put forward a persuasive proposition in Prison Photography On the Road.
“I wanted to involve the community at every level I could,” he says. “Dozens of photographers, including Vic Blue, donated prints to raise money. Crowd funding is community funding; it involves the community. Together we tackled the hard issue of prisons in an engaging, novel way … and now it is out there for the world.”
The full article, Hurricane Sweeps Away Landscape, can be read here and the whole supplement can be found as a pdf here.
PRISON PHOTOGRAPHY COLLABORATION WITH VII PHOTO
I'll be featuring four exclusive interviews with VII photographers, Jessica Dimmock, Ed Kashi, Ashley Gilbertson and Ron Haviv to be rolled out weekly beginning the 20th Sept. As part of VII Photo's in partnership with Think Outside the Cell they have produced a photo and video media campaign about the challenges of reentry into society and the stigma of incarceration.
THANK TO YOU ALL!