I will create a journalistic photo book contrasting photos my dad took during the war and shortly after with current photos in Seoul.
In the 1950's a US Army soldier, Bill Culler, spent much of his R&R time photographing Korea. These photographs were not the usual assortment of snapshots of weapons and other soldiers; instead this teenage boy from Colorado used his camera to capture images of the Korean mountains as well as the street scenes from the cities. His photographs document the devistation of war on people on a personal level, as he captured intimate moments of hunger, need, and hope in the eyes of the people he was sent to help and protect. Some of these stirring images were developed and put into a scrapbook, while others were converted to slides in a rare collection of full color photos of Korea in the mid 1950's. When the time came to return home, the soldier packed the slides and photos away in a footlocker, locked it and mailed it home ahead of him. When my dad passed away, I brought his footlocker home with me to California and found the photos and slides. Being in the Army myself, and having spent a great deal of time being in and studying culture and language of Korea, I found the photos very moving.
My great friend Eric Holm of Eric Holm Photography, and I are goind to fully restore all these photos and slides, and go to Korea and take images of our own, to contrast those that my dad took when he was there. We will be putting these together in a book that will show the power of hope, determination, and the hard working spirit of the nation of South Korea. While in Seoul on military duty last August, I scouted out some of the locations that my dad took his photos from. Many of the buildings are no longer there, and as a result of South Korea's long-standing love of nature, much of the landscape has grown full with beautiful trees. There are so many changes, so much growth, and the people of Korea have taken that hope and determination and made a remarkeable achivement with it. It is this that we will capture, the fighting spirit that has taken South Korea from the ashes of war to world reknownd leaders in Art, Technology, Industry, and Education.
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on June 7, 2012.
May 8, 2012 - Jun 7, 2012 (30 days)
Pledge $10 or more
Everyone helping fund this project at $10 or more will receive constant updates of the project, including a blog on progress, examples of the photos as I digitize and prep them, and previews of the photos I will be taking in Seoul, South Korea.Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
Pledge $25 or more
Pledges of $25 or more will be given the project updates, as well as a PDF version of the completed book for use on tablets, laptops and home computers. Due to the fact that many of the slides I am processing are in full color, and the photographs I will be taking will be in color, I would discourage using a black and white e-reader to view this book.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $65 or more
Funding of $65 will receive the updates, a copy of the e-book, as well as a high quality 8x10 print of your favorite photo contrast used in the book, one of my Dad's photos and the corresponding photograph I take. Suitable for framing, these prints will arrive to you with a handwritten card of thanks for your support. These prints will be mailed to you once the project is completed and your selection has been made.Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
Pledge $100 or more
Funding at $100 recieves updates, PDF copy of the book, 8x10s, as well as an autographed hardcover copy of the book to be mailed to you along with your 8x10 prints.Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
Pledge $500 or more
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Funding at $500 will receive the updates, PDF copy of the book, autographed hardcover copy of the book, however the 8x10 photos will be changed to larger sizes gallery wraps, signed and numbered, still of your choice. These high quality wraps will be mailed to you along with you book and handwritten letter of appreciation.Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
Pledge $1,000 or more
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Funding at $1000 will receive the updates, PDF copy of the book, autographed hardcover copy of the book, however the 8x10 photos will be changed to larger size metal prints, signed and numbered, still of your choice. Metal Prints of these images will bring the Korea of the past and present right into your home or office. Printed on high quality aluminium, these prints bring a beautiful sense of depth and reality to photographs that canvas prints can't do. These high quality metal prints will be mailed to you along with you book and handwritten letter of appreciation.Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
Pledge $5,000 or more
Funding of $5000 will provide you with updates, PDF book, the autographed hardcover copy of the book, the metal prints, as well as special listing as contributing member of the book in both PDF and Hardcover versions of the book, as well as a guided photo tour/ session through Koreatown, Los Angeles. You arrange to get to Los Angeles with your camera, and we will spend the day looking at the world of Koreatown through the viewfinder. When completed, we will make selections of the images you captured during the trip, Ill spend a bit of time preparing them and sending them to the printers. You will receive all original and edited digital files, as well as a high quality photobook, of your own images from LA's own Koreatown. (Transportation and acomidations not included)Estimated delivery: Nov 2012