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America Witnessed is a portrait of the country in this first part of the 21st century.
253 backers pledged $18,855 to help bring this project to life.

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I am trying to publish my first book of photographs. The money raised by this campaign will go directly towards the costs of printing and shipping 400 copies of the book.

The book is called America: Witnessed, and it is my attempt at making sense of American culture in the first part of the 21st century.

Having been raised in Western Kentucky and living my entire adult life in New York City, I am familiar with the greatly different perspectives that make up this process that we call American democracy, a process that can seem so incompatible at times. This project began as an attempt to introduce these two very different worlds to one another. By the beginning of 2012, I’d been photographing for more than 10 years when I decided I needed to expand the project. So, last spring, I travelled for 6 weeks, without my wife or a paycheck. I drove over 10,000 miles, across 26 states, and burned over 300 gallons of gasoline. I spent almost every evening in bars and diners, meeting the people in these places and trying to find out what life was like there. I was looking for answers, but mostly I only discovered more questions. This book is my interpretation of all those miles travelled, all of those places seen, and all of those people that I met.

The creative work for this project is finished. After returning from my trip in April, I spent the rest of the year, and up until now, editing and sequencing all of these photographs from the last 11 years. I've worked with an incredible designer named Francesca Richer, and the book is ready to go to press.

This project has been completely self-funded up until now, and I need your help to make this book a reality.

The book will be printed in a limited edition of 400. It will contain 48 photographs, and an essay by the one and only Duane Michals.

You can see a portfolio of the images here: http://americawitnessed.com

For a $100 pledge, you’ll receive the book, plus a special edition 8" x 10" archival pigment print of the image on the cover of the book. This print will be signed, and in a limited edition of 50.

8" x 10" archival pigment print. Limited edition of 50. ($100)
8" x 10" archival pigment print. Limited edition of 50. ($100)

For a $250 pledge, you'll receive a print of Patriot. 12 September 2001. This is an 11" x 14" archival pigment print in a limited edition of 20.

Patriot. 12 September 2001. 11" x 14" archival pigment print. Limited edition of 20. ($250)
Patriot. 12 September 2001. 11" x 14" archival pigment print. Limited edition of 20. ($250)

For a $500 pledge, you'll receive an 18" x 24" archival pigment print of your choice of one of the three images from the project that you see here. Each print will be in a limited edition of 10, and will be mounted onto an archival sintra board. Please email me to let me know which print you are interested in: ray@raymondadams.net.

18" x 24" archival pigment print. Limited edition of 10. (4 remaining) $500
18" x 24" archival pigment print. Limited edition of 10. (4 remaining) $500
18" x 24" archival pigment print. Limited edition of 10. ($500)
18" x 24" archival pigment print. Limited edition of 10. ($500)
18" x 24" archival pigment print. Limited edition of 10. (9 remaining) $500
18" x 24" archival pigment print. Limited edition of 10. (9 remaining) $500

And for a $750 pledge, I’ll send you your choice of one of these same three 18" x 24" limited edition prints, mounted on sintra, and framed in a beautiful handmade hard maple frame with a white finish, protected by UV filtered plexiglass. Please email me to let me know which print you are interested in: ray@raymondadams.net.

Handmade Hard Maple Frame with White Finish and UV Filtered Plexiglass ( w/print $750)
Handmade Hard Maple Frame with White Finish and UV Filtered Plexiglass ( w/print $750)

All prices include taxes and shipping to anywhere within the United States.

Please feel free to email me if you have any questions: ray@raymondadams.net

I'd like to say a special thank you to Gotham Imaging, Shadowbox Framing, and Print Media NY for their support of this project.

Risks and challenges

Up until now, the project has been completely self-funded. I’ve decided to self-publish this book, so that I can have total artistic freedom to make the book that I envision. I need your help to make the printing of the book a reality.

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    Your choice of 1 of 3 Limited Edition prints from the book + the book itself. Each print is a signed archival pigment print, in an edition of 10. The print is 18" x 24", and will be mounted on 3mm archival sintra matboard. You will receive a signed copy of the book, which is a limited edition of 400.
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    Your choice of 1 of 3 Framed Limited Edition prints from the book + the book itself. Each print is a signed archival pigment print, in an edition of 10. The print is 18" x 24", and will be mounted on 3mm archival sintra matboard. The print will be set in a handmade 3/4" x 2" Hard Maple frame with a White finish. It will be protected by UV filtered plexiglass and set back from that plexiglass with 1/2" white rag spacers. You will receive a signed copy of the book, which is a limited edition of 400. Your name will be printed in the back of the book, as a way of saying Thank You. Please email me to let me know which print you are interested in: ray@raymondadams.net.

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