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In collaboration with Charlotte Cotton and the International Center of Photography, our new book explores public & private portraiture.
In collaboration with Charlotte Cotton and the International Center of Photography, our new book explores public & private portraiture.
In collaboration with Charlotte Cotton and the International Center of Photography, our new book explores public & private portraiture.
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In contemporary society, it can be difficult to define what is private and what is public. Mossless' fourth big book explores this theme by looking at how contemporary artists address these very issues.

The book will have a reflective cover, in an oversize format with full-bleed, perforated pages and a separate text section. The book is being made in collaboration with Charlotte Cotton & the International Center of Photography and it'll be debuted at their new location this summer. The book will complement their inaugural exhibit, Public, Private, Secret.

The line-up for this book is absolutely stellar, with photographers like Signe Pierce, Anouk Kruithof, Ryan Pfluger, Amy Elkins, Kris Graves, Jen Davis, Daniel Mayrit, Ditta Baron Hoeber, Shohei Miyachi, Rachel Stern, Farah Al Qasimi, Molly Matalon, Gonzalo Bénard, Ben McNutt, Kalen Na'il Roach, Leah Edelman-Brier, Namsa Leuba, Bobby Scheidemann, Sabrina Jung, Stacy Kranitz, Tommy Kha, Zak Krevitt, Caroline Tompkins, Khalik Allah, Fumiko Imano and more, even a few painters — we're still working through all of our content. Jonah Rosenberg joined the team as a contributing editor to make this all work perfectly and it'll be printed in Canada with design by Elana Schlenker. Here's a preview from our draft:

If you want this book or simply like this project, please consider pre-ordering your copy! Without enough pre-orders, this book may never be made. There's something for everyone, we're making postcards and posters for this project too.

To celebrate the book, we pasted a version of our cover to the outside of ICP's new building, 250 Bowery! Take a look:

You can even go there to get your own selfie (#mossless4) — here's Romke!

(Okay so the trimming here isn't perfect but it will be on the book!)

— PRESS —

Jon Feinstein of Humble Arts Foundation interviewed Romke for an article published April 25th. Their tone glows through the title, in which they claim that Mossless 4 Might Be The Best Not-Yet-Published Photobook of 2016! They discussed how the book came about and went into detail about the theme. Read the whole post here. HAFNY has blogged about our work before and included Issue 3: The United States (2003-2013) in their Best Photobooks of 2014 list.

Cool Hunting also reached out for an interview, theirs was published April 26. We discussed inspiration and our process in making this book. Nara even wrote that "Mossless has done a great job of triggering interest and thrill; the photographs featured in the story alone have us itching to know more about each artist, and how they draw or step over the lines between what's public and private."

On April 27th, American Photo published an overview of the project. They previously published an article about Issue 3 in their print magazine.

In the last days of the campaign, two other articles came out. One was a quick hit by Boooooom, and the other was the lengthiest article on the book yet, by VICE, titled Photos That Blur the Line Between Public and Private Personas, in which photo editor Elizabeth Renstrom interviewed Romke, and even included a few text excerpts from the book.

— REWARDS —

5"x7" signed inkjet-printed Mossless 4 Postcard:

Our official postcard was shot exclusively for this book by none other than performance artist Signe Pierce. According to Jerry Saltz, she's one to watch this year! Read our quick interview with her here. She will sign these postcards, which we will print in-house.

20"x29" Mossless 4 Poster (80#, rolled):

This poster by Bobby Scheidemann is really something. It's the biggest poster we'll ever have made and we'll be treating each one with great care. Read our quick interview with Bobby here. Don't miss that dog in the center shot.

Lenscloth:

Mossless Issue Three: The United States (2003-2013):

If you're not familiar with our America issue, check out this article that introduces the concept and imagery. This book was received extremely well, and was even listed as a top photobook of 2014 by Time Magazine and HAFNY. Don't miss this special deal — we're offering our last copies at a great discount.

Gratuitous Type, Issue 4

Gratuitous Type was founded by Elana Schlenker, the designer for Mossless 4. This issue of Gratuitous Type is actually sold out, but Elana was generous enough to offer five of her remaining copies for this Kickstarter campaign!

— STRETCH GOALS —

If we raise enough funds beyond our current goal, we'll be able to expand the book's page count and maybe even the edition run.

— OUR HISTORY —

Mossless is an experimental photography publication run by founder Romke Hoogwaerts. Mossless started in 2009 as a blog where a different photographer was interviewed every two days. In January of 2012, with the help of Jesse Hlebo, Mossless was transformed from blog to print with the release of Issue 1 at Printed Matter, and was later exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art’s exhibition Millennium Magazines. Romke teamed up with Grace Leigh in 2012 for the creation of Issues 2 and 3 and a number of limited-edition handmade photobooks. Released in 2014 with the help of over 600 Kickstarter backers, Issue 3 was a major milestone for Mossless, featuring the work of over 100 photographers on the theme of America, which garnered a spot on TIME's list of best photobooks of 2014.

The Kickstarter video above was filmed by Javier De Pablos Velez with assistance from Lia Tung, Jonah Rosenberg and Donavon Smallwood.

Risks and challenges

We need to get over a funding hump to pay for the costs of printing. We're aiming for the highest possible quality, with special papers and finishing. We'll then be faced with shipping costs and the costs of buying drinks for every lovely soul who comes to our release party. But once we're funded on Kickstarter, it'll be a pretty smooth road to getting the book to your doorstep.

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    BENEFACTOR BUNDLE: Your selfie will appear in the back of Mossless 4, which you will receive with Mossless 3, a poster, postcard and a lens cloth!

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