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A book of photos and essays by an American photographer spending one year in London.

Recent Updates:

If this project meets its funding goal by 9:01pm CDT on Friday, May 27, I will donate $1,000 of my personal savings to the ACLU, and an additional (read that as: "the other") $1,000 of my personal savings to the World Food Programme.

All pledges made to this project between 4pm on Thursday, May 19 and 4pm on Friday, May 20 were matched with a donation to Amnesty International. Receipt.

Project Description:

Hello. I'm Brian. I'm an American writer, photographer and photojournalist. Beginning September 5, I will spend a year in the UK earning an International Journalism MA from City University London. I will also start work on a book.

London and a Year will contain a collection of full-page photos and short essays gathered in London over the course of one year. This project exists to fund its publication.

The photos and essays will be compiled while walking the streets, exploring the city and the people, and ultimately, exploring the self. I believe that this is what produces the most interesting work. Whatever the job.

French photographer and "father of photojournalism" Henri Cartier-Bresson once said, "You just have to live, and then life will give you pictures." It is this sentiment that I intend to fill the book with.

So that starts September 5. Hardcover production would then start one year later. But to fully realize it, there is still the matter of funding it. That starts now.

The funding goal I have set would cover the production and distribution fully. It would also help to cover some of the related travel and living expenses. Anything above and beyond that would help even more. I am a minimalist and a cheap date. London, unfortunately, is not.

I've done my best to make the rewards worth each and every one of your hard-earned pennies and seconds. And I assure you there will not be any letting up on that front. Thank you for whatever you are able to pledge. And please know that I will give it back.

Thanks for reading. Thanks for looking.

Brian


(More photos in the video. Music by Cinchel. The rest by Brian.)

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    A thank you on the project site and in the book, access to the backer-only project blog, stickers, a signed and numbered copy of the book, two signed and numbered 8" x 12" photo prints from the book, two signed and numbered 16" x 24" photo prints from the book, and a handwritten letter from me.

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