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This is a book celebrating a great American building, the West Virginia State Capitol, photographed by Thorney Lieberman.

THE WEST VIRGINIA STATE CAPITOL

Cass Gilbert, Architect

Writing about her first visit to West Virginia, Peggy Noonan observed: "..... It is a jewel of a state... like an emerald you dig from a hill with your hands."  If you happen to live here, then you well know that the “crown jewel” of this “jewel of a state” is our magnificent state capitol building, designed by the architect Cass Gilbert (1859-1934). Historians have long noted how “beautifully sited, perfectly proportioned and handsomely detailed” it is, and several books have been written detailing its abundant history.

There is no great book of photographs, however, to visually convey this great American building. It is my intention to produce that book. I've spent my entire life photographing architecture; I live just blocks from this building and see it every day.  I am the right person in the right place at the right time. (If not now, when?)

It was the architect's intention that the West Virginia capitol building should be “the crowning work of [his] life,” a “splendid architectural monument.” He hoped, in terms as soaring as the capitol dome itself, that this building would set before us, for our "enjoyment and betterment," the “imponderable elements of life and cultures.” This book will be the natural extension of everything he hoped for.

Looking across the North Plaza
Looking across the North Plaza
An early prototype. Not the actual book design
An early prototype. Not the actual book design
South Elevation and the Kanawha River
South Elevation and the Kanawha River

The photography is 99% complete. I am seeking funding that will enable me to transform this set of photographs into a hardcover “coffee table book” that will retail for  $26.98. Your backing will pay for the expertise of a professional book designer, an honorarium for text by an architectural historian, and the actual printing of a first edition.

The book will appeal to several markets: Past and present West Virginians - individually and in groups - for whom the capitol is a point of pride, students of American architecture, its history, and those who admire Cass Gilbert in particular.

 ABOUT ME:

I have been a professional architectural photographer since the 1970’s. For 20 years I was the principal photographer for the architect  I.M. Pei and have worked with many other major architects across the country. A beautiful book of my landscape photographs of New York City - Manhattan Lightscape - was first published by Abbeville Press in 1990 and is still in print.

I have had a number of museum exhibitions in the U.S. and Europe, including a retrospective - "Several Arguments with Photography 1968-2008" - at The Huntington Museum of Art, where I served as a Walter Gropius Master Artist.

You can see more of my work at my websites:  http://www.thorneylieberman.com/ and http://www.americascoalminers.com/

Only a small sample of the images is included here, but once this project is fully funded, backers will be provided a link to ALL available images from which to choose for their Reward.  

Remember Kickstarter's policy: If this project is successfully funded, your card will be charged when the project reaches its funding deadline. If the project does not reach its funding goal, your card is never charged.

Thank you for your support!

The House of Delegates Chamber
The House of Delegates Chamber
The Senate Chamber
The Senate Chamber
Senate Foyer Looking Toward the House Chamber
Senate Foyer Looking Toward the House Chamber
North Elevation in Autumn
North Elevation in Autumn
The Rotunda Under the Dome
The Rotunda Under the Dome
Walkway inside the dome
Walkway inside the dome
The Capitol Dome
The Capitol Dome
West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals
West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals
The Doric Lobby
The Doric Lobby
Happy 150th Birthday, West Virginia!
Happy 150th Birthday, West Virginia!

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There is hardly any risk in the fulfillment of this project, simply the publishing of a book. The collection of photographs is nearly complete, I have price quotes for the printing, binding and shipping in hand, and a great book designer is on board.

The essential challenge was in the making of the photographs, and based on the small sample shown here, I think you will agree that the challenge has been met.

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    This level of support presents a unique opportunity. Along with prominent full name recognition in the book, at the $2,500 level of support a special page could be printed in the front of the book with any design and or message you choose. This special printing would be available to you in any quantity of 25 books or more, at a per unit price of $13.49, or "half off" the projected retail price of $26.98. Any number of the books in your order could be signed or not, as you wish.

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