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Documenting the NYC lifestyle and cultural contrasts throughout all the neighborhoods of Manhattan.
Documenting the NYC lifestyle and cultural contrasts throughout all the neighborhoods of Manhattan.
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Please check out my Tumblr for the latest photographs and many more pics to look at - http://www.jamesgrundy.tumblr.com/

I've recently moved from Melbourne to Manhattan's Lower East Side. For the first time in my life I haven't had to study or work. I spend my days exploring the urban environment; walking the streets from morning to afternoon talking to strangers, approaching people on the street and capturing anything that captures my attention. I take my 35mm film camera everywhere I go and I save the medium format film camera for exceptional photos. It's a 1.5kg monster to lug around - hard work, but worth it. 

The book is a throwback to film photography and is not about any place in particular (though some landscape and object photos will be used), but about the people of the city. The different cultures and sub-cultures, and capturing each of these. The portrayal of people with different occupations, the different looks and styles, different backgrounds and nationalities. 

Through the photographs I hope to illustrate the essence of the lifestyles within each of the different neighborhoods in Manhattan and how we are all part of the Manhattan Urban Race. 

Urban Race is a testament to life in the city. The qualities and characteristics of that life including the personalities and characters. How each of these changes and flows from one neighborhood to the next, all the way from the southern most tip of Manhattan to the northernmost tip of North Harlem. The book will be divided into the major neighborhoods and will include sub neighborhood sections covering all the 83 neighborhoods in Manhattan. There will also be an extra chapter including the best photos from the surrounding boroughs. 

Stranger with a flower
Stranger with a flower
Basketball - The open-edition 8 x 10" photograph from the $25 reward
Basketball - The open-edition 8 x 10" photograph from the $25 reward
The Jovial Chef (The 8 x 10" numbered and limited-edition signed photo for the $120 reward)
The Jovial Chef (The 8 x 10" numbered and limited-edition signed photo for the $120 reward)
Brooklyn Bridge (The limited-edition hand-signed 24 x 36" photograph not featured in the book from the $350 reward)
Brooklyn Bridge (The limited-edition hand-signed 24 x 36" photograph not featured in the book from the $350 reward)
Gran's Big Day Out
Gran's Big Day Out
Playful Protest
Playful Protest
East Harlem
East Harlem
Schoolboy
Schoolboy
Relaxing In Harlem
Relaxing In Harlem
Chinatown
Chinatown

The Book

The book will be a self-published 8 x 10" hardcover with 120 pages with chapters on each of the major neighborhoods (including sub-neighborhoods) in Manhattan: 

Battery Park; Financial District; Chinatown; Two Bridges; Tribeca; Little Italy; SoHo; Lower East Side; Greenwich; West Village; Meat Packing District; Bowery; ABC City; East Village; NoHo; Chelsea; Gramency; Stuyvesant Town; Korea Town, Murray Hill, Hell's Kitchen, Clinton, Midtown, Times Square, Turtle Bay; Upper West Side, Upper East Side; Central Park; Morningside Heights; East Harlem; Hamilton Heights; Washington Heights; Fort George, Inwood.

Photos will be selected and the layout of the book completed in consultation with professional photographer Eliza Harrison, her portfolio of works can be viewed at - www.elizaharrisonphotography.com.au The book will be created and printed by blurb: a company that has a reputation for creating high quality fine art photography books. 

The funds raised through Kickstarter will go towards the production and print costs of the book to print at least 50 copies. And to also offset the cost of developing all the film photographs; medium format photos cost almost $2 a pop to get developed! The book is as cheap as it can get for $50, that is the absolute break even figure on the cost to print and ship. 

Risks and challenges

Most of the photos for the book have been shot. There are only a few more neighborhoods that must be explored and photographed. We have begun selecting photographs for inclusion into the book and organising the layout. The book layout is planned to be finalise by late December and the final files sent off in early January.

Once sent off to Blurb, the 18 day turn around time means the book will be ready to ship at March (giving one month breathing room for any unforeseen setbacks).

If any unexpected circumstances arise they will be quickly communicated with backers.

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    Receive a personal thank-you post card from James, featuring one of the photos from the book.

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    A hand-signed 8 x 10" open edition photo from the book printed on high-quality photo stock. (See the photo: Basketball)

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    The BOOK. A hand-signed, first-edition copy of "Urban Race." These will be priced at $70 after Kickstarter.

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    BEST VALUE. You'll receive a signed first edition copy of "Urban Race," a numbered and limited-edition signed 8 x 10" photograph from the collection that is not featured in the book (see the photo: The Jovial Chef) and public gratitude by being listed in the book under the Thank You section.

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    DELUXE EDITION. You'll receive a signed first edition copy of "Urban Race," public gratitude by being listed in the book under the Thank You section and a signed 12 x 18" photograph of your choice.

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    A signed first edition copy of "Urban Race," public gratitude by being listed in the book under the Thank You section, a numbered and limited-edition signed 16 x 24" photograph not featured in the book (see the photo: Brooklyn Bridge) and a series of three signed 8 x 10" photos of your choice.

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