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My goal is to create a coffee table book with images of the people,events and the landscapes of my eccentric neighborhood, Bushwick.

My name is Rafael Fuchs, and I am a photographer/ videographer.                       Please, visit my website:www.rafaelfuchs.com                                                                                                                   

I started this project  in February of 2005, when I moved to Bushwick in Bklyn, NY. As many other artists, I moved to this area, seeking a loft space with high ceilings and a relatively low rent. I started taking pictures of my neighbors and visitors of this area,  always carrying a camera with me.                                                                                                         This industrial zone with factory buildings converted to residential lofts and the colorful people who are living here have been fascinating to me.                                                                                                                        Bushwick was defined by the NY Times in July, 2010 as " the coolest place on the planet."   http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/18/realestate/18habi.html 

The block where my studio is located is" like a fairy tale" as one of my friends told me, and there is no wonder that it attracts many visitors from all over the world, special graffiti tours, as well as Hollywood movie productions that are using this block as a location ("the Resident" with Hillary Swank and Jeffrey Dean Morgan, "Our Idiot Brother" with Zooey Deschanell and Paul Rudd, and more.) I accumulated about 150,000 images in the past seven years (and still going). This body of work is a personal social documentary that observes and depicts the changes and development of this area from a raw "playground" for artists in the beginning of their career, to an influential cultural and social urban center. The changes come, though, with higher prices that is an unfortunate characteristics of any gentrification.

My work is personal , in a sense that I am not taking a role of an historian who is attempting to cover all aspects, but rather than that I am documenting the soul and spirit of the area, by taking portraits as well as candid shots of the people here during their daily routines, in art openings and different events, at their lofts, as well as the urban terrain, with its , still active, factories and bohemian lofts.                                                  I also created a few web projects dedicated to this neighborhood, as: www.bushwickyearbook.com  or http://vimeo.com/20396695   but I haven't done a printed book, yet, about this topic.

 This area that felt very neighborhoody is changing. During this past seven years a lot of new businesses opened here, as restaurants, bars, music venues, and modern co-op buildings are starting to rise. I believe that the images that I have been capturing during the past  6 years are very significant, since the progress of the area is happening rapidly, and it's not the same as it was, already.

With the help of a savvy designer/editor, the colorful coffee table book is going to depict the essence of this area as I witness it. It's about the youth, new beginnings, art, music,fashion,explorations, hope, as well as despair, love, loss of friendships (and unfortunately loss of young lives), but mainly, sheer beauty and pure fun.

I printed a few other books in the past, some in the US, and one in Holland.

Mostly, it was print per order, rather than a large quantity. ("Raw One" which is one of the rewards here was printed as a one-time edition of 500.)

This time I want to make an edition of 1,000 books. I got a few estimates from different printing places in the US and in the Far East, and I'm going to work with a high quality facility in Hong Kong, that has an office in NY, so I won't have to go there and be on press.

Surprisingly enough, the difference between the cost of printing and shipping 500 books and 1,000 books is not big at all (about $1,500 difference) so I'm going with an edition of 1,000 books.

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Your help in fulfilling the project is essential and greatly appreciated, and I hope that you will enjoy the rewards that I'm preparing for you, as well as the book itself.

The books that are not going to be pre-ordered by you, guys, will be distributed in stores, and will be sold at a higher price that is offered here !

So, it's a bargain for you !:)

My goal is is to print it in October of 2011, so we will have the proof  towards the end of the year, for Christams,,Hanukkah and Kwanzaa :)...Yeyyy !:)

Please, stay tune for more video episodes (with movies and images) as well as updates.To see a longer version of the video with more incredible footage and images from Bushwick, please go to: http://vimeo.com/27190909

You'll see there footage that feature: Talib Kweli performance, a sad story about a young woman who lost her life of, assumingly, over-dose, Chabad center in Bushwick, music concerts, more details about the process of editing the images, footage from a Burlesque show, art galleries, restaurants, cafes, more eccentric people that call this place home, and more.

The last episode is, still, unfolding, and it will include current and near future material of events that is, still, about to happen :)

Thank you so much for your generous support !

Sincerely,

Rafi.

Below, you'll see the 16 images that are offered to choose from as a part of the rewards.

They come in in 3 different sizes  8x10", 11x14" 16x20")
I would love to read some comments from you, regarding which ones are your favorites :)

Thanks in advance !

Rafi.

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    THIS MIGHT SEEM 2B CRAZY !!!!! But, hey I like to give too !!!:) This is for those who would like to have a copy of the book, but are broke ! I will send you the book (free shipping) and will send you $100 bill (CASH !!!) to help u out ! I know it sounds crazy...but hey... It's Kickstarter. Plus a signed postcard and an invitation for the launch party !!!!!

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    This is a new reward that I'm starting offering from Sept 10th. since I really want to make it happen. It's for everyone, but mostly for the ones who can't afford the higher pledges...and a homage and gesture to the people that participated in the BUSHWICK YEARBOOK SHOOTS ! Thank you note and 2 (YES, TWO) hard cover coffee table BOOKS "Bushwick Forever" from the first edition, before it's released ! SO, IT"S,BASICALLY $20 PER BOOK !!!!!!!!! and a signed postcard featuring an image of the project. I'm, basically giving it away (Shipping in the US is included.), so u can call me crazy !!!:):):) But hey, If I'll have 200 backers here...I'll be much closer to making it. You will be invited to the private launch party of the book. All the 21 earlier backers that were pledging anything are being notified, and getting extra 2 books each. Better u, guys, have the books that there are no books !!!:)

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    Show me the love, and I'll more than Double it !!!!!!! READ TILL THE END HERE ! Thank you note and one 11x14" " signed archival PRINT of limited edition (of 50 each) from the book (choice of 16. See at my update #1 section on this project site) plus the hard cover coffee table BOOK "Bushwick Forever" from the first edition, before it's released and a signed postcard featuring an image of the project. Shipping in the US is included. You will be invited to the private launch party of the book. PLUS, I'll send you $400 CASH BACK with the book !!!!! SOUND NUTS ! Well, I love U2 !!!

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    Thank you note and your name or your company's logo with its contact info will be displayed prominently in the book itself (in a 3.5x3.5" space) at the special section of the generous sponsors (as you are) plus the hard cover coffee table BOOK "Bushwick Forever" from the first edition, before it's released and a signed postcard featuring an image of the project. Shipping in the US is included. You will be invited to the private launch party of the book.

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    This reward pertains only to people who live(d) or work(ed) in Bushwick. Thank you note and a PHOTO SHOOT (limited to 5 backers) of you or your business or you BAND (has to be in Bushwick) that will manifest itself with an awesome image (that you will approve) that will be PRINTED IN THE BOOK itself at the size of at least HALF A PAGE !!!! YOU WILL BE ABLE TO USE THIS PHOTO FOR YOUR OWN PUBLICITY for two years period !!!! the photo shoot will have to happen in September of 2011. plus 10 (yes, ten !) hard cover coffee table BOOKs "Bushwick Forever" from the first edition, before it's released and a signed postcard featuring an image of the project. Shipping in the US is included. You will be invited to the private launch party of the book.

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    You are a PATRON and an art COLLECTOR !!! Thank you note and your name or the logo of your company with the contact info will be PRINTED prominently in the book as a patron (at a 3.5x3.5" space) !!! Plus a limited edition SIGNED hard cover coffee table BOOK "Bushwick Forever" from the first edition, before it's released plus 6 PRINTS: TWO 16x20",TWO 11x14" and TWO 8x10" limited edition (of 50) signed archival PRINTS of images from the book (choice of 16. See at my update #1 section on this project site) . Shipping in the US included. You will be invited to the private launch party of the book.

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    You are a PATRON, an art COLLECTOR and an EXPLORER. Thank you note and a private 5 hours photography work shop in studio and outdoors including a tour in Bushwick for you and your friend (optional.) Lunch or dinner in an awesome local restaurant is included for both. Your name or your company's logo with the contact info will be PRINTED prominently (at a 3.5x3.5" space) in the book as a patron !!! Plus a limited edition SIGNED hard cover coffee table BOOK "Bushwick Forever" from the first edition, before it's released. Plus 8 prints: TWO 16x20", TWO 11x14" and FOUR 8x10" limited edition (of 50) signed archival PRINTS of images from the book (choice of 16. See at my update #1 section on this project site) . Shipping in the US included. You will be invited to the private launch party of the book.

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    You are a PATRON, an art COLLECTOR, an EXPLORER, and a STAR. Thank you note and a 2 hours studio photo session with me (make up and hair artist included,) plus a private 5 hours photography work shop and and/or tour in Bushwick for you and your friend (optional.) Lunch or dinner in an awesome local restaurant is included for both. Your name or your company's name with the contact info will be printed prominently in the book as a patron (in a 3.5x3.5" space) !!! Plus a limited edition SIGNED hard cover coffee table BOOK "Bushwick Forever" from the first edition, before it's released. Plus 10 prints: TWO 16x20", THREE,11x14" and FIVE 8x10" limited edition (of 50) signed archival PRINTS of images from the book (choice of 16. See at my update #1 section on this project site) . Shipping in the US included. You will be invited to the private launch party of the book.

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    You are a PATRON, an art COLLECTOR, an EXPLORER, a STAR and ON TOP THE GAME. Thank you note plus 48 hours private access to a spectacular loft in Bushwick for you and your friend plus a 2 hours studio photo session with me (make up and hair artist included,) plus a private 5 hours photography work shop and/or a tour in Bushwick for you and your friend (optional.) Lunch or dinner in an awesome local restaurant is included for both. Your name or your company's logo with the contact info will be printed prominently in the book as a patron (in a 3.5x3.5" space) !!! Plus a limited edition SIGNED hard cover coffee table BOOK "Bushwick Forever" from the first edition, before it's released. Plus12 prints: FOUR 16x20". FOUR 11x14" and FOUR 8x10" limited edition (of 50) signed archival PRINTS of images from the book (choice of 16. See at my update #1 section on this project site) . Shipping in the US included. You will be invited to the private launch party of the book.

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