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.
See the chart below:
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
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 !
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 !