Yesterday, I ended my successful Kickstarter campaign. In the end I raised over $11,000 which will be used to publish Time and Space on the Lower East Side. Going into it I wasn't sure how this thing would turn out, and in fact, at the half way mark, I was very nervous and only 34% of the way to my goal.
But in the last two weeks dozens of people came through. I would like to specially thank those who donated $500 or more. They will be named in the acknowledgments page of the book. The late push was also helped by blogs like EV Grieve, Curbed, and The Lo-Down as well by several people who did posts on their Facebook pages. Thank you.
The reality is that I went into this book adventure on blind faith without enough money to cover projected costs. You have filled the gap, and we are now moving forward at full speed. The book is in the final stages of layout, and I hope to have an approximate publishing date soon. I will also be sending out surveys through Kickstarter asking for shipping addresses and other pertinent information relating to your donation rewards.
Last night I presented a slide show of my Lower East Side project to 40 or 50 photography freshmen at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. I looked out at their young faces and said that I imagined they might have a hard time conceiving of doing a project that would take 30 years to fulfill. And, of course, that wasn't my intention when I began photographing the LES at the age of 25.
But I've always been in the game for the long haul. I didn't expect to spend decades photographing the Berlin Wall, its demise, and what came after, nor the World Trade Center, its demise, and what is now emerging after. But here I am with a book tracing the arc of history over three decades in one of America's most important neighborhoods, a gateway for millions of immigrants, and gateway for countless young people like me who came to New York with sky high hopes.
Thank you again, and we'll be in touch.