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A Digital Photography & Audio Book about Child Gangs Struggling to Survive the Streets of Brazil by an Award-winning Photojournalist.

Detail of the Book Cover
Detail of the Book Cover

UPDATE: I'm now in Brazil and starting my shoot for the final chapter.

Thanks to you, I'm now in Rio since I was able to cover my travel, security and shooting expenses.  But I still need your help to raise funds to cover production costs of the digital photo book and audio diary, as well as the cost of high quality prints.  

Will you help? I only have 2 more days left to raise the funds to cover our production costs..

Now I need to raise the money for Phase II (See below). I need another $3500 to pay for the production of the digital book and audio diary, as well as the cost of producing the fine art quality prints.

For those of you who are new to my campaign, here is a description of the Brazilian Street Diary Project.

When I started my story on the struggle of child street gangs of Brazil, it was against all odds. I was a young, inexperienced female photographer wanting to do a story that everyone told me was “too dangerous” and which “no one is interested in anyway”.   I was too stubborn to listen. I traveled back and forth to Rio over four years telling the story about the struggle for survival of these homeless street children. I spent nine months on the streets earning their trust and sharing their lives.

I also kept a daily written diary of the challenges I faced and the experience of spending my days and nights with these street gangs. I got to know each of these children personally and developed a relationship of trust that enabled me to enter their dangerous world.

Brazilian Street Diary is the result of my experiences. The book is both a photographic and written diary of life on the streets. Now I’m looking for supporters to help me return to return to Rio to finish the last chapter of my story and publish the book.  The last chapter will answer one question that has haunted me for years:

What happened to those children who survived the violence and have grown into adulthood? 

Before I publish, I need your help to complete this missing last chapter.  I have the rare opportunity to find a few of these children – now adults – that I photographed 21 years ago. With the help of Robert Smits the founder of REMER House, a shelter for street children in Rio, I will be able to reconnect with some of these former street children.  10% of profits from the book will go to benefit Remer House. 

MY PROJECT BUDGET

Phase I -Travel and Shooting Budget

                                                                     $7,232. ***NOW FUNDED

Phase II - PRODUCTION BUDGET ***NEEDS FUNDING!

  • Photo Editor = $2,000
  • Technical Designer = $2,000 
  • Text Editor = $2,000 
  • Audio Book, Scanning of film and Fine Art prints = $3,300

SUBTOTAL - $9,300 

TOTAL FUNDS NEEDED - $15, 875  

Please help me raise as much as possible. Every dollar will go towards producing a high quality book -- and fulfilling your pledge rewards.

Please share with friends on Facebook, Twitter and other social media.

LIKE us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for updates. This gives us life and energy and draws new supporters!

Thank you for your encouragement and support,  it means a lot to me  -- and to the children in Rio.

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"Viviane Moos' photography provides an x-ray of society's soul."  

Quote by Peter Mann, International Coordinator, World Hunger Year & Harry Chapin Media Awards

HERE ARE THE FINE ART IMAGES OFFERED FOR YOUR PLEDGES:

ANA MADONNA IN THE WINDOW -  print # A
ANA MADONNA IN THE WINDOW - print # A
ABANDONED RAILCAR - print # B
ABANDONED RAILCAR - print # B
THE SWIMMING POOL - print # C
THE SWIMMING POOL - print # C

*** Supporters will have the opportunity of selecting which single print they prefer after the goal has been reached.

Sample Cover for the Book
Sample Cover for the Book
1992 - Fia tries to protect her joint from David's reach. Another day  Fia falls asleep with Maria's infant son curled in her arms.
1992 - Fia tries to protect her joint from David's reach. Another day Fia falls asleep with Maria's infant son curled in her arms.
David sleeping off his glue-high while Xuxa visibly enjoys the foam mattress.
David sleeping off his glue-high while Xuxa visibly enjoys the foam mattress.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

95% of the project has been shot and paid for during the many years of production. But I have run out of personal funds to complete this project on my own. The challenge I now face is staying safe on the dangerous streets of Rio while I am completing the shoot. Keeping my cameras from being stolen, not getting hurt, finding the survivors and then capturing compelling moments in their lives. This requires patience and time. I am willing to invest both.

FAQ

  • The digital book will be a photography book that you can download on to your computer, iPad or mobile device with an audio diary that you can listen to while you view the images. The audio component is my diary that gives you a fuller experience of my journey to Brazil and life on the streets with the child gangs. It will also chronicle the stories of the former street children -- who are now adults -- that I will reconnect with when you I return to Rio next month.

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