Hello, my name is Mark Tuschman, and I’m a professional photographer of 35 years. For the past decade I have been on a mission to document the lack of autonomy that millions of women in developing countries have over their own lives and bodies. Through my photography, I bring these women and their stories to the forefront of global consciousness.
At the same time, this book documents the many advances being made in educating and empowering women and girls. Doctors, nurses, teachers, aid workers, and NGO staff – these are the silent heroes who are working tirelessly to improve the lives of millions of women around the world. This book showcases the noble work they do.
Faces of Courage is unique – no other photo-documentary has portrayed the full scope of this human drama as it unfolds around the world, including the efforts to help women move from tragedy and despair to hope and triumph.
You can read many articles about women in peril, and you can find reams of appalling statistics in countless reports and journals. But to me, these portraits of individual girls and women communicate in a much more direct and compelling way. They tell the story of our changing world, with an eloquence that words can never match.
The legendary Milton Glaser is the book’s designer, and we already have a commitment from a wonderful publisher. But the book will not become a reality without your support.
In the new world of publishing in the digital age, artistic photo-essays have to be subsidized. I also have to compensate the designer and the editor, so I need to raise at least $50,000. I feel that I have a commitment to all of the women whom I’ve photographed over the years, to tell their stories and to add momentum to the movements that are tirelessly working to empower them. With your help, we can share their voices with as wide an audience as possible.
Here are some sample pages from the first chapter, to give you a better sense of the photographs and the book’s layout.
Faces of Courage is very timely, as there is a growing movement in the United States and abroad that is hungry for real, substantive content on women’s human rights; readers yearn to explore and understand more fully the facts and issues involved.
Its hopeful message will make the book an effective communication tool, while shedding light on the heroic work of the small, grassroots organizations featured throughout. As the book’s images and stories show, the struggle of women to gain autonomy over their own lives is a battle of epic proportions. These photo essays heavily emphasize the positive impacts of family planning and girls’ education.
Where reproductive healthcare exists, we have the opportunity to make critical differences in protecting the rights and voices of women, which will go a long way toward alleviating poverty and stimulating economic productivity.
I have documented many programs that have produced results, but even the most effective programs need to be scaled up by many orders of magnitude to serve the huge populations in need. With this goal in mind, Faces of Courage and the accompanying website and PR campaign are geared toward raising consciousness and inspiring activists to support programs serving women in need around the world.
I have been asked more than once why, as a man, am I focused on the rights of women? The answer is simple: because they are a human-rights issue, not just a female issue. Millions of women face travails on a daily basis that are an outrage and totally unacceptable; for example, some are trafficked and bound in contemporary forms of slavery.
How can you help?
Please explore the rewards we are offering below and donate as much as possible. And no matter how little or how much you can give, please share this website and project with your friends, family, and colleagues. I am not of the “social media” generation, so I need your help to spread the word about Faces of Courage, both personally and online.
While we need a minimum of $50,000 to make this book a reality, ideally we’re trying to raise an additional $20,000, which will allow us to launch a massive PR campaign to highlight the issues and organizations featured in the book. Any funds that we raise over $70,000 will allow us to send copies of the book to schools, libraries, and cultural centers, and to the many foundations whose work is documented in Faces of Courage.
I hope that you find these portraits and stories inspiring, and that you will consider becoming a backer of this important and timely project.
There are a variety of rewards for you to choose from. You will find all the details below and please do get in touch if you have any questions.
Be one of the first to back the project, and receive one of only 100 early bird rewards at this level – a signed copy of Faces of Courage for only $65.
*For all sizes of print, please choose the image you would like from the grid of 16 photographs at the bottom of this section – all of these photographs are featured in the book Faces of Courage.
Be one of the first to back the project, and receive one of only 75 rewards at this level: two copies of Faces of Courage for the early bird price of $65 each – one for you and one for a friend.
At this pledge level you will receive two copies of Faces of Courage for $75 each – one for you and one for a friend.
Be one of the first to back the project, and receive one of only 75 early bird rewards at this level – a signed copy of Faces of Courage for only $70 and a beautiful 8x10" archival print from the book for only $115.
At this pledge level you will receive three copies of Faces of Courage for only $70 each.
Be one of the first to back the project, and receive one of only 50 rewards at this level – a signed copy of Faces of Courage for the early bird price of $65 and a beautiful 12x18" large archival print from the book for only $360.
*When choosing which image you would like for your print(s), please select from the grid below. This applies for all sizes of print. To see larger versions of the photographs before you choose, please go to the Kickstarter Prints Gallery on my website.
For the past 35 years I have traveled the world as a photographer. My clients include WomenDeliver, the United Nations Population Fund, the Packard Foundation, EngenderHealth, Planned Parenthood, the Global Fund for Women, numerous other foundations and NGOs, and many corporate clients.
My work has won several international photography competitions, including the Global Health Council Photographer of the Year award and the SocialDocumentary.net / MSH Photography Fellowship Grand Prize. I was also the featured exhibiting photographer at the WomenDeliver international conference in Malaysia in 2013.
Risks and challenges
With a publishing project like this, the biggest risk is usually delay. However, in this case, I don't foresee any major risks. Most of the work has been done, including 75% of the writing, and all of the photography. I already have an experienced designer and printer on board, and we have accurate printing and shipping costs from one of the best printers from Japan, plus an excellent distributor. If we raise the funds the book will be published.
Although this is my first Kickstarter project, I have done my homework and am fully aware of the challenges presented by fulfilling the rewards, and have set aside the time and accounted for the resources necessary for the packaging and shipping.
The book will be shipped from the US, and the cost for shipping such a large and heavy book is quite high. If you live outside of the US, please add the extra shipping costs as indicated on each individual reward level where applicable. I appreciate your understanding and thank you in advance, and please do get in touch with me if you have any questions.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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