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Johnson 3: Three Generations Capturing Chicago with a Camera- The Book & Website

A book and website documenting the professional Chicago photography of my Grandfather, my Father, and me from the year 1932 through Today.

Johnson 3: Three Generations Capturing Chicago with a Camera- The Book & Website

A book and website documenting the professional Chicago photography of my Grandfather, my Father, and me from the year 1932 through Today.

$1,300
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15
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, January 11 2011 5:14 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated January 11, 2011

About

"Always carry your camera with you." was literally the last thing that my grandfather ever said to me.

It's a piece of advice, learned through hard lessons like not having a camera upon a chance meeting with famed aviator Charles Lindbergh, that he lived by and in turn passed on to my father and eventually me.

This project then, is an extension of that idea and an example of how the practice of carrying your camera with you everywhere (for three generations) can create lasting and lovely images.

My project is to create a beautiful book & website that showcases the photographs of Chicago, and it's surrounding suburbs, taken by my grandfather, my father and me. The goal of which is to document, preserve and consolidate all of these images, most previously unpublished, and project them to a wider audience.

Along with images, the book and website will contain an essay (about the photos) written by a local Chicago writer, as well as, bios and information about the photographs. After the book is printed I want to hold a modest book release event at a local Chicagoland bar or restaurant in order to sell the books and also lobby to get the books on the shelves at the many local and chain bookstores around Chicago and perhaps the country.

I have hundreds of images that I have set aside for consideration in the book and I plan on creating the book through online book publishing. I plan on printing 100 8x10 softcover books to start. The writer for the essay in the book will be chosen with help from contacts that I have in Chicago writing circles and the website will be created with help from people I know that have web design expertise.

The book release event, which will include invites to media, will be held at one of a few places where I know the owner of the restaurant or bar. That way, the costs can be minimal, while the affair can still be fun and a comfortable setting to sell and promote the book.

I've been working on this project, hunting down, scanning and gathering information on these old images for over 5 years now, while continuing with my own photography. And, although it will require a lot of work and time in order to get it down right, I'm excited about getting our work set in a more permanent collection.

This money will be used to pay for the printing and shipping of the books, the writer of the essay, the creation of the website and wine for the release event.

I hope that you can contribute in any way to getting this project realized.
Thanks so much for your time!

Please check out a short slide show sampler of a few images at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch...

Also- Please have a look at more images at:

www.flickr.com/photos/39565304@N04/
www.flickr.com/photos/45424099@N05/
www.flickr.com/photos/jefferycjohnson

For information about my grandfather's newspaper- please see:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brookfield_Enterprise

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    Commission a photo from me (Chicagoland area only) of a Chicago or neighborhood scene or photo of your home or another agreed upon subject. Details to be determined. A copy of the book, signed by me and the author of the essay, (3) 8x12 prints of images featured in the book (one from each generation), the image taken by me will be signed. A box containing 9 project exclusive blank photo note cards- each card featuring a photo from each generation. And an exclusive postcard of one of my grandfather's photographs*. *The postcard image will not be the same as the note card image of my grandfather's.

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