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A chronicle of youth violence in the US.

Since 2006, photographer Carlos Javier Ortiz has committed himself to documenting the depredations of youth violence in Chicago and other U.S. cities in his project, “Too Young To Die.” Seven years after he first began his undertaking, the project’s denouement, a book titled We All We Got … , will finally collect in one place photographs, essays, and interviews humanizing the victims, survivors, perpetrators, friends and family of those irrevocably affected by the scourge of youth violence.

Fam , 2006 Chicago
Fam , 2006 Chicago

 In 2011, Carlos Javier launched a successful Kickstarter campaign to help finance the first phase of the project. The funds, together with other grants, propelled the project forward and sustained its momentum, opening many doors. Since then, his photographs have been exhibited in universities, museums, community spaces and in various Chicago high schools. He has also donated prints to many anti-violence/youth development nonprofits with which he works closely, as well as students and educators seeking to better understand the problem at hand.

The Girls, 2008 Chicago
The Girls, 2008 Chicago

With your help, We All We Got ... will allow these stories to transcend the electronic confines of the Web and become a tangible, lasting artifact, one that will help spur a broader conversation on a difficult but pressing topic. Moreover, Carlos Javier hopes that the book will inspire similar projects in other cities and cultivate understanding and sympathy along the way. The photographic exhibition from this project will continue to travel throughout the United States and around the world.

Thank you for your help making this book possible. 

BOOK DETAILS 

Text: Introductory interview by Alex Kotlowitz (producer of the acclaimed documentary The Interrupters). Essays by Carlos Javier Ortiz , Luke Anderson (teacher, North Lawndale College Prep) Interviews from parents, students and teachers from across Chicago. 

No. of pages: ~180, printed offset 

Size: 7.5” x 9.5” x ~1”

Print quantity: 1,000, including 240 special edition books with foil-stamped slipcases and posters from the project

Publication date: August 2014

Rewards 

Special edition book: Limited run of 240 copies with foil-stamped slipcase and posters from the project.  

Signed limited-edition prints: Along with the other benefits listed above, supporters at the $300+ level will also receive a limited-edition print of their choice signed by Carlos Javier Ortiz (see options below).

$100 Level Signed special edition book:  limit 100 units

$200 Level Signed special edition book + boxed set of 7 signed and numbered 5” x 7” prints chosen by Carlos Javier:  limit 48 units 

$300 Level Signed special edition book + 1 signed and numbered 8” x 10” print of your choice:  limit 48 units 

$500 Level Signed special edition book + 1 signed and numbered 11” x 14” print of your choice: limit 24 units

$1200 Level Signed special edition book + 1 signed and numbered 16” x 20” print of your choice: limit 16 units

$1,900 Level Signed and numbered special edition book: limit 4 units 1 signed and numbered 24” x 36” print of your choice: limit 1 unit of each option. 

Please help by pledging at any level and by sharing this project. Thank you for your support!

Print Options You can choose any print listed below at the sizes listed above 

Flowers In The Desert , Chicago 2013
Flowers In The Desert , Chicago 2013
Jumping , 2010 Chicago
Jumping , 2010 Chicago
Healing , 2008 Chicago
Healing , 2008 Chicago
Fam , 2006 Chicago
Fam , 2006 Chicago

Bio Carlos Javier Ortiz was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and raised in Chicago. Since studying photography at Columbia College Chicago, he has focused on documenting vulnerable, disadvantaged communities across the United States, Mexico and Guatemala. His projects have been supported by the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the Mansfield Institute for Social Justice and Transformation, the Open Society Institute, the Chicago Community Trust, Individual Artists Program, and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Carlos Javier's photographs have been displayed in galleries and museums around the world. His work is currently in collections at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago and the International Museum of Photography in Rochester, New York. His work has been published in Ebony Magazine, Le Monde Magazine, GEO, among other international print, broadcast and online media. Too Young to Die Face Book

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Press 

New York Times Lens

CBS Evening News

Chicago Ideas Week

•  Museum of Contemporary Photography

•  Leica Blog

•  Pulitzer Center On Crisis Reporting

CNN blog

• CBC radio

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When publishing a photography book there are always challenges, however for the past eight months we have Invested time researching , planing and minimizing any risk that include delays. We would do everything possible to make sure the book is published in August 2014 and shipped to all supporters by September 2014.

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