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A one-of-a-kind multi-sensory Fine Art coffee table photography book, created from over 20 years of shooting in Cuba by award winning photographer Lorne Resnick.
A one-of-a-kind multi-sensory Fine Art coffee table photography book, created from over 20 years of shooting in Cuba by award winning photographer Lorne Resnick.
366 backers pledged $140,908 to help bring this project to life.

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CUBA - This Moment, Exactly So. A Fine Art Photo Book.

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CUBA - This Moment, Exactly So is a one-of-a-kind multi-sensory Fine Art coffee table photography book, created from over 18 years of shooting in Cuba by award winning photographer Lorne Resnick. Each of the two editions features 300 pages, 250 color and B&W photos and a 3 CD Cuban music compilation. Also included will be stories by two-time pulitzer prize nominated author Brian Andreas.

Santiago de Cuba. Fine Art Print image #056
Santiago de Cuba. Fine Art Print image #056

WHY CUBA?
Being in Cuba feels like falling in love with the person you knew you were meant to be with. Day after day. Minute after minute. Second after second. It’s exhilarating, bewitching, thrilling and exhausting.

On any one of my over 50 trips to the island over the last 18 years, when I was at the airport waiting to go home, I always felt tired and ready to leave – ten minutes in the air and I was ready to go back. Cuba is quick to get its hooks into you. And then it never lets go. Never.

In Cuba especially, I not only take photos because it’s part of who I am and how I interact with the world, but often I find I need to look at the photos again to make sure my time in Cuba wasn’t some beautiful fever dream. Every time I look at my photos from Cuba I'm able to re-live to some small extent those beautiful, precious moments. One of the reasons I take pictures – whether in Cuba or elsewhere – is to crystalize those peak moments in my life and share them with others. I shoot to remember. I shoot to share. I shoot to connect.

This book is not meant to be an accurate journalist record of Cuba – I am not a journalist. I look at this work more as a visual poem. So, this is my love poem to Cuba. This is only a slice of Cuba. My slice. Shot through my eyes and heart.

I believe that if you go to Cuba and walk the streets and talk to the people with an open heart, you will see what I have seen. I don’t know if this is the “real” Cuba or not. After all, even though I spent almost two years total traveling through Cuba and shot more that 300,000 images, this book’s 250 pictures (figuring an average shutter speed of 1/60 of a second) represents only 5 seconds of frozen moments. Five seconds of time that I lovingly carved out with my heart and soul. 

Five precious seconds of life caught in the moment. Exactly so.

ABOUT THE PROJECT:
Rather than concentrating on Cuba's storied history I use the images, interviews and stories in this book to capture how it feels to be in Cuba: moments filled with passion, desire, friendship, love, laughter, beauty, grace and joy...moments that you long for in life and never forget when they happen. Those moments, exactly so.

The title of the book comes from one of my favorite artists, two-time Pulitzer Prize nominated author Brian Andreas from his story entitled This Exact Moment.

Brian's story captures the feeling I get in those magical moments I spend in Cuba. 

Brian will be writing new stories for the book based on his travel in Cuba with me. Most photography books are edited and the photos sequenced based on subject matter. However, this book will be edited and images will be sequenced based on the emotional content of Brian’s evocative and beautiful micro stories.

Music is such a large part of the Cuban culture (having some of the best musicians in the world) and something I really love when I'm there. As you walk the streets you hear the music floating out of open windows and as the Cubans walk under those windows you see them almost dance by to the sounds. So, in both editions of the book there will be 3-CD’s worth of songs of blazing hot Cuban music including an amazing new band from Trinidad called Cuarteto Isla (see clip below).

Book Specifications:

There will be two editions of the book.

I) Edition One: Red linen covered book housed in matching red slipcase. Estimated retail price: $175.00. Image (of Red Car & Waves) will be inlaid on the front cover.

II) Deluxe Edition Two: Brown suede covered book/white luxury clamshell portfolio box. Each book will be numbered and hand signed by Lorne and limited in edition size. Estimated retail price: $695.00.

Image (your choice of six) will be inlaid on the front cover (see below).

Specifications common to both editions:
• Hardcover: 300 pages in total
• Over 250 color and B&W photos
• Stories by Brian Andreas created from his trip to Cuba
• Printed on several different kinds of paper: heavy gloss art paper for the images featuring a single image per page and translucent vellum sheets with a black varnish ink for the text in Brian’s Stories.
• 3 CDs worth of of Cuban music containing over 30 songs in total

In the end, these mastercraft editions will be collectible works of art unto themselves.

Note: all specifications and designs are subject to change/tweaks.

Havana. Fine Art Print image #126
Havana. Fine Art Print image #126
Havana. Fine Art Print image #1057
Havana. Fine Art Print image #1057
Havana. Fine Art Print image #1063
Havana. Fine Art Print image #1063

Notes about Lorne’s limited edition, signed prints:
Each fine art image from the book is printed in a limited edition of 60 prints: fifty at 13x19 inches and ten at 30x44 inches. All prints are archival pigment ink prints created, signed and numbered by the artist. You can see more information on Lorne’s editioned prints here…http://www.lorneresnick.com/print-info/

Each contributor, who pledges for a print, will be able to choose any photograph from the book – based on edition availability. Edition numbers 1 through 25 out of 50 (for the 13x19 inch size, retail value $625) and Edition numbers 1 through 5 out of 10 (for the 30x44 inch size, retail value $1,250) are available at the discounted price only through the book campaign. 

The 13x19 inch limited edition prints will come in a red linen portfolio case with the book's title story gold debossed onto the front cover.

You can either reserve your print when you pledge, at the end of the campaign or when you receive the book. All images in the book will be available and as of Kickstarter launch date all prints are available for selection. Contact Lorne for availability of specific images: Lorne@lorneresnick.com

If you wait and select an image after the campaign is over and it is sold out (and you cannot find a substitute image) I will refund your money for the print purchase.

You can see much more (but not all) here: http://www.lorneresnick.com/cuba-prints/

Havana. Fine Art Print image #1068
Havana. Fine Art Print image #1068
Havana. Fine Art Print image #1062
Havana. Fine Art Print image #1062
Havana. Fine Art Print image #134 (car)/#1125(portrait)
Havana. Fine Art Print image #134 (car)/#1125(portrait)
Havana. Fine Art Print image #1054 (dancer)/#139 (girl)
Havana. Fine Art Print image #1054 (dancer)/#139 (girl)

Here’s the rewards…
(not pictured; the $1 "just helping" pledge, the $10 postcard from Havana pledge and the $15 eBook pledge).

Notes About the Rewards:

Delivery dates are estimates. Delivery of rewards such as the limited edition prints and wrist wraps will likely be more accurate than the books which have so many other moving parts and people involved. I have already tried to account for any potential delays in production, but dealing with Cuba (licensing the music for exmaple) can be a tricky process time-wise. 

If you have any questions about any of these rewards, please do not hesitate to contact me via the 'Contact Me' button at the top right of this page or emailing me directly: Lorne@lorneresnick.com

THE CREATIVE TEAM:
 Brian Andreas/ Micro-stories:
Brian Andreas is best known as the artist & writer behind the boutique art & book publisher Storypeople. The author of twelve books (two of them nominated for the Pulitzer in poetry), he’s known worldwide for his lyrical writing & bold use of color in both his drawings & paintings.

From a recent email from Brian: “I still find myself thinking of Cuba at the oddest times. The way the light bounces like a hard rubber ball in a street game in Centro. Or walking behind a woman on the sidewalk back home in California & suddenly remembering women on the Malecon swaying almost without thinking to the breezes & the steady beat of the waves against the breakwater. The music everywhere. The people glowing with such aliveness. Because it truly is one of the most intensely alive places I’ve ever been. I think Cuba will be bubbling up in my stories for years to come.”
http://www.storypeople.com

 Insight Editions/Printing Production Partner:
Insight Editions is an art book publisher focused on creating superlative illustrated books on photography, music, and popular culture. Lavishly produced and visually stimulating, each book produced is a unique work that combines the highest quality print production values with the time-honored traditions of publishing and rich subject matter. Elegant and informative, books from Insight showcase the best of art and photography in exquisite presentations of the bookmaker's craft.
Past titles include large art books on Mick Jagger, Rolling Stones, Johnny Cash, Jimi Hendrix, Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen and many more.
http://www.insighteditions.com/

HOW FUNDS WILL BE USED:
Kickstarter funds will be used for printing and production costs as well as compensating our talented team of writers, artists and musicians (licensing and production for songs) for this unique collection. Other costs include, 5% for Kickstarter and 3-5% for Amazon Payments of the total amount raised.

Risks and challenges

This is my life’s (and passion's) work. The photography for the book is done. I have put together a great team to achieve something at an extremely high level.

With a publishing project as large and complex as this the only real risk is usually delay. I've been through this process before and don't foresee any other risks.

Thank you for your trust in us!

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Lorne@lorneresnick.com

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    Red linen 12x12 inch and brown suede 16x16 book: You'll receive both editions of Cuba – This Moment, Exactly So; The 12x12 inch signed, red linen book in slipcase (retail value $175) and the oversized deluxe 16x16 inch, brown suede bound fine art coffee table book, housed in a white linen clamshell (retail value $695) Each will be signed and come with 3 music CDs. Total retail value $870. Please see photos to the left and below.

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    Red Linen 12x12 inch book and two 13x19 inch Fine Art prints: You'll receive Cuba – This Moment, Exactly So, as a 12x12 inch, red linen bound fine art coffee table book, housed in a red linen slipcase (with 3 music CDs) signed by Lorne (retail value: $175), plus the eBook and two 13x19 inch archival limited edition (of 50) signed, numbered fine art gallery prints of your choice (based on edition availability). Edition numbers 1 through 25 out of 50 are available for this amount only through Kickstarter (retail value: $625 each). Print comes in a red linen portfolio case with the book title story gold debossed onto the front cover. Total retail value: $1,425. Please see photos to the left and below.

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    Brown suede 16x16 inch Book (in clamshell, with CDs) PLUS one 13x19 inch signed Limited Edition (of 50) print.

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    Collector's set - four books and six prints: You'll receive; two copies of the 16x16 inch signed, brown suede book and two copies of the 12x12 inch signed, red linen book (each with CDs), plus the eBook. You'll also receive two 30x44 inch signed limited edition (of 10) prints of your choice (excluding red car and wave image which is only available at the $2,500 reward level) and four 13x19 inch signed limited edition (of 50) prints of your choice (based on edition availability). Total estimated retail value $6,740. If you’d like a different quantity of books or different combination of items that you see listed, contact me, I’ll make it happen. Please see photos to the left and below.

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    NEW - JUST ADDED! 4 DAY PRIVATE PHOTO SEMINAR IN LA. Includes all in the Collector's set ($4,160 level) PLUS a Four-day Photography-filled private one-on-one "Seminar and Hang-out" in Los Angeles with Lorne. (Includes: round trip (coach) air to/from LA from any major gateway in the Continental US, all hotel, breakfasts and an awesome closing night dinner. Other meals and miscellaneous not included.) It's a veritable photographic blitz - learn the art of photography, from digital workflow to portfolio reviews to learning photoshop and lightroom and even editing and motion – the schedule is based also on what you want to learn and do! Tour Lorne's studio, visit galleries - do shoots with Lorne in and around LA. You've got one year to fulfill, Lorne will do his best to work around your schedule. This is a local adventure you'll never forget! (Wife, husband or friend wants to come too? You are based in or near LA and don't need the air? No problem! Contact Lorne, above.)

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    NEW - JUST ADDED! A WEEK IN CUBA. Includes all in the Collector's set ($4,160 level) PLUS a Seven-day Photography Tour of Havana with Lorne during his April 28-May 5, 2015 trip to Cuba. Includes: round trip air Miami/Havana plus all hotel. (Meals and miscellaneous not included.) A riveting experience. You get to explore Havana with Lorne and a group of like-minded photographers in what will be an educational, emotional, and exciting journey. You'll also learn how to shoot compelling travel images and experience one of the most culturally fascinating places on the planet. This is a legally sanctioned trip to Cuba, and a global adventure you'll never forget. (Wife, husband or friend wants to come too? Contact Lorne, above.)

    Estimated total value $11,000

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    Patron/Corporate Set - Custom engraved set of books and prints for those with a love for Cuba and/or a large client and/or gift list: You'll receive: Ten copies of the 16x16 inch signed, limited edition brown suede book, with CDs, (estimated retail value $6,950). Ten copies of the 12x12 inch signed, red linen book, with CDs (estimated retail value $1,750), plus the eBook. You'll also receive ten 13x19 inch signed limited edition (of 50) prints of your choice (based on edition availability) – each print will come in it’s own custom portfolio case (retail value $6,250). Each item will come with a debossed stamp on the front of the book and print portfolio identifying you as a patron or corporate sponsor. Total retail value ($14,950).

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    The "your are clearly having too much fun – I want some" package: All expenses paid (from Miami, FL) 8-day, legally sanctioned people-to-people, private photo trip to Cuba with Lorne! Go with Lorne for the Gallery book opening at the premier gallery in Cuba – Fototeca in Havana, during an 8-day travel private photography workshop and tour of Cuba in August 2016. Includes all meals and salsa dancing lessons from the best dancers on the planet. You can change the dates of this trip to a time of mutual agreement with Lorne. You can learn more about Lorne’s Cuba travel photography workshops here: http://www.lorneresnick.com/cuba-info. Also comes with everything in the Collector's Set rewards. Total estimated retail value. $11,490. Please see photos to the left and below.

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