Hunters by David Chancellor.
In 2008, I started work on the first of 3 books, documenting the industry behind the wildlife in sub Saharan Africa. Not just the animals, but the growing industry that surrounds them. The first of these books 'hunters' explores the complex relationship that man has with animal, through the eyes of the tourist trophy hunter.
In the 19th Century these hunters would have been from aristocratic backgrounds, the monied elite of Europe and America. Today's hunters are hedge fund managers, surgeons, dentists, attorneys, and their wives and children. They have the option to attend 'safari' training schools in their home countries, shooting remote controlled Elephants, Leopards, and Lions. Most have a place for their trophies in their homes back in the US and Europe, long before they even arrive in Africa. They have expectations of Africa, and these must be met by an industry priding itself on the fact that size does matter.
So far this work as been totally self funded. I can only now publish the book, if funds can be found to contribute to the cost, which is why I am asking you, and the Kickstarter community, for sponsorship to help fund the publication of this book.
I've been approached by an amazing dutch fine art publisher, Schilt, who wants to produce the book in a limited edition (2000), but only if funds can be found to contribute to the cost.
The book will be 24.5 x 30 cm (landscape) and hardbound with a dust jacket. There will be 192 pages, and approx 120 full colour plates.
In the back of the book, I intend to put a second, smaller book in concertina format. This will be enclosed in a pouch in the back cover, and hold the work from 'elephant story' (see below). On the back of the plates will be the complete essay 'shooting an elephant' by George Orwell.
The total cost to produce the book is USD 30,000
To make this happen I need to raise at least USD 20,000
Every cent received, will contribute directly to the production of the book.
Project Awards to date.
World Press Photo Award (Elephant Story) the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize (Huntress with Buck) and Sony World Photography Award/Nature and Wildlife (Safari Club).
Elephant Story by David Chancellor.
Shooting an Elephant by George Orwell.
George Orwell's essay 'Shooting an Elephant' created a deep, lasting impression, when I read it as a child. This was brought vividly back to life when I documented the hunting of an elephant by an American hunter in Zimbabwe, and the utilization of it by the local community, under the Campfire Program. I was struck by the stark reality of that death, and the similarity of Orwell's description of the slaying of a rogue elephant in Burma, possibly by his own faltering hand.
Hunters at the Saatchi Gallery, London.
Saatchi Gallery showcased some of the best photography of the last 50 years.
As all my work is shot on 6x7 film, I print both traditional Hand Photographic C-Types, and Archival Pigment Ink. All work is limited to an edition of 5 in total, plus 2x AP, unless otherwise stated.
A note on how to use Kickstarter to make a pledge:
To make a pledge click the green “Back This Project” button. You will be asked to enter your pledge amount and select a reward. Then, you will go through and must complete the Amazon checkout process. If the project is successfully funded, your card will be charged when the book reaches its funding deadline. The book is expected to be published around late October 2012 and will ship shortly afterwards..
Thank you for making this project possible.
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