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August 14-16, 2015 

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http://borealcollective.com/boreal-bash-2015/

The Boreal Bash events are a place where photographers can come together, learn from each other, drink and be merry. Previous Bashes have featured some of the world’s finest photographers, editors and art directors from Magnum Photos, The New York Times, VII Photo, The Telegraph Magazine and The Sochi Project. It is our goal to keep these events educational, informal and most importantly, accessible.

Crowd at Boreal Bash 2013
Crowd at Boreal Bash 2013

Founded in Toronto in 2010, Boreal Collective is the common ground between internationally based photographers Laurence Butet-Roch, Aaron Vincent Elkaim, Rafal Gerszak, Brett Gundlock, Johan Hallberg-Campbell, Matt Lutton, Eamon Mac Mahon, Mauricio Palos, Jonathan Taggart and Ian Willms. They are united by a desire to document humanity and its intricate realities in our rapidly evolving world. From photojournalism to contemporary photography, each member's individual practice is as diverse as their cultural and social backgrounds. It is the interplay between them that allows Boreal to carry out far-reaching projects that inspire greater creative and social consciousness. 

Boreal Collective's mandate is to explore complex narratives and communicate stories visually, with patience, commitment and integrity. In addition to enriching the practices of its members, Boreal Collective has been the starting point for grassroots exhibitions, educational events, publishing initiatives and artistic collaborations that have involved photographers from all over the world. At a time when the photographic industry is being dismantled, Boreal seeks to rise to the challenge of taking an active role in its redefinition.

Donald Weber teaching a workshop at the 2013 Bash.
Donald Weber teaching a workshop at the 2013 Bash.

This summer, we are planning our third Boreal Bash, which is an open event for anyone who wishes to attend. It’s our goal to provide an opportunity for photographers, editors and curators from all disciplines and levels of experience can meet and interact casually. This year, we are ready to bring in influential and innovative names from all corners of the photography industry, with a special focus on young photography collectives like Boreal. 

Boreal releasing Tension at the 2014 Bash in Toronto.
Boreal releasing Tension at the 2014 Bash in Toronto.

We have officially invited photography collectives MJR, Prime and #Dysturb. We plan to invite other speakers as well. The program of events includes a gala event, portfolio reviews and presentations by our guest speakers, plus an exhibition and Boreal Collective’s first ever documentary photography workshop at our partner gallery venue, O’Born Contemporary. Full details can be found here.

Because some of the Bash events are free to the public, we are relying on your support to make it happen. So please be generous if you can, and we will see you in August!

AV pro Johan Halberg Campbell at the 2013 Bash.
AV pro Johan Halberg Campbell at the 2013 Bash.
Boreal Collective's Ian Willms. 2013 Boreal Bash.
Boreal Collective's Ian Willms. 2013 Boreal Bash.

 Rewards:

Portfolio review event: Sunday Aug 16th 12pm - 4pm. Have your work reviewed by top industry professionals. 

Workshop: THE ART OF BEING AN INDEPENDENT STORYTELLER 

Join award-winning Boreal Collective photographers for a 2-day intensive workshop in Toronto, Canada that will have you reeling with excitement and let you in on the secrets to make it as an independent photographer. The workshop is aimed at those who have a personal project in progress.

Friday August 14th (10am to 4pm)- Saturday August 15th (10am to 4pm)

Find all info about the workshop and portfolio reviews here-http://borealcollective.com/boreal-bash-2015/

****SPECIAL******

We are reducing the price of the workshop to $200. We are also now offering both the workshop and portfolio reviews for $235.

Boreal SUBJECT(ive) newsprint. 12 pages full colour. Newsprint.
Boreal SUBJECT(ive) newsprint. 12 pages full colour. Newsprint.
$420-Christmas Tree, Alligator. Mississippi. Brandon Thibodeaux. 2012 - 6x6 Gelatin Silver Selenium Toned Print ed. 20
$420-Christmas Tree, Alligator. Mississippi. Brandon Thibodeaux. 2012 - 6x6 Gelatin Silver Selenium Toned Print ed. 20
$420- Print detail (single print)-Christmas Tree, Alligator. Mississippi. Brandon Thibodeaux. 2012 - 6x6 Gelatin Silver Selenium Toned Print ed. 20
$420- Print detail (single print)-Christmas Tree, Alligator. Mississippi. Brandon Thibodeaux. 2012 - 6x6 Gelatin Silver Selenium Toned Print ed. 20
$300- Berkut in Mariinskiy. Kyiv, Ukraine. Brendan Hoffman. 2014. 11x14" Edition: 1 of 10
$300- Berkut in Mariinskiy. Kyiv, Ukraine. Brendan Hoffman. 2014. 11x14" Edition: 1 of 10
$125 Hunter at Caddo Lake, Texas. Lance Rosenfield. 2014. 8"x8" Digital C-print
$125 Hunter at Caddo Lake, Texas. Lance Rosenfield. 2014. 8"x8" Digital C-print
Example of 4x6" postcard
Example of 4x6" postcard
Sleeping vigilante fighter. Brett Gundlock. 2013. 8x8" Digital C-Print.
Sleeping vigilante fighter. Brett Gundlock. 2013. 8x8" Digital C-Print.
Métis Hunter at Big Point, Fort Chipewyan, Alberta (2010). Ian Willms. 8x12 Chromogenic Print.
Métis Hunter at Big Point, Fort Chipewyan, Alberta (2010). Ian Willms. 8x12 Chromogenic Print.
Scalpay: Last of the Fishermen. 11x14 C-Print. Johan Hallberg-Campbell.
Scalpay: Last of the Fishermen. 11x14 C-Print. Johan Hallberg-Campbell.
Sled dog eats moose leg. 12x8" Rafal Gerszak. Yukon, Canada. 2015
Sled dog eats moose leg. 12x8" Rafal Gerszak. Yukon, Canada. 2015
$450 Ian Willms Framed Exhibition print. Scarecrow Family, Poland (2012) From the series Why We Walk Framed, 12x18 Giclée Print on Fine Art Baryta Paper, mounted on archival foam. Edition 1/12.
$450 Ian Willms Framed Exhibition print. Scarecrow Family, Poland (2012) From the series Why We Walk Framed, 12x18 Giclée Print on Fine Art Baryta Paper, mounted on archival foam. Edition 1/12.
$350. Rafal Gerszak. 20x30 from Highway of Tears series framed C-Print. 2011.
$350. Rafal Gerszak. 20x30 from Highway of Tears series framed C-Print. 2011.
$350. Rafal Gerszak. 20x30 from Highway of Tears series framed C-Print. 2011. Image detail.
$350. Rafal Gerszak. 20x30 from Highway of Tears series framed C-Print. 2011. Image detail.

Risks and challenges

Our entire budget for the bash is $12,000. Projected travel expenses alone for collectives and speakers is $7,000. We hope for this Kickstarter to raise half of the budget, the other half we will be seeking through private sponsorship. Your support is crucial to making this event a reality. Any money we get that goes over our goal will be invested directly back into the bash.

We want to thank support from our sponsors: The Bash is proudly presented by The Magenta Foundation, NAMARA Represents. The exhibition is sponsored by O'Born Contemporary and our media partner Narratively. Also thanks to sponsors Toronto Image works and Downtown Camera.

For more info on corporate sponsorship- please email us at info@borealcollective.com.

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    High five

    One free high five from any Boreal member during the bash.

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    Boreal Newsprint set + Postcard

    3 Boreal Newsprint projects- Tension, SUBJECT(ive) and forthcoming newsprint for bash + Boreal Postcard

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    Spot in Portfolio Review Event

    The portfolio reviews are an opportunity for photographers to share their work with editors, curators, established photographers and fellow photo-world shakers. The advice and comments gathered during such events help further personal endeavours and build a strong visual identity. Two qualities the Boreal Collective feel make great storytellers. To make the most of it, each participants will get three review sessions.

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    Print

    Your choice of prints donated by a Boreal Member (first come, first serve on choices.) See prints below.

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    Project Development with Boreal

    This reward will give you access to a Boreal Photographer (of your pick) to work with you on a personal photography project. Three hour long skype calls over your project's life cycle.

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    Workshop Special: THE ART OF BEING AN INDEPENDENT STORYTELLER

    Join award-winning Boreal Collective photographers for a 2-day intensive workshop in Toronto, Canada that will have you reeling with excitement and let you in on the secrets to make it as an independent photographer. The workshop is aimed at those who have a personal project in progress.

    Friday August 14th (10am to 4pm)- Saturday August 15th (10am to 4pm)

    Find all info here-http://borealcollective.com/boreal-bash-2015/

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    11x14" Print by Prime Collective's Brendan Hoffman
    Berkut in Mariinskiy Park, Kyiv, Ukraine, 2014
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    Rafal Gerzak Exhibition print

    Highway of Tears
    BC, Canada. (2011)
    Framed 20x30" Digital C-Print
    Preferred pickup in Vancouver or Toronto. Shipping costs extra outside of Vancouver or Toronto.

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    Christmas Tree, Alligator. Mississippi. Brandon Thibodeaux. 2012 - Hand printed 6x6 Gelatin Silver Selenium Toned Print ed. 20

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    Ian Willms Exhibition print

    Scarecrow Family, Poland (2012)
    From the series Why We Walk
    Framed, 12x18 Giclée Print on Fine Art Baryta Paper, mounted on archival foam.
    Edition 1/12
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    Downtown Camera film card

    Each card gives:

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    Printing/bonus services =1 roll printed 4” pictures x2, one 8x10/12

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    Signed copy of My Perro Ranno by Mauricio Palos

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    THE BIG PETE BROOK PRISON PHOTOGRAPHY BUMPER PACK

    1. A copy of Robert Neese’s Prison Exposures (1959) the first photobook made by an American prisoner.
    2. A Cruel and Unusual (2012) newspaper (less special because 5000 of them were printed but who knows where they are now?
    3. A Seen But Not Heard (2013) catalogue flier
    4. A Prison Obscura catalogue. This is an actually legit thing. 1000 were printed and only a dozen remain in my hands. Given printing costs, no more may ever be made again.
    5. An assortment of random test, work and exhibition prints by a bunch of well known photographers, just as soon as I okay it with them to give them away.
    6. An original Pete Brook artwork. Everyone knows I am not a photographer, but I am a drawer. I'll sketch a portrait of anyone, or do an illustration of your dog, or a famous photograph, or a Richard Prince Instagram post, or any old thing that the bidder requests (within reason).

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    Boreal Workshop

    Join us for an intensive two day intensive documentary workshop August 14-15 in Toronto, Canada ahead of the Bash. The workshop will be lead by award winning photographers Ian Willms, Brett Gundlock, Aaron Vincent Elkaim, Laurence Butet-Roc, Rafal Gerzak, Matt Lutton, and Johan Hallberg-Campbell.

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