Karpov the Wrecked Train magazine endeavors to unite the photo community
and its audiences with the most raw inspiring work, original,
uncensored photographs - in print
Hello! My name is Kenny Corbin aka Karpov the Wrecked Train
and this is my Kickstarter project. I’m a 28 year old documentary
photojournalist living and working in Detroit, Michigan. I’ve been a
photographer for 10 years now and run an online photo magazine/ blog dedicated
to the raw documentation of people, culture, and the human condition. http://karpovwreckedtrain.tumblr.com
Publishing a magazine is something I have always dreamed of
doing ever since I was a teenager. With your help, you’ll make this one (realistic)
dream come true.The magazine is
intended to be a print gallery, and it began because I am extremely passionate about
documentary / photojournalism photography.I also wanted to help talented photographers reach a wider audience and
get the recognition they deserve. My goal is to shine a giant spotlight
on great art and the photographers who create it; not just here in Detroit, but
all over the world. I want to share the photographer’s stories and the issues
that matter to them. I’m creating a
magazine that celebrates a true voice in the media.
Karpov the Wrecked Train magazine will be bimonthly
publication. Every issue will have a
different theme i.e. Detroit, Conflict, Women, Crisis, Street and
Russia…etc.The magazine will split into
two sections; half submission based work and half photography by Karpov the
Wrecked Train.Photographers from around
the world can submit their photographs that follow the theme of the issue and
stay in the documentary / photojournalism medium. There will be a very small
I love printed matter and you should too! I’m
interested in the dialog that is created between the viewer and the magazine
held in hand. There is an undeniable difference between looking at a
printed image and looking at a photograph in the form of pixels on a screen.
A magazine is personal and intimate. I wanted documentary /
photojournalism to be the main focus. The photographs are raw, original,
uncensored, and it providing a fresh, vivid image for the viewer to
This campaign is an exclusive opportunity to help fund a
unique photography magazine.
Where will all the money ?
Doing this the right way is expensive! Your support through
this campaign will help me cover the production of the launch issue i.e. fees
for art direction, design, typesetting, production coordination, paper,
printing, and binding for a 1000 run limited edition magazine.With
the funding of this first edition you'll help us make our dream come true allowing
our business to enter production. We want to show Detroit and the rest of the world
the talented photographers all over the globe and give them an avenue to
showcase their work. Any additional amount above our goal will take us
even further by helping with the development of our website, future issues. In
addition your help will assist with marketing and promotion efforts to
effectively position and socialize Karpov
the Wrecked Train as a new media brand with subscribers, advertisers and
The magazine will be an independent production, self
published, hand-packaged, and mailed to you with gratitude directly from the
artist. Please take a look at the rewards to the right, and see which one
fits your budget and interests. In addition to the issue itself, we've got archive
photo prints, postcards, t-shirts, tote bags, a series of 1.25" round
buttons and limited edition works, designed specifically for this campaign! If
you have questions about the rewards, or if you have a specific request that is
not listed, please don't hesitate to contact me directly at email@example.com
Karpov the Wrecked Train, will be available at select
bookstores, magazine shops and boutiques. Each issue will cost $15.
We hope Karpov the Wrecked Train is something you will
choose to collect and keep alongside your most beloved books and magazines.
Risks and challenges
The magazine business is a challenging one, especially the launch of a new publication. It is possible that Karpov the Wrecked Train will fail to find an audience or that future paper, printing and shipping costs will make publication impossible financially. We are optimistic that our experience in the publishing world, our subject matter and our quality product will result in success. The only obstacle in printing will be to find the right paper weight. The more money we raise, and if we should greatly exceed our funding goal, the closer we will be to newsstand quality weight. We are already in talks with and have visited several different printers regarding this project, and should be prepared for whatever total arises. After we reach the necessary amount it won’t be a problem to produce the printed version of the magazine. We will start locally, in Detroit, MI, and then we will work to spread our distribution worldwide. We already have more than a handful of businesses willing to carry the magazine, just in Detroit. That number will continue to grow as we speak to more and more businesses in Detroit and worldwide. Once the project is funded, it is expected to be printed and delivered by mid September 2013.
We appreciate your suggestions and any opportunities you may have in mind.
Truly, thank you for your time and support.