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A limited edition Fine Art Photography book by Simon Brann Thorpe, that explores war and conflict in a way you've never seen before ! Read more

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This project was successfully funded on April 30, 2014.

A limited edition Fine Art Photography book by Simon Brann Thorpe, that explores war and conflict in a way you've never seen before !

About this project

WHATS MY GOAL?

My goal is to produce a limited edition book of only 750 copies of this unique and beautiful project, Toy Soldiers!

TOY SOLDIERS

This project is a unique approach to a subject as old as humanity, that of war. Toy Soldiers offers a completely fresh approach to a dialogue on war told here through the conflict in Africa's last colony, Western Sahara. Via the illusion, enactment and the beautifying of a reality re-staged and through a unique collaboration between an artist and a refugee military commander, this project forms a work of art with a radical new perspective on conflict and war. The soldiers you see here are not toy soldiers they are real soldiers, in a real conflict zone, posed as toy soldiers as a metaphor for the viewing of modern conflict as war games.

After 2 years of intricate and complex planning prior to the shooting of the project I believe passionately that Toy Soldiers opens a new dialogue for our society's desensitisation to war through the media and social networks relentless streaming of documentary images. My goal is to attempt to slow the whole process down and visually arrest a viewer via the blurring of boundaries between what is real and what is not, between documentary and art; to inspire engagement through a fresh approach to the depictions of conflict that we (the audience) have become so numb too.

I can’t achieve this publication without your help! Publishing has changed and now artists are expected to contribute a significant amount of the publishing costs of a book. I have an amazing publisher in Dewi Lewis Publishing and a great designer, Nicola Bailey, helping to make this beautiful limited edition book. The design is almost ready, the printers quotes are in and it just need scheduling, the hard work is 90% done, all I need to do now is raise the funds to pay for the printing. 

I’m very proud of this work. It is a unique project that will be a beautiful first book and culmination of 5 years dedicated to this project. The experience and production of Toy Soldiers has had a profound effect on both my life and my art. Join with me, get some great rewards for your pledge and be a part of an engagement and a voice on important issues through the arts. With your amazing help, generosity and support, you will not only have a beautiful book but you will also be a part of a dialogue that, in some way, might just help to make a difference through the arts in bringing about a raised awareness to the invisible conflict in Western Sahara.

It's All or Nothing! If I don't reach my goal amount I don't get any funding. No matter how big or how small every contribution matters a great deal. Thank you !!

Please share this project with your friends. Please share this project with people who aren't your friends! 

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"Emerge or Bust" :-)

Thank you again for your support.

YOUR REWARDS:

POKER CARDS:

Reward #3: (£20) TOY SOLDIERS Poker Cards
Reward #3: (£20) TOY SOLDIERS Poker Cards

THE BOOK:

Reward #5 (£30) THE BOOK (cover dummy/mock up. Final design TBC)
Reward #5 (£30) THE BOOK (cover dummy/mock up. Final design TBC)
Reward #6: (£40) The BOOK & Poker cards
Reward #6: (£40) The BOOK & Poker cards

THE COFFEE MACHINE :-) 

Rewards #8: (£70) One careful owner in the sahara :-)
Rewards #8: (£70) One careful owner in the sahara :-)
Reward #9 (£100) THE BOOK, Limited Edition Print & Cards
Reward #9 (£100) THE BOOK, Limited Edition Print & Cards

THE BOX SET:

Reward #10: (£135) Limited Edition Kickstarter Toy Soldier Print Box
Reward #10: (£135) Limited Edition Kickstarter Toy Soldier Print Box
Reward #11: (£245) The Book, The Print, The cards, Box Set & Digital PDF
Reward #11: (£245) The Book, The Print, The cards, Box Set & Digital PDF

Risks and challenges

A successfully funded project means we can put the finishing touches to the design and pay for the printing, I have secured some of the funding for the printing costs and so this campaign is for the outstanding costs of printing and nothing more, there is no mark up or profit from this campaign! The project is shot and the hires images are all ready for press and the design is 90% complete, that part has taken 5 years so far, so the hard work is all behind me.
It's now all about the finishing touches paying for the print run. Thats it!

I know it's tough times for everyone and every pledge no matter how large or small is an amazing gift of support and trust in me as an artist and for that I am truly humbled!

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    THANK YOU!!
    Every little helps and by donating £5 you will not only feel great about contributing to funding the arts but you have our heartfelt gratitude and thanks for your contribution!

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    TOY SOLDIERS PDF BOOK
    An exact copy of the book but in digital PDF form. I will email it to you as soon as the design is locked and ready to go to print.

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    PACK OF TOY SOLDIERS POKER CARDS.
    Get this very cool little pack of unique playing cards delivered to your door. Art imitating life as Toy Soldiers project concept as a metaphor of WAR GAMES is paralleled to the came of poker! Simple and graphic these cards will be the talking point of your card playing party games.

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    THE PDF BOOK & POKER CARDS: for only £5 you get both the toy soldiers playing cards and the digital pdf. The cards can go out as soon as numbers are finalised and printed probably May/June 2014 followed by the PDF Book probably around September 2014.

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    'TOY SOLDIERS' THE BOOK: Pre order your copy of a signed limited edition book of this unique provocative project, delivered to your door as soon as it's off the press!! (RRP for the book once launched will be £35)

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    THE BOOK & POKER CARDS.
    For just £10 more you get A signed copy of the limited edition book and a signed pack of Toy Soldier poker playing cards. Delivered to your door as soon as the book is off the press !

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    THE BOOK, THE POKER CARDS & THE BOOK IN PDF: For just £20 more than the book you get the pdf and the poker cards as well! Delivered to your door in one package when the book is hot off the press!

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    THE SAHARAN ESPRESSO MACHINE.
    All who know me know that coffee is a close 2nd obsession to image making. For this pledge you will receive my Handpresso portable coffee machine. The machine that went with me to the Sahara, it still has Saharan dust on the case! It's a tough one to let go but I include a USB sick with the behind the scenes video with extra edit including the coffee making footage of your machine in the Sahara desert, and a box of coffee bags to get you started!

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    11 backers Limited (29 left of 40)

    THE BOOK, A LIMITED EDITION PRINT &THE POKER CARDS: For this reward you get a signed copy of the book, the poker cards and to boot you also get a signed Limited Edition Toy Soldier print "Budhair No.01"! Offer exclusive to this campaign! (print size will match the books final dimensions, low edition numbers on a first-come-first-serve basis edition of 50)

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    5 backers Limited (35 left of 40)

    THE BOX SET: For this pledge your reward will be a signed and numbered limited edition of 50 Toy Soldier BOX SET consisting of 12x A5 Toy Soldier portraits archival pigment print! (low edition numbers done on a first come first serve basis!)

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    7 backers Limited (3 left of 10)

    THE BOOK, THE BOX SET, THE PRINT, THE POKER CARDS & BOOK PDF: For This pledge your reward is ...everything! A signed beautiful BOOK, signed POKER CARDS, the LIMITED EDITION PRINT and THE BOX SET. This pledge gets the lowest 10 Edition numbers of the Box Set & Print via first come first serve. Delivered to your door as soon as the book is off the press!

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    THE BOOK & PRINT EDITION:
    For this pledge you will get a signed copy of the beautiful book and first refusal of an early edition number on any one image from the project once the print editions have been released, plus an invitation to the opening night of the exhibition, plus 1 nights accommodation plus travel to and from the venue to your hotel! NOTES: Landscape images are currently planned at 200cm (72") minimum width in editions of 6 or 8 (TBC). AT the appropriate time I will provide contact sheet pdf of the entire edition from which you can make your choice. shipping of print also included. Launch exhibition at this time is assumed as London but is subject to change of location and country...(please be aware of this before making your amazing pledge)

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Funding period

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