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Art as a means of social change.  Stunning platinum and palladium prints ennobling  NYC's fastest growing homeless population.
Art as a means of social change. Stunning platinum and palladium prints ennobling NYC's fastest growing homeless population.
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Bring faces out from the shadows by placing them front and center in my portraits.  Many homeless transgendered teens have been traumatized by the loss of their families, their homes and often, their dignity.  I will use lovingly produced photographs as a way to help heal some of the pain caused by all of that loss and create images that reveal their humanity.  A humanity that we can share and connect to.  

Working directly with the two largest organizations that work tirelessly to help this under-served community, I will make both studio and exterior portraits of the kids, shot on film and then enlarged into outsized platinum and palladium prints; far and away the most elegant of all photographic processes.  

The money will go to provide stipends for the kids, direct contributions to the service organizations and help me to pay for film, studio time and to retro-fit a lab to create these oversized prints -and to purchase the chemicals to create handmade emulsion (literally pulverized platinum!) and to import paper from France.  

The resulting series will culminate with a large gallery show in New York City and throughout the world.  Expanding recognition, awareness and compassion.  

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    A real US postage stamp featuring one of the images from the series, Becoming Visible. Spread awareness and create visibility the old fashioned way - snail mail!

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    The above reward, plus a copy of the world's shortest poem (and one of my favorites) composed by Muhammad Ali, hand written by me on Strathmore water color paper. The poem: "Me, We."

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    All of the above, plus an invitation to the preview and opening of the resulting gallery show.

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    All of the above, plus your name displayed in the promotional material for the work as a contributor.

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    All of the above, plus a limited edition 8 x 10 silver gelatin print from the series, Becoming Visible, signed and numbered by the artist.

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    All of the above, plus an invitation to the post opening dinner following the gallery opening

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    All of the above, plus a test print from the new series.

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    A 20 x 24 " limited edition print from either the first or the second series.

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    A 30 x 40" limited edition silver gelatin print from either the first or second series.

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