Y o u A r e Y o u
Camp You Are You* offers a unique opportunity for gender-nonconforming children to express themselves creatively in an environment that is safe and free from judgment. I have been documenting the celebratory atmosphere of this camp for the past six years while attending with a loved one. These images serve to tell the story of the first generation of children allowed to lead an openly LGBT childhood. I would like to share this experience with others in the form of a documentary art book.
*The name has been changed at the request of participating families.
In 2013, while presenting the story of Camp You Are You at Photolucida portfolio review in Portland Oregon, I met with Kehrer Verlag, German publishers of beautiful fine art books. Kehrer has offered to partner with me so that I may share the camp experience with a wider audience. Your support for this project will enable me to bring this project to fruition.
The money pledged will cover the cost of producing the book. Any funds raised beyond the $35K goal will contribute to a traveling exhibition which will consist of powerful, large-scale photographs of the children. By backing the production of this book and a traveling exhibition, you can help raise awareness and continue the important dialogue regarding gender-nonconforming children taking place in public and the media today. More funding means more exposure. I hope that you will recognize the value in You Are You and consider supporting this project.
- Lindsay Morris
- The New York Times Magazine: Cover Story
- Photo District News: Interview
- Slate: Behold the Photo Blog
- abcNEWS.com: Blog
- GEO Germany: Publication
- Loupe (Journal of the Photographic Resource Center at Boston University): Publication
- Elle: Publication
- Marie-Claire: Publication
- Internazionale: Publication
- Haaretz: Publication
- Amnesty International: Publication
- Sunday Life Australia: Cover Story
- Fraction Magazine: Blog
- FOTO Politiken: Publication
- Look3 Shots & Works: Evening Projections
R e w a r d s / Limited Edition Book
- This is available only to people who support You Are You through Kickstarter.
- Printed in an edition equal to the number of contributions received at the $150 level and higher.
- With special design features unique to this edition.
Limited Edition Photographs
- Supporters at the following levels will also receive a limited edition photograph by Lindsay Morris from the You Are You series.
Praise for You Are You
With her photographs, Lindsay Morris guides us on a journey into the unseen world of a camp for gender creative children and their families. Delicately revealed is a secret garden that opens our eyes to the honesty and courage of these children. The images serve as a portal with the intention of paving a road free of judgement so that we may experience openheartedly, a new kind of normal.
-Maggie Steber, photographer, author of Dancing On Fire - Photographs From Haiti (Aperture)
Lindsay Morris releases magic in the images she captures of gender-variant children rejoicing in the freedom to rest transparently in the grace that gave them rise. To be invited so intimately into a child's natural state of joyous wonder—no shame or defiance or fear, just children being able to express who they are—is a rarity and a revelation and an invitation to rejoice: finally there are safe harbors for children to name themselves and be who they are.
-Laura Albert, a.k.a. JT LeRoy, author of Sarah and The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things
Morris’ Project shows how beautiful it looks when children are given the liberty to express themselves as they like without fear of repercussions or shaming…the resulting insight into the lives of these children is both beautiful and bittersweet.
-Clementine Ford / Daily Life Australia
Lindsay Morris's series You Are You has been seen as both profound and controversial, a glimpse into a safe haven where children can express themselves, and their parents have the chance to share their experiences. When stripped away from all of the labels and reviews, what Morris has created with these charming photographs is an opportunity to relive a universal childhood experience of innocence.
-David Rosenberg, editor, Slate Magazine's photo blog Behold
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Risks and challenges
When publishing a photo book, there is always the possibility of delay. Kehrer Verlag is highly experienced at dealing with the production and printing challenges entailed in the making of great photo books. If this campaign is a success, I will do everything possible to make sure the book is published in November 2014.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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