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A football book like no other about the 2018 World Cup in Russia, by Ryu Voelkel. Buy the book now at nohands2.com.
A football book like no other about the 2018 World Cup in Russia, by Ryu Voelkel. Buy the book now at nohands2.com.
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No Hands 2: A 2018 World Cup Book is a football photography book like no other. In this book I will tell my unique story of the World Cup—combining the highlights and drama of a special tournament with the subtler details and moments that capture the spirit of the beautiful game.

Four years ago, thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign, I was able to fulfil a lifelong dream in publishing No Hands, my first book, about the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Spurred on by the success of the first book, I have decided to create a follow-up about the 2018 World Cup in Russia, No Hands 2.

As an officially accredited photographer, I will be flying to Russia to cover over twenty World Cup matches between June 13th and July 15th. Ronaldo, Messi, Neymar, Pogba, Salah, De Bruyne, Müller, Dybala, Rakitic, Mbappe, Kane, Forsberg, Iniesta, Suarez, Gabriel Jesus, Hazard, Lewandowski, Mane, and many other great players will be making an appearance in this book.

As with the first edition, I won't just be shooting the highlights. I'll be striving to capture the essence of football in my special way, through the lens of a host nation with a rich, under-appreciated football culture. 

No Hands 2 will feature over 150+ pages of photography and storytelling from the 2018 World Cup. It will be hardcover, 285mm x 215mm (around A4 size), beautifully laid out by Andrew Weber, who was responsible for the art direction and cover design of the original (shown below).

Those who are aware of my work on football or who bought the 2014 version will know what you can expect from this book. It will focus more on the aesthetics and atmosphere of the game than anything else.

To make No Hands 2 a bit more special, I've also asked two of my favourite people in the creative football world to contribute.

Musa Okwonga is a poet and writer who has worked for major publications such as The Guardian, NY Times, The Economist and ESPN. He will be writing poetry to tell the story of the World Cup in Russia.

Dan Leydon is a football illustrator with a cult online following, counting Nike, ESPN, Bundesliga, Juventus and Manchester City among his clients. He'll be sketching the World Cup's most memorable moments.

Both Musa and Dan's work will interact with my photos in such a way to further push the boundaries of football photography and storytelling, and achieve some of the goals that were out of reach in the first book.

Because the sports pictures you see on the web, magazines, and newspapers are just giving you the facts. Who won. Who lost. Who scored. Who was sent off. But there are so many moments between the extreme highs and lows of the match that are more compelling, memorable and beautiful. This is what my work is all about and why I believe I have a worthwhile story to tell.

This is the beautiful game. Please give me this opportunity to shoot it beautifully.

Enjoy your World Cup.

- Ryu

Risks and challenges

My experience and success with the Kickstarter project four years ago was a big success, and means we are in a strong position to deliver an even better product this time around. Shipping was a challenge for the first book in 2014, but we have made significant changes in logistics in order to guarantee the delivery date. The only other minor risk is related to the matches I will be able to cover during the World Cup. It is highly unlikely this be a problem as I am prepared to cover it from the opening match until the final.

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    Signed copy of "NO HANDS 2" + signed copy of 2014 "NO HANDS" book + your name mentioned in the book as a contributor + LARGE 16x24 (40.0 cm x 60.0cm) limited edition illustration by Dan from the book + LARGE 16x24 (40.0 cm x 60.0cm) limited edition photo by Ryu from the entire book + handwritten poem by Musa accompanying Ryu's photo from the book + an extra little surprise from Russia.

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