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A football photography book like no other about the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, by Ryu Voelkel.

About this project

THE PROJECT

My name is Ryu Voelkel and I am a freelance sports photographer based in Berlin. I have been shooting sports professionally for 9 years and in particular, football. 

In just over a month the World Cup begins and it's in Brazil, giving me an opportunity to do something special: to make a book that let's me show you the World Cup in my own way. With your help, I will be able to tell a story of football in Brazil that you will not see anywhere else.

As an accredited photographer, I will be flying to Brazil to cover 21 World Cup matches from June 12th to July 13th. Rooney, Ronaldo, Messi, Balotelli, Özil, Iniesta, Hazard, Honda, Robben, Ribery, Falcao, Vidal, Suarez, the Tourés and many other great players will be making an appearance in this book.

THE BOOK

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

When I decided to make a book, I wanted it to be of the highest quality. Something that will look beautiful on your coffee table and once you open the pages, your heart rate goes up and you can't stop grinning. This means:

  • Quality - 100+ pages, 80+ photos printed on 135 GSM white matte wood-free paper printed by H. Heenemann.
  • Design - Feint Creative (cover design) & Ronald Weller (layout).
  • Delivered - to you by Christmas 2014.

To make it a bit more special...

I will be shooting the tournament with Aerochrome film. With this kind of film, green becomes PINK. Expect some of these photos to make an appearance in the book. If a roll of this film didn’t cost £40, I’d be shooting the entire World Cup with it! For an explanation of how this works read here.

WHY AM I DOING THIS?

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

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Video by Jim Elson.

Risks and challenges

Title of the book: it's yet to be named. "RYU X RIO" is just the working title.

Shipping: we have given ourselves leeway with our projected shipping date of December 2014. If there is any problem, I will most definitely let you know.

Aerochrome film: the film is slightly unpredictable in how it behaves. I will be taking 15 rolls with me and that will give me approximately 180 shots for the month. I will take the utmost care in transporting and developing the film.

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FAQ

  • Yes, you will. But it will be slightly more expensive. It will be available at ryuxrio.com

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  • Of course. Whatever reward that comes with the pledge level is still available until the end of the Kickstarter campaign.

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  • During the Kickstarter project, if you want to buy multiple books, you will need to manually do so by pledging to the same levels more than once. Sorry about this. Once we start selling these book on ryuxrio.com, you will have an option to buy multiple books.

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  • No, we decided not to. The main reason is that we are a first time Kickstarter project team and we really want to concentrate on the book itself. Adding stretch goals will most likely deter us from making a great book.

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    THE NEYMAR: Get a postcard sent from me from the World Cup in Brazil + your name mentioned in the book as a contributor.

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    THE FALCAO: Your name mentioned in the book as a contributor + 6x8 (14.8cm x 21.0cm) limited edition print of your choice from the book, excluding Aerochrome prints. These prints will only be available during the Kickstarter campaign. EU shipping included. Please add £5 shipping outside the EU.

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    THE RONALDINHO: Copy of the book + your name mentioned as a contributor. EU shipping included. Please add £5 shipping outside the EU.

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    THE RONALDO: A signed copy of the book + your name mentioned as a contributor + 6x8 (14.8cm x 21.0cm) limited edition print of your choice from the book, excluding Aerochrome prints. These prints will only be available during the Kickstarter campaign. EU shipping included. Please add £5 shipping outside the EU.

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    THE FALCAO: A signed copy of the book + your name mentioned as a contributor + LARGE 12x16 (29.7cm x 42.0cm) limited edition print of your choice from the book, excluding Aerochrome prints. These prints will only be available during the Kickstarter campaign. EU shipping included. Please add £10 shipping outside the EU.

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    THE GARRINCHA: A signed copy of the book + your name mentioned as a contributor + TWO LARGE 12x16 (29.7cm x 42.0cm) limited edition print of your choice from the book, INCLUDING Aerochrome prints. These prints will only be available during the Kickstarter campaign. EU shipping included. Please add £10 shipping outside the EU.

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    THE ROMARIO: 5 X copies of the book + your name mentioned as a contributor. EU shipping included. Please add £10 shipping outside the EU.

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    THE ZICO: A signed copy of the book + your name mentioned as a contributor + ONE GIANT 33x47 (84.1cm x 118.9cm) limited edition print of your choice from the book, INCLUDING Aerochrome prints. These prints will only be available during the Kickstarter campaign. EU shipping included. Please add £50 shipping outside the EU.

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    THE JAIRZINHO: A signed copy of the book + your name mentioned as a contributor + THREE EXCLUSIVE 12x16 (29.7cm x 42.0cm) prints, signed, dated, and numbered 1/1 (unique one off) from one match in the World Cup that you'd like me to shoot. These prints cannot be from the final and they may be used in the book. INCLUDING Aerochrome prints. EU shipping included. Please add £10 shipping outside the EU.

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    THE PELÉ: A signed copy of the book + your name mentioned as a contributor + I will travel for a 2-day shoot of the football team you play for, anywhere in Europe (outside of EU you will need to pay for the travel). This could be a game one day, then a portrait session for you and your teammates.

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Funding period

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