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Transylvania as it will never been seen again. This book presents photos of peasants and rural life from a ten year project in Romania.
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Northern Transylvania is the last bastion of subsistence peasant villages in Europe. It is an area so remote that the Romans never conquered them. Yet just two decades after the fall of communism, modernity is finally overcoming their centuries old traditions.

In a single generation, the villages shown here have gone from illiterate poverty to cell phone towers. Kathleen's photographs capture both the traditions and the change of the first decade of the 21st century. Using a medium format camera with traditional film negatives, she pursues the mission of a documentary photographer by preserving a piece of fading history.

Over 130 photos are displayed throughout 200 pages. Each image carries a caption, a location and a date. The book is organized into chapters on the seasons, the ceremonies, and the meaning of life. Throughout, there are essays, poems, proverbs, ghost stories and songs to add depth to the lives of these special villages.

Your contributions will allow us to make the final payment to the printer. Up to now, we have spent our money and the money of friends. This final amount will complete the long journey to publication.

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    You'll receive a hand-written and signed thank you message on archival pigment Color of Hay 4”x6” postcard + a thank you on The Color of Hay website acknowledgment page.

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    You’ll receive an archival inkjet pigment dye print, size 8”x10”, of any image on the website www.klmphoto.com + a hand-written and signed thank you message on archival pigment Color of Hay 4”x6” postcard + a thank you on The Color of Hay website acknowledgment page.

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    You’ll receive a signed copy of the book + an archival inkjet pigment dye print, size 8”x10”, of any image on the website www.klmphoto.com + a hand-written and signed thank you message on archival pigment Color of Hay 4”x6” postcard + a thank you on The Color of Hay website acknowledgment page.

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    You’ll receive a signed silver gelatin print, size 8”x10” (printed in the darkroom by Kathleen) + a signed copy of the book + a thank you on The Color of Hay website acknowledgment page.

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    You’ll receive a signed silver gelatin print, size 11”x14” (printed in the darkroom by Kathleen) + a signed copy of the book + a thank you on The Color of Hay website acknowledgment page.

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    You’ll receive a signed silver gelatin print, size 16”x20” (printed in the darkroom by Kathleen) + a signed copy of the book + an archival inkjet pigment dye print, size 11”x14”, of any image on the website www.klmphoto.com + a thank you on The Color of Hay website acknowledgment page.

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    One hand-printed fiber based toned Silver Gelatin portfolio of ten 16”x20” prints, by Kathleen, titled, signed and dated. Prints will be in a custom made clam shell portfolio case + a signed copy of the book + a huge thank you on The Color of Hay website acknowledgment page.

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