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Contrasting photographers travel to 5 US States to create a major work and share their creative spirit with high school students.
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The Project

New York photographers Mindy Veissid and RA Friedman believe that wherever you are there is fascinating raw material you can use to create eye-popping photographs. A study in contrasting ways of working and seeing, Veissid, whose camera of choice is a DSLR with a zoom lens, and RA Friedman, who shoots medium format b&w film with a 40 year-old fixed focal length Hasselblad, plan to artfully illustrate this idea by pushing it to its maximum while documenting and sharing their discoveries. 

The camera work the two photographers will do promises to result in a new and resonant body of images filled with pairings of colorful and richly textured b&w photos. Veissid and Friedman will mutually agree on a subject, and will create contrasting renditions showcasing how each has a unique approach and photographic eye. The images will be presented side-by-side in a square coffee table book. The images in the form of a hardcover book as well archival inkjet prints will be available as pre-release premiums.

Mindy and RA will work with minimal camera equipment - 1 camera, 1 lens, no flash and no tripod. They will photograph intensely over 5 days in five random locales. On these jaunts they will also be doing short slide shows of their work and Q&A presentations in high schools and local community groups. They aim to bring their unique photographic techniques, methodologies and working philosophy directly to young photographers and creative enthusiasts, inspiring them to follow their own vision. 

The below video is Mindy & RA presenting at the B&H Event Space on Nov 3rd, 2014. If you would like to see the project discussed, please fast forward to 54:20.

Funding

Funding covers cost of flights, lodging, rental car, fuel, tolls, entrance fees, film, film development, book production, ink/paper for prints and packaging/posting. It does not include stipends or food.  

The Book

A hard-cover 12"x12" coffee table book illustrating 25 images side by side will be created for funders. For donations of $400 and higher Mindy and RA will personally autograph your copy.

Travel Locations 

The randomly picked locations to be visited and photographed are Steamtown, PA; Nez Pierce National Park, Idaho; The San Antonio River, near Galveston, TX; and Joshua Tree National Park, San Diego, CA. 

The fifth location will be randomly picked from suggestions by project supporters and social media followers. 

Watch the videos of how they chose their 4 locations here

Travel Dates

  • Pennsylvania: January 12-16
  • California: March 9-13
  • Idaho: April 6-10
  • Texas: May 4-8
  • 5th location TBD June 1-5

Presentations

A presentation about the project was given at the B&H Event Space in NYC on November 3rd. We had an amazing time!

Mindy & RA also presented in Philadelphia on November 5th at the beautiful landmark the Physick House. It was wonderful to meet and interact with everyone who attended.

Presenting Photographers Squared at the Physick House, Philadelphia on Nov 5th, 2014.
Presenting Photographers Squared at the Physick House, Philadelphia on Nov 5th, 2014.
 

Follow us and our journey on our website Photographers Squared and on Facebook.

Mindy Veissid - Wave Hill
Mindy Veissid - Wave Hill
RA Friedman - Wave Hill
RA Friedman - Wave Hill

Risks and challenges

Creatively and technically we are called on frequently to think on our feet. Mindy has been a fine art photographer since 2009 and educator since 2010. RA has run a vintage photo booth business since 2008 and often teaches. Mindy has a background in the corporate section and RA in the non-profit world.

We feel confident that challenges and risks will be limited. We have given ourselves enough time to allow for dates to change and for the prints and book to be readily available. Prints will be produced in-house. Books will be produced using an on-line service. Both these technologies and their work flows we are familiar with and are adept at using. We both are experienced teachers and professional photographers who often have to juggle multiple obligations.

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    Our gratitude and a random and unique postcard (3.5" square image) artist's proof of one of the images we shoot along the way.

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    Our gratitude plus a printable PDF file of the complete coffee-table book showing Mindy's and RA's side-by-side images from their five US explorations. Additionally, you will receive a random postcard-sized artist's proof from the project images.

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    A 1 hour private photo lesson with either Mindy or RA in NYC or Philadelphia. Lesson can cover anything from learning how to use your camera, how to photograph intuitively, Photoshop, Lightroom, how to use a film camera, digital printing, medium format photography developing film, etc. Lesson can be scheduled now and is valid thru Dec 31st, 2015.

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    Our gratitude plus the 12" x 12", hardbound, coffee table book showing twenty-five pairs of Veissid's and Friedman's images from their treks to the five corners of the US and a bonus 5" square print--your choice of a Veissid or Friedman image.

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    A 2 hour private photo lesson with either Mindy or RA in NYC or Philadephia. Lesson can cover anything from learning how to use your camera, how to photograph intuitively, Photoshop, Lightroom, how to use a film camera, developing film, digital printing, medium format, etc. Lesson can be scheduled now and is valid thru Dec 31st, 2015.

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    Our gratitude plus your choice of any subject pair of Veissid/Friedman photos printed 8"x 8" on matte paper plus the 12" x 12", hardbound, coffee table book, signed, showing twenty-five pairs of Veissid's and Friedman's images from their US treks.

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    Our gratitude plus your choice of any subject pair of Veissid/Friedman photos printed 16"x 16" on archival paper, signed, plus the 12" x 12", hardbound, coffee table book, signed, showing twenty-five pairs of Veissid's and Friedman's work.

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    Our gratitude plus a one day personal workshop for two with Mindy or RA in NYC + one pair of Veissid/Friedman photos printed 16"x 16" on archival paper, signed, and one 12" x 12", hardbound, signed, coffee table book.

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Funding period

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