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A beautiful hardcover photo book with gold edge published by Dewi Lewis. 120 photos paying homage to the Masters of photography.
A beautiful hardcover photo book with gold edge published by Dewi Lewis. 120 photos paying homage to the Masters of photography.
A beautiful hardcover photo book with gold edge published by Dewi Lewis. 120 photos paying homage to the Masters of photography.
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The story

One summer day in 2013, I was having breakfast with my friend Ricardo at a café when I suddenly had a vision of him as Picasso, as famously portrayed by Robert Doisneau. Almost like children at play, we agreed to re-enact the landmark photograph, initiating the “search for the masters”.

Tribute to Robert DOISNEAU, Picasso and the loaves,1952
Tribute to Robert DOISNEAU, Picasso and the loaves,1952

The septuagenarian Ricardo thus became my muse, a charismatic sitter who added to these re-creations a singular element from his own life: his golden shoes. The shoes that became a recurring leitmotif in these re-enactments of the golden moments of 176 years photography, from a first self portrait dated 1839 to the latest photographic trends. They are the symbol of the mysterious alchemy of a photographic process that metamorphoses light and emotions into prints, so to preserve our memories.

A tribute to August Sander, Young Farmers, 1914
A tribute to August Sander, Young Farmers, 1914
A tribute to Willy RONIS, The Little Parisian, 1952
A tribute to Willy RONIS, The Little Parisian, 1952

I am profoundly interested in how the purpose of photography is changing and how it is evolving in a world saturated with visual imagery. Using a very contemporary practice -the appropriation- and the very contemporary tools offered by technology, this journey through the history of photography questions our perception of memory and makes us wonder why and how an image becomes iconic.

Looking for the Masters On Air

The photo « tribute to Diane Arbus » was been exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery London

The series has been presented at the Bristol photo book festival organized by Martin Parr

A selection of 15 Photos of the series were exhibited in the prestigious Hawa Mahal in the Jaipur Photo festival

A selection of 50 photos of the series will be on show in the exhibition «  Photography Never Dies » in Wroclaw « European Capital of Culture 2016 »  in September 2016

A tribute to Martin PARR, Luxury, 2007
A tribute to Martin PARR, Luxury, 2007
Trend of photography inspired by Google street
Trend of photography inspired by Google street

The Book

Looking for the Masters in Ricardo's Golden Shoes will invite you to look at the Masters and the evolution of photography with a fresh eye.

It will be a hardcover photo book, with a tipped-in image on the cover, 21.5 x 17 cm, 250 pages with gold edge, 120 B&W and color photographs.  Published by Dewi Lewis, beautifully printed in Italy with an essay and design by Catherine Balet in collaboration with a professional young graphic designer. Publication date: June 2016.

The funding will cover a part of the production costs of the book with the balance being met by Dewi lewis Publishing.

The book design is almost finished, we are just finalizing some small details. The book will be ready to print as the Kickstarter ends.

Looking for the Masters in the Medias

TV : Arte « Metropolis » : http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2s7le1

BFM TV : http://bfmbusiness.bfmtv.com/mediaplayer/video/le-rendez-vous-du-jour-dimitri-beck-et-ricardo-martinez-paz-2007-589963.html

http://www.art-magazin.de/fotografie/15353-bstr-ikonen-altern-nicht#113376-img-

Polka magazine No 30 - 12 pages Portfolio

Risks and challenges

The risks and challenges when publishing a photobook include the possibility of delay, but Dewi Lewis is highly experienced at dealing with the production and printing challenges involved in making great photobooks. We would do everything possible to make sure the book is published in June.

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    Pledge €2 or more About $2.24

    If you like this project and just want to support it and the book.

    THANK YOU!

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    POSTCARD
    1 exclusively signed postcard of an image from the book with a thank you note by Catherine & Ricardo.

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    A SET OF 3 POSTCARDS
    Three images from the series, including one with a personal signed thank you note by Catherine & Ricardo.

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    SIGNED COPY OF THE BOOK.
    First Edition hardback signed by Catherine Balet and Ricardo Martinez Paz.
    + Special early birds, if engaged before April 2, with your name listed as a supporter in the acknowledgements page of all first edition books.

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    COLLECTOR EDITION
    Autographed Special edition in a golden book slipcase signed and numbered with One signed Limited Edition 16x21 cm print, 1/150

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    Pledge €650 or more About $729

    Visit of the PARIS of the Masters of photography.
    Catherine and Ricardo will show you around the places where iconic images were taken and tell you all about the story of the original photos and their own personal experience.
    1 to 4 persons. In English, Spanish or French.

    + SIGNED COPY OF THE BOOK.
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    DINNER in LONDON
    END OF MAY - From 1 to 6 persons
    Join us in a nice restaurant with a special menu on the theme of « photography » . Catherine & Ricardo will tell you all about about the photos and the crispy personal stories around the project.

    + Autographed Special Collectors edition in a golden book slipcase signed and numbered with One signed Limited Edition 16x21 cm print, 1/150

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    DINNER in PARIS
    EARLY JUNE - From 1 to 6 persons
    Join us in a nice restaurant with a special menu on the theme of « photography » . Catherine & Ricardo will tell you all about about the photos and the crispy personal stories around the project.

    + Autographed Special Collectors edition in a golden book slipcase signed and numbered with One signed Limited Edition 16x21 cm print, 1/150

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    ORIGINAL PRINT, 40x 60 cm
    signed and numbered in limited edition, printed on museum-grade Baryta paper offering the maximum longevity*

    + Autographed Special Collectors edition book in a golden book slipcase including a signed and numbered x / 150 Limited Edition print. 21 x 16 cm

    + Special early birds, if engaged before April 2, your name listed as a supporter in the acknowledgements page of all first edition books.

    *You have a choice of 5 artworks. We will contact you immediately after the Kickstarter campaign closes to confirm your choice of artwork.

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