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About Us

La Noir Image is a website that was launched in the later part of last year. It focuses on the best of black and white photography and challenges photographers to think more critically about their own thoughts on the medium. 

After a short hiatus, the business is looking to take its next big step forward: the creation of an digital magazine for iPad and Android. While the website in and of itself is quite good, it doesn't offer the interactivity that a true e-magazine can offer. Here's our prototype; but please note that the final version will be a fully functional app using what the web offers us.

Here's an example of our interview with photographer Rinzi Ruiz
Here's an example of our interview with photographer Rinzi Ruiz

The current prototype is a basic PDF, but we envision the final magazine as an app with subscriptions that will have issues available for download. What you'll get is a much more all encompassing experience where you curl up with your tablet and delve into the content we work so hard to put together.

The magazine will also evolve into doing more than just basic interviews. Our current vision also includes:

- Tutorials on black and white

- Photo essays from photographers

- Musings about black and white photography

- Occasional video segments/features

Yes, a magazine is going to do this: I want it to embrace the full potential of the web. 

To do this though, we need funds. These funds will help to pay for all the expenses the magazine will accrue within the first year. Beyond that though, I believe in fair pay: and I'm looking to treat my employees fairly in terms of compensation. Think about it: wouldn't you want to get paid for your talent?

Photographers like Robin Wong, Luc Kordas, Nicholas GooddenIwona Pinkowicz, Milo Hess, and Clay Benskin have already been featured.

If successful, we'll be able to get the first issue out by September. After that it will be offered monthly with various and incredibly fair subscription tiers to suit your budget. But for the Kickstarter, you'll have a chance at a number of other goodies.

Thanks a lot for reading; please help us to make something beautiful.

Reward Details

One of our Postcard Images
One of our Postcard Images

 Apart from subscriptions to the E-Zine, most of our rewards pull from my own body of work. I have been a photographer for years, and I picked a handful of images that I think fit perfectly as 'thank you's.

Post cards at the lower levels can be added to your art collection, or sent to friends. T-shirts (Prototype design below) will let you show your support of the new project. Posters of my favorite black and white image, signed by me, are also up for grabs.

The exclusive Backer Tshirt
The exclusive Backer Tshirt

 Lastly, you get a chance to learn, or be photographed, by me. The session will last for two hours, and if you have a theme you want to focus on, I will do my best to accommodate you. (Some notes- 18yrs+, must be in NYC area, Reward dates subject to scheduling issues for both parties involved)

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask before pledging!

Risks and challenges

I'm very confident that La Noir Image will run smoothly. I have an excellent team working with me to produce the monthly publication, and to get the rewards out on time. I have been producing regular blog content for more than half a decade now, and I know the challenges associated with producing a publication. That said, I am using a platform that I have not published on before, and that may create some minor delays for the publication. I will keep everyone up to date if any unforeseen problems arise.

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    Pre-Subscription
    For less than a glass of good whiskey, you can get a full year of inspiration. Once we launch fully, a basic subscription will come in at around $15 a year. Here is your opportunity to get while the getting is good.

    This tier is a basic membership, one volume a month for 12 months. No shipping, simply delivered to your Ipad. Good for yourself, or as a gift. (Delivery date is subject to publishing dates of the Ezine.)

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    Postcard-
    A large format postcard of one of my photos, with a heartfelt thank you, and a basic 1 year membership.

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    Postcard Package-
    Three different large format postcards picked from my favorite shots, blank backed to send to whomever you like. Also, a basic, one year subscription to the E-zine for you or to give as a gift, and a little note with our heartfelt thanks.)

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    Tshirt-
    Ah, the ubiquitous tshirt. Cotton, soft, sexy. Pick a size, wear with pride. Design to the left. (Also postcard thank you, and a year subscription to the E-Zine and extra issues for you or as a gift)

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    NEW-Digital Silver Imaging Print
    We are working with Digital Silver Imaging (www.digitalsilverimaging.com) to bring you a gorgeous museum quality 11x14 print (See update #2) This also includes a 2 year membership, with bonus issues, and a thank you note from us.

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    Poster-
    A large (24x36) poster of one of my most popular portraits, signed by me. Also postcard thank you and a year subscription with extra issues to the E-Zine, for you or as a gift.

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    Reader Feature Spot-
    Our third issue will be devoted to you folks: the community that helped us get off the ground. This level of donation will allow you to submit up to 6 images of your own work to be picked from to use for your own page in our third issue. Whether you are established and want to increase your viewership, or just starting out and want to be in your first major publication, this is a perfect level.(Certain restrictions may apply, see description to the side). Also includes a large poster print, a thank you postcard, and a TWO year subscription (with extra issues) for you, or as a gift.
    Please note the estimated delivery is for the hard copy products. The reader feature issue will be subject to release dates in accordance with the overall publication.

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    Learning Experience-
    A 2 hour shooting package OR photography class with Chris. Either get in front of the camera and have some fantastic new photos of yourself, or behind the camera, and learn to take fantastic pictures. Your choice. Also includes a Tshirt, a poster, and a 5 year subscription to the E-Zine with extra issues.
    Must be able to get to greater NYC area. Delivery subject to scheduling. (18+ only, please)

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    The Kitchen sink-
    This is everything, folks. The postcards, the poster, the class (see above for details), a lifetime subscription to the E-Zine with extra issues, and an evening with us in NYC talking about photography and art over dinner and drinks, our two loves. We'll even cover your tab for the evening (Up to $100). Same scheduling and location issues as the normal photoshoot, but a hell of a lot of fun. (Have to be 21+, please)

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Funding period

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