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Book publication of the 2011 Aftermath Project grant winner and finalists, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Book publication of the 2011 Aftermath Project grant winner and finalists, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
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War is only half the story. 

Six words that are at the heart of the Aftermath Project. As a non-profit, grant-making organization, we are committed to telling the other half of the story of conflict – the story of what it takes for individuals to learn to live again, to restore civil societies, to address the lingering wounds of war while struggling to create new avenues for peace. The Aftermath Project’s core activity is our annual grant competition, open to working photographers, world-wide. We amplify the work of our grant winners and finalists – and the aftermath issues they highlight -- through our annual publication, educational outreach, exhibitions, workshops and lectures.

The cover of "War is Only Half the Story, Vol 5"
The cover of "War is Only Half the Story, Vol 5"

This Kickstarter campaign will support publication of our fifth book, "War Is Only Half the Story, Vol 5," featuring the work of grant winner Davide Monteleone ("Red Thistle -- the Northern Caucasus Journey"), and finalists Elizabeth Herman ("Women Warriors: Bangladesh"), Lara Ciarabellini and Massimo Mastrorillo ("Bosnia and Herzegovina -- If Chaos Awakens the Madness"), Carolos Javier Ortiz ("Too Young to Die") and Miquel Dewever-Plana ("Guatemala: The Other War").

We're very fortunate that the National Endowment for the Arts has supported our book publication for the past three years. But they don't cover the whole cost -- they give us a matching grant of $15,000 and we need to raise the rest of the money.

This year, the NEA also gave us a $20,000 matching grant to redesign and relaunch our website as a resource-rich, interactive, educational site where you'll be able to see all of our grant winners' and finalists' work, as well as the visual literacy/aftermath curriculum we created with Facing History and Ourselves, and where you'll also be able to interact with our grant winner each year and where you can also be part of a special online digital book.

We've set our fundraising goal at $23,500 -- $15,000 for our book, and $8,500 to go towards the matching grant for the website. Of course we'd love your partnership in helping us to reach $35,000, the full total of our combined NEA grant this year. Anything above our Kickstarter goal of $23,500 will go directly towards that goal.

We're committed to helping photographers tell these critical stories -- and to getting them out there to a wide public audience. We need your help to make it happen -- and in exchange, we've got some great rewards for you (see our incentives, to the right, and photos below).

$350, Elizabeth Herman #1, 17x17 inches
$350, Elizabeth Herman #1, 17x17 inches
$575, Massimo Mastrorillo, 16x20 inches
$575, Massimo Mastrorillo, 16x20 inches
$575, Lara Ciarabellini #1, 20x20 inches
$575, Lara Ciarabellini #1, 20x20 inches
$575, Lara Ciarabellini, #2, 20x20 inches
$575, Lara Ciarabellini, #2, 20x20 inches
$575, Lara Ciarabellini, #3, 20x20 inches
$575, Lara Ciarabellini, #3, 20x20 inches
$600, Elizabeth Herman #2, 17x34 inches
$600, Elizabeth Herman #2, 17x34 inches
$900, Alex Webb, 11x14 inches
$900, Alex Webb, 11x14 inches
$975, Carlos Javier Ortiz, #1, 19x23 inches
$975, Carlos Javier Ortiz, #1, 19x23 inches
$975, Carlos Javier Ortiz, #2, 19x23 inches
$975, Carlos Javier Ortiz, #2, 19x23 inches
$1,300, Davide Monteleone, #1, 18x18 inches
$1,300, Davide Monteleone, #1, 18x18 inches
$1,300, Davide Monteleone, #2, 18x18 inches
$1,300, Davide Monteleone, #2, 18x18 inches
$1,975, Jeff Jacobson, #1, 20x24 inches
$1,975, Jeff Jacobson, #1, 20x24 inches
$1,975, Jeff Jacobson, #2, 20x24 inches
$1,975, Jeff Jacobson, #2, 20x24 inches
$2,100, Herman Leonard, 11x14 inches
$2,100, Herman Leonard, 11x14 inches
$3,000, Julie Blackmon, 22x29 inches
$3,000, Julie Blackmon, 22x29 inches
Miquel Dewever-Plana, #1, 13x19 inches
Miquel Dewever-Plana, #1, 13x19 inches
Miquel Dewever-Plana, #2, 13x19inches
Miquel Dewever-Plana, #2, 13x19inches

Risks and challenges

The risks and challenges faced by this project include all the things that can go wrong in publishing a book -- finding the right designer and the right printer. And then making sure the colors and the blacks all reproduce beautifully when you're actually on press. Fortunately, this is the fourth book we've done on our own and we've worked out a lot of the kinks in the process. We've used the same designer for years, we've worked hard with the printers to get the printing process just right for our photographs, and we think this book will be our best yet.

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    YOU'RE A FRIEND OF THE PROJECT. You want to help -- and we're grateful for anything you can give! Welcome to the team.

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    YOU'RE A DIGITAL FRIEND OF THE PROJECT. You get a PDF download of "War is Only Half the Story, Vol 5" as soon as we start shipping the book.

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    YOU'RE A BOOK LOVER. Pre-order "War is Only Half the Story, Vol 5." The first 100 backers will get the book at this special Kickstarter price. Includes shipping in the US. For orders outside the US, please add $15 for airmail shipping. You also get a 4x4 "War is Only Half the Story" sticker. (Commercial value $35, plus shipping).

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    YOU'RE A LOVER OF BOOKS. Your choice of one of our previous volumes: Vol 2, Vol 3, or Vol 4 at this special pre-order price. Includes shipping in the US. For orders outside the US, add $15 for airmail shipping. You also get a 4x4” “War is Only Half the Story” sticker. (Commercial value $30 to $35, plus shipping).

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    LAST MINUTE BACKERS... Once the $25 advance purchase incentive sells out (there were 3 left when we added this), you'll still be able to get a special Kickstarter price for "War is Only Half the Story, Vol 5." The book will sell for $35, plus shipping when the campaign ends, but you can get it here for $30 (which includes shipping). For international orders, please add $15 for airmail delivery.

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    YOU'RE A LOVER OF OUT-OF-PRINT BOOKS. You get “War is Only Half the Story, Vol 1,” published by Aperture (NY) and Mets and Schilt (Amsterdam). Our first volume, now out of print, which sells for from $50 to over $100 online. Includes shipping in the US. For orders outside the US, add $15 for airmail shipping. You also get a 4x4” “War is Only Half the Story” sticker.

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    FIRST AND LAST. You get Vol 1 and Vol 5 of "War is Only Half the Story." (Vol 1 is officially out of print; we've got the last stash available). Includes shipping in the US. For shipping outside the US, please add $20 airmail.

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    YOU'RE A BOOK COLLECTOR. You get our existing catalogue, including Vol 5 – a total of five books. Includes shipping in the US. For orders outside the US, add $40 for airmail shipping. You also get a 4x4” “War is Only Half the Story” sticker. (Commercial value approx $200, plus shipping).

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    YOU'RE A PATRON OF A PHOTOGRAPHER. ELIZABETH HERMAN. #1
    You get a signed 17x17 inch print by Elizabeth Herman, a 2011 Aftermath Project finalist for her project, “Women Warriors.” (SEE IMAGES TO THE LEFT). AND you will be thanked in Elizabeth’s chapter in “War is Only Half the Story, Vol 5” for helping to publish her work. Includes shipping in the US. For orders outside the US, add $25 for airmail shipping. You also get a 4x4” “War is Only Half the Story” sticker. (Commercial value $400).

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    YOU'RE A PATRON OF A PHOTOGRAPHER/MIQUEL DEWEVER-PLANA. #1. You get a signed 13x19 inch print by Miquel Dewever-Plana, a 2011 Aftermath Project finalist for his project “Guatemala: The Other War.” (SEE IMAGES TO THE LEFT). AND you will be thanked in Miquel’s chapter in “War is Only Half the Story, Vol 5” for helping to publish his work. Includes shipping in the US. For orders outside the US, add $25 for airmail shipping. You also get a 4x4” “War is Only Half the Story” sticker. (Commercial value $750).

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    YOU'RE A PATRON OF A PHOTOGRAPHER/MIQUEL DEWEVER-PLANA. #2. You get a signed 13x19 inch print by Miquel Dewever-Plana, a 2011 Aftermath Project finalist for his project “Guatemala: The Other War.” (SEE IMAGES TO THE LEFT). AND you will be thanked in Miquel’s chapter in “War is Only Half the Story, Vol 5” for helping to publish his work. Includes shipping in the US. For orders outside the US, add $25 for airmail shipping. You also get a 4x4” “War is Only Half the Story” sticker. (Commercial value $750).

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    YOU'RE A PATRON OF A PHOTOGRAPHER/MARCELL MASTRORILLO. You get a signed 16x20 inch print by Marcello Mastrorillo, a 2011 Aftermath Project co-finalist with Lara Ciarabellini for their project “Bosnia y Herzegovina – If Chaos Awakens the Madness.” (SEE IMAGES TO THE LEFT). AND you will be thanked in their chapter in “War is Only Half the Story, Vol 5” for helping to publish their work. Includes shipping in the US. For orders outside the US, add $25 for airmail shipping. You also get a 4x4” “War is Only Half the Story” sticker. (Commercial value $800).

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    YOU'RE A PATRON OF A PHOTOGRAPHER/LARA CIARABELLINI. #1
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    YOU'RE A PATRON OF A PHOTOGRAPHER/LARA CIARABELLINI. #2
    You get a signed 20x20 inch print by Lara Ciarabellini, a 2011 Aftermath Project co-finalist with Massimo Mastrorillo for their project “Bosnia y Herzegovina – If Chaos Awakens the Madness.” (SEE IMAGES TO THE LEFT). AND you will be thanked in their chapter in “War is Only Half the Story, Vol 5” for helping to publish their work. Includes shipping in the US. For orders outside the US, add $25 for airmail shipping. You also get a 4x4” “War is Only Half the Story” sticker. (Commercial value $800).

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    YOU'RE A PATRON OF A PHOTOGRAPHER/LARA CIARABELLINI. #3 You get a signed 20x20 inch print by Lara Ciarabellini, a 2011 Aftermath Project co-finalist with Massimo Mastrorillo for their project “Bosnia y Herzegovina – If Chaos Awakens the Madness.” (SEE IMAGES TO THE LEFT). AND you will be thanked in their chapter in “War is Only Half the Story, Vol 5” for helping to publish their work. Includes shipping in the US. For orders outside the US, add $25 for airmail shipping. You also get a 4x4” “War is Only Half the Story” sticker. (Commercial value $800).

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    YOU'RE A PATRON OF A PHOTOGRAPHER/ELIZABETH HERMAN. #2. You get a signed diptych of two 17x17 inch prints by 2011 Aftermath Project finalist Elizabeth Herman from her project, “Women Warriors: Bangladesh.” (SEE IMAGES TO THE LEFT). AND you will be thanked in Elizabeth’s chapter in “War is Only Half the Story, Vol 5” for helping to publish her work. Includes shipping in the US. For orders outside the US, add $25 for airmail shipping. You also get a 4x4” “War is Only Half the Story” sticker. (Commercial value $800).

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    YOU'RE A PATRON OF THE PROJECT. You get a signed 11x14 inch print by Magnum photographer Alex Webb, who's been a friend of the Aftermath Project since we began. (SEE IMAGES TO THE LEFT). You will also be thanked on a special patron’s page at the front of “War is Only Half the Story, Vol 5.” And of course you get the sticker. (Commercial value $1,000).

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    YOU'RE A PATRON OF A PHOTOGRAPHER/CARLOS JAVIER ORTIZ. #1. You get a signed, editioned 19x23 inch print by Carlos Javier Ortiz, a 2011 Aftermath Project finalist for his project “Too Young to Die.” (SEE IMAGES TO THE LEFT). AND you will be thanked in Carlos’ chapter in “War is Only Half the Story, Vol 5” for helping to publish his work. Includes shipping in the US. For orders outside the US, add $25 for airmail shipping. You also get a 4x4” “War is Only Half the Story” sticker. (Commercial value $1,400).

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    YOU'RE A PATRON OF A PHOTOGRAPHER/CARLOS JAVIER ORTIZ. #2. You get a signed, editioned 19x23 inch print by Carlos Javier Ortiz, a 2011 Aftermath Project finalist for his project “Too Young to Die.” (SEE IMAGES TO THE LEFT). AND you will be thanked in Carlos’ chapter in “War is Only Half the Story, Vol 5” for helping to publish his work. Includes shipping in the US. For orders outside the US, add $25 for airmail shipping. You also get a 4x4” “War is Only Half the Story” sticker. (Commercial value $1,400).

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    YOU'VE GOT QUESTIONS. SARA HAS ANSWERS. No insider tips on how to win an Aftermath Project grant, but you can ask pretty much anything else in three hours with Aftermath Project Founder/Artistic Director Sara Terry. You can have a portfolio review, or get advice on how to write grants for other organizations, or get general fundraising advice or tips on how to run a successful Kickstarter campaign (She recently ran a campaign for her current documentary film that brought in nearly $42,000). Sara has written several successful grant proposals for her photography work – including a 2012 Guggenheim fellowship and a 2005 Alicia Patterson Fellowship – as well as for The Aftermath Project (with totals well over $350,000). You can also talk about aftermath issues or how to start a non-profit. It's up to you -- you ask, she'll answer. In person if you live in Los Angeles (or if Sara travels to your city), or via Skype.

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    YOU'RE A PATRON OF A PHOTOGRAPHER/DAVIDE MONTELEONE, #1. You get a signed 18x18 inch print by Davide Monteleone, 2011 Aftermath Project grant winner for his project “Red Thistle – the Northern Caucasus Journey.” (SEE IMAGES TO THE LEFT). AND you will be thanked in Davide’s chapter in “War is Only Half the Story, Vol 5” for helping to publish his work. Includes shipping in the US. For orders outside the US, add $25 for airmail shipping. You also get a 4x4” “War is Only Half the Story” sticker. (Commercial value $1,700).

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    YOU'RE A PATRON OF A PHOTOGRAPHER/DAVIDE MONTELEONE, #2. You get a signed 18x18 inch print by Davide Monteleone, 2011 Aftermath Project grant winner for his project “Red Thistle – the Northern Caucasus Journey.” (SEE IMAGES TO THE LEFT). AND you will be thanked in Davide’s chapter in “War is Only Half the Story, Vol 5” for helping to publish his work. Includes shipping in the US. For orders outside the US, add $25 for airmail shipping. You also get a 4x4” “War is Only Half the Story” sticker. (Commercial value $1,700).

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    YOU'RE A PATRON OF THE PROJECT. You get a signed 20x24 inch print by photographer and Aftermath Project board member Jeff Jacobson, from his book “Melting Point.” (SEE IMAGES TO THE LEFT). You will also be thanked on a special patron’s page at the front of “War is Only Half the Story, Vol 5.” (Commercial value $2,500).

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    YOU'RE A PATRON OF THE PROJECT. You get a signed 20x24 inch print by photographer and Aftermath Project board member Jeff Jacobson, from his upcoming book "The Last Roll." (SEE IMAGES TO THE LEFT). You will also be thanked on a special patron’s page at the front of “War is Only Half the Story, Vol 5.” (Commercial value $2,500).

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    YOU'RE A PATRON OF THE PROJECT. You get a signed 11x14 inch silver print of Billie Holliday by the late, famed photographer Herman Leonard, who was a friend and supporter of The Aftermath Project. (SEE IMAGES TO THE LEFT). You will also be thanked on a special patron’s page at the front of “War is Only Half the Story, Vol 5.” (Commercial value $2,400).

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    YOU'RE A PATRON OF THE PROJECT. You get a signed 22x29 inch print by fine art photographer Julie Blackmon, a longtime supporter of The Aftermath Project. (SEE IMAGES TO THE LEFT). You will also be thanked on a special patron’s page at the front of “War is Only Half the Story, Vol 5.” (Commercial value $4,600).

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    YOU'RE *THE* PATRON OF THE PROJECT. You get your own special thank you page at the front of the book. Plus all of our previous volumes, and every book we publish in all the years to come. You also get the first page in the digital “community book” that will be part of our new website, where you can post an aftermath photo you’ve taken, or a poem, or anything else you want to say about The Aftermath Project or aftermath issues. (Commercial value: priceless).

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Funding period

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