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. Each year, we amplify the work of our grant winners and finalists – and the aftermath issues they highlight -- through our annual publication, "War is Only Half the Story." This book is our most important tool in continuing to leverage awareness of, and conversations about, critical post-conflict issues.
This Kickstarter campaign supports the design, printing and distribution of 1,000 copies of our sixth book, featuring the work of 2012 grant winner Andrew Lichtenstein ("American Memory"/United States), and 2012 finalists Christopher Capozziello ("For God, Race and Country"/United States); Michellel Frankfurter ("Destino"/Central America); Simon Thorpe ("Toy Soldiers"/Western Sahara) and Michael Zumstein ("Bon Amis"/The Ivory Coast).
We're committed to helping photographers tell these important stories -- and to getting them out there to a wide public audience. Each year, we send out more than 500 pro bono copies of "War is Only Half the Story" to a list that includes every US senator, peacebuilding and journalism programs, museum curators, photo editors and industry professionals. Special thanks to PhotoWings for getting us started towards raising the money we need . But we also need YOUR help to make it all happen. And in exchange, we've got some great rewards for you (see our incentives, to the right, and photos below).
$1,400 -- #2 © Andrew Lichtenstein.A crowd listens to the annual reading of the Emancipation Proclamation by local officials at a ceremony for Juneteenth, a Texas holiday that commemorates the day in 1865 when slaves were told by a Union General in occupied Galveston that the Emancipation Proclamation, written two years earlier by Abraham Lincoln, had set them free. Editioned 2/5.
Risks and challenges
This year, for the first time in several years, we did not get a matching grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (they still love our work -- it was just a very competitive year!). This means that we have to raise the entire book budget on our own, and we won't be able to go to press until we have all the money we need. That's the biggest challenge we face. But we've done this five years in a row now, and we feel confident we will raise the funds. We've got an experienced team in place -- we've worked with our designer and printer for years now, and we all work well together and know how to get the job done.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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