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're 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," and through curriculum available for free on our website. This book is our most important tool in continuing to leverage awareness of, and catalyze conversations about, critical post-conflict issues.
VOL 8, THIS YEAR'S BOOK
This Kickstarter campaign supports the design, printing and distribution of 1,000 copies of "War is Only Half the Story, Vol 8," featuring grant winner Luca Locatelli's project, "United Colours of War," and the work of our 2014 finalists: Philippe Dudouit, "Sahel - the Dynamics of Dust"; Olga Ingurazova, "Scars of Independence"; Diana Markosian, "Goodbye My Chechnya"; and Javad Parva, "Moments of Freedom."
Luca's grant-winning project is a very different kind of aftermath story. Usually, our grant winners focus on a specific conflict and how it's affected people in a certain place. But Luca took a step back and eyed the landscape of the world after 9/11, and began examining a different kind of aftermath -- the global boom in the business of war that's become known as the War on Terror. It's a thought-provoking project, and we're proud to publish it in Volume 8.
WHERE THE BOOK GOES
At the Aftermath Project, we're committed to helping photographers tell these important post-conflict stories -- and to getting them out to a wide public audience. Each year, we send out some 400 pro bono copies of "War is Only Half the Story" to a list that includes peacebuilding and journalism programs, high school teachers, museum curators, photo editors and industry professionals.
WE NEED YOUR HELP
Thanks to a generous grant from PhotoWings, a photo non-profit which also supports our curriculum development, we only need to raise $13,000 this year to publish our book. But we also need YOUR help to make it happen. In exchange, we've got some great rewards for you (see our incentives, to the right, and photos below).
If you've got a photographer in your life, consider your Christmas shopping done!
REWARD PHOTOS (IN ORDER OF INCENTIVE LEVEL)
Risks and challenges
After several years of publishing an annual book, we feel we've got this down. This is our fourth Kickstarter campaign and we've pretty much ironed out all the kinks that come with learning how to crowd fund and to fulfill pledges, etc. This year, we're going back to the printer we've worked with several times in the past. He's based here in LA, so I'll be able to be on press during the printing to make sure that everything is done right. The only problem I can imagine at this point is that sometimes a book or two can get crunched by USPS -- but we're always happy to replace anything that's damaged, at no cost.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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