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reAPPEARANCES is a series of photographs shot with a digital toy camera, a visual and cultural journey through appearances.
reAPPEARANCES is a series of photographs shot with a digital toy camera, a visual and cultural journey through appearances.
reAPPEARANCES is a series of photographs shot with a digital toy camera, a visual and cultural journey through appearances.
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Hello.  My name is Susan Hacker Stang.  I am a photographer and a photographic educator.  I have just retired from Webster University in St. Louis after forty-one years of teaching. During that period, I helped found and build the photography program in the School of Communications there.  And during that period, I have remained an active photographic artist, exhibiting and publishing, with work in over twenty-five museum collections as well as numerous private collections.  I studied with Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind at Rhode Island School of Design, earning a BFA in Photography in 1971 and an MFA in Photography in 1974. That is my past in a nutshell; now let me tell you about my project, reAPPEARANCES.  

In the summer of 2012, I began working with a quirky toy digital camera, a JOCO VX5, made in Singapore.  Little did I know that it would become the catalyst that would bring together the various photographic approaches I had been working with over the past forty-five years, photographing people and places, using toy cameras, and combining images into sequences. But it certainly did.

reAPPEARANCES is a sequence of fifty photographs that takes the viewer on a journey through the uncanny coherence of the look of the world.  reAPPEARANCES includes photographs taken in a number of countries and cities, and this variety of locations makes even more apparent the serendipitous connections between different places and cultures.  Coherences such as this:

Drive-Thru' Wedding, Las Vegas
Drive-Thru' Wedding, Las Vegas

and this:

Champ de Mars, Paris
Champ de Mars, Paris

reAPPEARANCES is a series of visual and cultural connections across one fifty-image sequence.   I have shown it in various museums and galleries, in groupings of twos and threes, but It truly belongs as one complete sequence in book form.  This is what I plan to produce if my Kickstarter campaign is successfully funded. I will produce a high quality numbered limited-edition hard cover book, 500 copies.  My friend Henry Horenstein, a well-known photographer and author, has agreed to write the introduction.  It should be done before the end of the year;  I am hoping it will be ready by December 15, 2015.

Some of my previous publications will be offered as rewards at various levels in this campaign, for example, a set of note cards called Kodachrome Notes that I curated for Chronicle Books. At one lower level I am offering the smaller thumbnail prints that I used to lay out the images and arrive at the final sequence.  Here is a look at that process.

my dining room table as I worked on the sequence
my dining room table as I worked on the sequence

I am offering some prints as rewards as well and I want to give you a chance to look them over. (All prints will be done using archival pigments on archival paper.  I will be printing them myself.)  

Here are the seven reward prints to choose from.

Marilyn2min
Marilyn2min
Eiffel Tower, Paris
Eiffel Tower, Paris
Pawtucket, Rhode Island
Pawtucket, Rhode Island
Piazza, Florence
Piazza, Florence
Davide, Florence
Davide, Florence
Busch Stadium, World Series, St. Louis
Busch Stadium, World Series, St. Louis
Campo Santo, Pisa
Campo Santo, Pisa

Risks and challenges

What are my challenges? Actually, they are few. The work is done. I have just retired and therefore have the time and energy to pour into this project. I believe it to be my best work ever and am very motivated to produce a well-crafted handsome book. I can see it in my mind already. I am very ready to get started!

My challenge therefore is this Kickstarter campaign itself, that it be successful. This is why I am asking you to consider becoming part of my campaign. And of course, I will be very grateful to you if you do!!!

The other challenge of course is getting the word out. I am hoping that some of you, especially those of you who know me well, will mention my project on your Facebook page, put up a link to it or email it to others who might find it interesting. I would really appreciate that!

(That is probably the most challenging thing, getting the word out.)

THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO READ ABOUT MY PROJECT. EVEN MORE THANKS IF YOU FEEL YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE!

Thanks also go to Aaron Aubuchon who produced this video, Rhode Island School of Design for including my project on its curated page, and to Webster University for all the professional support it has given me over the years. And thank you to Kickstarter and its supportive community for the help it provides to creators everywhere.

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    A signed thank you note from Susan, an acknowledgement in the book reAPPEARANCES, and an invitation to any book launch that may be held.

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    One of the 3.5 x 4.25 thumbnail prints used in originally sequencing the book (see illustration).
    Also a signed thank you note from Susan, acknowledgement in the book and an invitation to any book launch that may be held.

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    A set of notecards KODACHROME NOTES that I curated for Chronicle Books in 2012. These are twenty notecards of images that were processed in the final batches of Kodachrome ever.
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    A signed copy of the book, KODACHROME, END OF THE RUN: PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE FINAL BATCHES.
    This is a book of photographs that I co-edited and that was published by Webster University Press in 2011.
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    A signed copy of the book, ENCOUNTERING FLORENCE/ FIRENZE UN INCONTRO, published and printed in Italy in 2007. This is a book of my Emulsion Transfers of Florence.
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    A signed copy of the limited edition book reAPPEARANCES.
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    A signed copy of the book, KODACHROME, END OF THE RUN: PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE FINAL BATCHES.
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    A signed copy of the limited edition book reAPPEARANCES. A signed copy of the book, KODACHROME, END OF THE RUN: PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE FINAL BATCHES. The set of notecards, KODACHROME NOTES.
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    ONE of the seven reward images as shown in the campaign on the left. 13 x 19 inches, archival pigments, archival paper, printed by me and signed. (These include "Marilyn2min", "Eiffel Tower", "Pawtucket, RI", "Piazza, Florence", "Davide, Florence", "Busch Stadium, St. Louis", "Campo Santo, Pisa".)

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    TWO of the seven reward images as shown in the campaign on the left. 13 x 19 inches, archival pigments, archival paper, printed by me and signed. (These include "Marilyn2min", "Eiffel Tower", "Pawtucket, RI", "Piazza, Florence", "Davide, Florence", "Busch Stadium, St. Louis", "Campo Santo, Pisa".)

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    THREE of the seven reward images as shown in the campaign on the left. 13 x 19 inches, archival pigments, archival paper, printed by me and signed. (These include "Marilyn2min", "Eiffel Tower", "Pawtucket, RI", "Piazza, Florence", "Davide, Florence", "Busch Stadium, St. Louis", "Campo Santo, Pisa".)

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    FOUR of the seven reward images as shown in the campaign on the left. 13 x 19 inches, archival pigments, archival paper, printed by me and signed. (These include "Marilyn2min", "Eiffel Tower", "Pawtucket, RI", "Piazza, Florence", "Davide, Florence", "Busch Stadium, St. Louis", "Campo Santo, Pisa".)

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    ALL SEVEN of the seven reward images as shown in the campaign on the left. 13 x 19 inches, archival pigments, archival paper, printed by me and signed. (These include "Marilyn2min", "Eiffel Tower", "Pawtucket, RI", "Piazza, Florence", "Davide, Florence", "Busch Stadium, St. Louis", "Campo Santo, Pisa".)

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