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:
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.
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.
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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