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A glimpse into the enchanting world of homeschooled children living in the Catskill mountains of New York. Published by Kehrer Verlag
A glimpse into the enchanting world of homeschooled children living in the Catskill mountains of New York. Published by Kehrer Verlag
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Homeschooled The Project

By Rachel Papo

As criticism of the U.S. education system grows among parents, so does the appeal of homeschooling. Shortly after moving to Woodstock, New York, in 2010, I began to photograph a small number of families living in the region who follow this path. While much of the discussion about the subject tends to revolve around parents and their beliefs, I chose to focus particularly on the lives and routines of the children, in an attempt to capture their spirit, and the meaning of growing up outside the conventional four classroom walls. 

Iris, 2011
Iris, 2011
Piano Lesson, 2012
Piano Lesson, 2012
Roan with Kilda and April, 2011
Roan with Kilda and April, 2011
Grisha and Anastasia with a Squirrel, 2012
Grisha and Anastasia with a Squirrel, 2012

I devoted two years to my photographic research and the result is a quiet meditation on the home education movement, from the children's perspective. As I was photographing them I allowed myself, for a few hours each time, to escape into their mysterious, magical world – one which emphasizes an embrace of nature in environs that nurture the imagination. 


"Her dreamlike pictures speak to afternoons lost in her subjects’ worlds; warm wood- paneled rooms, snowy forests and fecund backyards. For some of the kids, their education was as much about exploring the natural world as it was concerned with textbook learning."

Dzana Tsomondo, PDN Magazine (July, 2015 - read full article)

Snow Nap, 2012
Snow Nap, 2012

 
Homeschooled 
Recent Press:


(Slate - click on image to read)
(Slate - click on image to read)
(Daily Mail - click on image to read)
(Daily Mail - click on image to read)
(Feature Shoot - click on image to read)
(Feature Shoot - click on image to read)
(Pixel Magazine - click on image to read)
(Pixel Magazine - click on image to read)
(Best Self Magazine - click on image to read)
(Best Self Magazine - click on image to read)
 
Snickerdoodle Cookies, 2012
Snickerdoodle Cookies, 2012
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Homeschooled The Photobook

With the success of this Kickstarter campaign, the German photography and fine arts publisher Kehrer Verlag will publish Homeschooled as a hardcover monograph in 2016. Spanning across 120 pages with approximately 70 color photographs, this book will take the viewer on a poetic journey through the Catskill mountains and into the lives of a small group of Homeschooled children. Quotes from parents and children explaining why they have chosen this path and the challenges they face will be interspersed throughout the pages. 

Book details:

Size: Approx. 9.5 x 12 inch (24 x 30 cm)

Length: Approx. 120 pages with 70 color images

Publication date: Spring 2016 (Europe), Fall 2016 (USA)

Essays: TBD


WHY KICKSTARTER?

The costs of producing high quality, limited print-run photography books are significantly high. With the disappearance of so many independent, local booksellers and the pressure exerted by large chains such as Amazon.com, publishers often work together with the artists to find ways to fund their book. By pre-ordering a copy of the book, making a contribution and spreading the word, you will help me reach this goal. You will only be charged if the funding goal is reached at the end of the campaign. THANK YOU for your support!

Giving a talk during the opening reception of the 'Homeschooled' solo exhibition at The Center for Photography at Woodstock, New York, in April 2015 (click on the image for more info)
Giving a talk during the opening reception of the 'Homeschooled' solo exhibition at The Center for Photography at Woodstock, New York, in April 2015 (click on the image for more info)



Homeschooled
The Rewards

$150 reward includes Rachel's first book "Serial No. 3817131"
$150 reward includes Rachel's first book "Serial No. 3817131"
Ice, 2011 (8.5 x 11" / 22 x 28 cm—limited edition print)
Ice, 2011 (8.5 x 11" / 22 x 28 cm—limited edition print)
Helene, 2015 (8.5 x 11" / 22 x 28 cm—limited edition print)
Helene, 2015 (8.5 x 11" / 22 x 28 cm—limited edition print)
True Throwing Ball, 2011 (13 x 19" / 33 x 48 cm—limited edition print)
True Throwing Ball, 2011 (13 x 19" / 33 x 48 cm—limited edition print)

About the video:

Many thanks to Yehuda Swed, Moran Wetzig, Gosia Winter, Micah Frank And Kathi Tennstedt-Horn (mother of Helene and Anton), for their talent and involvement in creating this Kickstarter video. The film was all shot and created in Berlin, Germany. The two children filmed in the video were helping to illustrate the story of the film, and are not homeschooled.

Risks and challenges

Once this project is funded there should not be any challenges in the production of the book Homeschooled. Kehrer Verlag is an experienced and established publisher that works in a timely manner and produces stunning art books. If inevitable delays do occur, you, as a supporter, will be the first to know through my updates.

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    Receive a signed copy of a slipcased special edition of the book Homeschooled, available to Kickstarter backers only; Your name will be listed in the book as a supporter, and you will be invited to the book launch event in New York City.

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    Receive a signed copy of a slipcased special edition of the book Homeschooled, available to Kickstarter backers only, PLUS a signed copy of my first book, Serial No. 3817131; Your name will be listed in the book as a supporter, and you will be invited to the book launch event in New York City.

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    Receive a signed copy of a slipcased special edition of the book Homeschooled, which will include a limited edition 8.5 x 11 inch photograph (22 x 28 cm) from the series (Ice, 2011), signed and numbered in an edition of 50, available to Kickstarter backers only; Your name will be listed in the book as a supporter, and you will be invited to the book launch event in New York City.

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    Receive a signed copy of a slipcased special edition of the book Homeschooled, which will include an exclusive limited edition 8.5 x 11 inch photograph (22 x 28 cm) shot during the filming of the Kickstarter video in Berlin (Helene, 2015), signed and numbered in an edition of 50, available to Kickstarter backers only; Your name will be listed in the book as a supporter, and you will be invited to the book launch event in New York City.

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    Receive a limited edition 13 x 19 inch (33 x 48 cm) photograph from Homeschooled (True Throwing a Ball, 2011), signed and numbered in an edition of 10; A signed copy of a slipcased special edition of the book Homeschooled, available to Kickstarter backers only; Your name will be listed in the book as a supporter, and you will be invited to the book launch event in New York City.

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