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MONO, the outstanding  collection of black & white contemporary photographers. Established in 2012 and now in its 2nd Volume. Engineered by Gomma ®.
MONO, the outstanding  collection of black & white contemporary photographers. Established in 2012 and now in its 2nd Volume. Engineered by Gomma ®.
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If you love photography and black & white imagery, MONO is a must.

The first Volume of the trilogy sold out pretty quickly and now it's available only at pretty high prices. So if you don't want to miss out on the upcoming MONO Volume Two, this crowdfunding campaign is for you... and by buying directly from the publisher, you will enjoy great saving of up to 50%! Reserve your copy here and be part of this great initiative.

Remember, we are doing this great initiative standing on our own two feet, with no sponsors, no taxpayers' money, no big guys behind us. Just Gomma and you, its fan base.

Jens Juul, featured in MONO Volume Two.
Jens Juul, featured in MONO Volume Two.

Who we are? We are Gomma. Established in 2004. We publish high quality photo books, we organize photography workshops (Radicalmatter.com), we publish a renowned magazine (Gomma Magazine), we run a grant for photographers (GPG, Gomma Photography Grant), we run photo contests and we have created MONO.

MONO is the sought-after hardback trilogy dedicated to black and white photography.

Through this Kickstarter campaign you will be able to reserve a copy of the new, upcoming MONO Volume Two at a reduced price and with prestigious gifts.

MONO V2 will showcase approx 250 pages of outstanding imagery, encased in an elegant and lushly black cloth hardcover. The photographers selected for the new volume so far are the following: Matt Black, Martin Bogren, Dirk Braeckman, Giacomo Brunelli, Jean-Marc Caimi and Valentina Piccinni, Lorenzo Castore, Robert Hutinski, Nicolas Janowski, Gert Jochems, Jens Juul, Jon Lowenstein, Alexia Monduit, Paulo Nozolino, Igor Posner, Hideka Tonomura, Scott Typaldos, Ester Vonplon, Tereza Zelenkova, and Miron Zownir.   Words by cult figure Christian Caujolle and Ilgin Deniz Akseloglu.

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Download the MONO Volume Two press release here:

The first of the trilogy, MONO Volume One, was published in 2012, showcasing an exciting collection of contemporary black and white photographers. It featured renowned artists, such as Antoine D'Agata, Trent Parke, Anders Petersen, Roger Ballen, Michael Ackerman and Jacob Aue Sobol, alongside a vibrant selection of internationally recognized photographers and promising talents. 

The works of each artist blend together elegantly and beautifully to create an enthralling visual journey. An unforgettable display of some of the most striking monochrome imagery. MONO is a celebration of that beautiful and timeless art medium that is black & white photography.

© Igor Posner, Featured in MONO Volume Two
© Igor Posner, Featured in MONO Volume Two
© Nicolas Janowski, Featured in MONO Volume Two
© Nicolas Janowski, Featured in MONO Volume Two
© Michael Ackerman, MONO Volume One
© Michael Ackerman, MONO Volume One

"The overall feel of MONO is that of a beautiful river flowing with outstanding imagery". Luca Desienna

"Blurred, Grainy and Brilliant" Colin Pantall

A poetic and visually enchanting journey where the works are arranged cohesively and harmonically. In Volume One ach artist was introduced by some of the most influential personalities in the photography world. Diane Smyth deputy editor of The British Journal of Photography, Peggy Sue Amison artistic director at East Wing, Michael Itkoff founder of Daylight Magazine, Marco Pinna photo editor at National Geographic Italia, Joerg Colberg, Heidi Romano and Rafel Garido to name just a few. While the preface is written by Christian Caujolle.

MONO Volume One © 2014 Gomma Books Ltd
MONO Volume One © 2014 Gomma Books Ltd

Every single detail is dealt with the utmost care and the final result is a book that is elegant, timeless and meaningful. The MONO trilogy is a collectible item produced with the highest quality standards and delivered at a reasonable and affordable cover price.

Among some of the photographers selected for Volume One there were: Anders Petersen, Antoine D'Agata,  Daisuke Yokota, Devin Yalkin, Gabrielle Duplantier, Giancarlo Ceraudo, Keizo Kitajima, Kim Thue,  Marco Vernaschi, Margaret M. de Lange, Michael Ackerman, Olivier Pin Fat, Roger Ballen, Stephane C and Australian cult Trent Parke.

© Jean-Marc Caimi, MONO Volume Two
© Jean-Marc Caimi, MONO Volume Two

MONO Volume Two will be produced with the highest production quality. Printed, sewn and bound in Italy.

Here some brief specs:

approx 250 PAGES - HARDBACK

CLOTH COVER
with SILVER HOTSTAMPED TITLES
Premium Art Paper 170gsm - Fedrigoni Garda
Duotone printing
Sewn Binding
Cloth Case

Edition of 1000.

Retail price: £ 49 (£ 59 with the MONO cloth case)

Gold Limited Edition, retail price: £ 250

MONO has been widely covered in the press.
MONO has been widely covered in the press.

Please see below the production timeline:

© Valentina Piccinni, MONO Volume Two
© Valentina Piccinni, MONO Volume Two

Please note that MONO Volume Two will be shipped by Amazon, so you can stay assured with Amazon excellent customer service and their post-sale assistance.

Please also note that in the event the shipping charges will be lower than expected each backer is guaranteed to receive that surplus back, in cash.

Risks and challenges

There are no risks involved in publishing the book. Having already published Mono Volume One we have gained a wealth of experience and invaluable know-how.
We decided to generate this call so that we can make MONO Volume Two even more prestigious and distinguished.

MONO Volume One was sold out within 18 months from its launch and it's now sold at increased prices. We firmly believe that Volume Two will be even more sought after.

We will print MONO Volume Two in Europe, so the risks that might arise when printing overseas will be eliminated.

Please note, the production of MONO Volume Two will cost more than the desired Kickstarter goal, we will add our own funding in order to complete the budget for the production.

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    Pledge £29 or more About $45

    Pre-order a copy of MONO VOLUME TWO.
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    + In addition receive an exclusive 15x21 cm MONO postcard. Laminated 350 gsm.
    Image printed by Lorenzo Castore.

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    Pre-order a copy of MONO VOLUME TWO with its own dedicated MONO Cloth Case.
    (Retail at £ 59)

    + In addition receive a unique 15x21 cm MONO postcard.
    Laminated 350 gsm matt paper. Image printed and signed exclusively by Hideka Tonomura.

    + A set of 3 MONO postcards.
    10 x 15 cm. ( Image printed by Scott Typaldos, Ester Vonplon and Lorenzo Castore).

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    Pre-order a copy of MONO VOLUME TWO signed by Lorenzo Castore, Scott Typaldos and Luca Desienna.

    + Its own dedicated MONO Cloth Case.

    + In addition receive a unique 15x21 cm MONO postcard.
    Laminated 350 gsm matt paper. Image printed and signed exclusively by Scott Typaldos.

    + A set of 3 MONO postcards.
    10 x 15 cm. ( Image printed by Scott Typaldos, Hideka Tonomura and Lorenzo Castore).

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    Pre-order Ttwo copies of MONO VOLUME TWO
    with own dedicated MONO Cloth Case.

    + A set of 3 MONO postcards.
    10 x 15 cm.
    Image printed by Scott Typaldos, Hideka Tonomura and Lorenzo Castore.

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    Pre-order a copy of MONO VOLUME TWO with its own dedicated MONO Cloth Case.

    + In addition receive a signed print by Lorenzo Castore.
    8x10 inches. Hand print, fiber based. Numbered 1 to 20.

    + A set of 3 MONO postcards.
    10 x 15 cm. ( Image printed by Scott Typaldos, Hideka Tonomura and Lorenzo Castore).

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    + In addition receive a signed print by
    Scott Typaldos.
    8x10 inches. Hahnemühle Giclees Print.
    Numbered 1 to 20.

    + A set of 3 MONO postcards.
    10 x 15 cm. ( Image printed by Scott Typaldos, Lorenzo Castore and Hideka Tonomura).

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    Pre-order a copy of MONO VOLUME TWO special Gold Limited Edition.

    This is an Exclusive limited edition of only 50 copies.

    They will have their own unique Gold hot stamped titles, both on the book cover and on the cloth case, stating:
    'Mono Volume II Gold Limited edition'

    Numbered from 1 to 50.

    + In addition you will also receive an exclusive signed print 10x12 inches by Lorenzo Castore. Hand Printed Fiber Based. Numbered 1 to 50.
    (Gallery estimate of €1500 upwards)

    + At your own request this copy of MONO could be signed and personalized for you by the editor Luca Desienna.

    (MONO VOLUME TWO Gold Limited Edition alone will retail at £ 250).

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