About this project
Watch Oliver Ogden's Tiny Documentary on Jake.
Your contribution to this campaign will, first and foremost, aid One Twelve Publishing in its growth as it continues its mission to support and distribute hand-crafted photographic work.
Measured by its intent, One Twelve Publishing is a movement to save endangered photography: to capture it in its purest forms, accurately reproduce it in print and online, and distribute it to the world. The film, handmade photography, and alternative process work featured by One Twelve Publishing has been practiced and celebrated across the world for decades, yet now it teeters on the brink of obsolescence. One Twelve Publishing is here to resist that flow in the direction of forgetting; to find those artists who appreciate photography as crafted and who want to ensure that generations to come will, as well.
One Twelve Publishing is a Mission. Measured by its products, it is the distributor of art through means that can be considered on their own to be an art form. This new monograph series, of which Contact is the first, will be printed using the time-honored method of offset printing. This process yields beautiful pages as full of depth as the negatives and prints from which they came.
Measured by its strengths, One Twelve Publishing has spent several years laying all of the groundwork necessary to give the company a solid, well-networked, foundation. With headquarters located in the artistic and cultural hub of Portland, Oregon, One Twelve Publishing will never run out of talented and interesting local artists to feature. The publishing company has already been hard at work to this end, and for the last six years has published the respected fine art photographic annual Diffusion. The infrastructure for something great is here; all that is needed is a little, well, kick-start.
Your contribution to this campaign will also help a talented, locally established photographer gain some well-deserved, farther-reaching exposure.
Jake Shivery's body of work is an earnest, honest, and admiring catalog of the North Portland neighborhood where he lives and works. What starts out as a simple concept—the photographs of loved ones in a common setting—becomes something much grander: a beautiful and thoughtful collection of souls ready for viewing. Working with an 8x10 film camera and printing in contact sheet form, Jake's tools and approach are less about capturing a moment as they are about capturing a mood and a life. His photographs are haunting, intimate, and layered with pieces of visual narration that together tell the story of both the subject and the artist.
This book is a bit more than a photo book, because Jake is a bit more than a photographer. When looking at one of his photographs, one feels a sense of a story. The narrative lens through which Jake views the world is due in part to his background as a writer, and thanks to his second talent this book will also contain an extensive and inspiring essay on photography as a practice and as a subject. The essay is both enamored with and incensed by the world of photography: Jake's honest and thoughtful account of his decades of photographic experience rings with a refreshing tone of truth.
While he is well-known among the Portland photography community, he has yet to make a mark on a nation-wide audience, making him the perfect first subject for One Twelve Publishing's series of featured artists. These artists, like Jake, have the work and the experience behind them to present a new and fresh view on the photographic world; all they've lacked is the publishing representation. With the added support of One Twelve Publishing's pre-existing and future viewership, they will finally have the opportunity to engage with the greater art world in the way that they need in order to continue on with their photographic careers.
Your contribution to this campaign, in addition to warm fuzzies, will give you a physical piece of fine photographic art.
This is everyone's favorite part. It's great to support good causes for the sake of supporting good causes, but it's a lot more fun when that good cause gives you something to take away from all of this supporting. From your support, a physical, beautiful, hold-in-your-hand-able book will be made, and we want you all to have a part of it. Starting at the $50 mark, you can have the book in its entirety for your own shelves, to remember forever the time that you helped make many photographic dreams a reality.
With the successful funding of this campaign, you will receive your choice of the physical perks listed on the right-hand side of the page, but you will also have the opportunity to know that you heard of Jake and One Twelve Publishing and our future featured photographers first. You can brag to all your friends that among the many photographic fans out there, you are among the most keen and well informed; and you'll have a fantastic book in your hands to prove it. Don't worry; we've got your back on this. That is, of course, if you have ours.
Stay tuned: more rewards will be added as we go.
Risks and challenges
Significant effort has been expended in locating, interviewing and selecting the best services for the scanning, printing and binding of this book. Funding from the Kickstarter will cover the costs of the production of the book. Future design, marketing and distribution will be fulfilled by One Twelve Publishing's existing infrastructure. While this is not the first formal publishing project from One Twelve Publishing, it is the largest; hence the Kickstarter. In the event that the project does not fund, we will not proceed.
One Twelve Publishing has produced a Kickstarter campaign in the past, followed through, and made something beautiful.
The images will be culled from the artist's substantial catalog of photography. The essay is currently a work in progress, but makes good headway, and boasts a large and diverse editorial team.
The book release event and a large solo exhibition of work will be hosted by the Newspace Center for Photography in April, 2015, coinciding with Portland Photo Month.
Both the publishing company and the artist have good track records for the successful implementation of photographic projects.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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