The photographs by US photojournalist Dan Budnik, documenting three marches of the Civil Rights Movement, 1958-1965, present a unique body of work representing Dr. King’s legacy of non-violence as a way of affecting political and social change. Budnik’s Civil Rights work has rarely been seen. Now, on the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech, Trolley Books is proud to announce the publication of Marching To The Freedom Dream, in Spring 2014. We need your support, through pledges and pre-orders for the book to become a reality.
Recently Dan Budnik’s photographs from the 28th August 1963, March on Washington were rediscovered by the editors of TIME Magazine. On this day, Dr. King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech to a record crowd of 250,000 people who had assembled peacefully at the Lincoln Memorial from all cardinal points. TIME's commemorative website and “I Have a Dream” anniversary issue prominently feature Budnik’s images. Phil Bicker, senior photo editor at TIME and the creative lead on the TIME project was delighted to add:
"Dan Budnik is amongst American photography's best kept secrets. His exceptional images from the Civil Rights era have been rarely seen since they were taken half a century ago. Recently his remarkable photographs from the March on Washington were extensively featured in TIME's special commemorative website and special issue, along with his portrait of Martin Luther King Jr. adorning one of TIME's most memorable covers.”
Budnik will oversee the creation of this book filled with his wonderful and iconic images and hand-written captions. Each page will highlight the people, places and stories from this historic time. The unsung heroes who made tremendous sacrifices, particularly the young teenage foot soldiers, are honoured in this intensely personal 264 page book.
The book begins at the 1958 Youth March for Integrated Schools, organised by Harry Belafonte and Bayard Rustin. The opening image is of the White House gates being rudely slammed in the faces of the petitioners including Belafonte. Many images follow showing this march, which was the peaceful prototype for the 1963 March on Washington.
The second section of the book celebrates the iconic March on Washington where Dr. King delivered his monumental “I Have a Dream” speech. Budnik’s images capture the non-violent solidarity of the participants. He salutes the diversity and passion of the marchers ranging from all walks of life who were willing to serve and sacrifice.
The final section of the book culminates with the unprecedented and triumphant 54 mile Selma to Montgomery March in 1965. This was Dr. King’s greatest achievement. Dr. King led more than 300 marchers at times, which swelled to 1000’s of people when safety conditions permitted, through some of the most segregated areas of rural Alabama, the heart of racist Dixie.
A photohistoric context will be written by photographer and scholar James L. Enyeart, former director of the Center for Creative Photograhy in Tucson, Arizona and the George Eastman House in Rochester, NY. Enyeart was founding director of the Anne and John Marion Center for Photographic Arts at the College of Santa Fe, NM and author of numerous books on photographers and the history of photography.
The anniversary of Dr. King’s “Dream” speech will launch the beginning of this Kickstarter campaign. August 28 is the first in a series of 50th anniversaries, including the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Selma to Montgomery March and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Dr. King’s non-violent message still resonates with contemporary struggles of many peoples throughout the world today. Dr. King emulated the success of Gandhi’s passive resistance in India which utilised soul force to combat brute force, as have modern heroes such as Nelson Mandela.
WHY DO WE NEED KICKSTARTER?
Trolley Books is an independent publisher based in London who specialises in important but underexposed stories in photojournalism. Dr. King’s message and legacy of non-violence needs to be embraced today as much as ever. At this juncture in history it is imperative to remember the struggles that brought us here. It is our duty now to keep “The Dream” alive. Kickstarter will allow us to raise enough funds if supported by you to make this project a great reality.
WHAT WILL THE MONEY BE USED FOR?
£10,000 is necessary to start production of the book, which will cover pre-production, such as scanning of important work not yet seen and design. It will also give us a tremendous ‘kickstart’ for the largest production cost, the printing. All of our books are printed in Italy to the highest quality, and the total cost for this special book will be around €30,000 for 2,000 copies. Therefore our target of £10,000 is enough to get the project off the ground but most importantly secure it’s production at our printers in advance. We would like to use the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s inspirational “I Have a Dream” speech to get as many people as possible behind the project. We hope the book’s powerful message of peaceful protest will inspire you to participate in this timely project with its ever-valuable message. This book is a template to guide future generations and a legacy to leave for all non-violent leaders.
DAN BUDNIK BIOGRAPHY
Dan Budnik (b.1933, Long Island, NY) is a photojournalist who has documented social, political and cultural change in the world for past 55 years. He was at the heart of the civil rights movement, the centre of the New York school of Abstract Expressionists, and has been a fervent advocate for indigenous people. After being drafted, he started photographing the New York school of Abstract Expressionist artists in the mid-fifties, making it a primary focus for several decades. He made major photo-essays on Willem de Kooning and David Smith, among many other artists. It was his teacher Charles Alston at the Art Students' League of New York, the first African American to teach at the League, who inspired his interest in documentary photography and the budding Civil Rights Movement.
In 1957 he started working at Magnum Photos, New York, assisting several photographers, notably Cornell Capa, Burt Glinn, Eve Arnold, Ernst Haas, Eric Hartmann and Elliott Erwitt. In March 1958 Budnik travelled to live with the underground in Havana for 6 weeks during the Cuban revolution. Budnik continued to work with Magnum for half of his time, until joining as an associate member in 1963. In 1964 he left Magnum and continued specialising in essays for leading national and international magazines, focussing on civil and human rights, ecological issues and artists.
Since 1970 Budnik has worked with the Hopi and Navaho traditional people of northern Arizona, and received for this work a National Endowment for the Arts Grant in 1973 and a Polaroid Foundation Grant in 1980. In 1998 he was the recipient of the Honor Roll Award of the American Society of Media Photographers. He lives and works in Tucson and Flagstaff, Arizona.
CREDITS AND THANKS YOUS
All images Copyright Dan Budnik
Kickstarter interview and video - Stephen J. Bell and Jessica Dunleavy
Freedom Songs used in video - Smithsonian Folkways
Sincere thanks also to the following who have helped with the book campaign so far: Rixt Bosma, Mary Virginia Swanson, Meredith Potts, Jeffrey Smith at Contact Press, Phil Bicker, Kira Pollack and Paul Moakley at TIME, Joe Wojcich and Jez Noble at Tempe Cameras, Martin Bell and Wai Hung Young at Fruitmachine Design, Kyson East, Aaron Budnik and Susanne Waddell, Kim Newton, Capucine Coninx and Jessica Dunleavy at Trolley Books
THANK YOU IN ADVANCE TO EVERYONE WHO WILL SUPPORT THE PUBLICATION OF DAN BUDNIK’S BOOK ‘MARCHING TO THE FREEDOM DREAM’. WE LOOK FORWARD TO KEEPING YOU UPDATED WITH THE BOOK'S PROGRESS OVER THE COMING MONTHS AND ITS RELEASE IN SPRING 2014!
Risks and challenges
If we are successful with our funding on Kickstarter we will still need to pay for the full printing costs to fulfill all the book pre-order pledges. We are confident that we can do this in the next few months from additional patrons. We need this initial 'Kickstart' to get the production underway. The book will be released in Spring 2014. This is ample time to finish work on all aspects of funding and production.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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