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A book showcasing Ted Polumbaum's photographic legacy, which encompasses human experience writ large and small.
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Photojournalist Ted Polumbaum documented some of the most important news events and social movements of the second half of the twentieth century with compassion, conviction, stunning beauty and often whimsy. On assignment for the era's great picture magazines as well as through independent projects, he photographed athletes and artists, politicians and movie stars, parades and protests, museums and prisons, inclement weather and medical breakthroughs. Above all, traveling throughout the Americas and around the world, he chronicled the lives and aspirations of ordinary people. The book JUXTAPOSITIONS offers a striking selection of images from this sweeping legacy. An introduction provides context, and a biographical afterword relates Polumbaum's unusual personal and professional story: fired from his newswriting job during the McCarthy era witchhunts, he survived the blacklist without compromising principle, returned to a youthful hobby of picture-taking, and emerged with this new career as a freelance photographer.

JUXTAPOSITIONS -- selections from the Ted Polumbaum photo collection at the Newseum in Washington DC, a treasure trove of some 200,000 images -- includes many hitherto unseen works. Using a motif of paired pictures, the volume draws attention to human connections across time, culture and geography. The book is being published by Gao House Press, a small independent press in Iowa City, Iowa, with an official publication date of September 1, 2016. Advance and review copies will be available by June 2016. A successful Kickstarter campaign will support printing and shipping costs for an initial press run of 3,000 copies of the book. And your patronage for this project will help introduce and sustain a remarkable visual legacy.

Below are a few examples from the book's photo spreads:

Risks and challenges

The biggest potential problem is that the book will be insufficiently noticed; but along with production of the volume itself, I'm doing everything possible to ensure reviews and publicity that will get the work into the hands of appreciative viewers.

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    Advance copy of the book JUXTAPOSITIONS

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    Advance copy of the book JUXTAPOSITIONS and a small (4" x 6") original print in desk frame.

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    Exclusive original framed print (14" x 20") of Ted Polumbaum photo, plus advance copy of JUXTAPOSITIONS

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    Framed diptych (two related images, framed dimensions range from 14" x 23" to 17" x 25" to 19" x 27") with photos by Ted Polumbaum.

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    A triptych of historic photographs by Ted Polumbaum (three related images in one frame, vertical format, dimensions 38" x 18") on the theme of "American protest."

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    Exclusive selection of five Kennedy family photos by Ted Polumbaum, framed (23" x 26")

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    Exclusive selection of five Freedom Summer photos by Ted Polumbaum, framed (23" x 26")

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    The Excuminac series -- a set of framed prints from the aftermath of tragedy in a New Brunswick fishing hamlet, photographed by Ted Polumbaum for LIFE magazine and preempted by a royal visit (as explained in the video here). This is a one-of-a-kind museum-caliber display.

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    Advance copy of the book of Ted Polumbaum photos, PLUS framed print (up to 18" x 24" plus mat size) of ANY image of your choice from the book.

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