(Backers to the Publication of Gays in the Military, please see that campaign's more expanded Update, which includes information on postcards and other rewards.)
Hello, hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and Hannukah.
For the past five months I have been transcribing and editing the interviews for the GITM book, and the past month reviewing the text with the copy editor, scanning the negatives and retouching the scans, all the material has been delivered to the designer, Ursula Damm, to go to press. I never could have anticipated the amount of time that it took to transcribe over 300 hours of recorded interviews (with the help from multiple interns, chief among them Angela Cino), read anywhere from 12 to 38 pages of transcribed text for each interview and edit down to 1-4 pages of final edited transcriptions, in addition to writing my essay. I've promised myself that my next book will have mo more than two pages of text!
Over the next month or so, the proofs will be completed and reviewed by me, Ursula and publisher, and once they are approved, the press will roll. We are looking at a March 2014 publication date and planning a number of events around the publication.
First, there will be a book launch and signing at the International Center of Photography (ICP) in NYC: March 7, 2014 to which you will all be invited. Please note the date.
Daylight will mount an exhibition of the GITM photos at their Project Space in Hillsborough, NC (near Chapel Hill and Durham) opening sometime around April 22-27, 2014. In addition the Rubenstein Library, which will house all the material from GITM as part of my archive, is planning a series of master classes, lectures and a workshop at Duke University during that week.
The Collateral Damage exhibition that was shown at the Stephen Daiter Gallery from September 2012 to January 2013 will be exhibited at the Elgin Community College Art Center in Elgin, IL in September of 2014.
Other book signings, exhibitions and events are being planned and I will update you as soon as they are confirmed.
Finally, I would like to ask you to consider looking at and supporting a Kickstarter campaign that the students of my Documentary Strategies class at Parsons The New School for Design have going on right now. They have developed and organized this Kickstarter themselves as part of a class that focuses on field work to develop a substantial collaborative project within a limited amount of time. This class provides them with "real life" experiences, including exploring a documentary project, working with graphic designers and having to fund raise for their projects. They spent the last two months photographing Towanda, PA, and conducting workshops with students at Towanda Hight School to investigate the living ecology of the town after the recent gas boom in Bradford County. They are now finalizing their work, organizing the exhibition, and working with the design students to publish a web site and poster/catalog. Please help support their hard work by donating something to their Kickstarter campaign. There are some great rewards attached. Even I have offered up one of my images from Towanda!