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Monochromatic Visions is a limited edition portfolio of twelve spectacular black & white prints by master photographer Harold Davis
19 backers pledged $4,094 to help bring this project to life.

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Harold Davis is the author of numerous bestselling photography books, the recipient of many photography awards, and a Moab Printmaking Master.

Harold's awards include:

  • North American Nature Photographer Association (NANPA) Showcase awards in three consecutive years
  • NANPA Judge's Choice award 
  • International Aperture Awards (two years)
  • World Gala Storytelling Award

Here's what photographic publications have said about Harold Davis and his work:

  • According to Popular Photography Magazine, “Harold Davis’ ethereal floral arrangements have a purity and translucence that borders on spiritual.” 
  • PhotoFidelity states that “Harold Davis’s Creative Photography series is a great way to start a photography library.”
  • Rangefinder Magazine calls Harold "a man of astonishing eclectic skills and accomplishments."

This is amazing! Thank you, thank you! This Kickstarter was funded in less than 24 hours! Because of all the excitement around the Monochromatic Visions portfolio Kickstarter, I’ve added a dream “stretch goal”---please see below!

Monochromatic Visions is a highly collectible, limited edition portfolio of twelve prints by master photographer Harold Davis. The carefully curated prints in this collection have been printed by hand in the Harold Davis studio on Moab Slickrock. Each print is hand signed in acid-free ink and hand-inscribed with the image’s title.

Agaves © Harold Davis
Agaves © Harold Davis

The Monochromatic Visions prints are presented in a handsome portfolio box with informational inserts including a vellum overlay and image data. The portfolio box presentation includes a book plate, with editioning information and the hand signature of the artist.

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The Monochromatic Visions portfolio presentation is strictly limited to twelve numbered copies, plus three artist proofs. Here are the twelve images in the portfolio:

The photographs in Monochromatic Visions were created using high-dynamic range (HDR) techniques that will be explained in Harold Davis's forthcoming book Monochromatic HDR Photography from Focal Press. This process involves sequential multiple digital RAW exposures, or a single RAW exposure processed multiple times. The blended exposures or processes are then rendered into a single color master file. The final color version of the image is then remastered to monochrome, using innovative layering and processing techniques invented by Harold Davis.

Click here to see thumbnails of all twelve images that will be in the portfolio.

Road Less Traveled © Harold Davis
Road Less Traveled © Harold Davis

Stretch Goal: $10,000

Send Harold on a photographic pilgrimage to create a unique portfolio of old Japan!

If the Monochromatic Visions Kickstarter raises $10,000, Harold, his creativity, his camera, and his tripod will take a pilgrimage to the temples of Kyoto, Japan, and on foot to the world heritage Kumano kodo (old road of Japan).

The Kumano kodo is a network of trails leading south from Kyoto into the remote and mystical Kii Peninsula. This has been a route of pilgrimage for over 1,000 years, and includes a number of arduous trails, among them Nakahechi-do, Kohechi-do and Ohechi-do (these trails are known collectively as the Kumano kodo). Harold’s destinations will include the Grand Shrine of Hongu, and the Nachi Grand Shrine at the Pacific Ocean.

On his return from this photographic pilgrimage, Harold will create a portfolio of unique monochromatic images based on work photographed during his journey. This portfolio will be lovingly printed on traditional Japanese Kozo washi produced by a Japanese paper mill that has been in the same family for 700 years.

Harold says, “Thank you for supporting my work. I am so excited by the early funding of Monochromatic Visions. This stretch goal is a photographic journey that I’ve wanted to fulfill for many years. The opportunity of photographing rural Japan and some of Japan’s most sacred shrines would deepen my photographic life-journey and help me to reach further into my spiritual creativity. Thank you for supporting a living artist and for helping me to realize my artistic dreams!”

Harold Davis is a widely recognized master artist, and a leading contemporary photographer. His work is commissioned, collected and exhibited widely.

Falcon Motorcycle by Harold Davis
Falcon Motorcycle by Harold Davis

Harold Davis has been acknowledged as a Moab Master for his printmaking prowess. His work demonstrates that advances in the technology and craft of digital photography have created an entirely new medium that begins with photography and continues as digital art. This extraordinary imagery builds on the masterworks of the past while embracing revolutionary innovations in photography.

Lonely Islet © Harold Davis
Lonely Islet © Harold Davis

Botanical prints by Harold Davis are particularly sought after. As Popular Photography Magazine noted, "Harold Davis's ethereal floral arrangements have a purity and translucence that borders on the spiritual." 

In this regard, it is worth pointing to Botanique, the limited edition artist book of Harold Davis botanical art that originated as a successful Kickstarter project. Here's what some collectors of Botanique have said about Botanique:

  • “I didn’t open it until last night because I was really busy and wanted to take time to savor every page.  It’s BEAUTIFUL!  Thank you very much.”—S.M.
  • “I had time today to sit down and slowly admire each and every page of your amazing book. It is absolutely gorgeous…a true collector’s item…and is a reflection of the beauty and light within you both. I’m honored to be one of the people who has the privilege to own this book and will treasure it always.”—B.A.
  •  ”Arrived home from France this evening to find my copy of Botanique waiting for me . . . the book and accompanying prints are indescribably beautiful.”—B.G.
  • “All I can say is WOW. What a magnificent piece of work this is.  It seems that each time I turn the pages I find something different and unique to look at in each of the flowers.What a masterpiece.  My words cannot do it justice.I am proud to own this exquisite artwork.”—I.H.
  • "That would have to be the most beautiful floral photography I’ve seen!"

Click here to read more about Botanique

We believe that Monochromatic Visions may well be as highly sought after as Botanique, with at least comparable increase in price following the conclusion of the Kickstarter campaign.

Harold Davis is the author of more than 30 books, including Creating HDR Photos: The Complete Guide to High Dynamic Range Photography, Photographing Flowers: Exploring Macro Worlds with Harold Davis (Focal Press), The Photoshop Darkroom 2: Creative Digital Transformations (Focal Press), and The Photoshop Darkroom: Creative Digital Post-Processing (Focal Press).

Harold is the author of the Creative Photography series from Wiley Publishing.

“Harold Davis’s Creative Photography series is a great way to start a photography library”—Daniel Fealko, PhotoFidelity.

Visit the Harold Davis author page on Amazon.

Risks and challenges

We take tremendous care with each and every print that comes out of the Harold Davis studio. If we have to reprint an image twenty times before we are satisfied with it, we will. When it comes to our prints, we are a perfectionists. Digital printing isn't just a matter of clicking a button and watching a print spew out--it is a hand craft that requires a great deal of skill, care, and attention. So creating the Monochromatic Visions portfolios will be a true labor of love.

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    "Classic California: A Postcard Book in Black & White" with photographs by Harold Davis---features 20 detachable postcards of Harold's photos. Think back to a time when California was paradise on earth and photography was in black and white! The twenty classic monochromatic images by Harold Davis in Classic California are nostalgic but modern at the same time.

    Your copy of this beautiful postcard book will be personally signed by Harold Davis.

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    If we meet the "stretch goal," Harold Davis will send you a personal postcard from Japan.

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    If we do not meet the stretch goal you will receive a "Classic California" postcard book featuring 20 monochromatic detachable postcard photos (shipping US only).

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    If we meet the "stretch goal," Harold Davis will give you a peak into the making of the Kumano kodo portfolio by sending you real-time iPhone photos as he walks the old road of Japan. If we do not meet the stretch goal you will receive a "Classic California" postcard book featuring 20 monochromatic detachable postcard photos and a set of four color postcards (shipping US only).

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    "Creative Black & White"---the bestselling book by Harold Davis from Wiley Publishing, hand signed by the author.

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    Your choice of one digital wallpaper from either the Monochromatic Visions or the Kumano kodo portfolio, formatted for your laptop or desktop computer.

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    "Monochromatic HDR Photography"---the new Harold Davis book from Focal Press, hand signed by the author

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    Private phone conversation on photography topic of your choice with master photographer Harold Davis on a date and time tba.

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    If we meet the "stretch goal," a postcard from Japan and an Omamora (an amulet or talisman from a Japanese temple) from a Temple Harold visits on his journey. You will also be acknowledged on our website for your support of the Monochromatic Visions and Kumano Kodo Portfolios. If we do not meet the stretch goal you will receive an 8X10 print of "Road Less Traveled" on Kozo washi (shipping US only).

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    Signed 13X17 print of Falcon Motorcycle by Harold Davis. Normal retail value $595.00.

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    Signed 13X17 print of Agaves by Harold Davis. Normal retail value $595.00.

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    Signed 13X17 print of Road Less Traveled by Harold Davis. Normal retail value $595.00.

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    Signed 13X17 print of your image choice from the twelve portfolio photos by Harold Davis. Normal retail value $595.00. Please note your image choice when you make your pledge, and thanks!

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    Portfolio review with master photographer Harold Davis.

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    A signed copy of "Monochromatic HDR Photography", Harold's new book from Focal Press, and a signed 13X17 print of the Harold Davis image that is on the cover of the book, "Workbench." Normal retail value $635.00.

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    A signed 11X17 print of your choice from either the Monochromatic Visions portfolio, or (if we meet the "stretch goal") from the Kumano Kodo portfolio.

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    A numbered and signed copy of the limited edition "Monochromatic Visions" portfolio (numbers 1-3 out of 12)

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    A numbered and signed copy of the limited edition "Kumano Kodo" portfolio (numbers 1-3 out of 12).

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    A numbered and signed copy of the limited edition "Monochromatic Visions" portfolio (numbers 4-6 out of 12)

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    Botanique: a handmade limited edition artist book of Harold Davis botanical prints

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    A numbered and signed copy of the limited edition "Kumano Kodo" portfolio (numbers 4-6 out of 12).

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    Signed 18X24 print of your image choice from the twelve Monochromatic Visions portfolio photos by Harold Davis---please note your image choice when you make your pledge, and thanks!

    If we meet our stretch goal of $10,000, you can alternatively choose your signed 18X24 print from the images in the Kumano Kodo portfolio.

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    A numbered and signed copy of the limited edition "Monochromatic Visions" portfolio (numbers 7-9 out of 12)

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    A numbered and signed copy of the limited edition "Kumano Kodo" portfolio (numbers 7-9 out of 12).

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    The Monochromatic Visions portfolio and your choice of an 18X24 print from the Monochromatic Visions collectionor (if we reach the stretch goal) the Kumano Kodo collection. In addition, if we reach our stretch goal of $10,000 you will receive the entire Kumano Kodo portfolio, an 18X24 print from the Kumano Kodo collection, and the opportunity to join Master Photographer Harold Davis for one day on his trip (airfare, travel, accommodations, etc., not included). You will also be acknowledged on our website for your patron-level support of the Monochromatic Visions and Kumano Kodo Portfolios.

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