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A book of cycling reportage photography 'The Circus' : a highly collectible new anthology from one of the greats of cycling photography
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Whether shooting from within the Peloton, or partying with the fans on Mont Ventoux, the pictures in this beautifully-produced book reveal some of the many stories McMillan has witnessed. Sometimes intimate, other times aggressive, always beautiful, his images are unique. This exclusive anthology, with many never before seen reportage images, spans some two decades of life at the sharp end of world cycling.

Camille, formerly editor at large of Rouleur magazine, captures the pain, the heroism and the humanity of this most challenging of sports. 'The Circus' is destined to become an instant classic and is currently being edited and designed. But we’d really like your help. If you’re a fan of cycling and you’d like to help us produce this labour of love and eagerly awaited project, please pledge your support.

There are opportunities to receive a limited edition print, to get your name in the book – and also a super limited edition copy of the book & print – signed by Camille. 

We think we’ve got something special here – and we’d like to share it with you.

Midnight TTT - Vuelta a Espana 2010 - Sevilla
Midnight TTT - Vuelta a Espana 2010 - Sevilla

Rapha Condor JLT Directeur Sportif, John Herety, remembers an early meeting with Camille:

I think it was early 2008, at a launch for a photographic exhibition for Rouleur magazine. I had just taken over the Rapha Condor team, and I’d been invited along to the event. As is the case in back alleys in winter, it was pretty dark outside where people were mingling, and while I was chatting this figure loomed out of the darkness, drink in hand, and said pointedly “you’re the reason I stopped cycling.” In my job I meet a lot of people, and deal with many faces old and new, some who on occasion I struggle to remember. When this seemingly aggressive stranger approached me, I had no idea who I was talking to. I was even more surprised to know that I’d been responsible for stopping his racing career. But then he broke the tension with a laugh and an introduction. Here was the man, of course, who was responsible for the whole exhibition.

Camille has always pushed the boundaries with his photography. I’ve always thought him highly respectful of the traditions of the sport in his work: you don’t take pictures of toe clips and straps unless you really love cycling.

Why you’ll love this book

This high-quality photography book is destined to have 240 pages of shoots ranging from the slopes of Alpe d’Huez to the velodrome in Ghent; from inside team cars to the cobbles of Paris Roubaix – all captured in both colour and black and white. Shot from the road – and the gutter – relive the excitement and drama of two decades of top professional bicycle racing. This most innovative and surprising of photographers takes you on a journey fuelled by his own passion for the sport.

Paris --> Roubaix, Arenberg Forest sector, 2011
Paris --> Roubaix, Arenberg Forest sector, 2011

Daniel Mather on his involvement with the special edition

I first came across @camillejmcmillan on the cover of Rouleur 14. It was the one with the famous 'Box of Tricks' cover. I've always had a penchant for @campagnolosrl. At the time I was living in N.London and would ride my Super Record equipped Moser pass Sargent & Co everyday catching a glimpse of the classic royal blue box adorned with the rainbow bands and smile at how beautiful @campagnolosrl was and still are. Jewels of the bicycle.

One such jewel is the Delta brake, and when Camille shared this photograph with me and suggested screenprinting a limited edition dust jacket for his latest book, I jumped at the chance. To combine my love of cycling, Campagnolo, screenprinting and Camille's work would be nothing short of beautiful

I first came across @camillejmcmillan on the cover of Rouleur 14. It was the one with the famous 'Box of Tricks' cover. I've always had a penchant for @campagnolosrl. At the time I was living in N.London and would ride my Super Record equipped Moser pass Sargent & Co everyday catching a glimpse of the classic royal blue box adorned with the rainbow bands and smile at how beautiful @campagnolosrl was and still are. Jewels of the bicycle.

One such jewel is the Delta brake, and when Camille shared this photograph with me and suggested screenprinting a limited edition dust jacket for his latest book, I jumped at the chance. To combine my love of cycling, Campagnolo, screenprinting and Camille's work would be nothing short of beautiful.

Risks and challenges

The risk of course, is that we don't get all the funding. The material is being edited now - and the pages are templated with design in full swing (actually the most difficult job right now is trying to figure out what to ditch and what to keep).
We'll be tweeting, and blogging updates and doing our best to spread the word - but we'd really appreciate your help too.
So the big challenge is to spread the word, Tell your mates, tell your family, drop hints to your loved ones. Let's make this happen.
Thank you.

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