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Pitch from Alan

Do you love photography? 

Do you want to improve your understanding and enjoyment of photographs?

Want to help create the best website on the History of Photography?

Well, you’ve come to the right place.


Passion, Enthusiasm and Community

My personal passion is to learn the History of Photography and share what I’ve learned. As you’re about to see, that has grown into Luminous-Lint. This Kickstarter project is to expand and build on all we’ve already achieved.

The Story Begins With A Personal History…..

About 10 years ago, I decided to learn the History of Photography. I had always been interested in it, but never had the time to do so properly. I created Luminous-Lint to share the huge amount of material I’ve collected and created.

Many thousands of you have watched this project evolve over the past decade. I have had the pleasure of getting to know some of you personally, and look forward to meeting more of you who share my enthusiasm for the History of Photography. A great many collectors, curators, estates of photographers, gallery owners and dealers around the world receive the Newsletters, which are all online, and have shared material – both for the website and from it.

 

(Click here if you would like to be emailed the Newsletter)

The richness and depth of Luminous-Lint as a resource is astounding and this Kickstarter project will take us to the next level. I’m excited about it and here is where you can join in.

A Brief Overview of Luminous-Lint

  • Luminous-Lint currently has more than 10 million page views a year (yes, you read correctly: more than 10 million). 
  • It is a free, vast and expanding non-commercial resource on all aspects of the History of Photography. 
  • It already includes more than 1,000 Themes, 700 online exhibitions and 7,000 photographers. 
  • It has been created with contributions from more than 2,300 institutions, galleries, dealers and individuals.
  • It includes many images that can be found nowhere else, as they come from private collections around the world. 

Luminous-Lint is well-respected and has a well-proven track record - thanks to you all.

Take a look at the current website to see how far we have come:

Themes
Themes

There are over 1,000 themes so this is only an indication.

Techniques
Techniques
Timelines
Timelines

... and these are just the top of a very large iceberg. To get a sense of the scope of the project take a look at the Contents page. This project will concentrate on the Themes (and not the Geographical Regions or Techniques which will be covered later).

In the most recent Luminous-Lint Newsletter (February 2013) I announced that each Theme is starting to be filled out with examples from the most significant institutional and private collections around the world and this is rolling along with over 50,000 images added so far.

So to prepare the next phase of Luminous-Lint I'm asking for $50,000. It sounds like a lot but we have around 5,000 Facebook friends, every significant photography gallery and dealer in the world besides masses of collectors and enthusiasts. We can do this as a community.

This Kickstarter project is to enrich the content on Luminous-Lint and continue to provide it free of charge to benefit us all.

If we educate ourselves and make friends along the way so much the better.

Project Goals

As I've mentioned, there are currently over 1,000 Themes on Luminous-Lint . During this project I plan to:

1. Ensure that we have representative photographs for each Theme.

2. Ensure that the 700 online exhibitions are linked to each Theme.

3. Integrate video materials where appropriate.

Within each Theme I will be developing texts, footnotes, reading lists, visual indexes, preparing additional online exhibitions where there are gaps. Where specialized texts are required experts (such as yourself) will be asked to assist. By the end of this project the structure of the Themes will be greatly improved and ready for the next step.

How You Can Help

With Kickstarter it is all or nothing - either we make the $50,000 goal or we get nothing. With your support we - as a community - can make Luminous-Lint an outstanding free, and international, resource.

Your pledges are essential so help where you can.

If you have expertise on a specific area and are able to carry out research, improve the graphic design, add programming skills, provide examples from your collection or those of your institution, or can prepare content or share pieces you have already written please get in touch. Luminous-Lint is a collaborative project.

This Project Will Help Publicize Other Projects As Well

The best documentary and photojournalism projects deserve to be seen and Luminous-Lint will do what it can to spread to world of other Kickstarter, Daylight, Aftermath, and socialdocumentary.net projects. It will also seek the finest work from awards such as the Lucie Awards, W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund, SOROS Foundation, and Photobooks on EphotobookList.com etc to highlight the finest series. This does not imply endorsement by these laudable projects rather that I feel great examples and case studies deserve to be seen as widely as possible.  Luminous-Lint can assist with connecting them with the wider history and give them a context. I’ll work with the photographers to ensure this happens and keep you informed about how it is proceeding.

What - You Can Do More?

If you see the opportunities that Luminous-Lint is creating for education and scholarship and are able to do more to support then please contact me at alan@luminous-lint.com. There are a number of innovative and far-reaching projects that can be discussed.

You may want to sponsor a topic that you feel should be improved or included. If you are an expert in a particular Theme let me know and help out where you can – if not suggest a curator or photo-historian who might be able to assist.

Special Edition Print

I hope you will make a pledge as there are some great rewards including a photographic print that fine art photographer Paul Biddle has graciously created for this project. Thanks Paul.

Here is an A/P of the print...

The Luminous Isle of Lint
The Luminous Isle of Lint

All sorts of references to photography in this photograph.

This print will be a significant part of the History of Photography as it will be the first print issued by Luminous-Lint and the first ever issued to support a crowdfunding project on the History of Photography. Don`t miss this opportunity as it will only be available during this project. Who knows what it will be worth in a few years....

All prints and their ownership will be logged on Luminous-Lint.

If you are a collector of photography this is the only opportunity to obtain this print.

For galleries and dealers if you are pledging at the print level many thanks and I'd be grateful if you would let me know right away so you get a bit of additional publicity.

One Final Word... That Special Edition Print...

Did I mention that the special edition print will be significant print in the History of Photography and possibly worth gazillions in the future? Don't say later on that I didn't tell you personally about it !!!

Wrapping Up

Thanks for taking a look at this project and I hope that you will join in.

Best as always,

Alan

alan@luminous-lint.com

p.s. Thanks to all of you who have shared your photographs, knowledge and friendship along the way as Luminous-Lint has evolved.

As I always say...

SHARING MAKES THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE.

Risks and challenges

Well I could be hit by a meteor or run over by a bus. Life is full of risks but apart from that I’ve got a pretty good idea about the programming we need as I’ve programmed the website so far and it rarely has an issue. I might take up surfing (not with my body) or lose interest in photography (unlikely). I’m doing this because I love the subject, have made many friends along the way and want to see how far we can go together.

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    We can all work together to do extraordinary things – it is up to us to make the world better. Thanks for participating. - Hall of Fame - Supporters page + You can select the theme that you would like your name included on. + I will personally call you to thank you and discuss Luminous-Lint + Come and stay with us for a day in Nova Scotia (I’d recommend summer or fall for this one and you’ll need to get to Nova Scotia) + If you are in the Los Angeles area perhaps we can get together for a meal (need to be flexible on schedules for this one as I’m only there a few times a year.) + 1 limited edition print - “I Helped Build the History of Photography – Luminous-Lint”. (large)

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    +++ This pledge is only available for galleries and photography dealers. +++ Thanks for appreciating all that Luminous-Lint has done to promote photography to connoisseurs – we have come a long way in providing information to encourage the community over the last ten years. This pledge reward is my grateful thanks. - 5 limited edition prints - “I Helped Build the History of Photography – Luminous-Lint”.

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    You are passionate about photography and I probably know you or have heard of you if you are pledging at this level. This pledge is for philanthropists with a long-term vision who want to encourage education and awareness of the significance of photography. You may want to share information from your own collections more widely by integrating them into the History of Photography. This has implications for your collection, estate, gallery or foundation and I’ll be happy to discuss the cultural, educational and financial benefits with you in detail. Sharing makes the world a better place. You will be actively involved in the future direction of Luminous-Lint. The funds will be used to support Luminous-Lint and where appropriate fund specialists to write on topics that you find fascinating and you will be involved in selecting the specialists. I’ll work with you on this. - 1 limited edition print - “I Helped Build the History of Photography – Luminous-Lint”.

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