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Uniting and inspiring the world-wide analog photography community one issue at a time in a book-quality, quarterly print magazine.
Uniting and inspiring the international film photography community one issue at a time in a book-quality, quarterly print magazine.
Uniting and inspiring the international film photography community one issue at a time in a book-quality, quarterly print magazine.
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  • PhotoKlassik International: An independent print magazine about analog photography, with lots of fantastic reproductions of photos, plus a mix of technical how-to articles and news and personal stories from photographers around the world— that's what we will be sending out starting in September!  
  • The special first issue will include:
  • A report about an actual test shoot with a beta version of the new Kodak Ektachrome Super-8 film! 
  • Featured Artist Bruce Barnbaum, large format photographer, author, and pedagogue 
  • Columns from social media personalities and bloggers like Japan Camera Hunter 
  • Artists from 5 different continents, including photos and personal stories 
  • Articles about gear and techniques 
  • All this, 130 pages, printed in book-quality, with very few ads, can be delivered to your door anywhere in the world.
  • Subscribers will get exclusive access to selected magazine content online.
  • Download your free .pdf sample here:
  • https://photoklassik-international.com/kickstarter/First_Teaser_PKI_Special_Edition_2018.pdf

You can pre-order your subscription right here at a savings over the newsstand price!  Just click the reward of your choice to get started.

I'm Marwan El-Mozayen, a passionate film photographer and editor-in-chief of PhotoKlassik International magazine. As an editor of the German PhotoKlassik for 5 years, I've seen the resurgence of film gain incredible momentum, and I've noticed that it connects people from all different walks of life, of all different ages, from all around the world. Some have stubbornly stuck to film through the digital revolution, some have rediscovered it after exploring the possibilities of photoshop, and some are just discovering film for the first time with used equipment or a new instant camera. 

But for all the differences, there are even more things that analog photographers have in common. 

We love the tactile experience of film, seeing our work come alive in the real world. We love the mindfulness that a limited amount of exposures forces us to develop. We love the sound of a shutter releasing. We love the honesty of film, but also the possibility to alter reality in a hands-on, artistic way. We love the inexplicable “real” feeling of images captured on film. 

Although the internet is an important resource for sharing, I believe that a publication about photography should be printed. There is no comparison between seeing a print of a photo and viewing it on a screen, no matter how well-calibrated it is. 

You can see where I'm going with this... The world needs an independent, international print magazine about film photography, and PhotoKlassik International is going to provide it! 

Our first, special inaugural issue will be printed in September, and there will be three more issues included in the yearly subscription.

Marwan on location
Marwan on location

Risks and challenges

We have all the content for the first issue ready to go, fantastic images and articles, and we will be going to print in September. But we still need help with the initial costs of printing and paying our authors.

Our team is very experienced, well-connected, and passionate, but we are a small operation at the moment and we are counting on the support of other people from around the globe who are as passionate about analog photography as we are! We could have solved the financial problem by selling lots of advertisements, but we want to keep the magazine independent and full of great content, and we're counting on our subscribers to appreciate that.

Our authors have all worked very hard and provided us with great content, but won't receive a cent until after we publish. The same goes for our core team. Everyone involved has contributed out of love for the subject and the conviction that it is worth doing and will succeed.

The biggest cost factor by far is the expense of printing. We have researched many print options to find the highest quality solution possible, which is something we feel very strongly about. Because we based our decision to do a print magazine instead of an online publication on the experience of seeing book-quality reproductions, we can't afford to save on printing costs. We are looking to the initial push here on Kickstarter to help fund the cost of printing.

Since the magazine will weigh more than most paperback books, we have also had to figure out how to ship our magazine economically to anywhere in the world. But we have negotiated good rates for the whole chain of and shipping and handling. Because we are based here, we can offer free shipping to Germany, and we also offer discounted shipping to the rest of the world for a subscription.

(One challenge I didn't quite master completely was feeling comfortable in front of the camera instead of behind it, and that led to a small mistake in our video. I said "49 dollars" instead of "49 euros." Sorry for the confusion, but the site will automatically convert the amount to dollars if you live in the US.)

We have already come so far with this project, I know together we will make it a reality!

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    Pledge €1 or more About US$ 1.12

    SUPPORT FILM!

    Help us in our mission to connect the worldwide analog community, and we'll keep you in the loop through our mailing list.

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    Special First Issue

    The special inaugural issue of PhotoKlassik International, 130 pages of book-quality reproductions of first-class photos and great articles from around the world.

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    Pledge €49 or more About $55

    Subscription including 1st Issue

    A one-year subscription of quarterly issues of PhotoKlassik International including the special inaugural issue

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    Subscription + 4 Postcards

    A one-year subscription plus 4 postcards of the classic TLR cameras featured in the magazine, a great set to hang on your wall.

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    Subscription + Signed Copy

    A one-year subscription including a copy of the special collector's copy of the inaugural issue signed by our spokesmodel and author, Charys Schuler, and our editor-in-chief, Marwan El-Mozayen.

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    Pledge €150 or more About $169

    Subscription + Polaroid Art Photo

    As a special thank you to a very few backers, we will make a one-of-a-kind Polaroid art photo using a Polaroid 190 Land camera and 664 film. You choose the subject, either our spokesmodel, Charys Schuler, or one of these cameras:
    Leica M3
    Minolta XK Motor
    Hasselblad 1000F
    Rolleiflex 3.5F
    Chamonix 20x25" Alpinist (one-of-a-kind special model)
    Beaulieu R16
    (Backers receive an art photo, not the camera itself)

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    For PhotoClubs, 20 yearly subscriptions

    For groups and clubs, this is a chance to get not only free shipping but also a reduced price on yearly subscriptions. If you would like a number other than 20, contact us for a custom deal!

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