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A photography project that looks at former host cities of the Olympic Games, and what happens to a city after the Olympics are gone.

Our Kickstarter campaign is now over, thanks to everyone who pledged. If you're interested in getting news about the project and finding out how to get a copy of the book, please visit the project website, Thanks!

The Olympic City is a photography project by Jon Pack and Gary Hustwit that looks at the legacy of the Olympic Games in former host cities around the world. Hosting the Olympics has become a way for a city to show itself off on an international stage and generate toursim dollars, and cities spend millions or billions for the privilege. But after the events are over, the medals have been handed out, and the torch is extinguished, what's next? What happens to a city after the Olympics are gone?

In The Olympic City, we're documenting the successes and failures, the forgotten remnants and ghosts of the Olympic spectacle. Some former Olympic sites are retrofitted and used in ways that belie their grand beginnings; turned into prisons, housing, malls, gyms, churches. Others sit unused for decades and become tragic time capsules, examples of misguided planning and broken promises of the benefits that the Games would bring. We're interested in these disparate ideas — decay and rebirth — and how each site seems to have gone one way or the other, either by choice or circumstance. We're equally interested in the lives of the people whose neighborhoods have been transformed by Olympic development.

A large-format hardcover art book (approximately 200 pages) will be published in March, 2013, in a limited edition of 1,000 copies. In addition to the photos, the book will feature text contributions from several writers we admire. Publication will coincide with an exhibition of the photographs in New York City and other cities, details TBA. We're also producing a digital version of the book, and 100 signed copies of a deluxe edition that will include two original photo prints from the project. 

We're excited that acclaimed graphic designer Paul Sahre is designing the book:

The money raised in this Kickstarter campaign will cover travel, production, and design expenses, and the printing costs for the books (we're aiming for quality along the lines of publishers like Steidl) and the prints. 

We've already photographed in Los Angeles, Montreal, Lake Placid, Athens, and Rome. We've just finished documenting Mexico City (see our updates) and we'll be shooting more cities this summer and fall. Which other Olympic cities will be included? We're keeping that under wraps for now, but if you back the project, you'll have a say. We'll be putting one of our city choices to a vote and letting our backers decide where we should go. Our backers will also get exclusive email dispatches and photos from the road this summer and fall, as we document the remaining cities. 


Jon and Gary


P.S. - We'll be selling a limited number of copies of the book to art book stores and specialist shops. If you're with a shop and would like to sell the book once it's published, please contact us.

P.P.S. - The word "Olympic" and the Olympic rings symbol are trademarks of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and are used in connection with this project under the Fair Use Doctrine covering commentary and criticism. 


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    You'll receive the deluxe edition hardcover art book (including the two prints, and postcards), plus an original signed 17" x 24" print from The Olympic City exhibition. There will be 25 different images to choose from, each from an edition of 3, and earlier backers will have priority in selecting which image they'd like. Your name will also appear in a special thanks section in the book, and you'll receive invites for two to a private reception with the artists for the exhibition opening in New York City.

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    Join us in an Olympic city! Spend a day with Jon or Gary exploring and photographing one of the remaining cities in the project this summer or fall. We'll figure out which city and date works best for you. This reward is for one person, and your travel and accommodations are not included. You'll also receive all the rewards of the $1,500 level.

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    We come to you! A private screening (okay, more like a slide show and discussion) of The Olympic City project hosted by Jon Pack and Gary Hustwit, for your school, company, or organization, anywhere in North America or Europe. Timing TBD depending on Jon and Gary's schedules. You'll need to cover travel and accommodations, unless you're within a few hours drive of New York City. You'll also receive five copies of the hardcover book, and one copy of the deluxe edition. Contact us if you've got questions about this reward.

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