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Photograph & interview 100 librarians to make a touring gallery show & help tell the story of why and how libraries are important.
Photograph & interview 100 librarians to make a touring gallery show & help tell the story of why and how libraries are important.
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Award winning novelist Neil Gaiman has agreed to narrate the documentary. Every backer will get a link to a digital download when it's complete.

$10,000 Stretch Goal: Knitting for Book Lovers

Joan of Dark and I just finished a book called "Geek Knits", knitting projects for geeks modeled by geek celebrities. If we make it to $10,000 I'll do principle photography work on a followup of knitting projects for book lovers using librarians as some of the models using the backdrop of the Las Vegas desert. (I don't want to give the impression that I think all librarians are knitters, but I do think they're all book lovers and we'll give everyone a chance to explain why books are important to them). 

$7,500 New Stretch Goal: Stock photos that libraries can use. - Goal Met!

When I asked librarians how I could help, many pointed me to the sad state of available stock images, including this list of horrifying images of "women reading":

http://www.buzzfeed.com/crownpublishinggroup/13-jaw-dropping-stock-photos-of-women-reading-ex5r

I'd love the opportunity to get some librarian models and take a bunch of useful images and then release them into the wild under a creative commons license so that libraries (and book lovers) could use them, royalty free, in creating web pages, brochures, and signs about books.

This gets unlocked at $7,500. Librarians: do you have requests of what would be useful to you? Let me know.



$6,000 New Stretch Goal: Documentary Video! - Goal Met!

If we can get to $6,000 I can afford to bring a videographer with me and shoot a short documentary about why libraries are important. I think this will go a long way to getting the message out to people and get them thinking about why libraries matter. Backer update coming soon.
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In February of 2014 did a photo essay called "This is what a librarian looks like" which was published by Slate Magazine and instantly went viral, rapidly becoming the most popular photo essay they'd ever run. That project consisted of thirty portraits and interviews with librarians on the challenges they faced and the role libraries play in a world where many people have reliable Internet connections and amazon prime accounts. 

I realize that the story is incomplete and I want to go to the ALA's big conference this summer in Las Vegas and try and do at least a hundred portraits and interviews to get a bigger, broader, picture (so to speak) of what libraries and librarians are doing today. 

Ultimately I'd like to see this come out as a book, but more immediately I want to create a touring gallery show that can be easily hung and shipped for libraries, galleries, coffee shops and offices and make it available for libraries to show, for free, to help tell the story. Because ultimately this isn't really at all about what a librarians looks like, it's about knowledge, access, and civilization.

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    Set of three "This is what a librarian looks like" buttons. Wear them with pride and let people know what you do or give them to your favorite librarians.

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    Signed 4x6 triptych: Three 4x6 portraits from the group of librarians we photograph. (My choice). Hang them all together on a wall or the fridge & start library conversations with your houseguests.

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    Signed 18x24 "This is what a librarian looks like" poster print. Show your library pride with a poster featuring the many faces of librarians. Frame it and hang it in your library.

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    Twenty-five 4x6 portrait set. Twenty-five portraits of librarians . Pass them out to friends, hang them on your wall, have your own gallery show.

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    Letter from a librarian. One 4x6 portrait of and one hand-written letter from a librarian photographed for this project. Who knows what it will be about. But it will be unique.

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    Letter from a librarian. One 8x12 portrait of and one hand-written letter from a librarian photographed for this project. Who knows what it will be about. But it will be unique.

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    16x24 portrait of one of the librarians we photograph (your choice).

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    "This show made possible by" Your name on one of the small sized 4x6 inch print traveling art shows. Printing and mounting photographs is expensive and will be the priciest element of this project. We'll be sure to send you photos of your show when it's hanging.

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    I'll photograph your library staff. Can't make it to ALA? I'll come to your library and photograph & interview your staff for the project (~15 people max). (Transportation and accommodation extra & negotiable, please email first to arrange.)

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