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The publishing of my photo journal from downtown Manhattan,1973 to 2001 in a limited photo book edition.
The publishing of my photo journal from downtown Manhattan,1973 to 2001 in a limited photo book edition.
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SW corner of WTC 2
SW corner of WTC 2

As a photographer working in New York City for over 40 years, I have a wealth of material and a unique perspective that enables me to convey the city's shifting cultural landscape. My past success, including a pre-digital, underground, street art publication called IGTimes whose archive was acquired by Cornell University, and ephemera from my downtown, early 80's slideshow days which were recently acquired by the Museum of Modern Art, demonstrate the potential for this project I am asking you to fund. 

I came to a neglected, offbeat, city as a young 20 year old in the early 70’s. The city was losing its population and businesses. It had a reputation for being dangerous and dirty, but my generation of “downtown” New Yorkers embraced the city’s image. We identified with a past generation of immigrants, bohemian artists, fellow travelers, and professional holdouts who called Lower Manhattan home.  I came to do my thing. I was attracted to the image-making process, as well as to the image of being a photographer.  

Xmas 1975, 14th street,  Empire Edge
Xmas 1975, 14th street, Empire Edge

For the next three decades, photography was the binding thread in all of my artistic endeavors which included photo pages, slideshows, projections, experimental filmmaking, publishing, and performance.  Downtown was the environment and the product. Photography was my applied and extended medium and it became my mind/ eye, accepting and open to meaning. The image is a testament, an informant, and a vision of my times. And I sought the imagination within the image.

The plan is to print a limited edition of 500 . The book will consist of 50 -60 photo pages, montages created from a thousand downtown images.  These pages will be printed in a landscape 35 mm format.  The book size will be oversized,  approx. 15"x10". The book will be as much as an object as a photo journal.

FAS GAS 1979
FAS GAS 1979

 

I first had the idea for this book at the end of the last millennium when I was still doing 35mm slide projections and "photo performances”. I composited new images by projecting old and new photos. There was a retracing of a photographic past, a reconstitution of a photo dairy, and the revival of the photo page . Time is all about change and time in Lower Manhattan at the end of the 20th century was hyper accelerated with the coming of our brave new digital world. 

Failed Artists 1980
Failed Artists 1980

 

To downtown artists of my generation there had been a continuing disappearance of {life] downtown in the decade preceding the millennium. Then 911 happened. We were jolted out of an era. What consumed me was the reoccurring image of the World Trade Center in my work. My 'Twin' photos had been my leitmotiv and were now shaped by a new radical context. I soon reviewed hundreds I had taken from various locations, different times, and many projects. Many were mere backgrounds from countless urban site lines. Some I didn’t remember taking. And then there was the body of  my downtown work where the ‘Twins’ were off camera. I found myself reviving old performances, re-editing past texts, and recreating forgotten journals. 

President / Prostitute ,  Greenwich Village 1994
President / Prostitute , Greenwich Village 1994

I am a photographer constructing a book. I approximate words as I approximate images. These images/words conjure a story of illuminations, a dreaming of times, and a celebration of image life in downtown New York. 

Spring Blizzard, SoHo 1996
Spring Blizzard, SoHo 1996

 

Risks and challenges

Risks and challenges
The most difficult challenge for me will be to sufficiently advocate for myself to garner financial support for this project. There is always risk in publically asking for money. This is why I need all the support of family, friends and past patrons. I will also need new supporters to make this happen.
There are always risks and challenges with self-publishing. Working with printers, quotes, final edits, meeting deadlines and distribution have their issues.
I have to believe in my own history and past successes in self-publishing.
I can only believe in future prospects.
Thank you for your attention and your support.

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    Schmidlapp's Artist Books

    Schmidlapp’s Artist Books –all signed: Lovenots (1977), Schmidlapp’s Chronicles (1990), Fas Gas 1979 (2008) , AliWarhol (2003) , pOstIn prAyErs frOm yEArs past ( 2016) and plus ephemera - 6 postcards from Schmidlapp's shows 80’s and 90’s and also 2 signed and numbered copies of Off Camera, acknowledgement as a funder inside the book,

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    Classic Digital C-print of WTC

    Artist Proof of Classic WTC digital C-print ( 13x19) , your choice from 5 WTC prints ( SW corner of WTC 2, Spring Blizzard, SoHo 1996, West Side Pier Night, Cover of Book view from New Jersey, or View from under the Brooklyn Bridge ) ( please note only 5 artist proofs per individual image,the image might be taken if all 5 prints are chosen ) , 2 signed and numbered books, acknowledgement as a funder inside the book

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    Complete set of IGTimes plus book

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    Portfolio of 5 Photographic Prints

    A choice of either a portfolio of 5 Black and White Silver Gelation Prints (13"x19") (Artists Proofs) of my "Sleep Out" story NYC 1980 or Portfolio of 5 Color Digital C-Prints of WTC (13"x19") , 2 signed and numbered books, acknowledgement as a funder inside the book

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