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CAUSE + CELEB: 90 Portraits + 40 Causes + 1 Mission - Create Awareness to Create Change
CAUSE + CELEB: 90 Portraits + 40 Causes + 1 Mission - Create Awareness to Create Change
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EVERYONE THAT HAS, OR WILL, DONATE $75 OR MORE WILL BE ENTERED INTO A DRAWING FOR AN 11X14 FINE ART PRINT OF ANY CELEB PORTRAIT IN THE BOOK.

THE DRAWING WILL TAKE PLACE AFTER THE CAMPAIGN CLOSES AND THE WINNER WILL BE CONTACTED AND SHOWN ALL CELEB PORTRAITS INCLUDED IN THE BOOK TO CHOOSE FROM.

CAUSE + CELEB is a fine art photography book that includes portraits of 90 celebrities that I have photographed over the years. Some of the CELEBS have also shared, in their own words, CAUSES that are of importance to them.

I have spent the last 18 years working as a freelance photojournalist photographing all over the world. It was my interest in social, political,  economic and environmental issues as well as my curiosity about different cultures that brought me to the field of photojournalism. I did not set out to photograph celebrities but over the years I have had the opportunity to photograph CELEBS in many different fields.

At first, I did not know what to do with this "accidental" collection of celebrity portraits. Then it came to me - why not use these photographs to raise awareness about different ways to give back.

I reached out to CELEBS that I have photographed and in the end have 40 causes that they have shared. 

The CELEBS in the book come from a variety of fields: actors, directors, musicians, chefs, entrepreneurs, explorers ... The CAUSES included are equally varied. They cover the arts, education, human rights, finding cures for illnesses, animals too. It has been a privilege to learn  what these CELEBS care about and what they do to affect change. It reveals the CELEB as more than an icon and shows a humanity and depth far beyond their public persona.

ABOUT THE BOOK

The book is published by Channel Photographics in San Rafael, CA. It will be an 11x11 inch hardcover book with 168 pages.

The introduction is by MAC Cosmetics founder Frank Toskan who, through the MAC Viva Glam Foundation, has raised more than $360 million and counting towards helping people living with HIV and AIDS all over the world.

Frank Toskan
Frank Toskan

The book design is by Susan Landesmann of Landesmann Design. A special thanks to Susan for doing a fantastic job!

Quincy Jones
Quincy Jones

Inside the book you will find spreads where CELEBS have shared a CAUSE. All text is in their own words. For example actor Malin Åkerman highlights Opportunity International a micro-finance non-profit. Malin says "Everyone has the potential to change the world for the better - all they need is the opportunity."

Malin Åkerman
Malin Åkerman

You will also find additional portraits of CELEBS that I have photographed over the years.

Downey Jr., Tautou & Jeunet.
Downey Jr., Tautou & Jeunet.
Roger Deakins
Roger Deakins

 In the back of the book there is an index with information about each CAUSE and their web addresses listed.

Index
Index

If you want to see more of the portraits and get some behind-the-scene stories check out the CAUSE + CELEB Facebook Page.

WHY DONATE?

Most importantly,  you will be helping me spread the word about the CAUSES that are included in the book and you will help inspire thought on different ways to give back.

As is so often the case with photography books, this is a passion project. Your support will  also help me offset the costs of printing and shipping the book.

Thank you!

Ann Johansson

THE REWARDS

Everyone who donates $10 or more will be thanked on the CAUSE + CELEB Facebook Page and Website. Names will be posted as they come in weekly. Thank you!

You will be thanked on the CAUSE + CELEB Facebook Page and Website and you will get a Postcard signed by Ann Johansson.

 Everyone who donates $25 or more will be thanked on the CAUSE + CELEB Facebook Page, the CAUSE + CELEB Website and at every CAUSE + CELEB exhibition. At the $25 you also get the CAUSE + CELEB Postcard signed by Ann Johansson.

THE POSTCARD SERIES - with three 5x7 postcards in each series. You have four options to choose from. The three postcards will arrive in your mail in September.

FYI - the CELEB postcards will be printed in a Limited Edition of 100. 75 will be offered up at the $40 level and 25 at the $100 level.

You will get a copy of the book CAUSE + CELEB signed by Ann Johansson plus an exclusive signed 5x7 photograph for Kickstarter Backers only. 

 You will get all four postcards series for a total of 12 5x7 postcards. They will arrive in your mail in September.

 You will get a copy of the book CAUSE + CELEB signed by Ann Johansson plus a signed limited edition fine art photograph - Sleeping Mother and Child, taken in Sierra Leone. The focus of this personal project was to bring awareness to the high child mortality rate and high rate of women dying during childbirth in Sierra Leone. Fortunately, this child was delivered safely through a c-section. 

 You will get a copy of the book CAUSE + CELEB signed by Ann Johansson plus a signed limited edition fine art photograph of Leonard Cohen taken in Los Angeles.

 You will get a copy of the limited book and slipcase edition of CAUSE + CELEB signed by Ann Johansson plus an exclusive signed 5x7 photograph for Kickstarter Backers only.

  You will get a copy of the book CAUSE + CELEB signed by Ann Johansson plus a one hour portrait session in Los Angeles. A fine art 11x14 print to be delivered. We will pick a time and place to meet as soon as the Kickstarter campaign is over. Travel to Los Angeles is not included.

 You will get two copies of the book CAUSE + CELEB signed by Ann Johansson plus Sponsorship Credit with your logo branding at all CAUSE + CELEB exhibitions, on the CAUSE + CELEB Website and Facebook Page.

Thank you for supporting CAUSE + CELEB!

Ann

Risks and challenges

While this is my first Kickstarter Project I have done my research and asked Kickstarter veterans to share their knowledge and to give me input. The books are in the process of being laid out and printed and I have calculated both pricing and resources to fulfill all of the shipping. No downside here!

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