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An art book of breathtaking ballerina images from Anna Wu Photography Read more

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This project was successfully funded on February 18, 2013.

An art book of breathtaking ballerina images from Anna Wu Photography

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Anna Wu

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About this project


I started this Pointe of View project photographing ballerinas at the end of last year. There is something so indulgently pretty about ballet; something so beautiful about the challenge of expression through such a tightly structured form; and something so human amidst this struggle for perfection. From the start, the project kind of took off and led me to places I didn't even expect.

In the last year, I've now photographed over fifteen dancers in cities from San Francisco to the countryside of Ireland, and soon, I'll also be in Kyoto, Japan, doing a shoot in the middle of winter. The images have been so warmly welcomed by so many, I finally decided it's time to turn this little passion project of mine into a finished, tangible product-- a beautiful art book.


I found an amazing book printer right here in the Bay Area, and I could not be luckier. They specialize in beautiful photography books, and I will be working with them one on one to create a high quality art book. It will be a hardcover gem that will really hold its own on bookshelves and coffee tables, and it will feature all of my favorite images from the Pointe of View series.


While the book itself will be the main goal and the reward for the $50 and higher levels, I am also offering beautiful prints, personalized portrait sessions, and at the highest level, complete behind-the-scenes access with travel included! Read more about each of these rewards to the right.


Below are just a few of the images from the series:

Risks and challenges

The major risk in this project is not getting funded. Kickstarter is all or none, so if the $5000 goal isn't reached, I won't get any of the funding toward the books. I am not pricing these books to make a profit, but I will need to place a bulk order in order to keep the costs low, so the $5000 is designed to help me order a set of 50-100.

Other things are bound to go awry, but I feel ready to take them on. This has been my passion project for the last year, and I still absolutely love working on it. It's the kind of thing that has returned me to my roots as an artist, and it's generated more inspiration and energy for me than I can ever repay to it. I'm just looking forward to see where this is all going to lead, and I'm really thankful for all of your support and the opportunity to share it with you!

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    Three professionally printed 4x6" images from the series and a personal thank you from me!

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    The beautiful art book in its finished, tangible glory. I'm working one on one with an amazing book making company in Berkeley to ensure the best quality books possible.

    Shipping is included anywhere in the US. Add $15 for international shipping.

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    An autographed copy of the art book. Plus, an 11x14" limited edition print of your favorite image from the book.

    Each of my fine art prints is carefully calibrated with my print shop and printed on museum-quality Hahnemule Photo Rag. Each print is signed and numbered and carefully shipped to you.

    Shipping is included anywhere in the US. Add $20 for international shipping.

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    Along with an autographed book and your name printed in the credits, receive a free portrait session with me. Get it for yourself or gift it to anyone you choose-- lifestyle portraits, engagement photography, headshots, etc. It comes complete with a feature on my website , an online gallery, and a full disc of high-res images ($675 total value). Does not include travel outside the San Francisco Bay Area. Must be redeemed before the end of 2013.

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    Wow. Thank you for this contribution!

    Along with an autographed book, you can choose between a personal photoshoot with me anywhere in the U.S. OR you can come along behind the scenes on a Pointe of View shoot (again, anywhere in the U.S.). You would witness the "making of," from beginning to end-- help to recruit dancers, find hair/makeup artists, and assist on the shoot itself. The Pointe of View shoot would be featured in the final book and your name would also be included in the credits.

    Airfare is included for anywhere in the U.S. for either you to come to San Francisco or for me to meet you in your city. I call this a win-win for all! =)

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