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A photobook by Doug DuBois about a group of teenagers coming of age in Ireland.​
328 backers pledged $31,836 to help bring this project to life.

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Doug DuBois first went to Ireland at the invitation of Sirius Arts Centre in 2009. What began as a month-long residency grew into a five-year project about youth, Ireland, and an exceptional group of young people from a few blocks of a housing estate in Russell Heights. The resulting photographs are an exploration into the promise and adventure of childhood with an eye toward its fragility and inevitable loss. 

DuBois gained entry to the community when two of its residents, Kevin and Eirn (who would later become central subjects of his work), took him to a local hangout spot, opening his eyes “to a world of the not-quite adults, struggling—publicly and privately—through the last moments of their childhood.” 

Over the course of many summers, DuBois returned to Russell Heights. People came and left, relationships formed and dissolved, and babies were born. Combining portraits, spontaneous encounters, and collaborative performances, the images of My Last Day at Seventeen exist in a delicate balance between documentary and fiction. A powerful follow-up to DuBois’ acclaimed first book, All the Days and Nights, this project provides an incisive examination of the uncertainties of growing up in Ireland today, while highlighting the unique relationship sustained between artist and subject.

My Last Day at Seventeen Photobook and Community Edition 

If this Kickstarter campaign is successful, in fall 2015, the New York-based not-for-profit photography publisher Aperture Foundation will publish the photobook My Last Day at Seventeen. The book incorporates elements of a graphic novel, with stories from the community illustrated by Patrick Lynch.

Along with the photobook, Aperture Foundation hopes to also publish a unique “community edition,” produced especially for the individuals featured in the book, as a way to acknowledge the individual value of members in the community and their integral roles in the making of the project.

Thank you for your help in making this book possible. 

Book Details 

My Last Day at Seventeen

Photographs by Doug DuBois

Illustrations by Patrick Lynch
Design by Hans Gremmen
Photographs: approx. 79 four-color images 
Size: approx. 9 3/8 x 11 1/2 in. 

Publication date: September 2015

The book will feature the names of everyone who helps make the book possible by supporting this Kickstarter campaign.

Rewards

Pledge $10 or more

Receive acknowledgment in My Last Day at Seventeen and an invitation to a special event for the project in New York City.

Pledge $40 or more

Receive a signed set of 17 postcards of pictures from the book, acknowledgment in the book, and an invitation to a special event for the project.

Pledge $60 or more

Receive a copy of the book My Last Day at Seventeen, acknowledgment in the book, and an invitation to a special event for the project. 

Pledge $60 or more

Pick up your copy of the book My Last Day at Seventeen at a special event for the project, at Aperture gallery in New York City, and receive acknowledgment in the book.

Pledge $125 or more

Receive a signed copy of the book and give one copy of the community edition to a recipient in Russell Heights; special acknowledgment in the book; and an invitation to a special event for the project.

Pledge $250 or more

Jumping the Wall, Russell Heights, Cobh, Ireland, 2010
Jumping the Wall, Russell Heights, Cobh, Ireland, 2010

Receive a special 8-by-10-inch limited-edition photograph from the My Last Day at Seventeen Series, Jumping the Wall, Russell Heights, Cobh, Ireland, 2010 , signed and numbered in an edition of 30; your own signed copy of the book and give one copy of the community edition to a recipient in Russell Heights; special acknowledgment in the book; and an invitation to the special event for the project.

Pledge $650 or more

Jordan up the Pole, Russell Heights, Cobh, Ireland, 2010
Jordan up the Pole, Russell Heights, Cobh, Ireland, 2010

Receive a special 16-by-20-inch limited-edition photography from the My Last Day at Seventeen Series, Jordan up the Pole, Russell Heights, Cobh, Ireland, 2010, signed and numbered in an edition of 15; your own signed copy of the book and give one copy of the community edition to a recipient in Russell Heights; special acknowledgment in the book; and an invitation to the special event for the project.

Pledge $10,000

Receive a unique portfolio of 17 signed 11-by-14-inch photographs; your own signed copy of the book and give one copy of the community edition to a recipient in Russell Heights; special acknowledgment in the book; and an invitation to the special event for the project.

Doug DuBois (born in Dearborn, Michigan, 1960) received his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. He has worked as a photographer since the mid 1980s, combining a documentary style with carefully constructed and collaborative scenes. DuBois is best known for his first monograph All the Days and Nights (Aperture, 2009)—a twenty-five year project examining the complex realm of family. He has photographed for magazines including the New York Times Magazine, Time, Details, and GQ. Doug teaches in the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University. 

Patrick Lynch (illustration) is a cartoonist, illustrator, and graphic designer based in Dublin. He is cofounder of the small publishing outfit Cardboard Press and a member of the Edition Book Arts group. 


Aperture Foundation, a not-for-profit foundation, connects the photo community and its audiences with the most inspiring work, the sharpest ideas, and with each other—in print, in person, and online. 

(Music included in video: "I Don't See the Branches, I See the Leaves", (Chris Zabriskie) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0)

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Risks and challenges

The risks and challenges when publishing a photobook include the possibility of delay, but Aperture Foundation is highly experienced at dealing with the production and printing challenges involved in making great photobooks. If this campaign is successful, we will do everything possible to make sure the book is published in September 2015.

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