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Bedrooms of the Fallen, a photographic book that will memorialize members of the military that died in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Bedrooms of the Fallen, a photographic book that will memorialize members of the military that died in Afghanistan and Iraq.
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These bedrooms once belonged to men and women who died fighting in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. They were blown up by IEDs, RPGs, hand grenades and suicide bombers. They were shot down in ambushes and by snipers. They died in helicopters, in humvees, and in tanks. It all took place thousands of miles away from home and the countries they fought to defend.

The purpose of this project is to honor these fallen – not simply as soldiers, marines, airmen and seamen, but as sons, daughters, sisters and brothers – and to remind us that before they fought, they lived, and they slept, just like us, at home.

I have photographed twenty-three bedrooms in the U.S., Holland and in Canada, and I intend to photograph another seventeen across Europe and America and publish a book. Some of these images have appeared in The New York Times Magazine and on a dedicated website, www.bedroomsofthefallen.com.

The book has the support of a major publisher. I plan to finish photographing the work by the middle of this year, and envision having the book on shelves in mid-2012. Additionally, I intend to mount a traveling exhibition that will tour the United States and Europe.

Late last year, The Aaron Siskind Foundation graciously awarded the project $10,000, and prior to that The New York Times Magazine was instrumental in their support. Today however, your personal involvement on this project is essential–I've had enormous difficulty finding funding to complete the project.

Your support will enable me to pre-produce, photograph, and post-produce (in preparation for book proofs) the remaining seventeen bedrooms in the United States, England, Italy, France and other countries that have lost soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq.

These funds will cover travel expenses, film, scanning, translators, fuel and food. Above all though, these funds will ensure that we never forget some of the soldiers and marines who died in battle, and that we realize the cost of war cannot be measured in dollars or cents.

The project website:
http://www.bedroomsofthefallen.com/

My personal website:
http://www.ashleygilbertson.com/

An interview about the work:
http://magazine.viiphoto.com/feature/show/261

VII Network, my agency:
http://www.viiphoto.com/vii_network.html

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    You'll receive a signed copy of my previous book, "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot" + your name in the acknowledgments of the book + a hand-written and signed thank you message on a specially-printed Bedrooms of The Fallen postcard + a thank you on the Bedrooms of The Fallen website acknowledgment page + exclusive updates on the project.

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    You'll receive a signed copy of the book, Bedrooms of The Fallen (when published, 2012) + a signed copy of my previous book, "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot" + your name in the acknowledgments of the book + a hand-written and signed thank you message on a specially printed Bedrooms of The Fallen postcard + a thank you on the Bedrooms of The Fallen website acknowledgment page + exclusive updates on the project.

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    You'll receive a collectors limited edition Book and Print package of Bedrooms of The Fallen, including the signed, editioned book, a signed print, all packaged into a custom made slip case (RRP $350) which will ship after publication in 2012 + an invitation to the launch party in New York + a signed copy of my previous book, "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot" + your name in the acknowledgments of the book + a hand-written and signed thank you message on a specially-printed Bedrooms of The Fallen postcard + a thank you on the Bedrooms of The Fallen website acknowledgment page + exclusive updates on the project.

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    You'll receive a 24" x 10" archival C-Type print (titled, signed and dated au verso), selected by me from the Bedrooms of the Fallen project + collector's limited edition Book and Print package of Bedrooms of The Fallen, including the signed, editioned book, a signed print, all packaged into a custom made slip case (RRP $350) which will ship after publication in 2012 + an invitation to the launch party in New York + a signed copy of my previous book, "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot" + your name in the acknowledgments of the book + a hand-written and signed thank you message on a specially-printed Bedrooms of The Fallen postcard + a thank you on the Bedrooms of The Fallen website acknowledgment page + exclusive updates on the project.

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    You'll receive two 24" x 10" archival C-Type prints (titled, signed and dated au verso), selected by you from the Bedrooms of the Fallen project + collector's limited edition Book and Print package of Bedrooms of The Fallen, including the signed, editioned book, a signed print, all packaged into a custom made slip case (RRP $350) which will ship after publication in 2012 + an invitation to the launch party in New York + a signed copy of my previous book, "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot" + your name in the acknowledgments of the book + a hand-written and signed thank you message on a specially-printed Bedrooms of The Fallen postcard + a thank you on the Bedrooms of The Fallen website acknowledgment page + exclusive updates on the project.

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    A personal four hour conference / workshop with you and a friend in New York City + two 24" x 10" archival C-Type prints (titled, signed and dated au verso), selected by you from the Bedrooms of the Fallen project + collector's limited edition Book and Print package of Bedrooms of The Fallen, including the signed, editioned book, a signed print, all packaged into a custom made slip case (RRP $350) which will ship after publication in 2012 + an invitation to the launch party in New York + a signed copy of my previous book, "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot" + your name in the acknowledgments of the book + a hand-written and signed thank you message on a specially-printed Bedrooms of The Fallen postcard + a thank you on the Bedrooms of The Fallen website acknowledgment page + exclusive updates on the project.

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    Limited to two ever produced: Hand printed by me, fiber based selenium toned set of images, including every image in the book (approximately forty), on 16" x 20", titled, signed and dated au verso, in a hand-made presentation box and your name or organization listed as a sponsor in the book and in P.R. for the book (unless you'd prefer to remain anonymous) + a collector's limited edition Book and Print package of Bedrooms of The Fallen, including the signed, editioned book, a signed print, all packaged into a custom made slip case (RRP $350) which will ship after publication in 2012.

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