Vintage Addis Ababa is a crowd-sourced digital archive that gathers old photographs from private collections to create visual memories of the city’s past. By preserving photographs from locals, the project aims to tell the stories of everyday people from the past, people that are not mentioned in history books.
So far we’ve collected and scanned over 1,500 photos. We have also worked to capture the stories behind them. These unseen photos which Vintage Addis Ababa has curated bring to light a rich and varied perspective of history. After reaching hundreds of thousands of people online through social media we’re now turning the project into a photo book.
We believe a high-quality photography book is a good way to do justice to the photos and stories behind them. We are working on a high-end product while maintaining the overall personal and intimate look. The book will feature the photos with their rough edges, entire text written by a typewriter and bi-lingual Amharic/English quotes so as to not loose the authenticity.
We now need your help to make this book a reality! Printing and shipping a great photography book costs a lot. But with your help the photographs and stories can be passed from the hands of their owners in Ethiopia to the hands of an international audience. Imagine; these stories which show the celebration of everyday life, despite the hardships of the time, will be heard across the world!
Grants we’ve received in Ethiopia from the Embassy of Switzerland, the European Union in Ethiopia and Alliance EthioFrançais have helped us expand the project.
We are now turning to you for help. We need your support. Below you can find more information about the different rewards that you can get by supporting this campaign.
225 pages, full color on premium uncoated paper
Sewn-bound in a hard-cover with textile cover
Printed in Germany
Size cm: 17x23 (closed) / 34x23 (open)
Size inch: 6.7x9 (closed) / 13.4x9 (open)
The book—shipped to you from the printing press
T-shirt—Ethiopia-made cotton t-shirt. Your choice of design based on the images below (you can choose the design when the campaign ends). The unisex t-shirt is available in small, medium, and large.
Tote bag—Cotton bag weaved in Ethiopia. Your choice of design that goes on it.
Greeting cards—A set of 3 A6-size greeting cards
Prints—A3 or A2-size print of one of the options here
The Vintage Addis Tour—We take you out for a day for tour in a group of 7. We take you to some of the places we discovered and introduce you to people we met along the journey. You will get to hear interesting stories from the past first-hand. The day ends with dinner that we cook for you at Philipp's flat.
The vintage photoshooting—Co-founder Philipp and the rest of the team will photograph you in a vintage setting somewhere in Addis. If you want we even will rent a vintage car that you and your partner/family can pose on.
Vintage Addis Ababa in the news
The team behind Vintage Addis Ababa are Wongel Abebe, Philipp Schütz and Nafkot Gebeyehu.
Wongel graduated from the Addis Ababa University School of Journalism and Communications in 2016. She currently works in communications and on various initiatives around youth empowerment. The Youth Mag and Young African Think’rs are her notable undertakings.
Philipp Schütz studied at the School of Design in Zurich and moved to Ethiopia 6 years ago. Since then he has been working as a publisher, graphic designer and photographer. He produced and published the Simiens book (successfully funded on Kickstarter).
Nafkot Gebeyehu, also a graduate from Addis Ababa University School of Journalism and Communications, currently works in communications and PR. She is a co-founder and host of the weekly radio show The Schmoo Show on EBC radio in Addis Ababa.
Feel free to drop us a line here on Kickstarter if you want to get to know us better or meet us for a coffee in Addis Ababa.
Our partners in Addis Ababa
Risks and challenges
Producing a book is very time-consuming and expensive. Judging from the journey so far we anticipate late nights and long days working on this project. Working towards the book, while also running the digital archive and social media will not be easy. However we are developing a backlog for social media to help us focus on the book.
Our excitement about this passion project has turned the hard work into a labour of love. And this keeps us going. Philipp has worked on books and other publications before and this has helped us be more prepared for the task at hand. You can read more about this under the FAQ.
We are confident this book will be in your hands by the end of the year. However, if the project is significantly more successful than we expect, shipping times might be slightly delayed based on a larger number of copies printed than originally projected.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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