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The book shows over 160 inspiring and at times monstrous portraits of characters from the Live Action Role Play community.
The book shows over 160 inspiring and at times monstrous portraits of characters from the Live Action Role Play community.
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LARP - The Photobook transports us into the world of Live Action Role Playing (LARP). The players in this book create characters, which, ideally, have the power to blend out the modern world and one’s own social surroundings. Liberated from customary structures, rules and conditions, they immerse themselves and move about in an alien world. 

Usually a withdrawn and sometimes even distant scene, the LARP community opend up to German photographer Boris Leist who took these extraordinary portraits over the last three years. Boris describes his project as a very personal journey through space and time as much as through our modern society, in which playing has become a rarity for adults.

Together with the renowned Kehrer Verlag over 160 selected portraits will be published in a high quality photo book, offering a glimpse into an otherwise mostly very secluded community.

  

In this book you will meet Warriors of Chaos, orcs, dwarfs, gunfighters, streetwalkers, zombies, mutants, Soldiers of the Apocalypse and vampires, just to name a few of the characters shown in the book. LARP developed out of fantasy board games (pen&paper), inspired by films, literature and computer games. At what exact point in time LARP came into existence is not documented. In fact, the community is largely unknown to this day and we’re talking about a community some sixty thousand strong in Germany. In addition, the community extends beyond national borders. There are large communities in Scandinavia, the United Kingdom, the USA and Russia, for example. 

 

 

Playing games is an important part of life and -, we all used to do play when we were young. And while we were playing, we grew up, we learned, and we developed ourselves. Later, we usually leave it up to actors, the movies, video games, and books to entertain and inspire us, but we are no longer an active part of the play. In our mind we might think about -, how it would be like, if we had supernatural powers to solve some everyday problem, and we transfer ourselves into the film and it‘s characters while we are watching.

The players in “LARP - The Photobook" take a few steps further and create their own character which has whatever characteristics and skills they can imagine and which they are able to perform in a LARP. Having this freedom to be just as you are, to be as you wish you were, or to be someone entirely different than you are is probably the reason, which inspires and motivates most of the players to put so much of themselves, their time, their creativity and money into this.

About three years ago, the idea to take portraits of characters from the Live Action Role Play community came to Boris Leist in the garb of a dwarf. He met this player and was impressed by the high quality of his costume and his passion about the play. At that time for example, the dwarf-player was visiting a welding class, so he could build the metal parts of his armor by himself, while he was an IT employee in "real life".

This leads us to one of the most interesting questions for us looking at LARP from the outside : "Who are these people behind the costumes, masks, and make-up ?" The answer is as simple as it is complex - " All kind of us ! " The players got every imaginable background, all kinds of professions, all kinds of shape. There have been lawyers, doctors, mechanics, dropouts, CEOs, teachers, students, police-officers, men, women and transgender in front of Boris Leist's camera. And the most beautiful fact about it, is that all of this is of no concern in the community. Only the performance of your character, only the Live Action Role Play counts. This is reflected in Boris' photography with all of his portraits showing his great respect and admiration for the players who let him into their lives.

 Who is the man behind the camera ? 

Boris Leist is a German photographer, based in Düsseldorf. His work is always very clear, focused, and highly authentic. Without telling the entire story, his work opens a window to another being, to a different way of living, or to an unknown place, leaving always enough space for the viewer and their imagination and thoughts. 

Want to see more of his work, visit him at www.borisleist.de , or follow him on Instagram 

What You get - ... selected Rewards 

 

LARP - The Photobook

  • Publisher : Kehrer Verlag
  • Size: 245 x 310 mm portrait format
  • Language: English
  • Paper / Materials: LuxoArt Samt 1.08 vol. / Hardcover
  • Essay/Shortstory written by Anja Bagus

There is no book without your support !

Working on this project over years was a lot of pleasure, but besides that it also has cost me already a significant amount of money. Now I really hope You like the project and help me making “LARP - The Photobook" reality. The funding of 12.500 Euros I ask for will cover a part of the cost for pre-press (design, image processing etc.) and production ( printing and binding). The Kehrer Verlag stands for exceptionally high quality, you will get a photobook produced at the highest level of printing and presentation the industry offers. Please have a look at the rewards, buy a signed book, get a limited fine-art print (all special kickstarter deals), and help to make it happen.

This is a all or nothing campaign, only if the full amount of 12.500 Euro is reached, you will get your reward and your money is going to be debited. 

Thank you so much, your support is greatly appreciated !

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Risks and challenges

Yes, this is my first book. On the other hand, the Kehrer Verlag is well known as a publisher and has been producing art books since more than 20 Years. Since we are working quite closely together on “LARP - The Photobook", I have no worries that there is any risk we haven't thought of or that we won't find a solution for. The photography is finished, all the necessary information is collected, I own all the copyrights, and have permission from all the selected players to be shown in the book. Everything is prepared very well and we are ready to go on press. It's just the financing we have to manage, so if the crowdfunding is successful, there is actually no mentionable risk left.

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    SET OF 3 POSTCARDS / SIZE A5

    Set of 3 postcards DIN A5, including 3 selected Portraits from the book, printed on 300g photo paper mate, laminated with a thin layer to protect the colors and to protect the picture against scratches.

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    2 X FINE-ART-PRINTS / SIZE A4

    2 Fine-Art-Prints, of two LARP portraits of your choice, printed on Hanemuehle Photorag Ultra Smooth 305g paper, OPEN EDITION, signed by the artist.

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    'EARLY BIRD' LARP THE PHOTOBOOK / SIGNED

    You will receive one of the first copies of the book, signed by artist. Aditionally You get one postcard-set Size A5. This is a 'Earlybird' special price, limited to the first 60 copies !

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    • 1 x LARP The Photobook, 24,5 x 31 cm, 272 pages, signed
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    LARP THE PHOTOBOOK / SIGNED

    You will receive one copy of the book from the first charge, signed by artist. Additionally You get one postcards set, size A5 as a special kickstarter campaigne Thank You !

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    LARP THE PHOTOBOOK / SIGNED + 2 x PRINTS

    You will receive a signed copy of the book + 2 x signed A4 Fine-Art-Prints (open edition), printed on Hanemuehle Photorag Ultra Smooth 305g paper

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    • 1 x LARP The Photobook, 24,5 x 31 cm, 272 pages, signed
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    READING SPECIAL WITH ANJA BAGUS

    The incredible Anja Bagus will read her Short-Story written especially for "LARP - The Photobook", plus some more stories from the unique world of Anja. I will be signing the books for each subscriber, and if desired, I am happy to write a special dedication according to your wish.
    We will provide something edible and a few liquids to cover your thirst. Be part of this exclusive event, it is going to take place in Düsseldorf, or near by. Kids under the age of 12 for free ! Travel costs not included and kids have to be accompanied by an adult !

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    • 1x LARP The Photobook / signed and dedicated
    • Some Selfies with the artists for the kids and grown ups
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    LIMITED EDT. PRINT / SIZE A3 / SIGNED

    Signed and numbered A3 Fine-Art-Print of a LARP Portrait of Your choice.
    Printed on Hanemuehle Matt Fine Art Paper, Photorag Ultra Smooth 305g // Edition of 50

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    LIMITED EDT. PRINT / SIZE A3 + BOOK

    Signed and numbered A3 Fine-Art-Print of a LARP Portrait of Your choice.
    Printed on Hanemuehle Matt Fine Art Paper, Photorag Ultra Smooth 305g // Edition of 50
    and one copy of "LARP - The Photobook", 24,5 x 31 cm, 272 pages, signed

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    LARP THE PHOTOBOOK / FAMILY

    5 copies of "Larp - The Photobook", 24,5 x 31 cm, 272 pages, signed.

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    LIMITED EDT. PRINT / 50 x 70cm / SIGNED

    Signed and numbered Fine-Art-Print 50x70cm of a LARP Portrait of Your choice.
    Printed on Hanemuehle Matt Fine Art Paper, Photorag Ultra Smooth 305g // Edition of 18

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    LIMITED EDT. PRINT / 50 x 70cm + BOOK

    Signed and numbered Fine-Art-Print 50x70cm of a LARP Portrait of Your choice.
    Printed on Hanemuehle Matt Fine Art Paper, Photorag Ultra Smooth 305g // Edition of 18and one copy of "LARP - The Photobook", 24,5 x 31 cm, 272 pages, signed

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    LARP FAN PACKAGE

    Signed and numbered Fine-Art-Print 50x70cm of a LARP Portrait of Your choice.
    Printed on Hanemuehle Matt Fine Art Paper, Photorag Ultra Smooth 305g // Edition of 18
    You will receive one copy of the book from the first charge, signed by artist. Additionally You get one postcards set, size A5 as a special kickstarter campaigne Thank You !
    And You will be the new owner of my Swedish Army Jacket, the paramedic bag and canteen.

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    • Swedish Army Jacket from the 50's + Red Cross Bag + canteen
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    ONE DAY PHOTO-SESSION

    A one day photo-session with Boris Leist. I take Portraits of You a hole day, it does`t matter if You are a single person or a group. (Travel costs not included !)

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    LARGE LIMITED EDT. PRINT 100x140cm

    Signed and numbered Fine-Art-Print 100 x 140cm of a LARP Portrait of Your choice.
    Printed on Hanemuehle Matt Fine Art Paper // Edition of 7
    KICKSTARTER SPECIAL !

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    THE BIG NUMBER ONE PACKAGE

    You will get the Nr.1 limited Fine Art Print of your choice in 100x140cm from the edition of 7 (signed by the artist) .
    You will get the first copy of the book,personified and signed by the artist.
    On Top of that You will get One Day of Shooting with me anywhere You like *
    *Travel-costs not included

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    • 1x LARP The Photobook, First copy ! signed and personified
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