A photographic journey through the empty streets of Paris and London at dawn. These two books reveal a hidden side of each city.
London at Dawn: Foreword by Stephen Fry and Introduction by John Bird, founder of The Big Issue.
Paris at Dawn: Foreword by John Bird, founder of The Big Issue.
Hi, my name is Anthony Epes and I am a photographer. I have spent over a decade shooting cities at the most magical time of day: dawn.
Millions of us live in cities around the world. They can be fast, chaotic, aggressive places. Sometimes, as we live our lives in these intense urban areas, we lose something: the ability to notice the beauty in our surroundings. I wanted to make people fall in love with their cities again.
Seeing deserted streets at the magic hour of dawn can completely change the way we look at our city. Something truly amazing happens at this time of day. For a few brief moments, Mother Nature gives us a glimpse of the miraculous. An awe-inspiring light show while millions of people are still asleep.
I’ve dragged myself out of bed in the middle of the night hundreds of times, trying to capture that elusive moment when dawn breaks. Sometimes it lasts a few minutes; sometimes just a few seconds; and sometimes I get nothing at all.
Over a decade ago, I published my first version of London at Dawn the old-fashioned way (through a publisher). I still meet people who bought the book all those years ago, and it always inspires me to get out there and keep shooting the great city at dawn. I've got dozens of new images now to add to the old. And so my wife and I have decided to risk it all by re-designing London at Dawn, and publishing an expanded version of the original book ourselves, alongside the new Paris at Dawn. We hope this will help us launch a series of other books about Cities at Dawn.
I am really honoured to say that the London book has a foreword by the actor Stephen Fry. Paris at Dawn is introduced by John Bird, founder of The Big Issue, who had the idea for this series in the first place.
SO WHERE ARE WE NOW?
Our books are designed, and we’ve paid for half of the costs of the printing. We’re now looking to raise the final half to get the book printed and delivered this October. Every tenner helps- and as you can see, we've got some pretty great rewards on offer. If you can’t contribute financially, we hope you'll consider sharing this campaign with your friends. That would be INCREDIBLY helpful. Thanks so much for visiting our page and please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
The books have been designed by the incredibly talented Helen Crawford-White. They will be published in hardback, each book is 128 pages with over 90 colour photos. The book is sized 29x23cms (portrait). We will sell the books through Foyles bookshop in London, a few other independent bookshops in the city and on our website anthonyepes.com & londonatdawn.com. Currently we have no plans to sell outside of the UK, but if you have any ideas - or if you work in a bookshop and would like to sell it - please get in touch.
WHO ARE WE?
This project is a collaboration with my wife Diana, who is the behind-the-scenes, making-it-happen person.
Anthony Epes: Originally from California, I have been living in London since 2000. I exhibit regularly, and my work which has been featured in places like The Economist, in French Photo magazine, on the BBC and in The Guardian. I shoot commercially and am also working on a portrait project of the players of the Homeless World Cup, which will be exhibited next year before the World Cup in Rio. I’m a senior UK member of the International Environmental Photographers Association which promotes environmental action through photography, a cause I'm really passionate about, and a member of the ‘Courvoisier Future 500,’ a collection of rising stars in their respective professions. Last year, I launched a series of Cities at Dawn photo workshops in London, Paris and Venice. I love revealing the magic of dawn to other photographers and teaching them pro-photo skills on the move through these beautiful cities. You can see more of my work here and read about my workshops here.
Diana Bird: I am a Londoner, born and bred. Prior to working on this project, I created Wedge Card, a loyalty card promoting the local, independent shops that are the lifeblood of our communities, and Europe’s most popular creative writing website, abctales.com. Anthony has helped me rediscover my love for this vast sprawling city and that is partly why I left my career to work with him. I love having the ability to help bring these projects to life; it’s the most rewarding work I’ve ever done. Anthony and I have two kids, Theo and Tessie, who join us on our travelling adventures.
If we get the funding for the book, they will be delivered to us in mid-October. To launch the book we have been offered a public exhibition at the stunning St Pancras Station in London, where the Eurostar to Paris leaves from. There will be twenty images from the project exhibited and the book will be launched at Foyles Bookshop in the station. The exhibition will then transfer to the main Foyles bookshop in Charing Cross Road for two weeks. All Kickstarter supporters will be invited to one of our private views.
MORE ABOUT THE LIGHT MONKEYS AND OUR LONDON AT DAWN PHOTO WORKSHOPS REWARDS
- LONDON AT DAWN PHOTO workshops in 2014 will be held on the following weekends: May 10th & 11th, June 7th & 8th, July 12th & 13th, July 26th & 27th, Aug 9th & 10th, Aug 23rd & 24th
You are welcome to pick any of these weekends, availability allowing, up to two weeks before the workshop date. If this is gift we can send the receipient a gift voucher either by post or email with either a specific date, or they can pick at date. See more about the workshops here
- PARIS AT DAWN PHOTO workshop will run from June 19th-22nd. A unique opportunity to learn how to photograph this beautiful city at dawn with a group of passionate, like-minded photographers. See here for full details of the workshop and itinerary.
- THE LIGHT MONKEYS is a year-long membership program of photo walks and social events in 2014 for only 25 people. I don’t want to call it a photo club because we’re not in high school, but I think you catch my drift. I have a loose structure for this program, but we can adapt it as we go depending on group desires.
As part of The Light Monkeys you will receive:
- 3 photo walks– completely new routes, discovering and scouting new parts of London. We will decide the dates for these at our first meeting in Jan. They will be on a Sat or Sun.
- 6 evening photo socials– get-togethers to talk shop, asking questions, get feedback and take a few walks around London (on the last Tuesday of the month, bi-monthly from Jan 2014)
- Individual portfolio review – with me
- 20% discount on any of the workshops I run in 2014 (including to Paris and Venice)
I think the key benefits of having a group like this are:
- Meet excellent, interesting people who love photography as much as you do
- Expand your ideas into different genres of photography by seeing and sharing work
- Get photo help from both me and the group
- Get feedback on your work from me and the group. An essential part of improving your photography is feedback so it would be a great forum to see people develop, and both provide and receive feedback from your peers over the year
PLEASE CONTACT US IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT ANY OF THE ABOVE :) THANK YOU!
THANK YOU to Paddy Bird for our amazing film. The footage you see is part of an hour-long observational documentary that Paddy is making about Anthony called Cities At Dawn: A Story Of Light.
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The books are designed and ready to print. The printer is in Singapore so the biggest obstacle will be the shipping arrival times, as once you put something on a container ship you are letting the forces of nature take over! The books are scheduled to arrive in mid-October, so we hope they won't be late.
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