I’ve wanted to publish a book of my photography for a long time. As a professional photographer, I’ve had the opportunity to travel all over the world in search of inspiration. But sometimes the strongest inspiration is waiting back at home.
A year ago, a friend told me about City Surf Project, a San Francisco non-profit that connects underrepresented Bay Area youth to surfing and the ocean – two things that have given me so much in my life. I decided to attend their next session and shoot some photos of the kids learning to surf.
What I saw at the beach that day was a diverse community of surfers coming from all corners of the city to introduce these kids to the ocean. There were teachers, firefighters, tech workers, carpenters, men and women of all ages. I also saw kids from different neighborhoods and backgrounds overcoming their initial fears to try surfing for the first time. I saw them build confidence, and I saw them falling in love with the ocean the same way I had. This was a story I needed to tell.
Set to publish in April 2019, City Surf is a hardcover photography book about what it means to be a city surfer. San Francisco is home to a one-of-a-kind surfing culture – diverse, tough, and proudly low profile. It’s a place that never ceases to inspire me to pick up my camera. But this is more than just a photo book of surfing in the city. It’s the story of how surfing and the ocean are changing young lives in San Francisco.
Each chapter of City Surf follows a CSP student on a journey from their San Francisco neighborhood to the untamed waves at Ocean Beach, where the city streets give way to the Pacific Ocean. From bustling Chinatown, to the historic jazz district of The Fillmore, to the colorful streets of The Mission, there’s a city surfer with an important story to share.
Shot entirely on film and filled with more than 200 original photos, City Surf will be a celebration of San Francisco's unique urban surf culture and its impact on the city's youth.
Photography by Nathan Lawrence & Rachael Rothstein
Edited by Leo Maxam
11" x 11" (28cm x 28cm)
Paper stock - Premium Matte
Cover stock - Hardcover printed canvas
If you believe in City Surf Project’s mission to bring the ocean to those who need it most, please share this book project with your friends and family. You can follow us on Instagram @thecitysurfbook
The more people who hear the word, the more likely we will be able to successfully fund this campaign – and deliver you your copy of City Surf.
Risks and challenges
Publishing a premium hardcover coffee table book is expensive. As an independent photographer working with a small non-profit, we can't afford to publish this book on our own. But CITY SURF is a story that needs to be told. So we’re turning to our community – that's you! – to help us tell it, and tell it the right way.
The funds raised through our Kickstarter campaign will go towards printing and shipping of the book. We’re working closely with a veteran printer to ensure the final product is flawless and delivered on schedule. CITY SURF will be printed on a Heidelberg offset printing machine and made from certified forest-friendly, recycled paper. Books will be printed by February and warehoused by March so that they're in your hands by April 2019.
The book is nearly finished. The photos have been shot and edited. The interviews and stories have been written. The design and layout are in place. Now we need your help to bring it all to life. Pre-order your copy of CITY SURF and help us tell a groundbreaking chapter in Bay Area surfing history that will also look great on your coffee table.
In addition to the book, we’re offering some amazing rewards generously provided by our friends in the Bay Area surfing community. There's something for every level of support you can offer, so don't be shy.
Thank you for helping to make this book happen!
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