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A personal journey through the life of a nomadic photographer, using mobile images as communication - these are my postcards home.

Daylight Books will be publishing my first book of photographs, Postcards Home, for release in 2013. This book is the result of 3 years of personal work done mostly while living on the road, with no permanent address, shooting films around the world and all over the US. This was a period of personal upheaval, of endings and beginnings of very important relationships, of illnesses and deaths and births. But my nomadic life allowed for limited access to those I hold dear. Every image in this book was taken with an iPhone, and most were immediately sent to someone I love, or shared within my broader social network. This synergy of photography and communication, through the use of mobile technology, is changing our understanding of the medium from a frozen moment to a visual interaction between individuals. This work is the result of my attempts to connect with the people and the environments that replaced my concept of home.

Photography books, along with the rest of the publishing world, have taken a big hit in recent years. Most publishers can no longer afford to fully fund a book, relying on sales to recoup their expenses - so the model has changed to share the burden and the risk between the photographer and the publisher (except in rare cases with very established artists). As a result, the artist now has to bring a substantial sum of money (substantial, at least to those of us who make our livings entirely from our work in the arts) to the table up front. In return, we receive a larger portion of the books to sell on our own, or to pre-sell as I am doing here. As difficult as it will be for me to raise the funds needed, I am thrilled to be working with Daylight. They have innovated and adapted to the new landscape in photography and are taking a risk to back and distribute my project - even though my work is not very well known. Michael Itkoff and Taj Forer - the owners of Daylight are doing amazing things in a tough environment and I'm honored to join them in publishing my first book.

I am a photographer and filmmaker, for more information click through to the bio page on the right, or go to my website.

Here's a sample of the prints offered in the rewards listed:

water rights, Brawley, CA 2010
water rights, Brawley, CA 2010
split sky, Mt. Tremper, NY 2010
split sky, Mt. Tremper, NY 2010
leaving, Heathrow, 2010
leaving, Heathrow, 2010
green driver, NYC, 2010
green driver, NYC, 2010
after the storm, Los Angeles, 2010
after the storm, Los Angeles, 2010
the opening, NYC, 2010
the opening, NYC, 2010
the magpie, Sarajevo, Bosnia 2010
the magpie, Sarajevo, Bosnia 2010
burning bush, Joshua Tree, CA 2010
burning bush, Joshua Tree, CA 2010
i love this city, 2011
i love this city, 2011
NYC, 2011
NYC, 2011

See more images here!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

The goal I have set here is about two-thirds of what I actually need to raise to get this book out. It will cover my initial fees to lock in the printer and the time slot for release. I hope to raise more than this goal, in order to cover the remainder of the printing costs for both the book and the accompanying exhibitions, not to mention the travel to China to go on press for the book printing.

I have already begun lining up exhibitions to coincide with the book release next fall - so look out for shows in Los Angeles, New York, and London. There are a lot of organizational and scheduling challenges; locking in the final edit, working with Daylight's excellent designer, Ursula Damm, to finish the book, adding the text (including an afterword by the brilliant Stephen Mayes, director of VII), then going on press - which will undoubtedly present new challenges. However, all of these challenges, both financial and creative, are opportunities to learn and to develop my future work. I am excited to deal with each one as it arises.

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    YOUR POSTCARDS HOME Set of 6 postcards (2 sets of 3 images), which you can choose to have sent to you over the course of a year with a personalized note from Henry from wherever he happens to be at the time OR sent to you as blank cards to send to whomever you choose!

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    NUBAR ALEXANIAN / ERROL MORRIS REWARD! My dear friend and terrific photographer Nubar has generously donated 10 signed copies of his beautiful book, NONFICTION, a collection of b&w images from his years on the sets of Errol Morris' documentary films. This is one of my FAVORITE photo books. You get my signed book and thank you postcard, and his signed book. Have a look http://www.walkercreekpress.com/

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    8" FOR $80!!! I'm opening up my archive and offering any image on my website (other than the postcard home series) as an 8" x 10" (roughly, depending on format) artist's print. These will be signed and numbered, on archival paper, in a limited edition of 25. If there's a picture that you know of mine, that you don't see on the site, just let me know and I'll make you a print of that instead! www.henryjacobsonphotography.com

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    FIRST JACOBSONS My father, Jeff Jacobson, has generously offered 25 new hardback copies of the first edition of his first book, My Fellow Americans. This book has become a classic and is unavailable anywhere else (I have seen copies on Amazon for over $250, every once in a while). This pledge level will incude a Jacobson first double whammy - you get his first book, and my first book! My book will also include a 5”x7” archival artist print.

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    CURRENT JACOBSONS Jeff Jacobson’s new book - The Last Roll - is also on its way. Daylight will be publishing a limited edition of both books in their own slipcase. We are offering both books together, signed. Each with a signed, archival, artist-made print (mine 8”x8”, his 8.5”x11”).

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    WEEKEND WORKSHOP Spend a weekend with Henry shooting. He will work with you on iPhone shooting, editing, and sequencing. You may also choose to work on video/still combinations with your desired format - excellent for a photographer looking to move into video or multimedia, or just an enthusiast who wants to do better work. You'll also get a signed copy of the book - delivered by hand from Henry! (NY, DC, or LA - other locations include travel costs).

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