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By Matthew Kurtin
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About this project

I'm Matt Kurtin and I'm a guy that likes to take pictures and help others. I am trying to create a Photo Book that tells the story of skateboarding through portraits. Unfortunately, making these aren't cheap! I intend on telling the story of skating in four parts: the pioneers, the legends, the current amazing skaters, and lastly (but not least) the people behind the lens!  

Artistically this is something that has not been done. I intend on using ONE type of film, ONE lens and ONE camera for the whole project. You can see the sample pictures to get an idea of what it will look like. I have had preliminary talks with people in the industry that are willing to help me get this project done. I just need to come up with the money to get the books get made. I can't just go out and take pictures of all these famous and legendary skaters and pioneers of the industry unless they know that I am capable of making this happen. 

This isn't just an art project for me, it's a way to show the rest of the world that the skateboarding community is compassionate, cool, and we aren't just a bunch of kids ruining the paint on your houses.  ALL proceeds from this book will go to charity (American Cancer Society, Children's Hospital, Dylan Rieder's Family, and a few other select charities). 

Every penny that you donate will go toward getting this book made. I already have the camera, I already have the film (well, most of it) and the funding is the last part of the puzzle. Once I have the funding, the doors will open to me and I'll get access to taking portraits of all these amazing people and making a photo book that will stand the test of time. This book means the world to me; it is a project that I want to do so badly, it's all that I think about day and night. I will make this book happen, I hope that you all are willing to help me.

Risks and challenges

As far as challenges that come along with this project there really aren't too many once I am fully funded. The skateboarding community is very giving and as I mentioned, I've talked to people high up in the skate industry and they are totally behind the project. They will give me access to the skaters once they know that the book can actually be made.

Are there risks? Sure. A skater could say no to having his or her portrait taken. However, I don't see this being an issue considering us skaters make a living off having our pictures taken (though, usually while doing tricks).

Rewards will be distributed when all portraits have been taken and the book is in the publishing stages. Each print will be signed and numbered as they will be the only prints released separate from this book.

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