REVOLUTIONARY GRAFFITI will deliver to you and the world a vivid photo collection of the remarkable graffiti art blanketing Egypt now. Read more
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About this project
I've spent a lot of time living and working in Egypt, and many things about this incredible country and its people fascinate and inspire me. But since the [first] Revolution in 2011, the walls and other flat surfaces of Egypt's sprawling cities have been blanketed in some of the most intriguing and insightful graffiti - REVOLUTIONARY GRAFFITI.
I began noticing and casually photographing this political art in early 2013, some elaborate with multiple layers of meanings and other striking in its vivid simplicity. I was not one that had ever been interested in graffiti, and I always thought of it as annoying, ugly, and disruptive. But the revolutionary political graffiti across Egypt showed me a different side of this art form - an artistic variation of nuanced political expression.
While traveling in other parts of the world, I also began to notice other countries' political graffiti and to photograph it as well. From Montreal to Bogata to Seoul, I continued photographing and documenting the political and social messages in these works of art, which culminated in my first photo book of political graffiti entitled Global Graffiti.
But it is the beckoning art of Egypt's youthful revolutionaries that has drawn me back to the land of the Pharaohs and inspired this new project - REVOLUTIONARY GRAFFITI.
Over the course of two weeks in Cairo, Luxor, Alexandria, and other active populations centers throughout Egypt, my team and I will vividly capture the ephemeral graffiti artwork chronicling and driving Egypt's ongoing Revolution. Then in the 2 months following that trip, we will refine, analyze, and translate that artwork, and tell the story of the Egyptian Revolution through the graffiti art that it has inspired and produced.
In addition to the high quality framable prints, photo books, and other tangibles produced, we hope to continue to share the story of Egypt's 2011 Revolution - and now 2013 Revolution - in other ways too, including via published photo collections online and future oversized photographic exhibitions in cities across the U.S.
Please support us in our ambitious effort to quickly capture and share the REVOLUTIONARY GRAFFITI of Egypt's talented and passionate young street artists, protestors, and revolutionaries!
Risks and challenges
Egypt is a dynamic scene, and project execution is not always easy in a country that is in political and social transition. I have lived and operated in this environment for years, and am well versed in how to navigate its diverse challenges. I have been responsible for much more complex logistical operations all across Egypt involving many more individuals and moving parts, so a small and tight operation like this can be easily carried out by someone with substantial knowledge and experience on the ground in the county.
I have effectively blended in within crowds of protesters and demonstrators on all sides of the spectrum for the sake of gathering media, and I know how to handle myself in the sticky - and funny - situations that never fail to arise. These stories along the way will surely become fodder for the behind-the-scenes DVD that will be produced and distributed to backers at gift level 5 and above.
In short, Egypt is a place where nothing is ever predictable and Murphy's Law reigns. But knowing this well from years of experience on the ground in this amazing country, this project accounts for those inevitabilities with enough cushion to allow deliverables to still come on time and with outstanding quality.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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1 vivid color, high definition, glossy "Revolutionary Graffiti" photo print suitable for framingEstimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
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3 vivid color, high definition, glossy "Revolutionary Graffiti" photo prints suitable for framingEstimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
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1 copy of "Revolutionary Graffiti" full color photo book + gift #1Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
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3 copies of the "Revolutionary Graffiti" full color photo book + gift #2 (great presents!!)Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
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A special DVD about the project's creation shot on the ground in Egypt + gift #4Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
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A deluxe Egyptian gift basket (authentic Egyptian cotton sheets, framable papyrus art, Pharaonic statuary, and more) + gift #5Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
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A personal 30-minute LIVE tour of the Pyramids of Giza via Skype or FaceTime (great for kids and/or adults) + gift #6Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
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