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[update] Wow! You guys are pretty amazing, and thanks to you we've raised enough cash to cover my basic costs - and we did it in less than 24 hours! I'm blown away, and I'm heading to Tampa on Monday. Between now and 3pm on Monday, there's a window to raise more funds to pay me for the actual photography work. If we hit $10k, I'll mail the CIW a disk of all the high res images, with all of you to thank for it, AND I'll make all of the images in my CIW image archive available at higher res for free downloads. That's both the images from this project, and the 36,687 images that I've already made since 2003. 

Photographing the March for Rights, Respect & Fair Food

I've been documenting the Coalition of Immokalee Workers since 2003. Their work for human rights in the agricultural industry is critically important. 

They're now embarked on a two-week, 200 mile march from Tampa to Lakeland: the March for Rights, Respect & Fair Food

With your help, on super short notice, I'll head down there next week and add my efforts to their documentation of this historic event. I've only got a few days to pull this together, so please share this with any and all friends who'd be interested in supporting this project. This Kickstarter campaign threshold is set to the minimum to cover costs, but I'm hoping to hit the expanded targets below with your help.

What's involved:

2004 CIW Truth Tour
2004 CIW Truth Tour

The CIW events are joyous community events: pageants that use song, puppetry, theater, music, and visual art to draw attention to the human rights abuses in the agricultural industry. I've already created over 35,000 images chronicling this work, and it's been amazing to document this movement as it's evolved.

What I'm proposing is more than just taking a few pictures. 

We're talking about an intense bit of photo documentation. To get a sense of what this is like, check out either one of my rapidfire animated recaps or a slideshow

Everyone is Photogenic, but not everyone has a photography budget. I'm happy to volunteer some time and images, but need your help to cover some of the rest of the costs. Through Kickstarter, you can help me get down there to continue chronicling this movement. In return, you'll get access to images as they're posted, and a host of other goodies at different reward levels. 

Furthermore, I'll make basic web versions of every shot available in my community archive, allowing supporters of the movement to share them far and wide. Project backers will get first crack at these archives!

Fundraising goals:

$3,500 covers travel and basic overhead costs. 

(While many people think of photography as free, they haven't thought about their next lens repair bill or other costs of sustaining a professional operation.) – $3,500 is the bare minimum that I need to be able to afford to bring my gear, carry insurance, etc. 

If we raise $4,500 – We're starting to get a bit above just basic costs. Amazing! Thank you for your generosity!

At this rate, I'll start pulling the late nights necessary to provide next day turnaround on the images to contribute to daily updates on the CIW site, and you'll get sneak peak updates of our image selections before those reports even go live. 

If we raise $6,000 – I'm probably going to take over 6,000 pictures while there, and it'd be swell to have $1/frame in support. 

If we hit this target, I'll make 10 max resolution optimized files available for download. They'll be available to the whole world for personal use, and I'll also share them with the CIW for their publications. If you know how savvy they are with media, you know they'll make good use of these!

If we raise $10,000 – Now we're talking! 

(OK, if you know me, you know that I'll probably shoot more than 6,000 frames while there, and it would still be really swell to have $1/frame in support.) 

If we hit this target, I'll send the CIW DVDs of max resolution versions of all of the images for their use. In that package, I'll include a letter naming all of the backers who helped make it possible. (That's you!)

In addition, I'll enable free larger resolution downloads of all the images from this march. FURTHERMORE, I'll go back and re-upload higher res versions (1500px) of all of the older CIW images in my archive, and make those available for free downloads too!

($10,000 is slightly more than twenty-five cents per picture for every frame already in my archive of CIW images. To make it $1/image, we'd need to raise $36,687... )

There's just a few days to make this happen, but if you take a second now to share/tag with all of your friends, we can do it overnight. 

Thank you!
-jj

Risks and challenges

This is always challenging work, but I have a proven track record:

On Kickstarter:
my first kickstarter project raised over $25k for How Philly Moves:
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jjtiziou/how-philly-moves

Photographing the movement:
You can check out my history of photographing the CIW in this archive:
http://www.jjtiziou.net/archive/CIW/

In the past, I've done this unsupported... with your help it can only get better!

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    Every little bit helps, and even just by pledging a single dollar, you can make this happen! You'll get all the project updates, and access to complete galleries of images from the march as they are posted. Every single image downloadable as 500px web versions.

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    You'll get the updates and the galleries, AND I'll post an image from the march to the JJ Tiziou Photography Facebook page with a special shoutout to you for having made that shot possible.

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    On top of being awesome, you are generous too! You'll get updates, galleries, basic downloads and special package of medium resolution (1500px) non-watermarked versions of my favorite images from the march.

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    You've just helped me buy a new pair of pants! (I invariably kill a pair of trousers every time I chase after a march like this.)

    You'll get updates, galleries, the special downloads, and a thank you postcard from Philly.

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    You've just helped me buy a new hard drive! I'll think of you fondly as I back up the gigabytes of data that I'm going to generate on this shoot. You'll get all of the above plus a signed 5x7 print of an image from a CIW action. It'll come in a special magnetic sleeve so you can throw it on your fridge, or re-frame it however you'd like. Plus, I'll email you a picture of me with a shiny new hard drive.

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    This will go towards my health insurance. When I'm out there climbing on things and risking injury to get a shot, I'll be glad to have your support. And hopefully I won't get hurt. In gratitude, you'll get all of the above plus a signed 12x18 print from a CIW action. It'll come tied up in a nice tube tied up with a shiny red ribbon. And hopefully I won't come home in a cast!

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    When I next smash my telephoto zoom and get a $600 repair bill, I will be super glad to have your generous support in the bank. Hopefully this won't happen anytime soon though! Regardless, I'm going to call you to express my gratitude in person, and you'll get all of the above, plus a special bundle of gifts from JJ Tiziou Photography. It'll include a few signed 5x7 prints of my work, and a few other special treats. Plus, I'll send you a high res shot of one of my favorite images from the march right away, before anyone else sees it.

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