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A collection of 70 photographs & accompanying written reflections from across the world, created to preserve my memory of those places.
A collection of 70 photographs & accompanying written reflections from across the world, created to preserve my memory of those places.
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PERMANENCE, by Kris Graves

Writings by Thomas Chatterton Williams & Sergio A. Fernandez

Illustrations by Carin Johnson

Mall of America, Minnesota, 2009

PERMANENCE documents the landscapes that I have visited over the past ten years around the world. I have been fortunate enough to explore cities and surrounding areas freely and with no obligations. This freedom from time has allowed me to stop and photograph whenever I find something I want to remember forever, and the images seek to evoke that sense of timelessness. Because the captured moments and places float in time, their existence is dependent on my documentation. These photographs are thus an archive of my memory.

This book also includes notes opposite the photographs that provide a description of time and place. Out of over 7,000 film frames shot between 2003 and 2012, I have chosen these 70 scenes to share.

PUBLICATION INFORMATION - The monograph will be limited to 500 copies worldwide, the size will be approximately 8.5 x 9.5" horizontal, and will have over 100 pages, printed by Oddi in Iceland. PERMANENCE will be hardcover, include illustrations by Carin Johnson throughout, an introduction by author Thomas Chatterton Williams, and an essay by Sergio A. Fernandez. It will also include the names of every supporter who helped me make this book. All pledges will help in the production of this monograph.

This book will be pre-released to my Kickstarter supporters in the month of October 2012, and released into the world on my 30th birthday (November 27, 2012). Let's sell this book out!!!!!

Pledge $25 or more and I will make and send you a personalized 4x6" archival printed photograph of one of my images. Everyone backer will receive a different image

Mister Softee, Astoria, New York, 2004 & A QUEENS AFFAIR cover

For pledges of $75 or more, I will include a signed copy of A Queens Affair (photographs by Eric Hairabedian & Kris Graves), an 8.25 x 11" 64-page softcover book, produced by me in 2010, which is almost sold out.

Hverarond #2, Iceland, 2010

Beachy Head, Eastbourne, United Kingdom, 2011

For pledges of $125 or more, I will include a signed and editioned 11 x 14" print of either Hverarond #2 or Beachy Head, along with the Permanence book and A Queens Affair.

Looking North from Downtown, New York, 2011

For pledges of $275 or more, I will make a signed and editioned 16 x 20" print of your choice of any photograph from PERMANENCE, along with the Permanence book and A Queens Affair.

East Hampton Beach in Winter, New York, 2006

For pledges of $775 or more, I will make a signed and editioned 30x36" print of your choice of any photograph from PERMANENCE (sans Mister Softee), along with the Permanence book and A Queens Affair. 

Unexplained, Malmo, Sweden, 2011

For pledges of $2750 or over, I will fly to your favorite city and make photographs for a weekend (non-stop flights from New York only, but negotiable). You will receive sample online photographs from the weekend and from those you can choose one image to receive as a 30 x 36" print. Additionally, you will receive the Permanence book and A Queens Affair. Event photography will not be included in this offer. Flight cost is included.

Adirondack Holiday, New York, 2009

*if you have any questions about anything, please feel free to email me. the dope music is brought to you by Fenton Joseph and Benson & Direk. Voice: Sarah Fajardo Video Editor: Digi_Dan

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    11x14" print, signed and editioned (choice of one: Hverarond #2 or Beachy Head) + One copy of A QUEENS AFFAIR (signed and shipped) + One copy of the PERMANENCE book (signed and shipped) + Your name listed in the book & on my website as a supporter + hand printed, signed 4 x 6" print

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    16x20" print of any PERMANENCE photograph (signed and editioned) + One copy of A QUEENS AFFAIR (signed and shipped) + One copy of the PERMANENCE book (signed and shipped) + Your name listed in the book & on my website as a supporter + hand printed, signed 4 x 6" print

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    30x40" print of any PERMANENCE photograph (signed and editioned) + One copy of A QUEENS AFFAIR (signed and shipped) + One copy of the PERMANENCE book (signed and shipped) + Your name listed in the book & on my website as a supporter + hand printed, signed 4 x 6" print

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    For $2750, I will fly to your favorite city (non-stop flights from New York only, slighty negotiable), make photographs for a weekend, send you sample photos, and you can choose one photograph that I will print 30 x 36" for you + One copy of A QUEENS AFFAIR (signed and shipped) + One copy of the PERMANENCE book (signed and shipped) + Your name listed in the book & on my website as a supporter + hand printed, signed 4 x 6" print

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