BRASIL is a photobook project that is the result of eight years of photographing culture, landscape, architecture and the visual magic I found in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and Salvador de Bahia. Made on analog film, the photographs are personal portraits that illuminate a fluid, syncopated, and complex contemporary Brazil, seen through the lens of my Rolleiflex camera.
I first traveled to Brazil to shoot stills for a documentary film on Capoeira in Salvador de Bahia. Moved by the energy of the African diaspora in Bahia, I was compelled to return to different regions of Brazil to shoot in both urban and rural locations. I lived in Rio de Janeiro and worked obsessively: photographing on back streets, on the beaches at night, and was especially drawn to the striking modernist architecture in Rio and Sao Paulo. A three-month artist residency at the Sacatar Foundation on the island of Itaparica in Bahia was a turning point in my life and work. I discovered that the work was expanding and would eventually take the form of a book.
After photographing for eight years in Brazil, the work is tightly edited and is ready to publish. Shot entirely on film with my Rolleiflex medium format camera, the silver prints made in the darkroom are already scanned, and the layout and design nearly complete. Selections of this work from Brazil have been exhibited at the National Art Gallery of Namibia, Windhoek; the Goethe Center in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil; the Bursa PhotoFestival, Turkey; Galerie Photo4, Paris, and Galeria Eduardo Fernandes, Sao Paulo. Many images in the book are in private and public collections in the United States, Brazil and in Europe.
WHY KICKSTARTER ?
Since I last published in 2000, the landscape of photography book publishing has changed radically. Many independent bookstores have closed and online retailers have changed the game. Production costs are high and print runs are low, and publishers take fewer chances. In response to this new publishing environment, I am embracing the artist-funded book model for BRASIL. As an artist, I am excited to have complete creative control of the book. This platform is an important way to connect people like you with the process of bringing the book to life, and to connect with a market outside of the traditional photographic audience.
To make this dream of publishing the BRASIL book a reality, I am launching this Kickstarter campaign to raise the $17,000 required to pay for the design, layout, and for Damiani Editore’s printing and production costs for a print-run of 1000 books.
From the essay in BRASIL by Paulo Venancio Filho:
" Many times we have the sensation that it is the camera itself that photographed, in spite of the artist, or better, as though it were operated by the photographer’s optical unconscious."
THE BOOK / PUBLISHER
Damiani Editore, a renowned Italian publisher specializing in fine art and photography lithographic printing. Based in Bologna, Italy, Damiani is distinguished by the attention devoted to exploring and understanding the forms of the contemporary imagination. With successful funding of this campaign, the book will be included in Damiani's Spring 2016 catalogue.
The book will include an essay by noted Brazilian art critic, curator and art historian Paulo Venancio Filho, and also an original poem by the Brazilan poet Sergio Alcides.
- Format: Hardcover
- Edition: 1000 copies
- Size: 22.5 x 22.5 cm
- Number of Photographs: approx.100
- Type of Printing: Lithography
- Publication Date: Spring 2016
The next stage is completing the layout and getting this book on press. The photographs are complete, and I believe that publishing is the best way to share my work with others and to reach an international audience and community. Books live beyond the ephemeral nature of an exhibition and communicate for many years to come.
I NEED YOUR HELP
This project has been self-funded so far, and now I need your support. Help me bring this book into the hands of individuals, into student classrooms, into public and university libraries, and into bookstores.
In gratitude, I will keep you informed of all the progress of this project as the book reaches completion. Please contact me directly if you would like to support the Brasil book project in the months ahead, in whatever way that may be. I thank you!
Kristin Capp, September 2015
Kristin Capp is an American photographer based in Namibia. During her 16 years in New York City, she published two monographs: Hutterite: A World of Grace and Americana. Capp is the recipient of numerous awards: a Fulbright Fellowship in Namibia, the Aaron Siskind Award in Photography; the Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship in Bellagio, Italy, and a Sacatar Foundation Fellowship in Bahia, Brazil. Her work has been exhibited internationally and is in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY, Kunsthaus Zurich, Switzerland; International Center for Photography, NY; the Bibliothèque Nationale de Paris, and the Brooklyn Museum, NY, among others.
Paulo Venancio Filho is an art critic, independent curator and full professor of art history at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. He has written extensively on 20th century artists, including Helio Oiticica, Cildo Meireles and Mira Schendel. He is the author of “Time and Place: Rio de Janeiro: 1956-1964” (Steidl, 2009); “Marcel Duchamp: A Beleza da Indiferenca” (Brasiliense, 1986), and “A Presenca da Arte” (Cosaic Naify, 2013).
Sergio Alcides is a poet, writer and professor of literature and literary theory at the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil. His most recent collection of poetry is Pier (São Paulo: Editora 34, 2012). Earlier works include O ar das cidades (São Paulo: Nankin, 2000) and Nada a ver com a lua (Rio de Janeiro: Sette Letras, 1996). He was a Fellow at the Sacatar Foundation in Bahia, Brazil in 2004.
Kickstarter video music by Patricio Morales, "Chiapas Mix”.
Risks and challenges
Because the photography of this project is complete, we see no foreseeable delays. The layout and design of the book are nearly done; the essay and poem for the book are written, and the press date for the book will be in early December 2015. If this project reaches the funding goal of $17,000, the delivery of the rewards should be on target. If anything changes, I will notify and reach out to the supporting community so all are informed right away.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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