From the very beginning, Lee has dreamed about self publishing a book of his portraits. In the years it has taken to produce the project, the book has been regarded as the final and most important aspect, one that has taken a great deal of consideration. For this reason, despite his first book, “Lost Angels, being published, Lee has chosen to self-publish the “Lee Jeffries:Portraits” book in a manner that will fully reflect the attention to detail that is so key in his work. His close relationship with his international fan base has fuelled a sense of responsibility in producing something truly special, which has led to an exciting collaboration with esteemed French book designers Hemeria.
Within the book there will be selected anecdotes which describe the emotions and stories of the subjects, delving deeper into the lives of the unseen.
“The book will be a 240 page, hard back, coffee table book.”
The “Lee Jeffries:Portraits” Book will be presented in just one option, the “Standard First Edition” book. The production will take place in Germany, and will be overseen personally by Lee. The pre-orders generated by this Kickstarter campaign will initially be the only way for the public to own a first edition copy, and have it delivered in time for Christmas 2019. It will initially not be available in any stores or online, and can only be produced with your help by reaching its target goal.
STANDARD FIRST EDITION BOOK - Foreword by Hollywood Star "Josh Brolin"
Josh Brolin has kindly offered to write the foreword for Lee as Josh is a big fan of Lee's work.
THE STANDARD FIRST EDITION BOOK €99 (RRP €125)
· Trim Size: 230x290 mm portrait
· Page Count: 232 pp text + 8pp ends + case
· Paper: Text – symbol tatami white 135 gsm
· Ends – 145 gsm self tinted Modigliani nero
· Case – 2,5mm board
· Printing: Text – duotone recto-verso + selective varnish 204 pages and 32 pages 4C recto-verso + selective varnish
· Case – Iris linen cloth black
· Bindery: Section sewn, hard cover with flat back, H/T band, 1 Tip In label laminated
- The first 2000 copies will be signed by Lee, with your name listed as a supporter in the book's acknowledgements.
NUMBERED LIMITED EDITION BOOK - €450
Lee is excited to announce a special edition book which is numbered and limited to only 15 copies.
The book will be signed by Lee and he'll add a signed print (50cm x 50cm) of your choice.
It is beautifully presented in a black cloth clamshell box.
Lee Jeffries leads a double life – as a full-time accountant near Manchester, and in his free time as an impassioned photographer of the homeless all over the world.
A self-taught photographer who started out taking pictures of stock in a bike shop, his epiphany came in April 2008 when, on the eve of running the London Marathon, he snatched a long-lens image of a homeless girl huddling in a doorway, and felt compelled to apologise to her when she called him out for it. Their resulting conversation changed not only his approach to photography; it changed his life.
Since that day Lee has been on a mission to raise awareness of the homeless. His work features street people from the UK, Europe and the US whom he gets to know by living rough with them, the relationship between them enabling him to capture a searing intimacy and authenticity in his portraits. He has published a critically acclaimed fund-raising book, Lost Angels, worked with the Salvation Army in Sweden and Seattles Union Gospel Mission on major fund raising campaigns, and donated the half-dozen cameras he's won in prestigious imaging competitions to charity. His images are donated for the use of numerous Charites worldwide. He estimates he's given thousands of pounds of his own money to help those he photographs.
Lee uses light and shadow in a religious way – his images have been described as 'religious iconography', and it's not an accident. A few years ago he went to Rome to get a rosary blessed at the Vatican for a friend's dying mother; she's now buried with it. He describes it as probably the first entirely selfless act of his life and something he was driven to do. That experience had a huge effect on the way he viewed people, images, photography. He took pieces of that experience, and he explains how it informs everything he’s become, both artistically and as a man. Feeling love on a completely different level, ultimately, led to extended periods of loneliness. He began to go out onto the streets to seek refuge from it. When he meets homeless people, he can recognise that same loneliness in somebody's eyes, and that becomes the starting point for their relationship. His images become the final piece of that journey. The act of saying goodbye.
Lee Jeffries’ series of portraits, is an ongoing project, which has won international awards, with over 335,000 followers on it’s social media. It has been extensively featured throughout the world achieving a viral status online, and has been published by prestigious names such as Time Magazine, CNN, The Guardian, The Daily Mail, BBC Newsnight, to name but a few. Lee’s work has also been featured in Terrence Malick’s Voyage of Time and Jennifer Lopez’s movie “Second Act”. Notwithstanding that, Lee’s work has been an inspiration for thousands of people across the world.
“I am an Oscar and Emmy winning makeup-artist. Some of my recent movie credits include both Deadpool films, Kong: Skull Island, Foxcatcher, and Blade Runner 2049. I have been a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences since 2004 and have served on the Academy’s Science and Technology Council, Preservation and History Board Committee, and Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch - as both governor and chair of its executive committee. I also founded the Digital Makeup Group (DMG) which uses cutting edge technology in creating computer generated (CG) beauty work, age manipulation, and digital make-up effects. My expertise is helping actors become the characters that the script requires them to be, which will then be seen by millions of people around the world in high-definition on the big screen. My work has to be spot on, not only to warrant the many nominations and awards it has received, but also because it plays a crucial role in the commercial success of big-budget Hollywood films. I am constantly on the look-out for inspiration for my work, and Lee Jeffries photographs have been that inspiration for me. I’ve used Lee’s photographs as reference for characters and to inspire and influence actors on films, his photographs are that complex. His amazing photo’s of “Brittany” was my inspiration for Nicole Kidman’s makeup for Destroyer, which critics say is the best work this Academy Award winner has done and even brought her a Golden Globe nomination. Lee Jeffries is one of those rare artists that other artists look to, not only for creative inspiration, but also for what humanity looks like, the highs and the lows. Lee is a universal talent, the type of talent.. Not only is his work exceptional, but he uses it improve the lives of the most downtrodden of society, working closely with the Salvation Army, Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission, and other social groups to shed light on the lives of the most poverty-stricken amongst us.” Bill Corso
SHIPPING & DELIVERY DATES
Delivery dates: The first edition run will be shipped in December, planned to be delivered to EU addresses before Christmas. We will also ship worldwide, but this may take longer to arrive depending on location but we will do our utmost to deliver before Christmas to all locations.
Shipping Costs: These will be added to your pledge and will vary depending upon destination. Prices will be shown when you choose your reward. The approx. weight of the package will be approx. 2 kg.
Please note that if your delivery destination is outside of the EU, your order may be subject to import duties and taxes which are applied when your order reaches your chosen destination. We have no control over these charges and you will be responsible for payment if they occur.
Risks and challenges
Lee is a full-time accountant, amateur photographer and father. He will have to carefully balance his time and efforts between his three passions.
Lee has chosen to work with Hemeria, renowned French book designers, to ensure a beautiful end result.
Fulfilment and distribution have been carefully planned so Lee is confident that he can deliver on his promises.
Please be aware that the specifications may be subject to minor design tweaks during the production process and if there are any significant design changes or any unforeseen complications he will keep all backers informed via Kickstarter and through his social media network.
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