Welcome to my Kickstarter page for COLOR EXPLOSION!
Hi, I am Mark Henderson and with this crowdfunding campaign I hope to fund my first self-published, limited edition, hardcover coffee-table book.
As many of you may know, Color Explosion was slated for publication last year, but my long-time publisher ceased production only days before the book was to be printed. Now I want to publish Color Explosion on my own, but I need your support to complete this project. This is my first campaign. Please give it a look.
About COLOR EXPLOSION
Color Explosion is a project I have been thinking about and talking about and creating images for almost since the start of my career as a photographer. In this book, dazzling color will be the primary formal motif. The expressive power of color in art, and in photography, fascinates me. Color has an immediacy, a sensory quality that can elicit emotions and instantly draw the viewer into an image.
Anyone familiar with the photographs in most of my previous books will know that the integration of certain elements of saturated color is a hallmark of my personal style. So this is not necessarily new territory for me. But with Color Explosion I want to take the idea a step further. In many images, large swaths of bright, jewel-like color or colored patterns and textures pervade; while in others, carefully placed pops of vivid hues enliven otherwise monochromatic compositions.
But of course, all of this merely will serve to lend an air of delectation and excitement and to enhance, but never overshadow, the primary subject of the images ... stunningly beautiful naked men. I often consult with the models before the shoot about which colors, they believe look best for them. Included in this volume will be some of the most sensational-looking men I have had the opportunity to photograph over the last few years, and I am thrilled to be able to finally share the images of a project that has been now years in the making and which prominently features this most exuberantly colorful aspect of my photography.
About me and my work
Before deciding to work and live as a full-time photographer, I worked for many years as an art historian at a leading cultural institution in Los Angeles. For the past ten years my work has been featured in numerous photography compilation volumes, calendars, and seven large-scale deluxe coffee-table books devoted exclusively to my work, such as Household Idols (that was my first one), American Eros, and Lap of Luxury (my latest one), all produced by the esteemed (but now sadly defunct) publishing house Bruno Gmünder in Berlin, Germany.
Color Explosion will be my first attempt at publishing a book on my own. I’m thrilled by the challenge and I appreciate that I now have the opportunity to present this project directly to long-time fans (and hopefully future fans) of my work.
To be on the safe side regarding book production and distribution, I have sought advice from two very experienced colleagues of mine from the publishing industry, Mischa Gawronski and Simeon Morales, who have helped several artists publish books via crowdfunding here on Kickstarter. With them and our favorite high-quality printing house in Italy, I am able to present my work to you with the utmost care and quality.
Because of you I will be able to continue doing what I love. I hope you like this project and will support it with your pledge. If you like it, please pass it on to others and possibly become a collector of my work. Below you will find a detailed reward description and some buzz about me and my photography. Remember, after this Kickstarter campaign closes, Color Explosion will never be available again.
About this book project in detail
The book will be hardcover with a dust jacket, 160 Pages, approximately 10¼ x 13½" / 26 x 34 cm. I am sticking with the same size/format as all my previous books.
Because I consider this book to be a cohesive, meticulously selected collection of images—akin to an artist’s limited edition of photographs or prints—all books will be numbered. But exclusively, here on Kickstarter, all the collector's editions will also be signed by me.
Unlike my earlier books, this one will NOT be available via mainstream sellers online or offline. Color Explosion is offered exclusively to you on a limited edition basis. It will only be available for you here on Kickstarter and a handful of select stores. Only one edition will be printed. When that print run is gone, Color Explosion will never be offered for sale again.
It is very important for me that the book reaches you in the best possible condition. So, I have decided to go with a more expensive packaging to help avoid damage that might occur during shipping.
There are several pledging options, depending on the amount you spend, so please check out the rewards:
First there is the basic version of the book, all numbered. And for those of you who order early, I am offering this version at a reduced price (EARLY BIRD—limited to 50 books).
Another option is a copy not only numbered but also with your name in the acknowledgements section. This is a way for me to say ‘thank you’ to all of you who have helped support this project.
For collectors, I am offering, for the very first time ever, one copy of the book, numbered and signed, with a noble slip case, and with your name printed in the acknowledgements.
And finally, unique to this crowdfunding and only through Kickstarter, I am offering two additional options, based on the collector's edition: One with an open edition 8x10" fine art print, another one with an 8x10" fine art print in a limited edition of 10.
Some buzz about me
“Mark celebrates the magnificence of the male form.“
—Durk Dehner | President and co-founder, Tom of Finland Foundation
“The display of the totally nude physique is the language Mr. Henderson knows so expertly ... his photographs are superb delineations of the idealized male physique.“
—Jim French | Photographer, illustrator and creator of Colt Studio
“Of the several contemporary photographers whose focus is the male nude and whose individual work I admire and books I own, it's Mark Henderson who has broken out of the pack and established himself as a Jim French of the New Millennium.“
—Fred Bisonnes | Author, photographer, illustrator
“Mark Henderson is among the best of a new generation of photographers of the male nude who have really ushered the genre into the modern age.“
—Robert Mainardi | Author and co-owner of San Francisco's The Magazine
It’s only 24 hours till the deadline and we are currently gaining a lot of new backers –let’s keep the momentum going!
Apart from that: I noticed the popularity of pledges which include fine art prints of my works.
At the strong suggestion of several fans who have already pledged, I’ve decided to offer two new options of prints: 24x36" and ca 30x44". My works have never before been produced in these large dimensions.
GALLERY Collector’s Edition with Fine Art 1,100.00 US$
SUPERSIZE Collector’s Edition with Fine Art 2,450.00 US$
Risks and challenges
There is only a low risk for you. If I don't reach the goal, then you will not be charged. If I reach the goal, it's just a matter of time until the book reaches you. The models have already been photographed, the final images have been selected, and the printing house in Italy has given me the cost estimates for the printing. My primary focus moving forward will be to ensure the quality of the book itself. With that in mind, the book should be in your hands sometime in May 2019.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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