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Matt HaffnerBy Matt Haffner
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Matt HaffnerBy Matt Haffner
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About

"Stacked" demonstrates a love of the great American landscape; the backroads, the small towns and the people who inhabit these spaces. This body of work has been made over the last three years during road trips with my family. Staying in our vintage 1961 Shasta Airflyte camper, we travelled over 10,000 miles and crisscrossed 25 states. The resulting images show the quirky and idiosyncratic personality of a human-altered landscape, and are a humorous and somewhat melancholy view of a rapidly disappearing way of life, which exists on the fringes of the cities and small towns we traversed.

The tropes that manifest in "Stacked" lie at the heart of of working class towns, and are the fuel of Tom Waits songs and Charles Bukowski poems.This is the place of auto body shops, strip clubs, bodegas, tire shops, motorcycle repair, hourly motels, bail bondsmen, pawn shops, cheap apartments, warehouses, liquor stores, dive bars, and fried chicken joints. It is a site of transactions and interactions, where necessity and function override aesthetics.

"Stacked" is a crystal-clear, photographic documentary, which combines a nostalgia for my blue collar, Rust-Belt roots with a love of life at the edge of the urban environment. The journey across the country was both a personal exploration for me, as well as a discovery of a new means of working. This collection of photographs is a look back in time at a way of life that is slowly but steadily disappearing across the great American landscape.

The content of the work elicits memories of home and family, as well as the stories that were told to me by my father. It is also about loss, nostalgia, and a love for the city’s periphery and all its complexities. Reflecting familiar aspects of life back to us, this work is not about polish and shine, but about the propped up, the patched and stitched back together, and the ways that, with persistence, we continue to make do.

Thank you immensely for your support, we truly cannot make this book without you so every donation makes a difference!

“Stacked” Details:

  •  The book will feature approximately 94 color plates, drawings by Matt Haffner, and an essay by an author of literary and artistic renown: Jonathan Blaustein who regularly writes for the New York Times Lens Blog and the influential blog A Photo Editor. 
  • The book will be a hardcover, fine art photography book in a large trim size of 8.5" x 14" and will be approximately 140 pages. 
  • It will also feature high-end printing on archival paper with varnish on all photographs.  
  • The book will have a semi-transparent vellum dust jacket with the title printed on it that allows for the book cover image to be seen but slightly veiled beneath it. 
  • The Edition will be 500. 

Publisher's Note: 

‘The pure products of America go crazy —’ Elsie by William Carlos Williams

"Matt Haffner’s artist book and this portfolio - "Stacked" - speak in a different voice and with an exuberant seeing that plows new ground in a similar territory as Williams. ‘Pure Products’ - thus begin the opening lines of one of the most insightful poems ever written about the human condition in America— Haffner lets us see the ‘pure products’ of that same America, only different, as we find it today. Haffner’s photographs and drawings take us on a visually rich, visceral walkabout through that peripheral zone of the United States that is so easily overlooked. Like reflections in the restless 10,000 lenses of an insect’s eye, Haffner’s kaleidoscopic collection shows us the beauty, the humor and the pathos in America’s over-abundant, but often barren, material banality. This document teaches us what a careful artist’s eye can find: allowing us to linger and take in what we usually filter out. The range of vision leaves us raw, stacked layer upon layer, the whole gamut of interstitial flotsam is there. This portfolio presents the distilled essence of the artist book edited by Barbara Griffin. Stacked where we are faced with piles of used tires, Mount Rushmore with RV caravans galore, beach prayers, spacious skies, amber waves of grain and a taxidermy bear. "Stacked" is a dizzying ride. When you see it you’ll realize what you have always been looking at without seeing. Only now you “see” it. Fall Line Press is grateful to have a hand in moving this book into the world and we are grateful to our friends on Kickstarter for helping us make it happen."

William Boling Publisher, Fall Line Press — Atlanta, Georgia 2018

Please Join Us

We hope you, the Kickstarter community, will help support the Fall Line Press publication of this book of photographs. The book is on track to release in October 2018. After making your pledge, please help us spread the word by contacting your friends about our Kickstarter campaign. Thank you! 

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Risks and challenges

The risks of publishing a photo book include delays in design, pre-press, and print production. However, Fall Line Press and I are experienced in these challenges and, with the realization of our goal, we will ensure the book is published by October 2018 in time for a launch party and exhibition that we are planning.

Use of Funds:
Creating an important, top-tier documentary photography book in an edition of 500 requires the technical, design, editing, writing, and printing talents of a team of dedicated professionals. If this campaign is successful, 100% of the proceeds from Kickstarter will be applied to the direct costs of producing what we expect will become a lasting contribution to the documentary field.

You will find a complete, detailed description of our book on this Kickstarter page.

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