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Matt JavitBy Matt Javit
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Matt JavitBy Matt Javit
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About

With your support, POLICE: Brotherhood in Uniform Around the World will be a beautiful coffee table book, full of images of policemen and policewomen photographed during a 27-month journey to 35 countries and 100+ cities.  The photo book will be published in September 2019. 

I am not a police officer, but I have a strong respect for the profession. With the help of this campaign, I will celebrate the pride, dedication, and sacrifice of police around the world. 

Part of the campaign is the ability to gift a photo book to a US-based police officer who signs up on the 'photo book wish list.' Please let any of your hard-working friends in uniform know about the possibility of receiving a book as a gift.

I have over 60 photographs of police from cities around the world including Santiago, Athens, Tokyo, Siem Reap, Warsaw, and Cape Town. I will include photos of the location to help the reader understand the culture.  There will be over 120 photos in the book. 

Catania, Sicily
Catania, Sicily
Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon, Portugal
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

The Story

I have had the unique opportunity to travel the world with my wife for the last two years, and our journey is coming to an end in early May. Part of our time spent traveling the world has been dedicated to telling our story and sharing travel tips on our Podcast, documenting my time in barber chairs in unique locations on World Barber Shop Adventures, and sharing our thoughts on travel, culture, and life on PassportJoy.com

Sharing our experiences has been fun and rewarding, but I am very passionate about this photo book and the chance to share it with others who have the same respect for the police.

During the first week on our journey while in Santiago, Chile in February 2017, I came across a police officer on a horse that I photographed. Shortly after that, I took a photograph of a policeman in Valparaiso, Chile. At that point, I decided to capture any officer I came across during our trip.

Valparaíso, Chile
Valparaíso, Chile
Indore, India
Indore, India
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

 All of the meetings were natural while I would go out on my long walks to discover the cities we were visiting. Not all police agreed to be photographed, so I would thank them for their service and continue on my way. There were times I would have to use Google Translate or request translation help from a local. I loved it when the police would 'prep' themselves for the photos by making sure their hats were proper and uniforms crisp. The complete randomness of the meetings made it extremely exciting as the list of cities continued to grow over the two years.

These funds will help with all of the design, production, and shipping costs for the photo book. I am working with a local publisher, and I have structured the pricing and rewards based on expenses for the project.  The September 2019 publish date will give me the chance to manage the project at home when we return in May. The goal of $5,500 allows me to commit to publishing a minimum of 100 books to keep costs down.

Cusco, Peru
Cusco, Peru
Athens, Greece
Athens, Greece

Book Details:

POLICE: Brotherhood in Uniform Around the World

Text: Essay by Matt Javit

Photographs: approx. 120 in color 

Size: approx. 12 x 10 inches 

Publication date: September 2019

The book will feature the names of the qualified supporters who help make the book possible through this Kickstarter campaign. 

Kobe, Japan
Kobe, Japan
Warsaw, Poland
Warsaw, Poland
Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town, South Africa

More on Our Journey

If you want to learn more about our passion for travel, cultures, and our life journey, please listen to our recent podcast episode, Who We Are, Why We Did It, and Where We’ve Been, where we discuss our story in detail. 

Risks and challenges

Yes, this is my first photo book, but I have a proven history of bringing many of my passion projects to life. The photos are taken, the publisher is identified, and I have professionals that will help through the difficulties of design.

It's helpful to know that if the Kickstarter project you’re backing is successfully funded, your credit card will be charged when the project reaches its funding deadline. If the project does not reach its funding goal, your card is never charged.

With your support,​ I know that we can bring this project to life!

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    (1) Visit a local barber shop for a haircut, beard trim, and shave for the filming of an episode of World Barber Shop Adventures.

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