Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
I want to publish a book of photographs I made in collaboration with children in one neighborhood in Ethiopia since 1999.
121 backers pledged $13,452 to help bring this project to life.

Publishing Progress // Upcoming London book launch

Posted by Eric Gottesman (Creator)
1 like
Optimal Media, the German printers where we printed the book
Optimal Media, the German printers where we printed the book

Hi friends,

I hope all is well. We are closing in on the final launch of Sudden Flowers, the book that you funded and that would never have existed without you. I can't explain how excited I am for this. 

The London world launch of the book in September will be followed by the Ethiopian launch in early December and a launch in the United States sometime soon.

In the past month, there has been a lot of activity.  First, I was in Addis Ababa and held a series of conversations with members of Sudden Flowers. I had the members review it and comment on it. I managed to include some of their feedback in the design of the book itself. 

Then, our team came up with the crazy idea of including a hand-made envelope filled with letters and photographs on the back of the book. It was crazy because that meant I (along with the members of Sudden Flowers) had to make 1000 envelopes by hand in just one week. We ended up with 1200. They look amazing. All I can say is that those of you who will be receiving a book will be very happily surprised.

Yabsira and Muse making hand-made envelopes that will be attached to each of the copies of the book.
Yabsira and Muse making hand-made envelopes that will be attached to each of the copies of the book.
Some more envelopes
Some more envelopes
Front cover mock-up
Front cover mock-up
Back cover
Back cover

And finally, in Germany last month, at one of the top printers of photographic books in the world, we printed the pages of the book. It was an exhilarating and exhausting experience. The prints looked great and they are now drying and awaiting binding. 

While in Addis Ababa, I arranged for an exhibition and book launch in coordination with the Addis Ababa Foto Fest and with the founder of local NGO Hope for Children to devise a campaign to promote the work in the book and the issues the book addresses; specifically, the impact of HIV/AIDS and the psychological well-being of young people.

I am so excited to share this book with you. It will only be a few more weeks!!

Thank you again for making this possible.

Eric

Constantine, our print manager, on press at Optimal
Constantine, our print manager, on press at Optimal
Philipp Ebeling of Fishbar carrying our proofs
Philipp Ebeling of Fishbar carrying our proofs
Fishbar's Olivia Arthur and designer Melanie Mues on press at Optimal
Fishbar's Olivia Arthur and designer Melanie Mues on press at Optimal
A draft of the cover of the book
A draft of the cover of the book
Fishbar's Philipp Ebeling and designer Melanie Mues reviewing pages on press at Optimal
Fishbar's Philipp Ebeling and designer Melanie Mues reviewing pages on press at Optimal
One of the hand-made envelopes attached to each book
One of the hand-made envelopes attached to each book
Printed pages for the book drying before binding
Printed pages for the book drying before binding
dalia likes this update.

Comments

Only backers can post comments. Log In