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Photos of activists and their hopes for change. The Occupy Portraits is ready to publish, if you take action and donate now.

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Until the funding comes through for the archival print edition, please click here to enjoy an on-line version of the book for free.
Until the funding comes through for the archival print edition, please click here to enjoy an on-line version of the book for free.

When the Occupy protests began, I was inspired to contribute my best efforts. As a documentary photographer, this is my activism: to offer these images in the hope that their chronicle of a movement will inspire others to continue to act boldly in the cause of universal justice. 

This 572-page book of portraits documents activists from the Occupy movement in twelve cities across the United States - people like you and me, the 99%. In the interest of historical accuracy, everyone I photographed is included, presented in chronological sequence, and paired with their answer to my question, "What would you change first to make this a better world?"

  • "Annie Appel's photographs have given an identity to anonymous American citizens fighting for what is guaranteed in the US Constitution: a responsive and responsible government actively accommodating the needs of the people. Her subjects have literally stopped the presses and made the silent majority consider that participation and protest is vital to maintaining a democracy."     Cooper Sy  (writer/director)

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges, International Diplomat founder Carne Ross, and art historian Dr. Karen Kleinfelder have honored the work, respectively, with a foreword, an introduction, and an essay.

Occupy Olympia
Occupy Olympia

Meeting with the Mission and Goals group at a General Assembly in Zuccatti Park to vote on the Vision Statement for Occupy Wall Street.  This is what democracy looks like!

Risks and challenges

With the entire book already completed and ready to go, the final challenge is gathering funds for the high-end, archival printing on a lithographic press. Unlike popular, print-on-demand, digital books - which vary widely in quality from page to page, and book to book – printing with a lithographic press offers the highest quality archival book at less than half the price, with a minimum order of 500 books required to begin the process (details listed below). Each copy will be signed and numbered.

In keeping with the Occupy movement's redefinition of how-things-can-get-done, I am reaching out to individuals in search of funds that will allow me to finish - it will be the ultimate proof of the power of people working together. So please, after you purchase your copies, persuade a friend to do the same.

The book will be printed by a publisher dedicated to green, environmentally conscious technology. This meticulous process requires three months from the date of funding.

500 books - minimum order for high-end, archival printing on a lithographic press

$38,305 - printing cost for 500 books /572 pages ($76.61 ea)
$925.00 - 500 mailing cartons ($1.85 ea)
$10,000 - shipping for 500 books (9 pounds @ $20.00 ea)
$4,430.70 - California 9% sales tax
$53,660.70 - subtotal
$5,366.07 - 5% Kickstarter fees and 5% Amazon fees

no charge - 3,000 hours photography, processing, printing, book design and layout (100% completed and ready to print)

$59,026.77 - final total

Many thanks for reserving this first edition volume of The Occupy Portraits, and for considering donation of an additional copy to a library, institution, or organization of your choice. (Please view rewards for your extra, bonus print - and all activists photographed, please email me to receive your free print, as promised.)

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  • On December 31, 2011, President Obama signed into law the overly vague language in Section 1021 of the NDAA, allowing for military detention of American citizens, without trial or due process, who are accused of committing a “belligerent act” against the country until the “end of the war.” A lifetime sentence, in all probability. Combined with his signature on the anti-protesting bill, HR347, two months later, allowing felony charges against anyone practicing free speech where the secret service is said to be operating, simultaneously eliminating the First Ammendment, and eroding our democracy. Our only choice it to act for justice.

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    In appreciation for your support you will receive the most current set of three postcards from The Occupy Portraits.

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    Your donation will allow you access to a digital download of The Occupy Portraits so that you can always have it with you.

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    Option # 1 -- With your pledge you receive a signed and numbered first edition copy of The Occupy Portraits: A Photo Essay. This 572 page, hard cover, Smythe sewn volume, with a French fold dust jacket, is printed to library archival standards, in high quality black and white duotone with an offset lithographic printing press. (For details, please view this Kickstarter "Challenges" section.)

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    Option # 2 -- The Occupy Portraits will be shipped to a library of your choice. Books will be plated with archival paper labels applied to the inside cover of the book containing an inscription identifying the donor. Your name will be acknowledged for your generous donation in The Occupy Portraits. Each book will be signed and numbered.

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    In addition to receiving a copy of the book for yourself, a copy of The Occupy Portraits will be shipped to a library of your choice. Books will be plated with archival paper labels applied to the inside cover of the book containing an inscription identifying the donor. Your name will be acknowledged for your generous donation in The Occupy Portraits, and you will receive a signed, archival 8x10 inch print for your collection (a $200 value - choose from the photo link seen on this Kickstarter homepage).

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    You will receive 5 copies of the book, 5 signed, archival 8x10 inch prints (a $1000 value), and your name will be acknowledged in the book for your generous contribution.

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    In addition to a copy of the published book and a print, this reward level receives a photo workshop for you or your group, and special acknowledgment listing as Sponsor. Reward valid through December 2016 - travel not included.

    Estimated delivery: Jan 2015

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