This project's funding goal was not reached on July 9, 2014.
About this project
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.
"I have hope, not in the tangible or in what I can personally accomplish, but in the faith that battling evil, cruelty, and injustice allows us to retain our identity, a sense of meaning and ultimately our freedom. Perhaps in our lifetimes we will not succeed. Perhaps things will only get worse. But this does not invalidate our efforts." Chris Hedges
Many thanks for purchasing your copy of The Occupy Portraits, and for considering donation of an additional copy to a library, institution, or organization of your choice. (See details and link below to select your extra bonus print mentioned in a special Kickstarter reward.)
Donated books will be plated with this archival paper label designed by E. Adler in 1930. Applied to the inside cover, the plate will contain an inscription identifying the donor and the person(s) being honored or memorialized.
Click here to view a selection of images for your extra bonus print described in the Kickstarter rewards - your choice of Occupy portraits from: Los Angeles, Portland, Olympia, Tacoma, Seattle, Wall Street, Newark, New Haven, Oakland, Venice, Washington DC, and Chicago. Here you can also view each portrait in the book, listed in chapters by city (may take a few minutes to open chapters for the larger cities).
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.)Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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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