About this project
BRIEF SUMMARY Fund The Occupy Portraits Roadtrip
This photo road trip continues documenting the dawning of the Occupy movement. Your donation will put the film in my camera. Its that simple.
The Occupy Portraits are a photo essay intended to galvanize not only the people directly involved with this movement, but also intended to help educate the people watching and following the issues and questions being brought up by the activists. I am chronicling different Occupy groups across the country and creating a journal for each group I visit, as with the completed volume for Occupy Los Angeles -see the work at - http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/316622/ .
The Occupy Portraits - Los Angeles was fully financed from my now empty bank account, especially after having just purchased 5 airline tickets today to go across the country to make portraits of activists within the movement spanning 7 states, including Occupy: Portland, Olympia, Tacoma, Seattle, New York (Wall Street), Newark, New Haven, Oakland, Venice, and Washington D.C. For the last 3 months I have financed 100% of this project out of my own pocket because I felt inspired to archive the journey of a group of people deeply committed to creating a more just world. Using my antique medium format Rolleiflex film camera, on average I used 4-6 rolls of film a day at Occupy L.A. at $60 per roll, making for a costly and busy winter. I need your help now to pay for the film, processing and scanning in this 30 day cross-country journey documenting the movement. I am aiming to raise at least $4,750 to pay for my materials.
Upon completion of The Occupy Portraits photo essay, 100% of net proceeds will be donated to an Occupy non-profit being formed in 2012, with funds specifically reserved for media purposes. 'Art for art's sake.' In addition, upon request any person photographed for the essay receives a limited edition print in exchange for their collaboration with this project.
The Occupy Portraits essay has created a global following with 54 countries viewing the work via the blog created from the first portfolio of activists in my own hometown at Occupy Los Angeles - www.annieappelphotography.blogspot.com
Details are currently being discussed regarding exhibitions in Los Angeles with galleries who are proud to be part of the 99%, and news has just arrived about a summer show at the School of Sociology, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. 'The whole world is watching' with hopes that we can create a way to transform the injustices plaguing our system into a land that will help lead the way to a more just and peaceful future.
Thank you for making time to take a moment with this work, and for sharing the link with friends and family who would be inspired by The Occupy Portraits.
Working toward a better future,
Annie Appel firstname.lastname@example.org www.documentingworlds.com
Silvios Photoworks, Torrance, CA
Fromex Lab, Belmont Shore, CA
Samy's Camera, Los Angeles, CA
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