John Sanderson and Zatara Press are asking for your support in publishing Carbon County, a limited edition Folio Box and Booklet. Publishing a photography project is an incredibly expensive endeavor and this is why we are turning to the Kickstarter community to ask for your help.
John Sanderson's photographs of Wyoming trace an existential journey through the present day American West. Set among Wyoming’s windswept high plains and distant horizons, this folio box of 24 tipped in photographs reveals a counterpoint between natural grandeur and human ambition. Inspired from Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology and Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, Sanderson envisions a mysterious county abound with adventure, hope, love, and wanderlust. This is the land of the Noble Cowboy which is today contrasted against a contemporary landscape drained of its natural resources. Once this was the home to the Buffalo. Instead it now contains a bypassed space that is set apart, and left alone. What remains is a new breed of people influenced by these ideals of the past, while attempting to create a life with the remainders of this land. Sanderson shows this unyielding spirit of Wyoming and its culture to endure and prosper.
The Folio Box
- 15 x 15 Inches
- 1 Hand Crafted Folio Box
- 24 Tipped Signed and Numbered Color Photographs Tipped into Letterpress Boards
- 1 Essay by John Sanderson
- 1 Newsprint Booklet
- Zatara Press
- 2019 Edition: 50
- 289 x 380 Millimeters
- 24 Color Photographs + Cover
- Newsprint Booklet
- Zatara Press
- Edition: Open
Folio Box by Designer Christine Marie Rucker
Letterpress Printing by Dave Wofford of Horse & Buggy Press
Laser Burning by Scott Misturini of Kugo Laser
The Photographs of Carbon County
An Excerpt from John Sanderson's Carbon County Folio Box Essay:
"After an artist residency in 2015 at Brush Creek Ranch, I quickly became enamored with this land. As a native borne New Yorker, it beckoned me to return, and in 2017 as a result I sought employment at a private dude ranch. Wyoming and Carbon County grew ever larger in my imagination after we settled in as a family. The landscape and towns unfolded before my camera, and the photographs become imbued with a sense of raw expression as we journeyed from place to place. I began to see meaning in the ostensibly empty state. The barren, windswept plateau and snowy peaks awakened a primordial desire to daily capture my vision of the surrounding horizons. Through popular culture I inherited a false mythos of the American West as a place of abundance and adventure. I strove to unburden myself from this flawed perception as I began searching for a notion of a True West shaped through a better understanding of its history."
Folio Box (Presented in these images is the Prototype Box with actual letterpress boards)
Kickstarter has dulled the colors of the Folio Box's Asahi Book Cloth.
The Images from Carbon County can be viewed in their entirety here.
Hotel Key Chain (Visual Samples):
18 x 24 Inch Poster:
Fine Art Print Selection For All Sizes:
Dinner with John and Andrew
Who We Are:
John Sanderson is drawn to broad topographical subjects within the United States of America. It is there in the outdoors he feels most creative. His photographs reconcile American motives of impermanence, and expansion within the contemporary landscape. His projects include themes such as transportation, leisure, residence, industry, and decay. The influence of growing up in New York City’s Midtown Manhattan underpins much of Sanderson's work which is rooted in a passion for architectural design. He captures photographs for each project with multiple large format film cameras as well as smaller digital cameras as needed for commercial clients. Sanderson’s photographs have been featured in a variety of publications such as: Slate Magazine, BBC News, The Wall Street Journal, and NBC News. Fallen Flags, and Railroad Landscapes have both been the subject of several solo and group exhibitions. In 2017, he published National Character, a Monthly Monograph Magazine, by Subjectively, Objective. His work resides in a number of private and public collections including the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, New York Transit Museum, NTR Partners, and the Center for Railroad Photography & Art. John's first trip to Wyoming in 2015 was successfully funded through the NYC to Brush Creek Kickstarter.
Zatara Press is an independent photobook imprint based around the medium of “Uniquely Designed and Collaboratively Crafted Artist’s Styled Photobooks”. Started by Andrew Fedynak (Hartford Art School MFA 2014), all of our projects are produced in Richmond, Virginia, and are printed in a variety of locations world wide. To ZP, photobooks are poetic art objects as well as statements or narratives. Our design principles are based around the Japanese aesthetic view of Wabi-Sabi, and Zen. ZP's books reside in a long list of prestigious library collections with some being the Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Yale Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Art. A more in-depth expression of the company's design statements can be found on our website.
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Risks and challenges
This project is a collaboration between several artists, and craftsmen. The hand-made and collaboratively created ethos of Zatara Press has allowed us to create a unique object that will stand the test of time. That said, the main risks associated with this project incurred by the artist and publisher include: delays in manufacturing the hand-made components of the project, slight variation in the hand-made construction process for the final product, and accidental damage in shipping. We understand your concerns in backing our project. All of the prototypes, quotes, and designs for this project are already completed, and the timetable is already underway for a May fulfillment. Zatara Press and John Sanderson will ensure the timely and safe delivery of your incentives. Our track record on our numerous previous photobook projects is a demonstration of this reliability. We are deeply thankful for your support and hope we can accomplish this together.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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