This month for our crowdsourced photography project roundup, we’ve got an initiative to give people with disabilities the shot at photography, a book dedicated to showcasing all kinds of live performers, a project following the gender-nonconforming children at camp You Are You, a goal to bring back careful curation to street style photography at upcoming fashion weeks and a photographic archive of the eclectic mix of people in Missoula, Montana.
The 100 Cameras Project
Current pledges: $17,762
Pledge goal: $65,000
Last day: April 25, 2014
Breaching the gap between disability and ability is The 100 Cameras Project, an initiative (as documented in the award-winning George Kachadorian film called Shooting Beauty) that introduces people with disabilities to photography as a means of communicating creative perspective. Project leader and photographer Courtney Bent needs funding to adapt the 100 cameras to each participant’s ability, provide instruction to each individual and facilitate a traveling exhibition of the resulting work.
As Bent writes on the Kickstarter page, “The project and exhibitions will not only empower and build confidence in the new photographers, but will stand as an example of the potential of art to heal, to inspire, and to prove to all of us that no matter what our ability levels or differences are, we have more in common than what meets the eye.”
Tickets Still Available
Current pledges: $1,270
Pledge goal: $8,500
Last day: May 12, 2014
Mike Lloyd is no stranger to stage life; as a musician and avid live performance audience member, he’s combining his passion for entertainment with his photography talents to publish a book of performance portraits called Tickets Still Available. “I want to capture the heart and soul of these talented artists and help them get their message out, which is the ultimate reason anyone takes the stage,” writes Lloyd on his Kickstarter.
Photographing 35 different artists from a variety of entertainment disciplines—from athletes and musicians to dancers and circus performers—Lloyd wants to dedicate full-page images as well as statements from each artist explaining what being a performer means to them. “These performers genuinely love their craft and dedicate their lives to it. No one is expecting fame and fortune, but they use what resources they have to support each other,” he writes. “By circulating this book, I hope to raise awareness for local live entertainment so these artists can continue to do what they love.” Having photographed eight of the artists so far, Lloyd is shooting for December 2014 for distribution.
You Are You
Current pledges: $14,923
Pledge goal: $35,000
Last day: May 14, 2014
In a world that’s becoming more and more accepting of individual identity, it’s been said that today’s generation of children in the U.S. are truly the first to be able to explore their own gender identities. For the past six years, photographer Lindsay Morris has followed the goings-on at You Are You, a camp dedicated to fostering a safe and celebratory environment for young gender-nonconforming children, and she wants to publish her collection of images into a book under the same name.
“These images serve to tell the story of the first generation of children allowed to lead an openly LGBT childhood,” Morris writes on her Kickstarter page. “By backing the production of this book and a traveling exhibition, you can help raise awareness and continue the important dialogue regarding gender-nonconforming children taking place in public and the media today.” Funds will go toward the cost of publishing under Kehrer Verlag, and any extra funds will contribute to a traveling exhibition of her work.
Current pledges: $920 CAD
Pledge goal: $12,200 CAD
Last day: May 16, 2014
Many consider street style photography to be something of a lost art, considering the ease and frequency with which people can publish their own photos online. With the upcoming men’s fashion weeks in London, Florence, Milan and Paris, Marc Richardson strives to “transform it from something that is captured, hastily edited and ‘pushed live’ within a matter of hours, into something that is captured, carefully considered, curated and finally produced with the utmost care,” as he writes on his Kickstarter page, choosing the most visually appealing style he sees on the streets during fashion’s most prestigious shows to make a book called Shooting People.
“Much as a lookbook seeks to tell the story behind a brand or a particular collection, Shooting People seeks to tell the story of fashion week by documenting the clothes and the people that make it what it is,” he writes. Richardson promises to oversee every part of the designing, coloring, printing and distributing process and hopes to ship the books by August 15, 2014.
Current pledges: $3,505
Pledge goal: $10,000
Last day: June 10, 2014
What started as a 365 project challenge from a co-worker has turned into a full-blown archive of a town and the desire to create a book for Ashley Rhian McKee. Walking around the city known for its eclectic mix of people, McKee became increasingly comfortable going up to strangers, taking their portraits and talking to them about their lives in Missoula. “This made me realize that everyone has a story to tell and I’m giving these everyday people a chance to tell it,” she wrote on her Kickstarter page.
Now publishing Missoula Rabble through Milltown Press with plans to show her collection of portraits with accompanying interview blurbs at Missoula’s Blaque Owl Tattoo, McKee is asking for funding to help her cover the cost of publishing the book and printing and framing her images for the show. “I want to turn Missoula Rabble into a book so these photographs of people during this time don’t get lost in space,” she writes. “I want the people of Missoula to be able to have this to show the future generations.”