Today I am taking the plunge and launching my kickstarter campaign to raise money for the publishing of Time and Space on the Lower East Side. Please watch the video and visit the project page on the kickstarter website.
The campaign will last 45 days and I hope to raise at least $10,000. Donate whatever you can. But for $50 you can make real contribution by, in effect, pre-ordering a copy of the book.
Time and Space is the culmination of a project that began in 1980 when I photographed the Lower East Side in collaboration with photographer Ed Fausty. We documented the neighborhood at its darkest but, perhaps, most creative time. While buildings crumbled and burned, musicians and artists worked to express the edgy quality of the place.
In 2005 I returned to photographing the Lower East Side working alone this time. The result is a book spanning three decades of history, originally available through Blurb the online platform for creating photo books. I am working now with Golden Section Publishing, a new independent publisher headed by photographer Bill Diodato. With your help, the book will be completed this year and available in stores and online early in 2012.