I’m a photographer.
I’m putting together a coffee table/photo book of pinball images shot in 2019–2020 (and also a book about punk rock in the 90s)
The printing costs are astronomical in small quantities.
Unless I order 1000 copies, there is no way I can produce a satisfying product that isn’t over $100 - to print.
Now it’s been suggested I do a Kickstarter.
That feels weird to me because it’s like asking people to overpay (over, overpaying comes with perks!) For what is essentially a preorder.
The work is amazing. It’s different in an artistic polished, gritty way.
The advantage to Kickstarter is, if funded, I would have at least enough to pay the printing bill. Making a minimum (750–1000) reduces cost dramatically (offset printing vs. laser).
There could be multiple formats (a 12” x 12” Hardback would be radical). Special edits. Inclusion of framable prints. A post-Covid bespoke shooting session. Etc.
Shooting was an interesting journey and a fun time. It was still hundreds of hours and thousands in equipment to execute. Plus, editing, layout and spreading the word are endless love.
Stern has archives. Interesting. I have Robert Frank style documentary photography that’s been described as ‘dope’.
I ask this here since there are apparently 40 pages already discussing this Avenue.
I did do a ‘teaser ‘zine’ which sold out hella fast. At $25 it ended up covering an equipment repair. Nice to have that camera back but a man’s gotta eat too.17E6D2EB-CF3F-4BC4-A0A8-32C30CACE3F0 (resized).jpeg