Emphas.is is delighted to announce a partnership with the British Journal of Photography.
For the past 157 years, the British Journal of Photography has supported photography in general and photojournalism in particular. Over the years, the world’s oldest photography magazine has witnessed the birth and constant evolution of the medium.
Today, despite declining sales and commissions, photojournalists continue to risk their lives to report on the events and stories that impact us all. Some have turned towards new funding models, appealing directly to their audiences to help bring their projects to fruition.
Emphas.is believes in high-quality photojournalism. The platform, which launched earlier this month, is helping photographers complete their work, while creating new communities of followers that will be invited along on the journey.
The British Journal of Photography shares these photographers’ aspirations, and is officially supporting Emphas.is.
From April, the BJP will present, each month, the work of these photojournalists, inviting you to support their projects and join them on their journey. The first project being highlighted is Sin and Salvation in Baptist Town by Matt Eich.
See and support other projects by visiting Emphas.is.
In addition to the access to the “making-of zone” where backers and the photojournalist get to meet and exchange ideas and the photojournalist keeps his backers informed, photojournalists are offering additional rewards on Emphas.is that give a further glimpse into their creative working process. The rewards are offered to backers in exchange for their contribution to the project.
It is up to each photographer to create these incentives for their backers.
Turkey based photographer Carolyn Drake is offering a range of personal touches for her project “The Story of Uyghur” such as a photo postcard with a personal note in Uyghur, an MP3 of audio tracks from recordings made during the trip, and a surprise gift with items from her trip in Xinjiang made up of unique parcels containing some walnuts from a family farm in Hotan, a little piece of jade, the Uyghur alphabet illustrated, a handicraft etc.
Carolyn Drake’s rewards:
$10: behind-the-scenes access to the project
I will post about my next trip to Xinjiang and an assortment of thoughts and research related to Uyghurs
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Emphas.is, the crowd funding platform for photojournalism, finally went live last week after some technical delays.
The results so far are encouraging: in just a few days time more than $15,000 has been raised for the nine projects that we chose to launch with.
Among the most successful projects are Aaron Huey’s Pine Ridge Billboard Project ($4,800), Besieged by Elliott, Kurzen, Ang & Dherbeys ($3,155), 21st Century Communism – Laos by Tomas Van Houtryve ($2,256) and The Story of the Uyghur by Carolyn Drake ($1,930).
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