Eduardo climbs in Cantagalo community of Rio de Janeiro.
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If you are in Rio join me tonight at Atelie da Imagem in Urca. I will be signing gratis copies of a large format magazine version of my book (based on a true story). Payback pay forward. Works!
Return to Rio….
I am heading tomorrow for Rio… Yes, again… For me, there will always be an “again.” Love the place. The ambiance, the life, the people, the whole “theater” that is Rio de Janeiro. For a storyteller, a dream come true.
Sure all cities have all kinds of life. Yet Rio has something special. Perhaps it is the pure physicality of it. It looks like an amphitheater geographically. The city is like a Shakespearean stage. Set between mountains and sea. The kaleidoscope of cultures spilling down on to the stage, the rich, the poor, the good, the bad, the lovers, the haters, the buyers, the sellers, the chosen, the lonely, and everything in between all blended together rather compactly on to this crescent beach. If you cannot find a story here, then you may just have no stories to tell. I swear with Rio you just can’t miss.
So I return for several reasons. First of all, I have no problem admitting that I can simply sit under an umbrella at Posto 9 and sip caipirinhas for the better part of an afternoon. Lazy as hell. No problem. Normally, I cannot sit very long on any beach without getting bored quickly, except for Rio where there is just too too much to see. Too much to feel. Too much to shoot.
The main reason I am going now however is to play out the promise that I made to this audience and to my Carioca friends. We have indeed printed a “magazine” version of my book (based on a true story), which is sold out.
A large format magazine version of the book will be distributed gratis by my BurnBooks team in Rio, primarily in the favelas where I did so much shooting. As a payback and pay forward gesture to the Rio community.
I was able to work inside of every disparate demographic group in Rio. All of them allowing me “in.” I was allowed in with official Rio and unofficial Rio. I had no agenda nor mandate other than to document each sub culture with integrity and honesty. I think they felt this, because they let me do it. So my appreciative payback time. As promised.
I always make prints for the people I photograph, or at least email them a photo. This I have done for 40 years wherever I was shooting. Rio was no exception. However, over the years, I was always shooting for mostly NatGeo and I had no way ever to actually distribute what I had done. A hard copy of my work in their community was always not really available for most of the people.
Now I can. Now I will. So we, my BurnBooks team, Eva-Maria Kunz and Candy Pilar Godoy, and my Rio friends Roberta, Renata Tavares and “Tonico” Monteiro (all characters in the book by the way) will create a few events in the next two weeks and give for free 2,500 copies of the large format magazine version of (based on a true story). This is exactly half of our press run. The rest of the run will be sold at the lowest possible price to help us cover our costs for the giveaway in Brazil.
This whole process of creating (based on a true story) should I think be some kind of model for photographers who are confused about a future in photography. Not the details, just the idea of independence. We did this book 100% independently. We created the online “join us in Rio” for a buck99 for the shooting of the “character” part of the book, we built the book, designed the book, printed the book in Italy and then distributed it here on Burn at an ascending price range for collectors. Sold out. Why?
Well it was hand assembled, crafted to use the very best materials, innovative design, and with a unique story to tell. Sure BurnBooks is a “mom and pop operation”. A boutique store so to speak. Yet I personally will always feel compelled to not make anything elitist. Sure the book is crafted for collectors (I see myself as an artisan) and yet also either for free or for low cost to everyone else who might be interested. A win win game I think.
The big winners here should be you.
We are looking now at various projects by a variety of photographers to produce their books. BurnBooks is a very very small brand yet we have done now 5 books and sold them all out and taken some accolades along the way. So for sure we will now do books for other photographers. (based on a true story) was the only book we have done of my own work. I will make rare cameo appearances on Burn. I began BurnBooks by mentoring and promoting the “Yakuza” book project by my Burn colleague Anton Kusters, and following up with Burn 01 and Burn 02, “One Goal” by Allison O’Keefe (PDN award winner, Diego Orlando producer), and producing now “Beer, Bait, and Ammo” by Michael Loyd Young. We also did a special edition of Mike’s “Changes In Latitude”.
Soon you will be I hope pleasantly surprised to see several new books being produced by BurnBooks. Some from iconic photographers you well know, and others by my reason for being here emerging photographers who deserve to be iconic.
So stay tuned. My (based on a true story) is about to become a true story.
..headed by Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Minister of Finance of Dubai.This delegation was on hand for the opening of Dubai International Horse Fair where I happen to have some prints on the wall. A fascinating new world for me here in the Emirates.
High rise hang.
Photographer and lighting expert Bobbi Lane becomes my subject at an instructor pool party as part of our Gulf Photo Plus workshop team. Dubai will be my subject for the the next month. Redheads rock!
By the way, this was also a test for the new Fuji X100S….seems good..files unreal
Hey we friggin won..again!
Sorry but i say so humbly..promise. But we just won Best Book POYi for (based on a true story).. and on the eve of our Burn meeting and Book Publishing workshop in New York. I am just happy for my team for this book was a collaboration if ever there was one. Here Candy Pilar Godoy, Diego Orlando, Eva-Maria Kunz and me in the mirror (of course) check it out.. POYi Best Photography Book
This vacation house is to be moved to higher ground on Tuesday. As you can see from the waves in the background, the wind is whipping offshore pushing out even this morning high tide…I now have a short NatGeo assignment to document this house move in Rodanthe for a story upcoming on rising sea levels..If this wind clocks around and comes onshore, then there may be no house to move since it is already sitting low on a truck bed now buried in the sand. Nature’s way, man’s folly. Stay tuned.
This is near Charlottesville,Virginia and is part of Family Drive work. This with Mamiya VII and Tri-X film
Write a good caption for me here. It is labeled fiction, so that gives you some leeway. So good caption, or your interpretation of what is going on here. The truth will eventually come out.
This renegade operation has been in action for four whole years. That’s four more than we thought possible and four more than we could’ve imagined.
Thank you for sticking by us and for being loyal readers. Thank you for helping us provide a platform for emerging and professional photographers alike. Thank you for allowing us to create a space where art is appreciated and celebrated.
As a Thank You, we’re giving away any MOO product you’d like AND one of David’s own camera bags, signed by him, because who doesn’t like free stuff? Just leave a comment captioning the above picture and you’ll be entered to win. The best caption will be announced later this week.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
The Burn Team
David, Diego, Eva, Candy, Kaya, Haik, Claudia
EDIT: Congratulations to winner Andrew Harrington!
The waves today on the Outer Banks are just spectacular. An offshore wind gives the large swells a perfect shape. Although it is for sure a winter day with seriously icy water, the surfing crowd is out there. Modern wetsuits make surfing a year around art form. So about an hour ago at sunset when I headed for the water’s edge holding a birthday cake it just wasn’t anything that could be explained easily to the surfing crowd.
I took off my shoes and waded into the rushing white water and alas only one shot with my iPhone. Yea, I know it coulda been a lot better, but the birthday cake store was closed by then, so well this is it. Last year for our 3rd birthday I burned the cake in my fireplace which was much much easier and I had several pictures to choose from. Next year, if there is a next year, I want to blow the cake up. So stay tuned.
Right now I simply want to thank this audience for well just hanging out with us. We’ve had some fun, chewed on the merits of this essay or that, gone into the minds of some top folks in the biz via interviews, and generally made Burn a place for pro photographer and emerging photographers alike. We have managed to raise 75k through the Magnum Foundation over 6 years for the Emerging Photographer Fund grant (coming up soon again), published approximately 500 essays, and won a bunch of peer group awards, honors etc.
The main thing is that Burn is a no strings attached operation. No ads, no sponsorship, and of course ha ha no money! Great biz plan huh? Well honestly for me, Burn is a labor of love, not a job. A payback to young photographers who might just be looking for an outlet. To get their name known. To show readers a new way of looking at something in either a journalistic approach or with an artists vision. For me personally an equal aspiration and both worthy goals.
At this writing we have I think about 6 hours until we find out if the end of Maya calendar is the end of everything. I doubt it. I hope not for sure because well I think all of us just have too much more to do. For photography is an all inclusive science, art, and journalistic vehicle. We can all use our cameras to inform, entertain, and enlighten. Regardless of your interests in life, the recording of a moment can play a part. I love that simple fact.
When I was leaving the beach tonight, one of the surfers was getting out of the water, and he strolled over and asked “what was that all about?”. I said “well it is my magazines birthday and I needed a shot of a cake in the water”. He ran his hands through his long wet hair and said “uh ok whatever”.
Some things are just better in pictures than in words.
The original THINKERS for Burn Magazine. 2008. It doesn’t take long for a picture to look “vintage” now does it?
Erica McDonald, Andrew Sullivan, Chris Bickford, Young Tom Hyde, Anton Kusters, Eric Espinosa, and David McGowan on Skype
Part of the crowd gathered for my opening at Abba Fine Art during Art Basel/Miami
No left turn…
Sorry for putting myself up here at the top of Burn. Don’t worry, not for long. Yet an early winter wet snow as I crossed over the Pacific Crest Trail meant only one thing. My first snowball of this coming yes Winter. Fired directly at Panos who managed to get this rather amazing moment with his iPhone. Join us next door. Over on Road Trips. I am trying to build an essay and am so far unsuccessful. There are a lot of things right and there are a lot of things wrong. Moving an RV across country is both right and wrong. La Tortuga is home for Candy and Panos and temporarily Bill (he is being replaced by Lauren Martinez, my friend from the Outer Banks). Yet La Tortuga (our RV) is an albatross in another way. We spend a lot of time tending to our turtle.
The trip is billed as a free online workshop and some of you will totally be able to take advantage of this. Mostly a thinking process. Right now I have nothing. So I am in the same position as my own students. My past reputation or successes mean zero. A man without pictures is a man without pictures. Anyway come on over and help me out. I am on my way to my mom’s 93rd birthday. If I can’t get in the zone after that, then nothing can move me. After all this is indeed a family affair.
Find us. Come and hang out. I am shooting whatever happens around me. Nothing more, nothing less. Catch us if you can.
OUTER BANKS, NORTH CAROLINA …. SEPTEMBER 2012
We are now in the process of building a separate page for the Family Drive project. We take off driving around Oct 1 for an online version of the process, but of course I am shooting all the time on it. This body of work has been modified a few times in the last three years and is even a traveling exhibit , large prints/ medium format film, yet evolution of idea and stance and raison d’être are in constant flux…Why? Because I change my mind.
Rather make up my mind. Do what will come most natural. Reflect the feelings I have about family in the broadest sense. This new project will absolutely not be what you might imagine it would be. I just cannot do, will not do, a traditional look at American families as I originally intended. An evolution of an idea is not the end of an idea and I always knew I needed another “moving part”. Not more moving parts, less moving parts, but a different moving part. Simple.
Driving across country to take pictures is a really really old old idea. Everybody’s fantasy , and almost everybody has done it. Including many non-Americans, starting with Robert Frank. Kerouac, Pirsig, Steinbeck, Thompson, Twain, Least Heat Moon, Kuralt, hell American travelers are many. Still the road beckons somehow. Crossing America North is a THING. Hard to explain, but a real thing. I guess it is because it is the WAY the place was “discovered”. Folks went West. Guns blazing. Kick ass. Wagons packed. Mud, blood, and beer, all the way, the American way.
Who among us cannot get caught up in the current election process? I mean, this time it really is a defining election. Oh I doubt the country would really change no matter. I lived in Washington for 15 years, and I know for sure that Washington is Washington and protected by all who reside no matter red nor blue. It really is one big club. Yet still this moment is as defining as I can remember. It will set a tone one way or the other. So my journey will blast right into the heart of it and will be over just as a prez is chosen by “we the people”….
The trip across will NOT be the whole book of course…It is just for others to join here online and see a thinking process. Like my riobook online , intended to be a bit of a workshop or educational experience. Unlike riobook , this will be open and free.
So join us online. Jump in with questions. Show up and buy us lunch (please).
Or, show up first at the Bubble Lounge in New York on September 24th. A Rio blast with all the characters from (based on a true story) live and present and dancing and well, be there! Not to be missed if you are in New York. Oh yes, a cast of characters present that you might imagine if you were imagining…This is a manifestation of my last online adventure. I try always to turn my fantasies into realities…Oftentimes a real mistake, yet sometimes just right…Find out :)
From my archives. I managed to get permission to get my helicopter in close to the statue for a story I was doing on National Parks special edition for NatGeo. A spectacular morning as I recall.
On 9/11 I was in New York having breakfast with photographer Ira Block. See his essay on the survivors of the Twin Towers tomorrow here on Burn.