Well, the campaign was a success, the book was published, and it's on my desk as I write. Harold is a humanist—a "people person"—and the book is a fine, honest collection of black-and-white pictures in mid-century style and in the humanist tradition. I don't think there's a bad shot in the book, and every page brings something good to look at. You can see a few pictures from the book at the web page.
Although a man of many accomplishments, this is Harold's first retrospective.
And get a load of those endorsements. Some real heavy hitters speaking up for Harold! Those are what book blurbs should be. Wow. Check out A. D. Coleman's comment—he said it better than I have.
The Paris picture of Peter's that we published on Valentine's Day put me in mind of this nice blog post by Harold Feinstein. It gives us the measure of the man.
Start me up
Here are a few other Kickstarter campaigns that have come to my attention recently:
• Bill Schwab of Dearborn, Michigan, has almost reached his ambitious goal of $30,000 to help continue his dream of creating a photo retreat on the 10 acres of land he owns in the northwoods of Michigan.
• Waqas Farid started photographing customers at the "dollar store" his father had operated in urban New Jersey for twenty years, as the store faltered in the poor economy. Then, after relocating to Qatar, he realized he could do a parallel project at his uncle's convenience store in rural Pakistan. Waqas needs to reach his goal of $5,000 to fully realize his project, mainly to fund another trip to Pakistan—and he has dreams beyond that as well.
My email has been down all morning following a power outage, but I'll have a couple of illustrations by Waqas to add to this post as soon as I'm back up and running.
• We're too late to help plug this one, but maybe you might want to know about it anyway: "Doctor Popular," a 'zine fanatic, was successful in his Kickstarter campaign to help publish his own 'zine.
• Bruce Wodder, with his colleagues Peter Bosco and Douglas Underdahl, is making a film about the American photographer George Tice. George, if you don't know the name, is an art photographer with many books under his belt who was partly responsible for both the view camera and platinum printing revivals in the 1970s.
This is a film I want to see.
(Thanks to Doug Howk, Richard Sintchak, and Justin Watt)
Ed. Note: As a point of policy, I don't allow people to propose their own pictures for the "Random Excellence" feature or propose their own Kickstarter projects for a mention on TOP. I get more than 100 emails a week asking me to help promote peoples' work, projects, or products, and we publish an average of 18 posts a week. That should make it easy to understand why we can't help everybody, no matter how deserving the work might be.
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Richard: "I kicked in on Feinstein's book too, and love it! Also contributed to Bill Schwab's kickstarter project too (and alerted Mike to it though not sure if it was my email and/or others that helped). Hope it gets funded so I can get out there and attend a Photostock some day."
Mike replies: My usual policy when multiple readers send the same tip is to thank only the first one by name. But I'm grateful for all tips, and all tipsters...so thanks to you too.
Bill Bresler: "I just kicked in a contribution for Bill Schwab's project. Not only is he a great photographer, he's a heck of a human being. His annual Photostock, which I attended for the first time, is a great gathering of photographers of all stripes and formats. I'm a newspaper photographer for about 60 hours a week and I like to think that my personal work is art. Photostock recharged my batteries. I still feel it."