Click above for Dave's entertaining video explaining his street photography Kickstarter project (Kickstarter link at the bottom of this post).
Fair Witness is a collection of 70 of his classical street photographs - taken throughout the US and central Europe - and all in the observational genre that I love rather than the jump-in-front-of-someone-and-mug-them-with-a-camera approach that leaves me cold. Dave's seeking to raise $24,000 to fund the publication of a book of his images.
Parade, NYC, 2011 (pg 55)
He said, "Fair Witness has been the focus of my photographic life now for more than three years. This Kickstarter campaign has been almost a year in the making and, if it is successful, the Italian publisher Damiani Editore will make the book part of their Spring 2015 catalog.
"The idea for the book came to me in the form of a serious challenge from Eli Reed. Eli, a 30 year member of Magnum Photos and a professor of photojournalism at the University of Texas, happened to live in Austin while I also lived there. Unbeknownst to me, he had been following my PAW (Picture A Week) galleries on my web site for some time.
Lion Tamers, New York City, 2008 (pg 47)
"Once I accepted his challenge, Eli mentored me, assisted me in early edits, introduced me to the first publisher I spoke with, and has generally encouraged me. I am happy to say that he and I are now good friends.
"Eli and I will be teaming up for a street photography workshop as one of the rewards for this campaign.
"I wander big city streets among people who have relaxed into the chaos, and they were mostly unaware of my presence. I look specifically for humor, irony, pathos, unusual juxtapositions, curious faces, and real or imagined stories. Each of the photographs in Fair Witness occurred in my path, unplanned, and would have evaporated within seconds, if I had not been ready with my camera.
Flag + Skull, New York City. 2009 (pg 175)
"Taking the artist-funded bull squarely by the horns, I have launched this Kickstarter campaign to raise the roughly $20,000 required to bring Fair Witness to the bookshelves. If the campaign is successful, the print run will be 1000 books."
Funeral Home, Austin, 2008 (pg 85)
There are various incentives for people supporting the Fair Witness project including limited edition silver gelatin fibre prints - the only way you'll ever be able to get a real print of any photographs in the book. All the details you need to know about can be found at Dave's Kickstarter page.