CPhMag.com Fundraiser 2018

$4,056 of $6,000 goal

Raised by 118 people in 2 months
I have been writing about photography for over a decade now, first on Conscientious and now under CPhMag.com. I like writing about photography, because I like looking at photographs. Writing about photographs helps me understand them: what they are, what they do, and how they are a part of the larger world we all find ourselves in. My hope is that the resulting essays do the same for you, the reader.

But I also like writing about photography because photographs play such vast parts in our private and civic lives, so we need to understand them better. We cannot allow ourselves to be at the mercy of those who use photographs to sway us in this or that direction.

I have kept CPhMag.com free from corporate sponsorship or advertising. That way, I can remain independent as a writer, without being beholden to someone whose agenda might be at odds with what contemporary criticism ought to do: ask the truly critical questions even if that challenges the various powers that be.

Access to CPhMag.com was free, is free, and will always be free. Free, however, is not a widely accepted business model. I still have to pay my bills, pay for my groceries, pay for photobooks, etc. This is why I am asking you, the reader, for your financial support. Your contribution will help me continue doing what I have been doing.

There should be an added reward for supporters, though, and there is. After last year's fundraising campaign, I started writing exclusive essays that supporters received in the form of emails. Roughly every three weeks, there would be something exclusive arriving.

It had been my idea to write about vernacular photography, and this is indeed what I focused on. I used my own small collection of such photographs to write about the various aspects of vernacular photography. Given I found all these photographs on eBay, the role of that site became an added aspect. Over the course of the next year, I will focus on something else.

I have come to especially enjoy this part of writing. With each essay sent out via email I felt I was able to give back to all of those who so graciously supported my work. I am really looking forward to the next round.

Thank you very much for your support! It helps me do what I do, and I cannot tell you in words how much it means to me!
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I just sent out the second of my emails to supporters. If you're a supporter and you didn't receive it, please check your spam folder first (my own Gmail seems to think I'm sending myself suspicious emails this way!). Otherwise, please get in touch so I can check whether I have your email address. Thank you!
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The very first email to supporters has just been sent out. If you donated, please check your spam folder if you cannot find it in your inbox first. If it also is not in your spam folder, please get in touch (jmcolberg@gmail.com) - I might not have your email address (or I might have used a wrong one).

In this round of the campaign, I will mostly be writing about photobooks, albeit (probably) not the ones you might be expecting. Then again, if you're a subscriber, and you really want me to write about a specific book, feel free to suggest it.

And thank you again for your contribution!!!
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Having reached the 50% mark of this campaign I want to use this opportunity to thank all supporters again! Writing is a very solitary activity, and seeing the support, in particular the kind words left for me, has re-energized me.
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I'm elated to have crossed a landmark number on my way to reaching my fundraising goal, and I wanted to use this opportunity to thank everybody for all their support again! I'm beyond grateful for all the kind support!
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