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Book Launch: The Rockaways, by Gilles Peress

Oct 18, 2013 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

| Free

The Concord Free Press teams up with renowned Magnum photographer Gilles Peress, Kodak, and an assortment of journalists for this photo essay book depicting the wrath of Sandy on the Rockaways.


The Rockaways—published on the first anniversary of Hurricane Sandy by the Concord Free Press—combines visceral photos by renowned photographer Gilles Peress (Telex Iran, Farewell to Bosnia) with the voices of residents of The Rockaways, one of the communities hit hardest by the superstorm. The CFP will distribute 3,000 copies of The Rockaways via independent bookstores, museums, and internet requests—for free—asking only that recipients donate to a Sandy-related aid organization, another charity, or someone in need. Then pass the book on to another reader so that he or she can give.

“Shooting pictures in Breezy Point and in Far Rockaway was transformational, a deep experience,” wrote Peress immediately after the storm. “The devastation is on such a scale, the pain is on such a scale, that I really have a feeling of having entered into another dimension.”

“This remarkable book creates a new link between art and activism,” says Hamilton Fish, editor of the project. “Gilles’ photos capture the devastation of the storm, while the essays from high school writers, long-term residents, and others give voice to the incredible changes wrought by the storm.” Dozens of writers, editors, designers, print professionals, and publicists donated their time and talents to create The Rockaways. “It’s an unconventional approach to publishing, one dedicated to inspiring generosity among readers,” says Fish. The press’ first seven books have inspired more than $330,000 in donations to diverse causes and people in need throughout the world.

Kodak served as the technology partner for the book, which is created using its state-of-the-art digital printing solutions—including its Kodak NexPress Digital Production Color Press and Kodak Prosper Press. “We see this project as a chance to prove the ongoing power of print,” says William Mansfield, Kodak’s marketing director of inkjet printing solutions. “We’re using our digital presses to provide the short run length and fast turnaround time not possible with conventional offset printing.”

“We’re very excited about our ongoing collaboration with Kodak, and honored to publish the incredibly powerful work of Gilles Peress,” says Stona Fitch, founder of the Concord Free Press. “With this great book, we continue to explore the new frontiers of publishing—connecting reading and giving in new ways.”

Each copy of the book will be sequentially numbered, allowing readers to track donations via the Concord Free Press website. The Concord Free Press will begin giving away copies of The Rockaways beginning on October 30, 2013 and continue through the end of the year.


Oct 18, 2013
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


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