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Al Kaplan's New Book -- Available Now
Old 10-14-2015   #1
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Al Kaplan's New Book -- Available Now

The community at RFF meant a lot to Al Kaplan. It’s clear that, almost six years since his passing here in Miami, those feelings remain mutual. It’s in that spirit that I’m proud to announce the publication by Letter16 Press of a new hardcover book of his photographs -- “There Was Always a Place to Crash: Al Kaplan’s Provincetown 1961-1966.”

Available now: www.letter16press.com

The book features previously unseen images of Provincetown, Massachusetts’ early 1960s bohemian milieu, from future Andy Warhol Factory film star Rene Ricard to the libertine scene unfolding inside gay rights pioneer Prescott Townsend’s legendary treehouse -- all lovingly transferred from Al Kaplan’s original 35mm negatives.

Even if you’ve long adored Al’s photographs, you’ll find plenty of surprises in his book, as well as fresh insight into the eye behind the lens. We worked closely with Al’s family to do justice to both his photos and to the man himself. Check the website for a preview -- as well as a look at the series of prints which we’ve produced.

On a personal note, it was Al’s work which inspired my partner and I to launch Letter16 Press. We’re a 501(c)(3) non-profit publishing house dedicated to championing Miami’s most talented photographers from the pre-digital era. With Al’s own aesthetic as our guiding light, we’re focusing on the sweet spot between photojournalism and art. Please spread the word!

Cheers,
Brett Sokol

Letter16 Press co-founder and editor
Miami, Florida
www.letter16press.com

knightfoundation.org/blogs/knightblog/2015/8/17/photography-previous-eras-current-passion-letter16-press/


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Old 10-14-2015   #2
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please explain the craft of the book making
what size, what type of printing?
number of pages?

how does someone submit a book or book idea to you ?
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Hurry, just 500 copies printed... (already bought mine)
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My order can't be processed because they're unable to calculate shipping costs to UK
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My order can't be processed because they're unable to calculate shipping costs to UK
Or Australia . . .

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72 page hardcover, 10.25" H x 11.25" W
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Selfies in 2005: http://thepriceofsilver.blogspot.com/ He was a character, after he died there was a Flickr group for him, here is my contribution.

ala Al Kaplan by John Carter, on Flickr
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You know, I'm brand new to photography and this forum, and I've never heard of Al Kaplan, but I'm buying this book. For starters, the cover photo and the title are very evocative, beautiful cover. Secondly, the image of the two girls posing mixed with the description of the book did it for me. I'm also a fan of the type of indie publishing you're trying to accomplish and would like to see future projects. Super cool!
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Or Australia . . .

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I contacted Brett Sokol at Letter16 Press and he quoted me an international shipping price and a method to pay securely. My book is on the way. Thanks!

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Hurry, just 500 copies printed... (already bought mine)
Miss Al. Bought my copy, too.
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Got the book today. I like it. I know this might seem trivial, but does anyone know what Al was shooting back in those days? Camera, lens, and film?
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He used Eastman 5222 Double-X, we had a lot of discussions about that.
I pretty sure he also used Tri-X. And he used to have a Canon 19mm F3.5 and we talked quite a bit about that. He loved that lens. Then he got the Super Angulon I think.
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...... but does anyone know what Al was shooting back in those days? Camera, lens, and film?
Al was always shooting a Bessa body, CV 15mm lens and drugstore color film when I would meet with him in his last few years.

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A light tight box. I remember the CV15. Looking at some of the pics on the book, especially the interior ones, got me to thinking about gear.

Might have to look into the Canon lens.
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Logged onto RFF 1st time since Dec 2014. Saw a mention of Al's book.

Bought my copy!

Folks, I'm not sure how many of the 500 copies are left but you had better get yours now while you can.

So when will Vol 2 come out?
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Ordered...because I have the mug and Al gave a crap about the people he photographed. I wish all other "Street Photographers" felt the same.
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Got mine last week. Very nice. Brett, thank you & good luck with expanding your catalogue of publications. A labor of love for sure.

(Got the mug & tee-shirt years ago, too.)
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My copy arrived and I am very pleased with it. I was not aware of Al's early work.

My guess is that Brett will put out a 2nd vol of Al's work that covers his 60's photos of rock & politicians in Miami. I hope so.

I highly recommend this book and look forward to seeing more of Al's work.
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