------PRESS RELEASE........UPCOMING BOOK of EBBETS' WORK
For the past several years, many of our customers have bben asking about whether there was a book which featured Mr. Ebbets' photographs and biography...well, we are happy to say in a few months the answer will be YES! (see below)
Identification of photographer behind iconic American image leads to online campaign to tell his story and publish lost photos.
New York, NY, February 7, 2012—Millions of people the world over have admired the 1932 image of 11 steel workers sharing lunch as they balance precariously on a construction girder 800 feet above the Manhattan skyline, yet few know the name of the man behind the lens: Charlie Ebbets. His daughter, Tami Ebbets Hahn and writer/director Matthew Miele are about to change all that.
“Finally in Focus: Charlie Ebbets. The Untold Story Behind an Iconic American Photographer” is a book which will tell the history and mystery behind why one of the world’s most famous photographs remained identified as “anonymous” for almost 70 years. It will share spirited stories of adventure and daring in a man who was a master behind the lens. Finally, it will re-introduce to the public, the work of this pioneering photographer that was almost tragically lost for all time.
Charlie Ebbets passed away in 1978. For nearly 30 years following his death, the bits and pieces that made up his photographic legacy from a 50+ year career sat undisturbed in boxes hidden in the recesses of his widow’s home. Scattered among the countless prints and negatives was the detritus of a life: clippings, correspondence, work orders, receipts-even his snakebite kit and a Colt revolver from his various trips from the Everglades backcountry to the jungles of South America. Stitched together, they told the story of an outsize personality and artistic mind with an insatiable appetite for derring-do. A pioneering photographer, outdoorsman, and adventurer who explored unmapped regions, raced cars, piloted airplanes, walked on wings, wrestled professionally, hunted big game and befriended men from Presidents to Indian chiefs who shared his passions.
The website for the book can be found at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Charles-C-Ebbets-The-Untold-Story-of-an-iconic-American-Photographer/235459666538360.
----------PRESS RELEASE....KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN-------------
New York, NY,Feb. 16, 2012: Tami Ebbets Hahn has spent the past 12 years archiving and restoring her father’s estate collection of images and compiling the fascinating stories behind his life as a pioneer in photography entitled “Finally in Focus: Charlie Ebbets. The Untold Story Behind an Iconic American Photographer”. Her journey led her to New York-based writer and film director Matthew Miele, and together they are completing a comprehensive biography of Charlie’s life and work.
Having used a great deal of personal resources in the early part of their work, they are now turning to a trendsetting internet-based alternative funding source called Kickstarter to make their project a reality. Kickstarter works by providing a platform for the creators of novel projects to reach millions of potential backers for their ideas. It is not about investment or lending, but rather, those wishing to back a particular project are rewarded with unique products or experiences that are offered by the creator of each project.
The creator seeking support sets up a project homepage at http://www.Kickstarter.com and describes his idea to the world. If someone is interested in becoming a backer, they simply choose their support level and use a secure payment hub to make their pledge through Amazon. There is no risk to the patron of a project not reaching fruition, because on Kickstarter, funds are all or nothing. A project must either reach 100% of its funding goal before the stated deadline or no money changes hands, thus protecting everyone involved. Ms. Hahn and Mr. Miele will be running their Kickstarter project from Feb. 17, 2012- March 17, 2012.
PRESS RELEASE...DOCUMENTARY OF EBBETS WORK/FAMOUS MEN ON A BEAM PHOTO
New York, NY, January 4, 2012: In addition to the official Ebbets biography now in development entitled “Finally in Focus: Charlie Ebbets. The Untold Story Behind an Iconic American Photographer”, we are currently working in collaboration with producer Christopher Walker to film a documentary entitled “Skywalkers” which tells the story behind the historic Men on a Beam image. Set in the early 1930s, just after the stock market crash of 1929, it is told through the eyes of Charlie Ebbets as a young photographer who has just come from the rural south to the big city of New York. It reveals for the first time, the fascinating tales of triumph and tragedy that unfolded in post-depression America as this country rebuilt itself back to greatness from the brink of financial ruin. It follows the lives of men, from titans of industry to immigrant steelworkers, who risked everything- from their fortunes, to their very lives, to rebuild a nation.
To read more about the film “Skywalkers” you may go to http://www.SkywalkersThe Movie.com.
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