One camera. One click. One moment.
In an age where digital photography, the Internet, and motor drives have accelerated the process of image-making, the thought, vision and construction of the decisive moment gets lost in the rush. FOCUSED will bring a diverse group of photojournalists from across the world together one frame at a time towards a common goal: to rely more on our senses than technology.
One roll of film will hold thousands of miles of travel with photo subjects as diverse as the areas they are sent. Frame by frame, the viewer will get a glimpse of the thought process behind making one singular, thoughtful image.
Five fully manual 35mm cameras will be pre-loaded with a single roll of film and packed into five separate camera bags. The bags will be shipped overnight across the world from one photojournalist to the next - one in a small town in the middle of the U.S., another among relief efforts in a natural disaster zone, or working the White House press pool. Each photojournalist will get only one click of the shutter.
Just one click.
Photojournalists will document their photos not only on film, but in hand-written journal entries with quotes and technical specs from each situation. Journal entries will be scanned and published alongside the images on the website along with any future gallery showings and publications.
All cameras, film canisters, and notebooks will be retained as a historical record of the project and be used in future gallery showings and print publications.
This is an unprecedented opportunity for hundreds of photojournalists to work together. In addition, all of the money raised through unused donations, print sales, book sales, etc., will go to fund youth photography programs across the globe. FOCUSED has partnered with Critical Exposure in Washington DC, The AjA Project in San Diego, Through the Eyes of Hope in Rwanda, and Fundacion Ph15 in Argentina to help build their wonderful programs teaching photography to underprivileged youth.
(5) 35mm fully manual vintage rangefinder or SLR camera bodies
(5) 35mm f/2 or similar manual focus lenses
(5) vintage wide camera straps
(1) brick of ISO 200 35mm film
(5) hard cases for shipment
(5) notebooks for journal entries
A pre-paid carrier account for overnight shipping of cameras
Printing costs of promo materials
Printing/framing for gallery show
Travel costs for promotion of project
Book publication costs
After the journey of these cameras is complete, hundreds of photos will be curated into gallery showings, limited edition print sales, and a website to archive the project. Ultimately, the project will be marketed as a book sold worldwide to benefit the organizations keeping the foundation of photojournalism thriving.
For more information regarding the project:
Chip Litherland Director 941.321.7167 firstname.lastname@example.org