World Cup USA: A photo essay on the melting pot of soccer fans in America

Please help me fund my photo essay covering the the diversity of the soccer fans in America, as they experience the 2014 FIFA World Cup from the United States.
Douglas Zimmerman
629 Facebook Friends
Oakland, California
United States
2 Team Members

My name is Douglas Zimmerman and I am a photojournalist and soccer fanatic.  I’m asking for your help to fund my photography essay on soccer fans  across America this upcoming World Cup.

The  World Cup is the most amazing happening in the world. No other event has the ability to bring together people from diverse backgrounds and different nationalities to celebrate a common passion: Soccer.

I have dedicated my photography life to documenting the soccer fans during the World Cup. Although I have been able to photograph the past three World Cups, my travels have been largely self-funded. It has been a labor of love.

This year, I’ve found myself unable to make the trip to Brazil but I am excited by the opportunity. It will bring me back to being a soccer fan in America, just like I was in 1994 when I lived in Washington D.C. watching all the international students at my university glued to their televisions during the games; or the Saudi Arabia fans celebrating their victory at the embassy in DC; or Brazil fans flooding the streets of Georgetown after winning the World Cup. 

So instead of photographing the fans traveling to Brazil for the World Cup I want to continue my photography essay on the melting pot of soccer fans in America as they experience the tournament from this country.

My plan is to cover several locations during the World Cup, including the East Coast, Midwest, and Southern California. I want to photograph individual soccer fanatics and communities that will be following the games in Brazil.  I hope to show that although few believe that America is a soccer country, there are plenty of soccer fans in every corner of this nation. And their story is waiting to be told.

I hope to raise funds to cover the costs of traveling along the West Coast, East Coast, Midwest and Great Plains.  My expenses will include airfares, accommodations, rental cars and local transportation, and gifts for the donors of this campaign.  The goal is the minimum amount that I would need for this photography essay.  If I can exceed the goal then I can include more communities in my project.

I will regularly update my blog with photographs so you can follow along.

I appreciate any help you can give. If you can't contribute financially, please spread the word through social media.

Thank you and enjoy the World Cup!!!

Find This Campaign On
raised by 41 people in 27 days
130% funded
0 time left
$3,000 USD goal
Flexible Funding This campaign has ended and will receive all funds raised.
Campaign Closed
This campaign ended on June 12, 2014
Select a Perk
  • $7USD
    Any little bit helps!!

    I need a community to help me and appreciate anything you can give!

    1 claimed
  • $15USD
    Thanks For Your Support!

    Don't need a reward but want to support the project.

    3 claimed
  • $25USD
    Keepsake Postcard

    Get an original postcard of one of my World Cup photographs.

    3 claimed
  • $50USD
    5x7" Print + Postcard

    Get a signed 5x7 print of an image of my choice from this project, plus receive an original postcard.

    11 out of 100 claimed
  • $200USD
    2 x 8x10" Prints + Postcard

    Get two signed 8x10 prints of your choice from this project, plus an original postcard. Backers from outside the US, please add $12 for shipping costs.

    2 out of 25 claimed
  • $500USD
    11x14" Print + Postcard

    Get a signed 11x14 limited-edition print of an image of your choice from this project. The print is professionally printed, signed and numbered. Plus an original postcard from me. Backers from outside the US, please add $15 for shipping costs.

    3 out of 6 claimed
  • $1,000USD
    Photo Book

    Receive a custom photo book of my World Cup photographs from the 2002 World Cup through this year's World Cup. Each will be individually signed by me as well.

    0 out of 3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2014
Do you think this campaign contains prohibited content? Let us know.