Support The Guardians Photo Book

Summary
A photographic tribute to shopkeepers and artisans in Beirut, Paris, New York, London and sixteen other cities.
920
views on this project
103
shares
41
Contributors
   
 

Campaign successfully funded on: 16 Nov,2018

This project has been successfully funded with $3,596 (103%)

Feeling lost and don't know what all of this is about?


My name is Vladimir Antaki, I’m a Lebanese artist and photographer born in 1980. I grew up in Paris and studied art history and film studies at La Sorbonne. In 2003, I moved to Montreal, where I graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in visual and media arts from UQÀM in 2007.


Hello Dear Backers!

I am appealing to your generosity to help me finance the tribute book that will feature about 70 of my "Guardians", these artisans, workers and small traders that I have photographed in their daily environment for the last six years.

My photographic series The Guardians was born from my desire to document and pay tribute to all these people, those "guardians of urban temples" that we meet every day without really noticing.

An "urban temple" can be a shop, a stall of artisans/workers, where a person works with his heart, his passion. This person is also the holder of a tradition, a know-how, and stands in opposition to all these supermarkets or shopping centers that are now everywhere.

When I discover an "urban temple", I enter, introduce myself and take a portrait of the person at the center of his universe. The portrait must be taken in the very first minutes of my meeting with the individual so that the "Guardian" looks at me with the look of a stranger, in order that my audience can identify with it later.

I traveled in about twenty cities, including Beirut, Paris, Montreal, Mexico City, London, Berlin, New York, Istanbul, Marrakesh, and discovered hundreds of magical places overloaded with elements; places full of colors and filled with stories, kept each time by these characters who are sometimes touching, funny, eccentric and even scary.



The Guardians has been exhibited in public places in more than a hundred cities across France and North America. It won an Infopresse Lux prize in 2013, and was selected to represent Canada in The Other Hundred, a photo-book curated by the Global Institute For Tomorrow (a not-for-profit global photographic initiative based in Hong Kong)

Naila Kettaneh-Kunigk, founder of Galerie Tanit, produced my first solo exhibition in Lebanon. It is now being shown across the country with the collaboration of the Institut Français. My next show will be in Portland, Oregon in May 2019.







Guillaume Bilodeau
15 Nov,2018
$60

Antoineesta
15 Nov,2018
$180

Paulette S
15 Nov,2018
$66

Youssef w elkhoury
15 Nov,2018
$180

Chadi Abi Ghosn
15 Nov,2018
$180

Anonymous
15 Nov,2018
$60

PIERRE IBRAHIMCHAH
14 Nov,2018
$60

Amel
14 Nov,2018
$100

Christelle Ziadé
14 Nov,2018
$60

Sami Yazbeck
12 Nov,2018
$100

Ghia Saidi Saad
11 Nov,2018
$60

Anonymous
02 Nov,2018
$60

Benedicte vigner
01 Nov,2018
$60

Gaby Antaki
01 Nov,2018
$200

Myriam
01 Nov,2018
$60

Rami O
31 Oct,2018
$60

Youmna Gemayel
31 Oct,2018
$60

Michel Karsouny
30 Oct,2018
$25

Anonymous
24 Oct,2018
$60

Ghazi baker
23 Oct,2018
$60

Jacqueline et Dima
22 Oct,2018
$180

Caroline Zaidan
22 Oct,2018
$60

Cyril Trad
21 Oct,2018
$60

Danielle Kerbage
20 Oct,2018
$25

Myrna Zahar
19 Oct,2018
$60

Hany Abi Ghosn
19 Oct,2018
$180

Abby Sewell
18 Oct,2018
$60

Ibrahim Hennaoui
18 Oct,2018
$60

Rabih Elkhodr
17 Oct,2018
$60

soha ghandour
17 Oct,2018
$60

Anonymous
15 Oct,2018
$180

micheline Tohme
15 Oct,2018
$60

Juliana Daher
15 Oct,2018
$100

Betty Ketchedjian
14 Oct,2018
$60

Serjios
13 Oct,2018
$60

Jad ANTAKI
13 Oct,2018
$200

Léa Nasnas Chami
13 Oct,2018
$60

Boustany Marie
12 Oct,2018
$60

Tarek Haddad
12 Oct,2018
$60

Johanna Kazan
12 Oct,2018
$100

$100

There are no updates for this project yet.

No Parnter Exist
Beirut, Lebanon
Verified User

I specialize in intimate portraits and stories with an uncanny ability to get to my subjectsʼ core. For my series, The Guardians, I traveled across Europe, the Middle East and America, photographing shopkeepers or “Guardians.” These Guardians are keepers of…

Full biography

 

Send a message

  Rewards

$25 or more
→    YOUR NAME IN THE BOOK

38 Available

No Book ! I just wanna help and have my name in the thank you section
$60 or more
→    A COPY OF BOOK IN HAND IN BEIRUT

32 Available

one book + fine art postcard size photo of one of the Guardians + name in the book) The book will be given in hand and No Shipment is available
$180 or more
→    3 COPIES OF BOOK IN HAND IN BEIRUT

12 Available

Three books + three fine art postcard size photos of three of the Guardians + name in the book) The books will be given in hand and No Shipment is available
$600 or more
→    I HAVE A BIG FAMILY AND A LOT OF FRIENDS

20 Available

Ten books + ten fine art postcard size photos of ten of The Guardians + your name in the book) The books will be given in hand and No Shipment is available
Reveal creativity in your country
Recommend a creative project and receive $20 when it goes live!
Recommend a project