My Kickstarter project, (to publish a limited edition book entitled reAPPEARANCES) was successfully funded on May 31st!  I was, needless to say, very happy about that.  I was happy to be funded and to know that the work I believe to be the best I have ever done would become the book I had envisioned.  I was also happy because doing a Kickstarter project is in many ways an uncomfortable thing to do.  Yes, it takes a lot of time, but that wasn't what made it hard.  Asking for money, that was what made it hard, and then asking again and again.  Annoying people, hopng not to lose friends in so doing. Still, I believe that in the current publishing climate, there will be very few photography books coming out (except 'blockbusters') without new means of doing so, and an important one for photographers is Kickstarter.  Other than mine, I know of three really knock-out books by respected photographers of my generation that were all funded in recent months through Kickstarter.  Therefore I am proud to be part of that group.

THE BOOK?  It is in the process of being readied for press.  I have an editor, Matt Heidenry, formerly of Reedy Press, and a designer working on it along with me.  We hope to go to press on September 1 in order to met the target release date of December 2015.  It will be printed in South Korea, which has apparently become the epicenter of high quality color reproduction in recent years.

And the great news will have a slipcover instead of a dust jacket!  I was hoping to be able to do that, and it seems that my funds will allow me to.

 So all good for now.






a limited edition photography book
by Susan Hacker Stang


reAPPEARANCES is a series of photographs shot with a digital toy camera, the JOCO VX5, from Singapore.  
reAPPEARANCES is a sequence of fifty photographs that takes the viewer on a journey through the uncanny coherence of the look of the world.  reAPPEARANCES includes photographs taken in a number of countries and cities, and this variety of locations makes even more apparent the serendipitous connections between different places and cultures.  The series is replete with iconic sites and symbols, the Tower of Pisa, Marilyn Monroe, baseball, gondolas, Airstream trailers, drive-thru' weddings and more.

I plan to publish a limited edition book, numbered, 500 copies, if my Kickstarter campaign is successful.  (It runs until May 31.)  It will be a really handsome book, nine by nine inches, hardcover.  Ready by the end of the year.




via Porte Nuove, Florence


This summer, teaching in Florence during the month of June as I often do, I was sitting in the apartment I rent and suddenly began thinking about a friend of mine, the painter Linda Skrainka, who had passed away two days before I had left for Florence.  I was not expecting this death, because being a private person, Linda did not talk to me about the immediacy of the threat to her.

Glancing around the apartment, I was reminded of her work, her careful, loving way of lookings at things around her just as they were.  I began to walk around the apartment photographing with my little JOCO, this time in color.  The photographs I made are a tribute to her and her way of celebrating light and all the small details of this world.



Airstreamed and Steampunked in Tucson!

A few weeks ago, I was in Tucson, Arizona.  Now, I could write here about the javelinas I was searching for and finally found lying under some scrub bushes at the Desert Museum.  Or the great food.  Or the warm sun. 

But instead, I'm writing about the joy of finding and photographing a lot filled with Airstream trailors of all sorts and ages.  I'd been wanting to do that for a long time.

And about the adventure of stopping by a Steampunk Convention that was taking place while I was there, the goggles I bought and the photos I took.  Here are two: 




The JOCO VX5 discovers twenty-first century lace in Burano...


I remember so many visits to Venice.  My first when I was still in my twenties.  I went by boat to visit the islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello (of course).  What I remember of Burano that first time is an experience of a very neat, quiet island of colorful houses and LACE.  Women with tables everywhere, especially in the center, with piles of lace, little shawls, caps, and covers for the arm rests of chairs.  It was already the second half of the twentieth century but the lace for sale could have come straight out of Dickens' London.  I was there a few years ago and I don't remember that it had changed all that much.  Perhaps my mind was elsewhere and I didn't really look.

Well, I was there again last week.  The lace of Burano is still lace, but it is not old-fashioned anymore!  

Here is the lace of Burano now...