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I have a great appreciation for tenacity. I think many folks who get into photography thinking it will be a career don’t understand just how bad you need to want it, especially in today’s market.

I’ve known Hannah Kozak for a long while now and she personifies tenacity. Just read her bio if you want a glimpse into someone who was one of the best stuntwomen in the world for over a twenty-five-year period. She doubled for Cher and Angelia Jolie, amongst others, while working with directors like David Lynch, Tim Burton, and Michael Bay.

Photography was part of her life all along the way as you will see if you look at the range of stories on her site. Hannah has a new project and she is looking for backing. Something that gets almost entirely lost in the modern photography industry where everyone is in the bubble of self-centered social media mayhem is the idea that photographers must support other photographers. Let me say this again in case there was ANY confusion. Photographers must support each other. That means they must help each other edit, they must help each other get work and they need to support projects. And that means buying books.

Last Friday I spent three hours on the phone with photographers attempting to help them with projects. I also spent several days this week doing little other than attempting to collect content for AG23 which has a mission statement of promoting understanding through design and art and lives to amplify what OTHER creatives are doing. And I’m about to jump on a phone call with the VP of Blurb and another entity in an attempt to create a new collaboration that would provide education, discounts and more to a new community being developed. I haven’t worked as a photographer in ten years but my life is still very much about attempting to connect dots. Luckily, I like doing this far more than trying to get traction for my own work. You know me, I like solitude.

So I’m delivering you the opportunity, if you choose, to support a project born from blood, sweat, and tears. This is a real one. This one hurt to make and will hurt to produce. If I’m not mistaken you can also use this as a tax write off and who doesn’t need one of those?

This book and this story carry on a long tradition of photographers tackling things the world does not want to see or think about. I range of prior stories is flooding into my brain as I write this. And, Hannah has a publisher ready to go which means she put in the leg work. Getting a publisher for something like this is no easy feat. As you can see, she’s close to the goal and you can donate small amounts.

I don’t remember the last time I posted something like this but I should do it more often. There are a lot of people asking for support these days. I even saw a campaign about a kid asking for gas money so he could go surf. No joke. Hannah’s project is worth the time and effort. Have a look.

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  1. Daniel Milnor,
    Not only do you walk your walk, but you talk your talk. Thank you for writing this blog. Domestic violence, as my friend, photographer Donna Ferrato said, is not something easy to speak about but we must. The fact remains that it is one of the largest issues in the world. I cannot do anything about what happened to my mother except love her but our book can make a positive influence on someone, somewhere. And if we save one life, we’ve saved the world.

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      I almost referenced Donna Ferrato in that post. This work made me feel like I felt when I first saw her book. Living With the Enemy.

    2. I brought my copy of “Living with the Enemy” to the Annenberg Space for Photography last year and asked Donna to sign her first edition along with my 1st edition of “Love and Lust”. It’s people like Victoria, my book editor Regina Monfort, my publisher Svetlana Bachevanova at FotoEvidence, Donna Ferrato, Aline Smithson at Lenscratch, Adriana Letorney at Visura, Andy Adams at Flak Photo, writer Steve Dennis, one of my favorite singers Shelby Lynne, writer and singer Allison Moorer, my friends at Brooklyn Nine Nine, the Michael Jackson community, you and many others that make the world go round. There are many more angels!

      Or, as the Beatles sang back in 1967, I get by with a little help from my friends.

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      Brooklyn Nine Nine? The TV show? I don’t have television but have seen it on planes and thought it was funny. And yes, our networks are the conduit to our lives.

  2. Thank you so much for your beautiful eloquent support of my friend and photographer Hannah Kozak! You have a heart as big as an ocean I cried just reading your post!! What a beautiful soul you are!!! With five days left this is the push she needed!! From my heart to yours thank you!!!!

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      I’m not that great. Just ask my friends or family. But, thank you for the note. And yes, Hannah deserves the lift.

  3. Pingback: Kickstarter 84% funded! 5 days to go! Please back this important project about domestic violence. | hannahkozak's blog

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