Come celebrate Tim Mantoani’s “Behind Photographs” this Thursday

Photo courtesy Tim Mantoani.

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Tim Mantoani has just published a book of his 20×24 Polaroid portraits of well-known photographers titled Behind Photographs, and he’s hosting a book-release party from 7 to 9 p.m. this Thursday, October 27, at Ogilvy& Mather’s New York City headquarters, 636 11th Ave, 1st Fl, between 46th and 47th streets. RSVP is required: rsvp@mantoani.com.

Behind Photographs features 158 photographers—Mary Ellen Mark, Jim Marshall, Harry Benson, Elliott Erwitt, and many more—and is as such a historic document. As Tim points out at his Kickstarter page, “Some of these photographers not only documented their generation but, their photographs have defined it.” Among the big names in his book are Stockland Martel’s Lauren Greenfield, Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, Walter Iooss, Vincent Laforet, Roxanne Lowit, Doug Menuez, and Art Streiber, so I got in touch with Tim to ask how those images came together.

“I photographed Art, Lauren, Doug, and Vincent at Jacob Javits during the Photo Expo,” he explained. “I took the 20×24 there a couple years to shoot while photographers were at the show. Art is a class act. I first met him at an assistant’s wedding in Santa Barbara. Walter, Roxanne, and Timothy were all shot at the old 20×24 Polaroid studio on Broadway. I have known Walter for many years. We both worked together shooting rookie football cards for Upper Deck. Stockland Martel represents many of the best shooters around. They are all worthy of being documented for future generations to not only appreciate their work but the photographers as well.”

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Walter Iooss with his portrait. As Mantoani explains at his Kickstarter page, he asks each photographer to use the space at the bottom of their portrait to "write out a short story about their image in their own penmanship. In cases, these words are as revealing about the photographer as the image itself." Photo courtesy Tim Mantoani.

Roxanne Lowit. Photo by Tim Mantoani.

Timothy Greenfield-Sanders. Photo by Tim Mantoani.

On the set of Tim's shoot with Art Streiber. Photo courtesy Tim Mantoani.

Art Streiber. Photo by Tim Mantoani.

Doug Menuez. Photo by Tim Mantoani.

Vincent Laforet. Photo by Tim Mantoani.

Walter Iooss. Photo by Tim Mantoani.

Lauren Greenfield. Photo by Tim Mantoani.

Photo courtesy Tim Mantoani.

Photo courtesy Tim Mantoani.

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Mantoani is offering the 220-page Behind Photographs in two editions: An 11×14 version for $60 and a special edition with a cloth cover and clamshell, accompanied by a set of nine 9×12 signed collector cards for $395. To learn more about the project, visit Tim’s Kickstarter page. To buy a copy, go to his website.

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Related: “Q&A: Tim Mantoani” at FeatureShoot.com

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