Those Among Us: The Human Rights Champions of North Dakota Volume 1 is a multi-disciplinary media project documenting the human rights and social justice champions of North Dakota. Through portrait photographs and essays written by the participants capturing discussions about the motivation behind and the importance of their work, this project strives to create a historical record of the important work currently taking place in North Dakota in a compelling and visually creative way.
Volume 1 will feature personally written essays by 20 of North Dakota’s human rights and social justice activist. The essays will capture the reflections of each individual as they discuss their experiences and motivations, and the societal importance of their work in North Dakota.
Each essay will be complimented by a digital capture of a one-of-a-kind wet-plate image taken on 5″ x 7″ glass by Shane Balkowitsch of Bismarck, North Dakota.
Three different book products will be produced for the project:
- A hardbound book with slipcover
- A softbound book
- A digital edition book
The photographs in this volume will be printed in their original plate size, 12.7 x 17.78 cm. The final paper size, dimensions and weight of the books are forthcoming. Books may be pre-ordered at any time via the project’s store.
The project strives to create a historical record of the important work currently taking place in North Dakota in a compelling and visually creative way. As such, the original glass wet-plate images and essays will be collected and offered to the State Historical Society for preservation in their archives. 200 years from now, students and researchers of human rights in North Dakota will have the opportunity to see today’s champions, and read first hand the experiences of contemporary activist.
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