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How can you prepare, build, and run a successful crowdfunding campaign? What are the tools and practices that work best for image-makers willing to finance their projects? Listen to and learn from the photography community representative of the leading platform in the field and two photographers who executed successful crowdfunding campaigns. They will share their advice on what has become an essential financing tool in the image-making community.


Romke Hoogwaerts, Founder and creative director of Mossless Magazine
Thomas Holton, photographer
Robin Schwartz, photographer

Presented and moderated by Studio55 | @st55nyc.


Romke Hoogwaerts is a photo editor and publisher based in Brooklyn, NY. He is the founder of Mossless, an independent publishing venture, who last year released an acclaimed book on new American photography titled Issue Three: The United States (2003-2013), one of his two successful Kickstarter projects.
Twitter: @mossless
Instagram: @romkeh
Kickstarter project: Mossless

Thomas Holton received his MFA from The School of Visual Arts in New York City in 2005. His work has been exhibited widely, in venues such as the New York Public Library, The Museum of the City of New York, the Griffin Museum of Photography, and at the Lishui Museum of Photography in China. In 2005 he was one of the 24 photographers chosen by the Art + Commerce Festival for Emerging Photographers, and in 2006 American Photo magazine named him one of the country's ten best Young Photographers in the United States. His work, The Lams of Ludlow Street, was featured twice by The New York Times, as well by Aperture Magazine. Holton's work is represented by Sasha Wolf Gallery in New York City.
Kickstarter project: The Lams of Ludlow Street

Robin Schwartz's photographs are held in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum, San Francisco Museum of Art, and The Brooklyn Museum; and the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, France, National Museum of Photography, Film and Television in England, Museum Folkwang in Germany among others. Schwartz's fourth monograph is Amelia and the Animals by Aperture, cited by TIME LightBox as one of the "Best Fall Books of 2014." Schwartz's earlier books are Amelia's World (Aperture, 2008), LIKE US: Primate Portraits (W. W. Norton & Co., 1993), and Dog Watching (Takarajima Books, 1995). Schwartz's photographs have been published in The New York Times, TIME LightBox, The New Yorker, Oprah, New York, Stern Germany, and The Telegraph magazines. Schwartz has presented Master Talks at the National Geographic Magazine Photography Seminar, LOOK3 The Festival of the Photograph in Charlottesville, The Eddie Adams Workshop, David Alan Harvey, and the Young Arts Foundation Workshop with Maggie Steber. She is an Associate Professor in Photography at William Paterson University and on the faculty at ICP.
Twitter: @SchwartzRobin
Instagram: @robin_schwartz
Kickstarter project: Amelia and the Animals


Studio 55, the brainchild of Ulli Barta and Fabrice Nadjari, is a creative studio who conceives, initiates, consults, (re)positions, curates and connects. We create cultural content for unusual people at the intersection of arts and entrepreneurship.

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