The mission of The Tutu Project is to raise funds to cover the cost of self-publishing Ballerina. It’s also the story of doing good while doing well;Ballerina is a book all about a man, his pink tutu and raising funds for women with breast cancer.
The Tutu Project began in 2003 as a lark. I mean, really, think of it. Me photographing myself in a pink tutu, how crazy is that?
But nine years ago my wife, Linda, and I moved to the East Coast and, as odd as it may sound it, the self-portraits proved to be a perfect way of expressing myself. Why? Because even though the move was exciting, exhilarating, and inspiring, it was 180 degrees from what I knew. So I took the old, mixed it in with the new, and kept the tutu handy.
Six months after the move, Linda, was diagnosed with breast cancer. She beat it, only to have it recur in 2006. During these past nine years, I’ve been in awe of her power, her beauty, and her spirit. Oddly enough, her cancer has taught us that life is good, dealing with it can be hard, and sometimes the very best thing—no, theonly thing—we can do to face another day is to laugh at ourselves, and share a laugh with others.
Enter Ballerina, the book. Not only is it a collection of my tutu images, it also shares many humorous stories about the adventures of a guy and his pink tulle. So far, there has been a tremendous response to the series of photos—people are particularly moved by the images. And their interest and enthusiasm have made us want to share that experience with as many people as possible in the form of a book, so that we can raise money to help other women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.
This autumn, I will self-publish Ballerina. The net proceeds from the sale of the book will go directly to breast cancer organizations, including Cancercare.org and the Beth Israel Department of Integrative Medicine Fund, that make significant differences in the lives of women with breast cancer and in the people who love them. Our goal is to raise $75,000. But we need your help to seed the book project so it will take root and grow—and positively affect these families.
Here’s how a sponsorship works. For $650, you will receive a special edition 20-by-24-inch signed tutu print, valued at $1,200—along with a first edition of the book, Ballerina. You will also receive recognition on my Facebook fan page and in all other project materials, including mention in Ballerina. Best of all, there is no limit to the number of sponsorships you can purchase. Other ways you can contribute to this book project are by purchasing a T-shirt or pre-purchasing a signed copy of Ballerina, which will ship once it is published. Of course, you can also contribute any cash amount you choose. All of these options are below.
Thank you for considering sponsorship of the much-anticipated Tutu Project. We want you to know how grateful we are. By joining us in this effort, you are making a real difference for women who have to endure far too much.
After years of talking about the project, it’s really happening—and I’m tickled pink.
Andreas Franke is in business for more than 20 years and nowadays one of worlds most respected advertising photographers. For Luerzer's Archive he is listed several times in "200 Best Ad Photographers Worldwide" and his work is honoured with the most important awards in business. Clienst like Ben&Jerry's, Coca Cola, Ford, Heineken, Visa or Nike are just a few of global brands which trust on his abilities.
Additionally to his commercial work Andreas worked on several personal projects. "Life Below The Surface" is his freshest and most sensational.
Andreas Franke on his work "In my photography I try to construct illusionistic worlds. I like to see things from a different angle and I try to create new kind of views. Thereby taking images of a sunk ship and bringing life back to the ship by filling these images with stories was always very interesting for me. By diving the Vandenberg I finally found the perfect stage and the last obstacle to realise my idea was removed.
My work is always based on a strict concept, which is photographically and technically perfectly implemented. Every little detail is part of a precisely arranged production. There is no space left for fortuity."
Christian Vogt, born 1946.
Since the late 1960s Christian Vogt has produced a photographic oeuvre impressive for its creative inventiveness and its unexpected twists. He is a master of the art of photographic haikus, and a virtuoso of associative story telling with pictures. To Vogt, photography is never a mere reproduction but always a speculation about the meaning of the story hidden behind the surface, a reflection on the subjectivity of the photographic eye, in the awareness that the actual picture only emerges through the perception of the beholder… Martin Gasser, «Today I've been you» 2009,
Recipient of Swiss National Scholarships; the first Grand Prix Triennale of Fribourg; Canada Council Grant; Art Director's Awards from Switzerland, Germany, New York und Los Angeles; the 'Clio' Award, New York, 1992; Kulturpreis der Stadt Basel 1991; etc. Lectures and Workshops at the ICP und Swiss Institute, New York; the Rencontres Internationales, Arles; The University of Coimbra, Porto; Yale University, New Haven, Brissago; Ryerson Institute, Toronto; St. Lukas Institute, Brussels; the Art Center, College of Design, Vevey; European Institute of Design, Milan; Lecture Tours in Australia, Scandanavia (Denmark, Norway), Southeast Asia, (Hong Kong, Indonesia); etc.
His work is represented in numerous private and public collections including: Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris; Swiss Foundation for Photography, Winterthur; Musée de l'Elysee, Lausanne; Modern Museet, Stockholm; Hoffmann Stiftung, Gegenwartsmuseum, Basel; Tel Aviv Museum, Tel Aviv; Polaroid Collection, Cambridge, USA; Preuss Museum, Horten, Norway; Getty Foundation (Sam Wagstaff Collection), Los Angeles; Hartkamp's Collection, Amsterdam; Ilford Collection, London; Polaroid International Collection, Amsterdam; Die Neue Sammlung, Munich; Museum Ludwig, (Fritz Gruber Sammlung), Cologne; Centro Studi e Archivo della Communicazione, University of Parma, Parma; Grupa Junij, Ljubljana, Yugoslavia; Albert Sammlung, Vienna; Sammlung Ludwig, Frankfurt; Communali di Rimini, Italy; Repubblica di San Marino, Italia; Fonds de Décoration, Genève; UBS, Germany; Department of Public Works, Basel, Switzerland; BIZ (Bank for International Settlements), Switzerland. etc