IMAGES ... From the Ashes - a photographer's resolve

A project in Los Angeles, CA by Billy Blake

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A true tale of human resolve. Photographer's work, destroyed in Malibu fire, re-created from memory/soul for book & exhibition.
Backers: 134
Average Pledge Per Backer: $181

Funded: $24,245 of $24,000
Dates: Feb 5th -> Mar 17th (40 days)
Project By: Billy Blake
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Latest News

After fire, photographer reimagines his life’s work

April 27th - via:
As the fire grew Billy Blake managed to get himself and his dog out, but he couldn’t save the tens of thousands of photos he’d taken. (Read More)


March 13th - via:
We are over 91% funded, but we could really use a tiny push to get to the finish line. The project expires JUST AFTER THIS WEEKEND. Today and tomorrow, and that's all she wrote. I have written and re-written this Update #5 a dozen times. There's no... (Read More)


March 13th - via:
Hello to all backers, friends, and people who stumbled upon this. We are in the home stretch. This is the 4th quarter, two minute warning. This is the 18th hole. This is when men (and women) are separated from boys (and girls). We are over $20K but... (Read More)

PROJECT UPDATE #3: Samy's Camera and Nikon come on board as backers!

March 12th - via:
I have been shopping at Samy's Camera since I came to LA in 1995. I have been a Nikon user even longer.  I approached Samy's about my project less than a week ago. They were receptive to listening, referred me to the right place, told me what to do,... (Read More)

Kicktraq Interview – IMAGES … From the Ashes (A Photographer’s Resolve)

March 12th - via:
When I first came across this project, I thought – “Oh, great, another candidate for my coffee table.” I’m not particularly excited by photography books in general, but then I read a little further and realized that this project was way more than the standard coffee-mug holder (you know you do it, too.) Blake, a 71-year-old photographer who spent his youth in New York City shooting photos of John Lennon and Woody Allen, has been featured in nearly 40 gallery exhibitions. In 2008, he was preparing to publish a photo book when a massive fire consumed his home and possessions, destroying nearly all of his photos from the first 30 years of his career. (Read More)

3 New Reward Tiers - Two of which offer Multiple Books, and ALL WITH GLOBAL SHIPPING

March 8th - via:
As of today, I have just added 3 Reward tiers at $30, $300, and $600. These new tiers accomplish two things, both in response to inquiries.  The first is the request for tiers that include multiple copies of the book, as the $300 tier includes 2... (Read More)

PROJECT UPDATE #1 - check out the local press

March 7th - via:
Hello, everyone. As we are now under 10 days left, and we near the "crunch" period for the Project, I thought I'd begin sending updates on our progress. About the media/press: The good news is that the local publications have all supported the... (Read More)

Art from the ashes

February 20th - via:
Nearly six years ago, photographer Billy Blake narrowly escaped a fire that destroyed his Malibu home — and with it, his life’s work. (Read More)

[PRESS RELEASE] Photographer “Rises from the Ashes” - Acclaimed Artist Loses Life’s Work in Fire; Re-creates from Memory and Soul for New Book

February 7th - via:
Billy Blake has announced the long-awaited release of his photographic collection entitled “IMAGES ... From the Ashes – a photographer’s resolve”. The title plays on Blake’s tragic loss in a 2008 Malibu fire, and his inspirational resolve to rise above it. Blake has initiated a campaign on, and intends to use the raise to offset costs of publishing and producing over-sized prints for several featured gallery exhibitions showcasing works from the book. Galleries in LA, NY, and Toronto have already signed on to showcase month-long featured exhibitions and BOA Gallery in West Hollywood will host the debut. (Read More)

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