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Revolution Revisited Kickstarter Succeeds–Big Time!

Thank you to friends around the world who helped make the “Revolution Revisited” book a reality. The Kickstarter campaign, timed to end during “EDSA 30 Week” (the 30th anniversary of the 1986 Philippine “People Power” revolution– Feb 22-25), succeeded beyond my wildest expectations. Thank you to the 295 backers and all of those who supported the project by “liking” and “sharing” posts on Facebook and sending direct emails to friends.

If you would like to buy a copy of the book or some of the limited edition silver gelatin (darkroom) prints, please come back to this blog on Monday for a link to the RevRev Store. The project will also be featured in Kickstarter’s “Spotlight” section beginning next week.

In the meantime, please check out the story by Phil Bronstein in the Sunday Feb. 28 San Francisco Chronicle Opinion section:

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/30-years-later-Lessons-from-the-People-Power-6854572.php

Bronstein and Komenich after Komenich gets a rock to the eye at Nagtahan bridge.

Bronstein and Komenich after Komenich gets a rock to the eye at Nagtahan bridge on the day the palace was stormed.

 

 

 

EDSA 30 Week: TWO Exhibitions in San Francisco

I’m excited and  honored to announce that the Revolution Revisited photo exhibition will be shown in two San Francisco venues during EDSA 30 week:

On Feb. 23 the Leica Gallery at 463 Bush Street in San Francisco will host a pop-up (one-day) exhibition on Feb. 23:

Rev_Leicahttps://www.leicastoresf.com/gallery/exhibitions/future-exhibitions/revolution-revisited-photography-by-kim-komenich/

 

On Feb. 25 the Philippine Consulate at 447 Sutter Street in San Francisco will open a one-month exhibition :

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Philippine Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. and Kim Komenich look at an advance copy of Revolution Revisited at the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C. on January 28.

 

http://philippineembassy-usa.org/news/4846/300/REVOLUTION-REVISITED-IN-BOOK-FORM-TO-BE-LAUNCHED-THIS-MONTH/d,phildet/

Plans are under way for the embassy to host the full Revoluton Revisited exhibition at four U.S. venues during 2016.

 

The RevRev Book Kickstarter Campaign is ON!

The 30th anniversary of the 1986 Philippine “People Power” (or EDSA) Revolution is next month and I’m very happy to announce that my 120-page book “Revolution Revised” is in the final stages of production. See the Revolution Revisited interactive website here.

The book will be beautiful! It is being printed using acid-free 170 GSM Storo Enso paper by Oceanic Graphic International Printing Coverusing a duotone/spot varnish printing process to maximize the image quality and archival permanence.

I am publishing Revolution Revisited myself and the bill will be approximately $31,000 for 1000 books, 250 cases and 500 shipping boxes. I’ve drawn $33,000 from my retirement account to pay for the printing. I need to pay it back in February to avoid a penalty.

The Kickstarter campaign allows funders to contribute to the project on a variety of levels and receive rewards in return.

If you’d like to find out more about the book or the Kickstarter project, please email me at komenich@me.com

Thank you!! (Salamat Po!!)

Kim Komenich

 

Revolution Revisited Opens at the National Civil Rights Museum

The U.S. exhibition tour of Revolution Revisited opened on May 1 at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis.

The exhibition was brought to the museum by  “Memphis in May” Vice President of Programming Randy Blevins. I’d like to thank Randy as well as National Civil Rights Museum President Beverly Robertson, Exhibition Preparator George Henderson and Marketing Director Connie Dyson for hosting Revolution Revisited. Thank you to MIM PATH volunteers Demetra Lawrence and Carole Cornell for showing me the town and making sure my stay in Memphis was full of surprises and huge meals.

The exhibition features fifty 16X20 and four 30X40 prints from negatives  made from 1984-86 during the final days of the Marcos regime. I returned to the Philippines in 2010 to locate and rephotograph some of the people in the 1980’s images. Fourteen are in this exhibition.

The project would not have been possible  without the permission and support of Jack von Euw, Curator of the Pictorial Collection at the Bancroft Library, U.C. Berkeley, the copyright holder.

The negatives (1,100 rolls) were archived and scanned by Kirsten Aguilar and Michelle Gachet. More then 500 Imacon scans for this exhibition and  the upcoming book and movie were made by Antonio Morton Butt. The exhibition was printed by Larry Angier of Image West Photography.

 

President Aquino Opens Rev Rev at Manila’s Ayala Museum

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Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III speaks at the opening of the "Revolution Revisited" exhibition in Manila on Feb. 21, 2011.
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Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III speaks at the opening of the "Revolution Revisited" exhibition in Manila on Feb. 21, 2011.
Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III tours the "Revolution Revisited" exhibition after speaking at opening ceremonies on Jan. 21, 2011. At right are Don Jaime Zobel de Ayala and photographer Kim Komenich, the photographer whose work is showcased in the exhibtion.
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Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III tours the "Revolution Revisited" exhibition after speaking at opening ceremonies on Jan. 21, 2011. At right are Don Jaime Zobel de Ayala and photographer Kim Komenich, the photographer whose work is showcased in the exhibtion.
A photo from Kim Komenich's "Revolution Revisited" hangs at the main entrance to Manila's Ayala Museum. Photo courtesy Ayala Museum.
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A photo from Kim Komenich's "Revolution Revisited" hangs at the main entrance to Manila's Ayala Museum. Photo courtesy Ayala Museum.
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People pass by the public section of Kim Komenich's "Revolution Revisited" near the second floor entrance to the Ayala Museum in Manila, Philippines on Feb. 21, 2011. The exhibition will travel to twelve Philippine cities in 2011.
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People walk outside Manila's Ayala Museum on Feb. 21, 2011. The walkway features an image from Kim Komenich's "Revolution Revisited" exhibition. The photo, taken during a march and memorial rally on the first anniversary of the death of Benigno Aquino on Aug. 21, 1984, was attended by millions. "When I was editng images for the exhibition I noticed how extremely sharp and in focus this negative was. It's a function not only of exposure but of film processing," Komenich said, "and I since didn't hit this level of precision very often I wanted to celebrate it." Komenich scanned the image at extremely high resolution on an Imacon scanner and the Ayala museum arranged for the huge blow-up. The museum is encouraging the public to come an find themselves in the image. Photo courtesy Ayala Museum.

Welcome to “People Power: A Revolution Revisited”

My name is Kim Komenich. I’m a photojournalist. In 1984 I joined San Francisco Examiner reporter Phil Bronstein as he reported on the final tumultuous years of the Ferdinand Marcos dictatorship in the Philippines. A collection of fourteen of the photos I took during the campaign, election and revolution were awarded the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography.

It’s been nearly twenty-five years and I’m back in the Philippines interviewing and photographing some of the people in my 1980’s photographs to see how they have gotten on with their lives. The current project will be called “Revolution Revisited,” a movie, a book an exhibition and an iPad app to be released in 2011.

You can see photos from my career at the San Francisco Examiner and Chronicle (1982-2009) at kimkom.com.

I now teach multimedia at San Jose State University. This project combines the traditional “silver-based” photographic technology I used in the 1980’s (to shoot and develop more than 800 rolls of film) with today’s cutting-edge digital technologies (DSLR motion pictures, exhibition quality ink-jet printing and iPad interactive design.)

Please check here often for updates. We are about to announce the dates of our Manila exhibition.

Thank you,

Kim Komenich