Marquis editor Peter Czernich is set to publish the third volume of favourite photos from more than 25 years shooting for Marquis and Heavy Rubber magazines.
The White Room Book presents images from the white-tiled sets of Czernich’s legendary White Room films, covering output from the <O> Magazine period immediately preceding Marquis up to the most recent productions.
Like Czernich’s previous volume The Heavy Rubber Book, this new offering is being financed through crowdfunding website Verkami. It will have 256 A4 pages and be printed on high quality varnished paper, solidly stitched and bound with heavy board covers.
With two weeks of its fundraising campaign still to run at the time of writing, support for The White Room Book has already exceeded the modest €5,000 target set to guarantee publication (which will be limited to 500 copies).
However, since every supporter making the minimum €40 pledge or more is promised a signed copy of the book (price after publication: €49.95 + shipping) and a CD containing all the shortlisted photos (approximately 1,000) that did not make it into the book, supporting the campaign still provides an excellent opportunity for fans to secure the book and CD at a generous 20 percent pre-release discount.
For those pledging greater amounts (between €60 and €1,000) there are a variety of attractive additional rewards available, including photo prints and DVDs of the original films up to a package that includes a photo-shoot with the man himself at the Marquis studio in Solingen, Germany.
Why crowdfunding? As Czernich explains, financing a book is always a big risk for a photographer. The printer wants to be paid in advance, and it can take a year or longer before the money comes back.
“In times of incalculable sales, it is hard to determine the print run,” he says. “By doing it the Verkami way, I can be sure how many copies are needed, and that their printing is well financed. For this comfort, I’m happy to give away a large discount on the books!”
As before, the book will go to press right after the crowdfunding money has been received, which last time was ten days after the project ended. Once the printer has been paid, it takes about three weeks to print, then one week to process and ship out all pledge awards.
This means that everybody should have their books about six weeks after the crowdfunding campaign ends on April 7.
As someone who has documented the fetish scene since the early 1980s, I am in no doubt that The White Room Book will provide a desirable printed record of an important creative period in modern fetish history.
The original set for Peter Czernich’s legendary latex movies was built 25 years ago in 1990, when he was still editing <O> Magazine, the predecessor of Marquis.
He says he had always been fascinated by “clean, medically cool” environments, and considered latex fetishism, especially the Heavy Rubber variety, perfectly suited to a such set, with “all white tiles, just a black-and-white grid as a background”.
At the time, he had just rented a loft-type flat in an old factory building that was later to become the home of Marquis. It was there that he built the White Room set, and produced the first two White Room films.
Between production of those first two and the later White Room films, Czernich famously lost control of Techcom, the company that published <O> Magazine, to his then business partner.
The old flat was one of the few things he retained, as he’d rented it for his own use as a photo studio and it was not part of Techcom’s assets.READ ON
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