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"Birdmen" by Zak Waters: A stunning record of the decline of the traditional working class sport of pigeon racing

Zak Waters is a multi-award winning photographer, including for example the Winner Royal Photographic Society Terence Donovan Award (2006). Birdmen has completed a solo exhibition at Kunsthal, Rotterdam in the Netherlands. To support the publication of his book, Zak has launched a crowdfunding page on Kickstarter.

The project is very important to Zak since he has spent a few years of his life travelling all over the UK to learn about this unique brotherhood.  His Birdmen project offers a unique insight into the world of the brotherhood, not too intrusive, but enough to offer the readers some understanding to what it is all about. The Birdmen is a book about the last of a working class breed, through whom you can chart not only the decline of traditional industries in the UK, but changes in the life of a community that is fast becoming lost forever.

To support the publication of his book, Zak has launched a crowdfunding page on Kickstarter in order to collect pledges. He explains why every fancier should pledge: "I have spent a few years of my life traveling all over the UK meeting and being made to feel welcome into this unique brotherhood. As you fanciers are all part of this community, only you will understand how much hard work (and fun) goes into breeding and rearing your birds ready for race day 365 days a year. Outside your world people may not appreciate or even begin to understand how complex being a pigeon racer is. My Birdmen project offers a unique insight into the world of the brotherhood, not too intrusive, but enough to offer some understanding to what it is all about. I am in need of pledges. The minimum pledge to make my book happen is approx. £25 and if I get enough pledges the book will be published, if not I am nervous the story will disappear. In return for your pledge you will receive a limited signed book which will be an investment and should double in price over the next few years. Thank you in advance and if you are unable to pledge please feel free to share with your friends and family." Zak hopes that he can count on the loyalty of pigeon lovers from all over the world because pigeon racing can use understanding and new members from all over the world to keep the sport and passion for birds alive.

Click here to support the project of Zak.


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