Cosmic Surgery Kickstarter

Alma Haser launched her Kickstarter Campaign on the 26th of February to raise money for a revised and updated second edition of the Cosmic Surgery book. 

Here is a link to the project...

Cosmic Surgery is a photo book, set in the not too distant future, at a point where “intelligent materials” are just about to transform the world of cosmetic surgery. Maybe the best way to describe the feeling of this book comes from a comment Charlie Brooker made when describing his TV series, Black Mirror:

“Each episode has a different cast, a different setting, even a different reality. But they’re all about the way we live now – and the way we might be living in 10 minutes’ time if we’re clumsy.”

Before the release of the first edition, Alma Haser constructed origami shapes to attach to her face, hiding or disguising her identity in a series of self-portraits.Then she started photographing friends and other willing sitters. She printed each portrait and folded it into an intricate origami structure, finally placing it onto a copy of the portrait and re-photographing the combined assembly, thereby creating an unsettling new face.

Last year, science writer Piers Bizony and designer Emily Macaulay joined the Cosmic Surgery team, introducing a narrative background, and creating a distinct layout style for an exclusively limited edition of hand built pop-up books.

Collectors and fans of the work snapped up the entire run of the first edition in only two days. The project became well known in 2013, when Haser won the Magenta Bright Spark Award in Canada, and has since featured in exhibitions worldwide.

An exhibition of selected images and 3D pieces will be on show at The Photographers Gallery from the 7th July – 14th August 2016.