Turbans and Tales

By Amit and Naroop

A photography book celebrating the powerful identity of Sikhs.

Photography | Art
118% funded
72 supporters
Published

Publication date: January 2019

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Signed 12" x 8" print of one of the photographs in the book, signed 1st edition hardback
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Signed 18" x 12" print of one of the photographs in the book, 2 signed 1st edition hardbacks and your name in the back of the book
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Limited Edition Portrait

Signed limited edition 30" x 20" portrait of one of the photographs from the book, plus three signed 1st edition hardback and your name in the back of the book
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2 hour VIP Photo Shoot with Amit and Naroop at their London Studio with a portrait in the style of "Turbans & Tales" included as a digital file, 30 x 20" Signed Print, and chance to ask questions and gain unique insight into the project, plus a special mention in the book at the top of the backers section
Plus signed limited edition 30" x 20" portrait of one of the photographs from the book, plus ten signed 1st edition hardbacks and your name in the back of the book

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Why we want to make a book

Identity is what makes us. It is who we are. We should celebrate this with pride.

For us, this book is the perfect way for us to combine our passion as portrait photographers, with our love of our culture.

We want these images, which show the beauty of the Sikh identity, to live on for generations to come. These are the images that were seen by millions. These are the images that became a piece of history.

But as equally important are the stories behind these individuals. Some of the subject’s tales of perseverance, progress and determination need to remembered. They need to shared. This book will do exactly that.

A little background

Photographing these portraits has been a real labour of love and was inspired by the sudden popularity of the beard as a fashion statement in 2013.

Being of the Sikh faith, we found this intriguing. In our culture the beard is a constant, a key tradition and an integral and important identifying feature of a Sikh male.

Inspired, we developed a project focused on the identity, the look of the beard, and equally important, the turban of British Sikh men.

Successfully funded on Kickstarter, it became award winning and exhibited multiple times in the UK, receiving international acclaim.

From that success, we partnered with The Sikh Coalition to create a U.S version. It took a year to plan, hand selecting Sikh men and women from across America. We looked for individuals who had inspiring stories as well as their own approach to wearing their articles of faith.

Photographed in New York, with funds raised by the awesome guys at The Sikh Coalition, we exhibited the portraits in Soho, Manhattan in September 2016. Over a thousand people a day visiting the exhibition on the busiest days.

The Book

Turban and Tales will be a culmination of four years, research, production shooting and editing. It will take you on a journey from conception, execution to reactions of photographing the portraits, as well as providing a history to the turban itself.

Each of the portraits will be accompanied with the words from the subjects, their tales. Stories of their experiences. What their turban means to them. How it makes them feel. How people perceive them. Why their identity is important.

If you pledge for the book, you will receive a limited edition, hardback copy that won’t be available in stores. You will have your name printed in the back of the book, making you part of it’s creation, and making you part of history.

Thank you.

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  • Amit Amin avatar

    Amit Amin

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    Naroop Jhooti

    Born and raised in West London, photography duo Amit Amin and Naroop Jhooti got together in 2005 when a mutual friend, an aspiring music artist, needed a press shoot done. During the shoot they collaborated well, bouncing ideas off each other and producing some interesting images. The chemistry was instant. From that first shoot, they decided to team up as creative partners and Amit and Naroop Photography was formed.
    The duo continued working within the music industry, developing their own distinct, intense visual style and honing their craft. They quickly built a name for themselves and began to get commissions from clients outside of the music industry.
    They have continued to broaden their horizons and their work has expanded to embrace advertising and portraiture, all interpreted with their characteristic passion and style. Their large and diverse portfolio of work includes iconic portraits of musicians and celebrities such as Tinie Tempah, Dynamo Magician, Ricky Gervais, Miles Teller, Skepta, Jay Sean, 50 Cent and Riz Ahmed, along with advertising campaigns for the likes of Barclays, Samsung, MTV, Sunsilk and Huawei.

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  • Baljit Singh
    Baljit Singh asked:

    Hi Gents, Glad to read that this is pushing ahead. I was really disappointed when kickstarter didn't meet the threshold. I love the title - Turbans & Tales. I am ready to pledge. However the unbound site lacked some details. It is currently 27% funded. Do you need to raise 100% before this becomes a reality? What are the timelines to expect this book to be shipped out? How much is international shipping to Singapore? Let me know and we can move ahead! Sincerely, Baljit

    Naroop Jhooti
    Naroop Jhooti replied:

    Hi Baljit. Glad you like the title. Yes the book is definitely happening. We don't need to hit 100%. The book is definitely happening. Through Unbound we are offering people to get hold of a hardback, limited edition signed copy and have your name in the book as a contributor. Only 500 hardbacks will be printed. The stores will only sell the paper backs, so these hardbacks will be collectors editions. The book will be released early 2018. I'm not sure about the exact price for shipping to Singapore, but I believe it is estimated at £12. Hope that helps and thanks in advance for your pledge. Naroop

    Kavijit Singh
    Kavijit Singh asked:

    Hi What is the size and the weight of the book? If I pledge today, when will it be shipped out to me in Toronto, Canada? Thanks Kavijit

    Naroop Jhooti
    Naroop Jhooti replied:

    Hi Kavijit. We haven't got exact size and weight details yet as it is still being finalised. The book will be completed and shipped early 2018. Hope that helps. Naroop

    Mandeep Dhami
    Mandeep Dhami asked:

    Hi there, First off, really happy to see a project like this come to fruition! I just wanted to know if we have the option of selecting which photo we would be receiving or is it random? Please advise, thanks. Mandeep

    Naroop Jhooti
    Naroop Jhooti replied:

    Hi Mandeep. Thanks, glad you like the project. Yes, if you specify which photo you would like, we can send that one to you. Hope that helps. Best, Naroop

    Mandeep Dhami
    Mandeep Dhami asked:

    Hi there, First off, just wanted to say it's great to see this project come to fruition. Just had a question, do we have the option of selecting the signed photo or will a random photograph be provided? Please advise, thanks Mandeep

    Naroop Jhooti
    Naroop Jhooti replied:

    Hi Mandeep, I had sent you a reply. Please see the answer below. Thanks. Naroop Hi Mandeep. Thanks, glad you like the project. Yes, if you specify which photo you would like, we can send that one to you. Hope that helps. Best, Naroop

    Benjamin Singh-Ebinger
    Benjamin Singh-Ebinger asked:

    Hi, so did this happen? Should I have recieved a copy already (as I pledged a long time ago)? :-)

    Naroop Jhooti
    Naroop Jhooti replied:

    Hi Benjamin, Yes this has happened. The book has been written. The book will go into production in the following months and based on the release schedule of our publishers, will be released in January 2019. Thanks for you support. It is greatly appreciated. Naroop

    Graham Partridge
    Graham Partridge asked:

    I have just sponsored a hardback copy of your book I wanted the name that appears to be "for Balraj Sandhu" rather than my own name Is that possible?

    Unbound
    Unbound replied:

    Hi Graham, The supporter list for this book closed on 28th May 2018, but we'll see what we can do. If you need to change the name to go inside a book in the future we've got a handy guide in our help centre: http://help.unbound.com/unbound-for-readers/managing-your-subscriptions/changing-the-supporter-name-thats-printed-in-a-book. Best wishes, Unbound Support

    Graham Partridge
    Graham Partridge asked:

    I was a pledger and have received my copy Can I still but any additional copies of this book??

    Naroop Jhooti
    Naroop Jhooti replied:

    Hi Graham. Yes you can pre-order it from Amazon. The release date is this Thursday, 24th. Here is the link to the book on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Turbans-Tales-Amit-Amin/dp/1783526122