Jeff Schultz

is creating a photographic and audio chronicle of Alaska’s people & places

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ARCTIC ENTRY
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  • Know that you are supporting the Faces of Alaska perpetual image/audio website as well as all my complimentary photo posts on social media.
  • Supporter credit (as desired) on the FACES OF ALASKA site. 
CHEECHAKO
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  • EVERYTHING IN THE PREVIOUS TIER AND...
  • Access to behind-the-scenes photo and video narration of my image-making process and Alaska travel tips.
  • One 6" x 9" postcard sent quarterly of one of my favorite images of that season.


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  • EVERYTHING IN THE PREVIOUS TIERS AND...
  • One of my Alaska calendars (sent in October of the previous year).
  • 20% off any of my prints, books or posters at: www.schultzphoto.com (coupon code sent monthly for unlimited use).

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About

I am a professional photographer and family man in Alaska. Though I’m best known for my work taking pictures along the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, I photograph a variety of Alaskan subjects emphasizing wildlife, landscapes and outdoor adventure.

Alaska is a magical place like no other. Its light, geography, and people have captivated me for decades. I simply haven’t encountered another place that holds the extremes and adventure I see and photograph here. People tend not to understand it until they experience it for themselves. I want my work to bring you here, whether it’s for the first time, or you're Alaska born and bred.

Last year, as I was approaching my 39th stint volunteering as the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race’s official photographer, I felt burnt out. I had photographed the adventure of sled dogs every way and every place I could conjure. I needed a new angle.

My Iditarod work had always featured subjects out in the elements—small dog teams, big landscapes. Often, the mushers didn’t even know I was there; there was rarely interaction. For years on the trail, I made images that grew familiar to me. The weather changed, and the dog teams changed, but the sites were familiar, and the process largely stayed the same. So I began to wonder, what would it look like to bring viewers much closer to the humans and dogs involved in the race?

In 2019, with the collaborative input of my friends André Horton and Matt Waliszek, the FACES OF IDITAROD project was born. I began making intimate portraits of the volunteers, mushers, spectators, and dogs involved in the race. I recorded the subjects answering four basic questions, and I included their voices (audio and text) on the project site with their images. (Check out the process video above, and see what the results look like on the project site HERE.) FACES OF IDITAROD not only ignited my creativity; it was a huge success with the subjects and the race’s fan base.

My goal this season is to make audio and visual portraits of 500 additional subjects along the Iditarod Trail. Beyond the race, I am applying the angle I found shooting FACES OF IDITAROD to everyday people and locations around the 49th state, expanding a project I call FACES OF ALASKA, which you can view HERE.

The FACES OF ALASKA project goes beyond the simple social media posts. Here I share more and deeper information about the subject by sharing text and audio similar to the FACES OF IDITAROD. FACES OF ALASKA also includes a section called "PLACES" which shows additional, in-depth images from Alaska locations, including the back-story to the process of making the images.

Documenting Alaskan lives and lands is an expensive and extremely time-consuming privilege. Alaska is ⅕ the size of the lower 48 states, and accessing the remote communities and geographies I’m interested in often requires extensive travel time and cost. My Patreon helps me get to those places and share my images for free with the world on social media and the new Faces of Alaska website.

UPDATE: Thanks in part from the support and encouragement of this Patreon community, FACES OF IDITAROD for 2020 is increasing as planned. I'm happy to report that the project was looked on favorably and just recently received support for the 2020 race from a grant and a sponsor. This now allows me the great opportunity to pay for travel on the trail and the back-end support it needs to meet the goal.

The wider and deeper projects moving forward is to continue to grow the FACES OF ALASKA project and FACES OF IDITAROD after the race. All of which Patreon supporters make possible.


I’ve created this page as a response to wonderful friends and viewers who have asked how to support my work. I would love to welcome you as a patron.

Sincerely,


Jeff Schultz
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By becoming a patron, you'll instantly unlock access to 13 exclusive posts
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5
Videos

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