Wednesday, June 24, 2009

'Obama Time Capsule' Puts You in the Picture

Photographer Rick Smolan, best known as the visionary co-creator of the mega-successful "Day in the Life" coffeetable-book series, has done it again.

He's put together a revolutionary new customized book project that serves twin purposes. It memorializes Pres. Obama's road to the White House through the eyes of the world's top photographers. And it enables you to personalize your copy so that it includes your name, photo, and thoughts woven throughout the book.

"The Obama Time Capsule" spans a two-year period, including Election Day, the inauguration, and his first 100 days in office. It features essays from TIME magazine’s Joe Klein, the Huffington Post’s Arianna Huffington, former Secretary of State Colin Powell and the president’s sister, Auma Obama.

But what makes the project especially noteworthy is that there are nine customizable elements in the book. After you order it, you can personalize it by going online and adding your name on the cover, your photo on the back cover, your own dedication page, your name to the inaugural invitation page, your name and photo to the celebrity supporter page, even your own kids' artwork to the "Kids for Obama" page. And then the one-of-a-kind book will be shipped to you.

Smolan's "Obama Time Capsule" represents a new chapter in custom publishing, incorporating an especially fitting topic and theme.

See the ABC News slideshow here.

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