I was able to finance the bulk of this project by diverting funds from an ongoing business relationship with an eminent fund manager who I considered a patron and dear friend, and whose sister incidentally lived on the streets years ago. In 2011 he pulled the plug on our endeavors unexpectedly, and though I continued the Fallen Angels project, my financial reach is exceeding my grasp. This project has been very expensive to produce and I will let you in on some of the economics:
I typically pay the women $20-30 to sit and at each sitting I typically shoot anywhere from 6-10 black and white 8x10 . This film costs $7 per shot, or $70 for 10 shots. I then pay from $40 to $50 to rent 2 or 3 hours of darkroom time to develop the 6-10 images. Color film or color transparency film can cost $15 per image (almost $300 for a box of 20 shots) and another $7 to develop each shot. To make the film usable, it must be scanned into a digital file. Though there are less expensive options, a proper professional drum scan costs about $100 per image. Then the image is printed, which can cost another $200 for a large print. Framing a 40x50" print under a very thick 8-ply mat, and deep-sided frame a can cost $500. In sum, $1000 of direct costs might go into a sitting and the production of an exhibition quality large framed print - that does not account for equipment and utility costs, studio rental, nor the value of my time. Though I prefer the quality of large format film, I am increasingly turning to digital cameras, as costs are otherwise out of control.