The proceeds from the 60-day crowdfunding campaign will be used to finance the book titled James Dean 1955 ∞ which is set to have around 216 pages. With over 1,600 images including never before seen pictures of the last 85 days of the actor’s life, it is expected to be a hit globally. Some photos were taken during the production of Dean’s film Giant, as well as the private times he spent with the photographer’s family.
The actor faced his untimely due to an auto accident when he was only 24. The photos were taken by photographer Sanford Roth and the negatives were part of the collection of Seita Ohnishi, a Japanese businessman who is also a fan of the East of Eden star. The same businessman also built a steel monument on Dean’s accident scene in 1977 since be believed that there was nothing to remember his legacy.
The photographer’s wife Beaulah Roth connected with Ohnishi and allowed have him the original negatives and the copyright in 1987, describing her decision as “like leaving one dear and near friend to another with equal degree.”