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In his two series, Selected People and Crowded Fields, Cass produces his work by creating upwards of 1000 images of each scene, and compositing figures together in post-production to create unreal scenes of manic calamity.
In a sense, Cass’ work can be seen as the antithesis of the long-heralded mantra of photography’s ability to capture a “Decisive Moment.” And in Cass’ manipulations, his work gestures towards an updating of the traditions of street photography for the digital age. Compared to mid-century street photography traditions, Cass’ work is composed of blunt force of action, and could be seen as an apt metaphor for the excesses of contemporary life.
In opposition to precision is an overloading of the senses, and against nuance is bombardment of information; Cass’ two bodies of work particularly find a natural home within the context of our social media environment while presenting alternative proposals of what photography can do beyond its simple descriptions of truth.
New curated photography platform Light has sold out its debut “Apha Collection,” comprising 200 images by 100 photographers, and offered as a random mint for .5 ETH. The collection is broken down into four general categories: “Wonder,” “Growth,” “Connection,” and “Imagination.”
The platform currently has plans to release work among three general curated models: Annual collections, Monthly collections, and ad-hoc releases.
Fellowship has begun to open public auctions for its Gregory Crewdson collection on SuperRare, the first of which, Redemption Center, 2018-2019 closed on a 9.9 ETH bid from a reserve price of 5 ETH. Along with Crewdson, the platform’s SuperRare Space includes work from legendary photographic artists such as Joel Meyerowitz, Guy Bourdin, and Pieter Hugo, among others. And Fellowship will be releasing weekly auctions of 1-3 pieces per week.
RawDAO’s most recent acquisition is a piece from Pietro Paolini’s series Buscando a Bolivar. The collection is one we’ve previously covered here that presents formalistic imagery made throughout Bolivia, Ecuador, and Venezuela. The images represent the photographer’s search for the unexpected encounters within South American social and political fabric.
Another new curated platform, Rhapsody, is preparing for launch this Fall with a set of three debut collections: Autopsy by Bruno Mouron and Pascal Rostain, North Korea by Stephan Gladieu, and How Much Can You Carry by Floriane de Lassee. The platform, spearheaded by CEO Julien Zanet is aiming to curate a monthly offering of 3-5 collections centered on various themes.
The Lumen Prize NFT Award
Sponsored by Right Click Save, the long list for The Lumen Prize NFT Award was announced this week. The Lumen Prize celebrates the very best art created with technology through a global competition. Now in its 11th year, it has distributed more than US$100,000 in prize money and created opportunities with partners worldwide for artists who have been longlisted, shortlisted or won Lumen Awards.
We were thrilled to see generative photography, produced by Damjanski at Unhuman, make the list.
For those wondering about the context of the NFT Award…
The NFT Award is for excellence in work by an artist, artist collective, or DAO that represents the cutting edge of the NFT ecosystem, including but not limited to works that demonstrate a sophisticated use of blockchain technology, creative implementation of the non-fungible token format, and cross-disciplinary projects.
This marks yet another step by NFTs into the heart of the art world. You can pop into the recorded space to meet the artists here; hope you’ve got your popcorn.
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Why People Photograph, by Robert Adams
Renowned 20th century landscape photographer Robert Adams penned this series of essays that cover a range of topics while providing insight into several of photography’s greatest practicioners. A great read that sheds light on photographic history in unique and thought-proviking ways.
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It may only be a few installments in, but !Photo Alpha with @halecar2 and @barrylsutton is worth jamming on.
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Some of the best parts of Collector Twitter? The memes are 🔥. We aspire to wind up in a clip produced by @thebadlarry_ when we get big.
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