The Collector's Guide to Blockchain Photography
The Photographer’s Eye, John Szarkowski
Momentum and collector psychology
First rule of the collector’s circle
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In this intimate and cinematic collection, shot on medium format film, the Georgian photographer Mariam Amurvelashvili portrays her children in a series of mundane moments and through these slices of their little world, she invites the viewer to a trip into her own childhood, facing old questions from a different perspective and asking new ones.
It is in the nature of a child to enquire. Their inquisitive gaze, looking back at us through Mariam’s Rolleiflex, is full of whys about life, and what it means to grow up. Striping color from the scenes, Mariam leaves the viewer alone with their own childhood memories and many questions that remain unanswered even in adult life.
As Ralph Steiner said: "every photo is a self portrait".
In that sense, Endless Questions is a self kaleidoscope where Mariam reveals herself in the mature expressions of the children in pieces such as You Portray Me, I Portray You 1 & 2 and A Secret; in the moments she chose to capture, retelling her own childhood growing up with no private space and questions about her future; and in the message she passes to her children, being there, the one making those moments endless through her work and passion: photography.
Endless Questions was first published in 2016 by the Italian publisher, Damiani. Mariam brought the series to the blockchain this year, amplifying the collection’s simple but powerful statement: “I will always be here for you”.
Presented in collaboration with Gnomic Book, Assembly released “Lakeside” by Shane Rocheleau this past Wednesday, August 10th. The collection tackles the historical contradictions of white supremacy as they manifest in present day suburban Virginia over the course of 40 images.
Presented in collaboration with RED DAO (a digital fashion house - IYKYK), Quantum released Summer Sun: a 75-piece digital fashion photography collection, on August 11th.
Several prominent collectors including the pseudonymous punk6529 (and related entities 6529capital and 6529Museum, led by collector and curator batsoyum), the non-fungible 0xrainbow, and others, have been snapping up pieces from the Guy Bourdin estate.
Fellowship has cleared a total of $1M in sales through their SuperRare Space, which connects traditional photography estates with collectors in the blockchain photography market. This is significant because it marks the recognition of institutional fine art photography by collectors coming up in blockchain photography.
SuperRare Bot go brrrr… 🤖 make sure you watch this space.
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