The Collector's Guide to Blockchain Photography
Cristina De Middel’s last week at Magnum Gallery
Obscura The World Today Exhibit
Collectors for artists
NUDE Neighborhood Gallery
Seriality in Street Photography
PhotoVerso Presents: PV Catalog #1
We’re losing our minds.
No one seemed to care someone was burning in public, Zank; This is not a fire hydrant, Zank;
Definitely a Missed Connection, DiDonato and Zank; Opposition Agreement, Roberts;
Discarded, Roberts; Plot Hole, DiDonato;
Decked Out, DiDonato and Zank; Amy for Naked with Masks, Hopper.
Throughout the month of September, we’ve been fascinated with the state of modern portraiture. At the intersection of conceptual photography and surrealism, subjects have been losing their heads — whether hidden, covered, or simply vanished, the figures showing up in the collective consciousness have been showing up headless.
We wanted to take some time to consider why. In the process, we looked through shots taken by some of the artists we spoke with this month, including Ada Crowe, Ben Hopper, and Karl Roberts, as well as some iconic shots by Brooke DiDonato and Ben Zank. We invite our paying subscribers to look between scenes with us today, and look forward to releasing the issue to the public by the end of October.
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Cristina De Middel’s last week at Londom Magnum Gallery
The Cristina De Middel and Bruno Morais Boa Noite Povo exhibit at the Magnum Gallery in London will close September 30th. Shot in Brazil, the series revolves around the relationship between nature and modern life, as the couple intervenes with the fauna in the wild and watches it creep into their home.
Obscura The World Today 10k Exhibit
On Sept 24th, an exhibit of Obscura’s “The World Today” 10K, curated by Maritza Molina, will take place at Yes We Are Mad gallery in Dania Beach, Florida. Through TWT10k, Obscura comissioned 138 established and emerging photographers from 5 continents to create a visual registry what it means to be alive in the post pandemic 21st century.
You can see The World Today 10k here
Collectors for artists
We like it when collectors get on Spaces to chat. Synchrodogs posted a lovely summary of branding and marketing advice, straight from the mouths of prominent collectors. We love to see it.
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NUDE Neighborhood gallery opening
Last friday, Sept 23rd, the NUDE Neighborhood, one of the biggest communities on OM launched their curated gallery featuring over 50 artists with different approaches to nude photography.
Seriality In Street Photography
Street photography relies on capturing excerpts of everyday life, such as an old man feeding pigeons or a little girl running away from her father and turning them into a good story. From the right perspective, dull, unnoticeable moments of the urban routine can become a revealing portrait of who we are as a society, even if it features no people.
However, amidst the countless stories waiting to be told, some photographers are seduced by a specific subject, narrowing down their narrative and aesthetic in order to focus on a theme that, put together, becomes a cohesive body of work stronger than individual pieces. The genre takes a back seat to an exploration of the nuance and variability of its subjects.
The famous series Twin Flames and Carpoolers are case studies in this effect. Somewhere between Street and Portraiture, the collections ultimately read as neither, breaking through our understanding of the genre to bring us closer to their subjects. For the uninitiated, Twin Flames is a series of 100 photographs of twins — between countries, cultures, and settings, produced by Quantum founder Justin Aversano. Carpoolers, another renowned collection by Fellowship’s Alejandro Cartagena, captures the daily commutes of Mexican day laborers from an overpass in Monterrey, Mexico. In both bodies of work, the individual pieces are stunning, but its their connection to the remainder of the collection (enabled technologically, rather than only conceptually, by the blockchain) which makes them so moving.
Next month, we’ll be peeling back the cover the self-similarity between scenes in our everyday life. While it may be compelling to feel ourselves unique, similarity with related scenes across space and time also reminds us we’re not as alone as we thought.