Back in March, the artist Beeple sold a digital collage for $69 million. Photographers (and everyone else) suddenly took notice of this relatively new concept of blockchain-based ownership. In the past week, Phase One Ambassador Reuben Wu and longtime Sports Illustrated photographer Walter Iooss Jr sold pieces for nearly $60,000 each. Is it tulip mania or another mechanism for photographers to realize value from their work? In this episode of Vision Slightly Blurred, Sarah and Allen discuss the pros and cons of NFTs in the art world.
Also, Sotheby’s auctions off a set of William Henry Fox Talbot’s photos for $1.9 million, publisher Wildsam releases a Texas BBQ edition travel guide, and Emiliano Granado denies being a millenial.
We mention the following photographers, articles, and websites in this episode:
- Beeple sold an NFT for $69 million (via The Verge)
- Walter Iooss Jr. sold an image of Michael Jordan for $55,978.81
- A 54-Year Super Bowl Streak Comes to an End (via Sports Illustrated)
- Buying Myself Back When does a model own her own image? (via The Cut)
- Emily Ratajkowski Is Selling an NFT at Christie’s (via NYT)
- Reuben Wu sold a video artwork for $61,415.09
- Ladytron – Seventeen
- Photographer Captures Halos Above Rock Pinnacles Using Drones (via PetaPixel)
- Phase One XT
- Images by one of history’s earliest photographers fetch almost $2M
- Henry Fox Talbot auction sale – in pictures (via The Guardian)
- Sebastião Salgado’s “Serra Pelada, Gold Mine, Brazil”
- Wildsam Texas Barbecue