Brileigh Hardcastle
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September 1st, 2022

By Brileigh Hardcastle and Matthew Brooks

Rizzo Collection #5, Alberto Rizzo
Rizzo Collection #5, Alberto Rizzo

Quantum Art is one of the pioneers for curating high quality NFT photography collections in the web3 space. Dropping its first season of eleven artists in the early NFT photography boom of 2021, the Season 1 collection includes a range of renowned photographers working in different contexts of image-making. Curated by Quantum co-founder Kris Graves, the Season 1 pass includes the following artists and collections:

By Brileigh Hardcastle and Matthew Brooks

Magnum 75 #29 by Ara Guler. Istanbul, Turkey. 1986
Magnum 75 #29 by Ara Guler. Istanbul, Turkey. 1986

RAW DAO is excited to announce that we have acquired five pieces from the Magnum Photos 75 Collection. Created in celebration of its 75th year, this collection brings together photographers from Magnum’s 75 years of image making. The collection was curated by Alejandro Cartagena, co-founder of Obscura and Fellowship Trust, and founding artist of RAW DAO. The works were collected via RAW’s Ad hoc acquisition system which allows the DAO to acquire works in a more nimble way in response to the market.

Below is the list of Magnum photographers whose work we collected:

By Brileigh Hardcastle and Matthew Brooks

“September 20” is a story about birth, potential, and the photographic process.

Carlo Van de Roer had planned to photograph the birth of his firstborn child. His ambitious plan was to use his large format camera but this idea quickly evaporated when his wife suddenly went into labor that morning. It quickly became apparent that their son would be born much sooner than anticipated. Pacing anxiously like most expectant fathers, Carlo called the midwife and doula before heating towels in the oven and inflating a small swimming pool under an oak tree in their backyard. With his wife in labor in the inflatable pool, Carlo had just enough time to scramble together sheets of unexposed large format negatives and chromogenic paper. He then scattered them into the ambient light that his son was born in before shutting them away in a light safe box.

Carlo Van de Roer, September 20, Set 2.
Carlo Van de Roer, September 20, Set 2.

Welcome to RAW Reflections, a publication about photographic art in the strange new world of NFTs.

Sounds simple enough, but there's a few interesting things we wouldn't want you to miss from behind the scenes.

So please, grab a seat while we go through the peculiar context in which RAW Reflections was born — it'll be useful to acquaint ourselves as we start this journey.