Justin Aversano is best-known for being the man behind Twin Flames, the highest-selling NFT photo project of all time. Throughout his meteoric rise, Aversano has always maintained a commitment to the community that helped to foster his vision. In a fulfillment of this ethos, Justin recently started a platform dedicated to NFT photography, Quantum Art.
An Intro to Quantum Art, the NFT Platform for Photographers
In my myriad of conversations with Justin since May of this year, Quantum has always been a part of the plan. He knew early on that NFT photography would be the next big wave, and from the jump emphasized creating a platform dedicated to the discipline.
"Photography needed a place that people could go to, similar to the role Art Blocks played for generative art," Justin tells me on the genesis of Quantum Art. Putting the platform together was a multi-month process and the culmination of years of work in photography. Aside from being an iconic photographer himself, Justin has also historically helmed SaveArtSpace, a nonprofit committed to showing artists' work in public spaces. Both his experience with SaveArtSpace and his personal work contributed to the ultimate creation of Quantum Art.
"In the NFT jungle, we are the watering hole for photography," Justin tells me, an apt analogy. Quantum Art formally launched at the beginning of November with three back to back curated drops, and they've done four more on a weekly basis. Essentially, Quantum announces the following week's artist on Mondays, and conducts its drops on Thursdays.
Yesterday's drop featured the work of Richard Renaldi in the form of a touching project investigating our relationship with those around us.
Justin tells me that one of his favorite drops is still Sally Davies' project New Yorkers, an intimate photo series giving a look into the life of individuals from the city. "I just love that series," he grins to me.
Thus far, Kris Graves has acted as the primary curator of the drops. Graves is a talented photographer himself, who has personally dropped a project under the Quantum Art umbrella.
As of right now, most of the curation has been done by Graves—with some input from Justin. They have plans for the future to open up a community-curated calendar as well, something that will most likely come to fruition in early 2022.
Eventually, other photographers who have launched work on the Quantum platform will also be involved in the process behind the curated drops.
The next project is Mona Kuhn's series Bushes and Succulents, which will drop this coming Thursday, December 9th. Mark your calendars.