NFTs offer an unprecedented opportunity for artists to directly monetize their work with their collectors and fan base. Similarly, the tech also offers an unprecedented opportunity for collectors to connect with artists and own authentic pieces that are meaningful to them in a much more scalable way.
It’s hard to believe, but NFTs have been “mainstream” for less than a year. The market focus so far has been on PFP (profile picture) projects, but photography is gaining more exposure, notably with a record 850 ETH sale of Justin Aversano’s ‘Twin Flames #49. Alyson & Courtney Aliano’ photograph.
America is a visual culture. Photography was used to boost morale during World War 2, affected the civil war, captivated America with the moon-landing, inspired civil rights movements and photography was used as a medium for social reform.
Today, photography is used in our everyday lives to capture day-to-day events (think Instagram), which may have reduced our appreciation for the impact photography has had on shaping and documenting our history.
I had the pleasure of chatting with Enrico Moses, Jamil GS, and T. Eric Monroe to discuss Flash Mints, the platform that’s preserving and curating iconic 90s hip hop photography through an NFT platform. Flash Mints aims to connect with collectors who appreciate the impact photography—and those behind the lens—had during the golden age of Hip-Hop.
Flash Mints is currently live, with curated collections from T. Eric Monroe, Jamil GS, and Ricky Powell starting at 0.1 ETH. You can also join their Discord group to engage directly with the photographers and collectors who appreciate the work and learn about upcoming drops.