The ‘insouciants’ – those free from caring – are often the knuckleheads and goofballs who can be smart, funny and driven, and therefore the ones who change shit up exactly because they don’t give a shit. Like the people in the photos here. They remade music as we know it. I think the sardonic and flippant side of grunge is often overlooked in the mythologies – after all ‘grunge’ was even coined by that master of dry wit and double entendres, Mark Arm, singer of Green River and Mudhoney fame. Self deprecation was constantly invoked, just as long as it was in the service of “World Domination,” as Sub Pop put on an early shirt. Grunge was a complex, messy story of contradictions and busted cliches – no one size fits all.
For this first drop in the Charles Peterson Grunge Years NFT collection, I wanted to focus the theme on the lighter side of grunge mythology. Unguarded moments often show us at our humanistic best, and I think that’s what comes through here – the wit, warmth and unbridled youth of these wonderful musicians.
Phosphene came about after a conversation with my co-founder, Kirsten Anderson who is a long time Seattle art gallery owner/operator (roqlarue.com) and I discussed the role of art galleries in the NFT space. We netted out that curation is still valued for both artists and collectors, and gallerists can offer a perspective that could be useful to collectors looking to build a long-term collection. A number of Kirsten’s artists friends were reaching out to her to see if she could help them make the transition to NFTs. This required technology and onboarding support which they don’t have readily available. I also noticed that the NFT community wanted to support climate and sustainability projects to combat the emissions created from blockchains and NFTs but there wasn’t an easy way to do it. That became the genesis of Phosphene.
As for this collection, Kirsten knew Charles and approached him about doing a NFT release of his amazing portfolio.
About Charles Peterson
Charles Peterson, born 1964 in Longview, Washington, is a rock photographer whose work not only captured a moment in history, but defined its look in our collective consciousness.
In the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, a small yet vital music scene was brewing in the Pacific Northwest. A new sound, created by combining garage rock fuzz and metal riffs with scroungy punk nihilism, started to coalesce. This musical genre dubbed ‘grunge’, originally created by outsiders for outsiders, took off like a rocket and changed the musical landscape forever.
The architects of this new sound were captured from their humble beginnings to meteoric success primarily by one main photographer: Charles Peterson. Peterson’s dynamic, blurry, seemingly snapped off-the-cuff black and white photos perfectly captured the beer-soaked dynamism and raucous energy of the time. Peterson became THE guy that you wanted to photograph your band. He became Sub Pop’s unofficial house photographer and his relationships with the bands Nirvana, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Mudhoney and more pushed Peterson’s work to global prominence.
His ability to capture not only intimate casually-cool portraits, but also the vital dynamics of the artist/audience exchange, let us relive these incredible moments of musical history.
What Makes this project unique?
It has a strong foundation of history, culture and scarcity. I haven’t seen any projects covering the grunge era. Especially with this level of pedigree. Also, all the images used for the NFT drop have never been published. It’s like unveiling a lost relic in some sense.
How Big is the team and what are their roles? What is the price?
On the Phosphene side, we have Kirsten and me along with some contractors to help with tech and support. Kirsten handles artist and community relations along with business operations, and I manage the tech aspects. Charles is an independent artist.
The price of the 1/1 is 0.1 ETH, the Edition of 10 is 0.025 ETH, The auction will start at 0.1ETH on Foundation.
We are pricing this so that new collectors can start their collection with a super high quality and rare piece.
What is the Mint Size?
There will be 10 1/1s and 1 edition of 10. There’s also an auction of a 1/1 on Foundation
Are there any mechanics we should know about?
We did a small whitelist who were early supporters and expressed strong interest in this drop. Otherwise, we are listing all the pieces on OpenSea and Foundation on 9/1 around 12:00 pm PST (depending on gas).
Another day, another NFT marketplace but this time we’re extremely excited. A few days ago, a friend on our Discord told us about this project on lgnd.art. Out of curiosity, we went and took a look at what may be on that platform. We were immediately excited when we saw that one of the best favorite photographers of all time, Platon is doing an NF T drop Sunday, June 6 at 7pm Central Time. Platon is presenting his first series of I love you, I hate you. Described as a historic and monumental collection featuring the magnified Iris portraits, belonging to an array of the world’s most well known figures. This exhibition will include 12, individual iris NFTs picked from experiences over the last 30 years of Platon’s photography career. Each of these NF T’s will deconstruct a portrait, removing 97% of the negative information, and deleting every aspect of any facial characteristics collectors will only be left with curiosity and the inability to judge who they are in front of you, could be some of the infamous world leaders, including Putin. They could be social activists, social media moguls, leaders, or villains, but each iris will be split into 12 frames.
Each edition of these NF T’s will be sold for $111. The auction will be an open edition for 12 minutes and 12 collectors will be randomly chosen to receive a physical photo from Platon himself. The identities will be revealed but for each of the NFT owners.
Platon, based out of New York City is one of the world’s most renowned photographers, he’s photographed most of the world leaders, including over six American presidents, and many of the infamous leaders as stated above, he’s published books and talked about freedom and war and passion and sadness and joy, and everything in between. His art is truly remarkable. And today, his photographs are seen worldwide.
lgnd.art describes themselves as a platform built by artists for artists, they’ve created an ecosystem that enables dynamic interaction, and allows collectors to trade, high end collectibles, along with curated roster of best in class artists. That is describe their mission, with the goal of empowering creators around the world to secure their legacy reach larger, larger audiences, and build future through eco conscious blockchain technology.
Rolling Stone just announced that famous photographer Jesse Frohman will be selling over 100 NFTs of Kurt Cobain’s final photoshoot before Kurt’s suicide in 1994. Titled the “Last Session” the collection includes over 100 images that will be sold as a single bundle to the winner. The starting bid for this auction is 27.27 ETH (Kurt and Other Famous Artists died at 27) which is nearly $75,000 as of this post.
Additionally, the photographer is releasing 10 1/1 Editions titled the “Nevermind Editions” which are 10 quadriptychs (the famous Warhol style) that will be listed for auction starting at 2.7 ETH each.
Finally, there will be 20 NFTs titled “In Utero” starting at 1 ETH each.
The auction will run from May 3rd through May 7th and will likely fetch far greater interest as we near the auction date.
The good news is this that a portion of the sales from this drop will be donated to the JED foundation (a non-profit organization designed to protect emotional help and prevent suicide in teens and young adults.
In addition to the 104 iconic images, contact sheets, and polaroids, the auction winner will receive one print of their choosing from the collection and the opportunity for their own photoshoot with Jesse Frohman.
From Jesse’s Website:
Over the past 27 years, The Last Session images have grown into the memorial artefact of Kurt Cobain, an intimate moment with one of the last great rock stars, a hero to the disaffected, and an enigma that will never be fully understood.
And while Jesse Frohman’s work features in permanent collections at MoMA and the National Portrait Gallery, The Last Session has proven to be his definitive work. The Last Session NFT collection includes images, polaroids, and contact sheets with Frohman’s original markups, some of which have never before been seen. The landmark NFT release offers those who celebrate Kurt’s legacy a chance to share ownership of a moment that is etched deeply upon the soul of music and culture.
Thank you for agreeing for this NFT Culture Interview. Please give our audience a bit of your background
My name is Noe Alonzo, aka Noealz on my social media, and I am probably known best for my rainy cyberpunk and infrared photography.
I was born and raised in South Texas, in a small city called Mcallen. My parents are from Mexico and growing up I had to work to help my family make ends meet. I remember using some money from selling aluminum cans as a kid to buy gardening tools, then going around the neighborhood asking people if they needed yard work. Once I turned 12, I started selling newspapers in the corners and I remember that upon turning 16, I felt a sense of relief because I could finally get a decent part-time paying job to help my mom pay for the rent. I spent most of my high school years working up to 3 jobs at a time to help out, but somehow I still managed to do well at school. It wasn’t until I reached the university that I decided to focus entirely on my studies. I took some loans, ended up with a master’s degree and I moved to Korea as a teacher. I felt that if I lived abroad, I could earn more to help my family back home in Texas, while being able to live a little better.
Thanks for that detail. What made you pursue art?
One fact I had forgotten was that I had been taking photographs for many years since my childhood; I came across a shoebox full of photographs that I had taken during my trips back home. As a child, I would often shoot with those old-school rectangular cameras that looked like a small cell phone case and during high school, I would almost always have a Kodak disposable camera and would use it to capture photos of my friends and life. I would take photos of my friends skating and eventually, I bought a small 3Mb camera that allowed me to take short clips of them doing skateboarding tricks. As a university student, I dedicated my entire life to studying, so I had no time for hobbies or interests; however, I also had the chance to take some film courses which rekindled my love for film during my last year of study.
Things got serious once I graduated from the University and was able to record and capture things freely. Initially, I was making videos about food and travel in Korea, but once I upgraded to a DSLR, I began to take photos during my time off. On a trip to Taiwan, I took a photo that came out beautifully. Since that moment, I wanted to learn how to recreate what made that photo beautiful, and so I started to teach myself photography and take it more seriously.
What is one thing you cannot live without and Who is your favorite artists (Non NFT)?
Perhaps the one thing I cannot live without would be spicy food, I need it in my life. I don’t think I can go a few days without something with a strong flavor. I think perhaps many people would expect me to say my camera, but I can take photos just as nicely using my phone. I challenged myself to shoot exclusively on only a phone for 6 months once. I cannot say the same for some good spicy food. If I go a few days without it, I start to lose my mojo and can’t think clearly until I have something nice.
For my favorite artists, I think I would struggle to answer that one because one of my favorite artists right now is now doing NFTs. I’ve always admired the photography of Liam Wong because of his images and he has been my favorite artist for a very long time and he was one of the inspirations for taking photographs in the rain. I think he is moving towards film now, so it makes me sad he does not release any new works, but I think it is funny because I moved away from video.
Who is your favorite NFT artist?
Mad Dog Jones is my favorite NFT artist, actually, I really love colors and I feel like no other artist comes close to capturing that perfect blend of palettes. Not only that but I like the mentality he has towards the NFT space, his mindset of putting the collectors first, and how he is always pushing to do some new things – such as Replicator. That and he says hi from time to time, it is cool when someone you admire does something as simple as a reply to you. So it further enforces the positive image I hold of him as a person and artist.
What made you pursue NFT art?
I had known about NFT art since last year, but at the time I was working on a book and to get it done in time, I had to focus on that entirely. Around the time I finished my book, Beeple had his big breakout auction and I knew that if I did not immediately get into NFTs, I might be too late in catching up. My friend Judy helped me get in and I appreciate her for that. I spent a long time researching and to be honest, at the time there wasn’t any clear concise information written in a way that a normal person could understand. So I took everything I knew and made some video guides to help others after I had learned the process.
What is the one piece of NFT art you wish you had purchased but missed out on?
I am not such a large artist that I can afford to purchase many pieces; however, there are many pieces by artists in Asia that I see from time to time, and hope that someday I can collect many of them. There are some pieces that I like but the ones I have seen are priced a little beyond my means. I am confident those artists will continue to put out new pieces though, and hopefully, as this space grows I can help them out. I have been thinking about this for a while, how can I make a difference besides simply buying one person’s work? So I have this idea, I would like to build a website where it gives simple instructions on how to mint in different Asian languages since they have the hardest time getting started. It could even include certain phrases so they know how to share their work on places like Twitter and such since many have trouble with English.
If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go?
I would love to go to Brazil someday, I am very interested in photographing the slums and all the colorful homes there. I am a little worried about my equipment getting stolen as many of my friends living there have warned me about that, but I do not think that would deter me from visiting someday. What does stop me is the time, the money for the flight, and the fact that the flight is close to 27 hours. I do not think I could be able to handle that flight from Korea. But perhaps someday I might get the chance. I usually travel in Asia, but traveling to South America would be super awesome someday.
What are your other passions besides art?
Before the pandemic, I was very interested in health and nutrition. I would wake up to go to the gym at 6 am and eat very balanced, but that is not the case anymore. I should not go to the gym due to the pandemic, and it isn’t very fun to exercise while using a mask either. Once this pandemic is over, I would like to get back into the routine of exercising regularly and cooking more often. Besides that, I like walking around and exploring new places, I usually always carry a camera with me, so if the conditions aren’t very nice, I like to come back again another day.
Do you make other forms of art?
I am not sure if it is considered art, but I like making Youtube videos. Occasionally I make some video projects such as time-lapses or animations, although I am not very good at it. Currently, I am studying a bit more on After Effects animations, but I would like to maintain stills as my primary form of art. I think many people are animating their works these days and I do want to dabble in it from time to time, but I also think that since many people are animating their work, I would stick out if I improve on my current works. Besides that, I do draw from time to time and occasionally like to mix paint with my photography. I don’t do it very often but sometimes when I get an idea stuck in my head.
How did you come up with your specific Photography style? How has your style evolved over the years?
I don’t think it is something that I came up with, but rather something that came about many years. Been doing photography for 10 years now, when I began I was shooting videos which then evolved into landscape and cityscape photos. From there I started doing timelapse and dabbled into film and street photography from time to time. Eventually, I started going out and doing that street photography at night, and ultimately, rain entered the equation and changed everything for me. I also do infrared photography, the reason being that I just love colors so much. But daytime photography is just so boring to me, which is why infrared and anime-style images are what I am interested in. In terms of night photography, I have become much pickier about what I like and don’t like. I think being critical of my work is what helps me evolve and become better.
What is coming in the near future?
I have quite a lot of projects planned for the future. Many of them are long-term projects but primarily I want to continue traveling around Asia while taking photos of the different cities and compile them into various books for people to enjoy. There is a daytime photography book that I would like to complete. The estimated time to finish it is around 5-6 years if all goes well. I would also like to make one more nighttime book but of various cities, not only Seoul. I am always looking for new ideas for my work, there are a lot of things I cannot do so the best way to bridge those gaps is to do some collaborations with various artists.
If you could collaborate with one artist who would it be?
Well, I’ve always admired the work of Mad Dog Jones. I noticed that he painted one of my friend’s images long ago and I thought it’d be pretty cool if he did one of mine too. That was before NFTs though,these days he has gotten so far so I don’t think I could ever reach him at those heights. But there are many awesome more talented artists out there that I can probably get to know and work with. I like collaborating with people I have seen around or had contact with for quite some time. I often get messages from people but they often have empty portfolios and I feel like they are just trying to use my influence to get some quick sales, so I prefer it to be with people who have put some time into their work. Perhaps others might feel the same way about me, but I have 10 years of work behind so I think my work can speak for itself.
Do you have any upcoming drops?
I am currently only loading on locations like Foundation and Known Origin, but I tend to release my content slowly as pieces sell out. I don’t want to flood my pieces too soon, although I have many years of photographs to work with. I am very picky about the things I put out and would like to drop only my best. There are plenty of collaborations coming out though, some are pretty big and I can’t wait to tell people about them but I think I should hold back on my excitement. In fact, this entire month has been almost only collaborations.
Any Final Thoughts?
Support artists in Asia! Particularly women artists, many of them don’t have the language to be active in these communities. So please actively look for them and support their work!
Where can our collectors find your art and follow you?
Kate Woodman is a the Portland based conceptual photographer. Her cinematic style is centered around narrative storytelling, nostalgia, vernacular architecture, and a strong use of emotive color. She is also the creator of thebackdropstudio providing immersive backdrops for Photographers. We also love that cate shares her craft by and shows how she makes her incredible composites on youtube.
Arguably the worlds greatest sports photographer, Walter Looss Jr has partnered with MakersPlace to turn classic moments in our collective sports echelon into Non-Fungible Tokens.
Announced as the GOATS collection (Greatest of all time) Looss will release 10 of his most iconic images that include the likes of Tiger Woods, Wayne Gretzky, Mohammad Ali, Michael Jordan, and More.
According to MakersPlace and Looss Jr
The Jordan is a deep cut in the catalog. One of Walter’s favorites but less known. It has had very limited print runs. All of this is why Walter chose it as his debut 1 of 1 NFT. The Montana, Tiger, Gretzky, Griffey, and Ali are some of Walter’s most iconic works, featured prominently in his documentary that just was released.
While they have seen the light of day across multiple media entities, there have been no official edition print runs of Phelps, Michelle, Kelly Slater, Martina shots making these official NFTs unique in the market.
Michael Jordan NFT (Detroit 1987)
The Michael Jordan NFT is a 1/1 Edition that will be auctioned only. After the reserve price is met, the auction will go on for 24 hours. Additionally, the Owner will receive an 8×10 Signed physical print in addition to the NFT.
Walter Looss Jr Open Editions
The Muhammad Ali, Tiger Woods, Joe Montana and Wayne Gretzky NFTs will be 15 minute Open Edition Auctions, each at $3,999. Collectors that buy 3 or more will also receive a Signed Print.
Finally, the Kelly Slater, Martina Navratilova, Ken Griffey Jr, Michelle Kwan, and Michael Phelps NFTs will be fixed editions ranging from $999 to $1,999 with limits between 10-20.
10% of Total Sale Proceeds will be distributed equally amongst the following charities:
Eduardo Pena is a successful artist best known for his work massive projects including Ready Player One via ILM and LucasFilm as well as other major Entertainment and hollywood mediums. He recently entered the NFT space to further explore his own characters and universe known as COSMO-MORFO which have already sold out on Foundation. We expect great things from this incredible artist as the industry learns more about him.