The (hot) shoe is on the other foot

November 21, 2014

Do cameras still use hot-shoe flash attachments?

Anyway, this was going around Facebook yesterday so I thought I’d pass it along.

For only $3,995, you can be the first kid on the block to own this (the link brings you to the page where each of the 134 cards are identified): edition, first and only printing. 134 photo-offset lithographic reproductions of photographic portraits printed on individual “trading cards,” with an additional card including a complete checklist of participating photographers. Photographs by Mike Mandel. Texts, statistics and quotes by the respective artists printed on verso (e.g., Ed Ruscha: “Everything you’ve ever wanted is right in your own backyard;” Bobby Heinecken: “…Critics often misspell his last name, hence he is often mistaken for the European beer player.”). Each card 3-1/2 x 2-1/2 inches. Lithographic reproductions printed by Mike Roberts, Berkeley, California. The cards were originally packaged with sticks of chewing gum by Topps Chewing Gum, Brooklyn, New York. In 1975, Mike Mandel traveled around the U.S. with baseball equipment and uniforms to produce a series of portraits of important and influential photographers, curators, art historians and critics. (Note: My emphasis) The resulting cards were, and still are, traded by those in the field. Out of print.

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