Obscura

Obscura was created to enable and set free the creative possibilities for photographers. Many photographic stories are left untold for lack of funding. This platform is an opportunity to facilitate photographers to pursue their projects through the sales of NFTs.

How It Works

Photographers submit their dream project.

We operate in Seasons which span a total of 4 months. We have a 4 tier system of commissions that are awarded monthly.

The curation team selects a series of photographers into Obscura on a rolling basis.

We offer Mint Passes for 4 tiers of commissions we are backing:

Some commissions have sold out. Check OpenSea for secondary listings.

Obscura Magnum Commision

  • 55 Season Passes
  • 2.8 ETH
  • 8 1/1 NFTs
  • Sold once per season

Obscura Curated Commision

  • 55 Season Passes
  • 2.8 ETH
  • 8 1/1 NFTs
  • Sold once per season

Obscura Foundry Commission

  • 28 Generation Passes
  • 1.75 ETH
  • 5 1/1 NFTs
  • Sold twice per season

Obscura Community Commission

  • 30 Generation Passes
  • 1.75 ETH
  • 5 1/1 NFTs
  • Sold twice per season

Curated and Magnum passes are available to buy on secondary. Foundry and Community season pass NFTs will be airdropped in February to subscribers, in advance of their respective drops.

The proceeds from the season passes will guarantee funding to the artists to execute their vision over a period of 4 weeks.

At the end of the 4 week period, the collection will then be made available to collectors, free to claim with their mint passes.

Obscura Magnum Collection

Alessandra Sanguinetti

Alessandra will create new NFT photographs relating to The Adventures of Guille and Belinda and The Enigmatic Meaning of Their Dreams. Alessandra will continue to explore remote areas of Argentina, and the uncertainties of rural space against urban space on the outskirts of Buenos Aires. She is focusing on a small town she has visited since she was a child and how the town and its people have been slowly disappearing.

Obscura Magnum Collection

The Kabuler by Lorenzo Meloni

Afghanistan has been for the last two decades one of the most documented regions in the world, yet it remains a mystery for the general audience who finds it hard to grasp the complete picture behind the constant reporting of breaking news. Lorenzo will produce a series of images that continues his commitment to document Afghanistan the current situation of the country borrowing the treatment that the media provide to other destinations and topics that are not under constant scrutiny. This process stems from his questions about photojournalism, especially in sensitive areas such as those of conflict. Is it possible to represent war in a different way? Does this dangerous work still make sense?

Genesis Collection

The Royal Pinedo by Cristina De Middel

In the tropical region of La Yungas in Bolivia, surrounded by coca plantations, Cristina De Middel has encountered the story of a King. His name is Julio Pinedo. Julio is a descendant of prince Uchicho, the King of the Kikongo tribe that arrived from the Congo in 1820. This collection will document the daily life of a quite unusual king, recognizing his legacy and the oral tradition that remains after 3 generations. The story will show how this legacy plays out within the the current problematic coca industry in the country, which is still one of Bolivia's biggest agricultural productions.

From The Afronauts (2012)

Genesis Collection

Reuben Wu

Reuben is driven not just by the urge to create imagery, but by a desire to explore new places as if they were unknown territory, constantly open to serendipity and with an eye for the unnoticed and the hidden. His commission for Obscura is a top secret project that will explore themes of time, place and spatial parameters.

From Field of Infinity (2019)

Commission Tiers

The Obscura Magnum Commission

We are partnering with Magnum Photos to commission 8 of their photographers to produce exclusive NFT native photographs. We're honored to facilitate Magnums' blockchain genesis via Obscura. We believe that the opportunity presented for photographers of this caliber will help cement the importance of the NFT photography community and ecosystem. As a supporter of the commission, you will enable funding to 8 separate commissions co-curated by Obscura and Magnum. Each artist will produce a collection of 55 NFTs.

50 Season Passes will be sold for the Obscura Magnum Commission. Each pass guarantees 8 NFTs, one from every Magnum photographer. 5 Pass max per wallet. Sold once per season. 5 Passes are withheld for Obscura

The Obscura Curated Commission

Our signature commission awarded to world renowned photographers to help them create new work for the Obscura platform. 2 photographers per month are selected for their outstanding contributions to the medium of photography. We offer the artist a curation team to assist in the selection of the final pieces. Each artist will produce a collection of 55 NFTs.

55 Season Passes will be sold for the Curated Commission. Each pass guarantees 8 NFTs, one from every curated artist. Sold once per season. 5 Passes are withheld for Obscura

The Obscura Foundry Commission

A set of 5 commissions awarded to up and coming photographers and mid career artists alike. Through the commission we enable them to fulfill their vision for a new project. We offer them a mentorship program and a curatorial partnership to help during the commission. Each artist will produce a collection of 25 NFTs.

28 Generation Passes will be sold per Foundry Commission drop. Each pass guarantees 5 NFTs, valid for one foundry generation. Sold twice per season.

The Obscura Community Commission

Obscura will designate the commission theme or subject to photograph. As a photographer oriented platform we want to commission our community members to go out and photograph pressing issues happening today around the world. A team of 10 photographers are awarded the Community Commission to document events, people or places. We also offer them a mentorship program and a curatorial partnership to help during the commission. Each artist will deliver a collection of 15 NFTs.

30 Generation Passes will be sold for per Community Commission drop. Each pass guarantees 5 NFTs, valid for one community generation. Sold twice per season.

Team

Alejandro Cartagena

Alejandro Cartagena is an artist, photographer and photo book publisher. His work is collected by major museums including the SFMoMA, J. Paul Getty Museum, the MFAH. He is interested in the cultural meaning of photographs. Collector of NFTs. Co-founder of The Untitled DAO and a founding artist of theRAWdao.

Cooper Ray

Cooper Ray is a photographer and avid cyclist from New York City. He is firm believer of web3 and our decentralized future. He is the first photographer to deploy a custom smart contract via manifold.xyz for his genesis collection, and an evangelist of creator sovereignty and artist education. Cooper is a founding artist of the theRAWdao and co-founder of The Untitled DAO.

Emmy

Co-founder of CrypToadz

Tony Herrera

Immigrant activist turned entrepreneur in the cryptocurrency, blockchain, and NFT space. Founding member of Ether Cards, a dynamic NFT and monetization platform. Founding member of several DAOs dedicated to the Metaverse space including Meebits DAO, Neon DAO and Ready Player DAO.