Want an NFT of your favourite comedian? | Photographer Steve Best puts his portraits on the market © Steve Best

Want an NFT of your favourite comedian?

Photographer Steve Best puts his portraits on the market

Stand-up and photographer Steve Best is getting into the NFT craze – selling certificates linked to his digital portraits of fellow comedians

The images come from his forthcoming fine art book Comedians, and  show comedians including Jimmy Carr, Dara O Briain, Jo Brand and Stewart Lee in their unguarded moments backstage.

He said of the project: ‘Me having a camera backstage doesn't make me a photographer to fellow comedians, but just a comedian with a camera, which means I'm able to capture the real atmosphere and deeply personal, pre-stage moments of performers.’

Now he is partnering with the FabriikX platform to  launch his first collection of non-fungible tokens, which prove ownership of original digital files, even if the images themselves are copied.

Best said: ‘Like many people, I suppose, I've had my eye on NFTs for a while, but it was through a comedian friend, who is also very much into crypto, who put me in touch with FabriikX, and this made me see the (digital) light.

‘It's exciting to get into NFTs, at the beginning-ish (well, when it comes to fine art photography). It's a brilliant way for newer creators/artists to get their work out there and to think a little outside the box when it comes to their artwork.’

The  Comedians Back to Front collection is available now, with the NFTs priced $50 and some are at $150, which include a physical copy. Other comics featured include Milton Jones, Jack Whitehall, Zoe Lyons, Felicity Ward and Mae Martin.

Lior Cyngiser from  FabriikX added: ‘Steve is highly respected within two different artistic circles, which he has cleverly merged to give a new edge to the juxtaposed life of the comedian. His unique background makes this expertly curated NFT collection of rare, behind-the-scenes photography highly collectible.’

The market for NFTs has cooled substantially in recent weeks, linked to a wider collapse in cryptocurrency. An NFT of Twitter founder Jack Dorsey’s first tweet, purchased last year for $2.9million failed to reach $300 at auction last month.

But Best’s more modestly priced tokens might prove a better way for supporters to back his work without breaking the bank.

Comedians, his third book, will be published in September as a high-end coffee table collection of fine art photography. See some of the images it contains here.

Published: 26 May 2022

What do you think?

Live comedy picks

We see you are using AdBlocker software. Chortle relies on advertisers to fund this website so it’s free for you, so we would ask that you disable it for this site. Our ads are non-intrusive and relevant. Help keep Chortle viable.