FotoFika, John Freyer, Anne Massoni and Betsy Schneider, and our non-profit fiscal sponsor, the Society for Photographic Education, are asking for your help.
FotoFika 2020 All Stars Trading Card Project (2020Allstars.org) includes images from 380 photography students. We invited all photo students from the Class of 2020 across the globe to submit a single image and a statement about their work. We’ve welcomed the work of all graduating students in photography regardless of degree type. We’ve been sharing the work and promoting the project on Instagram and on our sites (including fotofika.org). There was no cost to the students to participate.
With the help of Becky Senf (Center for Creative Photography), we invited professionals in the field to select and review student images in order to build out our “2020 All Stars”; we provided them with student websites for further engagement to contextualize their selection. Our goal was to have 134 (the number of “players” in Mandel’s original card set) curators, writers, critics, photographers and alumni of the original cards to participate as reviewers for the All Stars. Each reviewer had the option to have their own black and white portrait card produced and over 100 opted to do so.
We will produce a physical set of cards and uncut sheets that will be made available for inclusion in collections around the country. Cards will be made available in packs or uncut sheets for purchase for the participants, reviewers and anyone else who is interested. This is where we need to raise money, in order to fund the printing and to provide each of our 380 students with a deck of cards that includes their image.