In the early days following the tragedy at Ground Zero, as a member of Squad 41 FDNY, I utilized disposable cameras to capture the harrowing and heartbreaking images of the devastation, the heroic rescue operations, and the overwhelming horror that surrounded us. The fragile roll of celluloid inside those plastic cameras was highly sensitive, vulnerable to water, light, and any other damage that could render it useless. Yet, now over two decades later, the negatives from those cameras remain intact on celluloid, each image a poignant reminder of the sacrifice, bravery, and resilience displayed in the face of unimaginable tragedy. In recognition of their historical significance and the need for preservation, each of these images will be accompanied by a unique NFT (Digital Collectible) to ensure their survival for generations to come.
Original Celluloid Slide Image capture from the roof of the World Trade Center 1999
What is an NFT ?
Essentially a Digital Collectible.
Non-Fungible Tokens, or NFTs, are unique assets created using a blockchain network. They allow creators to create wholly unique tokens for assets such as images, songs or anything digital. Creators can then sell these as one-of-a-kind works of art, limited editions, or even as small fractions of a whole work. But until now they have been largely confined to digital works. The buyers can then resell them for profit, and the original creator receives a fee, like a royalty every time it's sold.
What is a Physical NFT?
Physical NFTs are NFTs linked to physical works of art. They can be resold like any other NFT or redeemed for delivery of the physical work.