Famous Photographers Strike a Pose in Baseball Uniforms

In the 1970's, the big shots of 20th-century photography posed for photographer Mike Mandel's baseball trading cards that resulted in a satirical series addressing commercialism.

The conceptual artist and photographer is known for often questioning the meaning of photography in the context of popular culture, getting inspiration from the snapshot, advertising, photojournalism, and public and prrivate archives. He self-published most of his work, and is best known for "Evidence (1997)" and "Baseball Photographer Trading Cards (1975)".

The trading cards are a set of 134 portraits of different photographers and curators, roleplaying as baseball players. He said:

"I photographed photographers as if they were baseball players and produced a set of cards that were packaged in random groups of ten, with bubble gum, so that the only way of collecting a complete set was to make a trade. I travelled around the United States visiting about 150 photographic “personalities” and had them pose for me. I carried baseball paraphernalia: caps, gloves, balls, a mask and chest protector, a bat, as well as photographic equipment, and made a 14,000 mile odyssey."

On the reverse of each card would be photographers' personal data -- their favorite cameras, developers, films, height, weight, and such, all in the sie of 3.5" x 2.5".

Images are from Flashbak.

2017-12-15 #culture #portraiture #mike-mandel #vintage-photography

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