Street photographer shares NFT profits with street performer subject

NFT of street performer Donald Heller taken in Boston
(Image credit: Austin Schofield - Foundation)

Boston, USA-based street photographer, Austin Schofield, has made the life of a local street performer that little bit easier thanks to the sale of four NFTs. As a way of giving back to Donald Heller, aka "The Hurdy Gurdy Man", Schofield has ensured that Heller will receive royalties from the initial sale of the NFTs as well as future sales. 

NFTs are still a point of contention, and in the past photographers have been criticized for selling NFTs that are exploitative. The Associated Press came under fire for attempting to sell a video of migrants on a boat as an NFT, furious fans took to Twitter to air their anger over Nirvana NFTs, and one auction house in New Zealand, reportedly told a winning bidder to smash the original glass plate portraits so the NFTs were worth more. 

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.