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Steven Berkoff NFT Photographic Exhibition

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Theatre actor, film-star, playwright, director, novelist, photographer and poet, Steven Berkoff is joining the early pioneers of crypto artists and celebrities who exhibit and sell their artwork – virtually.  Steven’s collection of 30 photographs Homeless in Hollywood will be exhibited in the metaverse from 11th April and all physical photographs will be signed and digitally twinned to a non-fungible token (NFT). Capturing the true soul of people who wander the streets of Venice Beach in Los Angeles, the photographs give a glimpse into the souls of the homeless who inhabit that area of Tinseltown. Large in number and ever present, these are the people who live beneath the surface of the City of Dreams – the are people who “feel, who entertain, who make you cry, all without makeup,

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Theatre actor, film-star, playwright, director, novelist, photographer and poet, Steven Berkoff is joining the early pioneers of crypto artists and celebrities who exhibit and sell their artwork – virtually.  Steven’s collection of 30 photographs Homeless in Hollywood will be exhibited in the metaverse from 11th April and all physical photographs will be signed and digitally twinned to a non-fungible token (NFT).

Capturing the true soul of people who wander the streets of Venice Beach in Los Angeles, the photographs give a glimpse into the souls of the homeless who inhabit that area of Tinseltown. Large in number and ever present, these are the people who live beneath the surface of the City of Dreams – the are people who “feel, who entertain, who make you cry, all without makeup, cosmetic surgery and fake tans which so often defines the place”, says Berkoff.

The photographs were taken in April 2016 when Berkoff was in Los Angeles directing Eugene O’Neill’s play The Hairy Ape, which received rave reviews when it opened at The Odyssey Theatre in the city.

Like so much of the creative industry, visual art shifted much of its activity over the period of lockdown as the pandemic hit. Digital art and NFTs began to take off in 2021 and are on a path to becoming integral to a new generation of artists looking to create and sell their art.  Sotheby’s already has its own dedicated platform selling NFTs of art created by crypto artists to digital collectors and rival Christie’s has already chalked up over $100 million in NFT sales.

Berkoff says:

“At first, I had no idea of what the metaverse was and NFTs were a mystery but I was approached about putting my photographs into a virtual exhibition and asked if I would be willing to join the meta revolution.  Having studied it, I became excited by this new way of selling art. I saw singers and actors like William Shatner, selling NFTs of personal items or their creations and thought – yes”.

NFT Photographic Exhibition

Steven’s photographs will be available to purchase via OpenSea and exhibited digitally in the Metaverse. Buyers receive a digital version of the photograph signed by the actor plus a framed and signed photo of the same.

Homeless in Hollywood has a live launch on 11th April at University Women’s Club in Mayfair in London. Proceeds from the sale of the first photograph will go to Disaster Emergency Committee (DEC) Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.

Steven Berkoff has been an undisputed theatrical legend since the 1970s. Throughout his extraordinary career as a theatrical firebrand, performer, writer and director he has railed against safe, mediocre and superficial theatre. His theatrical craftsmanship, his physicality and tremendous voice work has been honed to razor sharpness over a career spanning five decades.  Steven’s plays and adaptations have been performed in many countries and in many languages. Amongst the many adaptations Berkoff has created for the stage, directed and toured, are Kafka’s Metamorphosis, The Trial, Agamemnon after Aeschylus, and Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher.  Steven has directed and toured productions of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus also playing the title role, Richard II, Hamlet and Macbeth, as well as Oscar Wilde’s Salome.  

Berkoff’s film work includes roles in A Clockwork Orange, Barry Lyndon, Octopussy, Beverly Hills Cop, Rambo, Under the Cherry Moon, Absolute Beginners and The Krays.  Steven also directed and co-starred with Joan Collins in the film version of his play Decadence.  His film adaptation of Tell Tale Heart has recently been adapted for the big screen by Stephen Cookson, who also brought Berkoff’s stage play Shakespeare’s Heroes and Villains to film.

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