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Les Krims

20th century
80 x 55 mm (3.1 x 2.2 in.)

Mike Mandel, American, b. born 1950

Object Type: photograph
Medium and Support: Halftone offset lithographic reproduction of photograph on card-stock paper
Series: Number 36 from set of 135 printed cards The Baseball Photographer Trading Cards
Edition: From the complete set of 134 photographer cards with halftone portraits plus one checklist card, first edition, self-published by Mike Mandel in Santa Cruz, California, 1975.
Marks: Printed on verso: information about the photographer depicted on the card, and text from that depicted photographer.
Bibliography: Aaron Schuman, “Mike Mandel: ‘The Baseball Photographer Trading Cards,’” Aperture no. 200 (Fall 2010), pp. 60–63.
Credit Line: Carl S. Miller Endowed Fund, 2015
Accession Number: 2015.3.1.36


The artist’s statement on this work (the entire set of cards) includes: “The project satirized the phenomenon of the fine art photography community being consumed by the larger art world and commercial culture. 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 designed a reverse side for the card which would allow for each photographer to fill in their own personal data that in a way referred to the information usually included on real baseball cards.”

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  • baseball
  • baseball cards
  • costume - Artifacts worn or carried for warmth, protection, embellishment, or symbolic purposes. [May 1998 lead-in term added, "apparel (costume).]
  • photographer portraits
  • photographers
  • satire - Artistic device holding up human folly and vice to scorn, derision, or ridicule. [November 1994 scope note added; related term added; alternate term added. May 1994 related term added.]
  • sports - Use for games that involve a reasonable degree of individual skill and physical prowess. [June 1993 related term added. March 1993 scope note changed; related terms added; descriptor moved. February 1991 scope note added; alternate term added.]

  • image Dimensions: 80 x 55 mm (3 1/8 x 2 3/16 in.)

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