Originally published December 30, 2010.
Edina Herold and her husband Robert were a couple of my favorite artists back in the early days of Pixels. I stumbled on this picture looking for something else.
Following the Twitter lynch mob that destroyed the Andy Warhol Museum exhibition I had secured for our community (and for which I had found corporate sponsorship) over the course of a year-and-a-half of work and no small amount of personal expense, Edina and Robert stopped posting on Pixels, much to my dismay. They were not just very talented pioneers of our nascent movement, they were very sweet people, as well.
They were part of larger exodus that hurt me deeply, even though Pixels continued to grow, receiving about 200 pictures a day throughout the next year. That was when I got the brilliant idea to turn Pixels into a much bigger site, a social network, but that is a story for another day.
As we approach the ten-year anniversary of Pixels (November 29, 2009) and the eight-year anniversary (November 22, 2011) of the Twitter attack that took the Warhol show down, I ponder telling the whole story, including the subsequent campaign of lies and harassment against me and Pixels that continued for many years after. I would spare no one, including myself.
Andy Royston, a very well-known iphoneographer, once asked on Facebook if we, the early movers-and-shakers of the movement, would someday tell the real story of iphoneography. The next time I talked to him on the phone, I told him I couldn’t do it. He laughed.
I still can’t laugh about. Such an opportunity for us all was lost that day. Even worse, I truly miss all those artists. Still.
I am truly grateful for everybody who still shares their work here. Always!