Axe & Hammer was founded in Denver, Colorado in late 2014 by Sydney Smith and Stanley Sigalov, two childhood acquaintances obsessed with photography, the American west and doing something greater than themselves.
Even as a photographer, Stanley was mystified when people started asking him for prints. Why his prints? What kind of prints? Which images?
He realized that while there are hundreds of extraordinary photographers out there willing to sell their prints, it was really tough to find quality prints without paying gallery prices. There are many cheap, mediocre options and there are high-end, pricy art galleries... but not much in between.
This was because of two things: lack of good production and lack of visibility. So... he partnered with Sydney to solve the problem.
And we did.
We created a community of talented photographers and an online platform that lets them share their best work and their most interesting stories. We then partnered with an industry-leading production lab to help us create museum-quality prints without the costs associated with having a physical gallery. And what did we get? The best of all worlds.
Think of Axe & Hammer as a brick & mortar art gallery without the brick or mortar. The quality and authenticity are the same, the prices are not.
We're constantly trying to improve our business, whether it's our print production, website quality or sustainability efforts. If you have suggestions regarding anything we do, please let us know. We'll happily reward meaningful feedback with print discounts and shoutouts.