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25 September 2015

In this recurring column, we highlight a few items we've run across that don't merit a full story of their own but are interesting enough to bring to your attention (with more than 140 characters). This time we look at being Human, a San Francisco photo essay, a photojournalist's trump, machine learning and free photographic wallpapers.

  • In What it Means to be Human, by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Alan Taylor reports Bertrand spent three years collecting stories from more than 2,000 people in 60 countries. The 24 photos in the slide show -- many of them faces, all of them with stories -- are from Bertrand's new movie Human, which can be seen in three parts on YouTube. Here's the trailer:
  • Ming Thein's Photoessay: San Francisco street monochromes shows the effects of light and mood in black-and-white. Shot in "different eras" of his career, they consistently represent his personal experience in San Francisco of "possibility and excitement reinforced by the weather and tempered by something slightly along the lines of wondering if you're going to live up to the standards of the city or stand out like a hick." Fear not, hicks are not a problem.
  • Eliza Collins reports Trump lashes out at AP photographer who snapped empty chairs. "The chairs were only empty, he explained, because the crowd had surged forward to surround him," she writes.
  • If Machine Learning & Deep Neural Networks Explained makes your eyes glaze over, it's only because you forget how much fun Nat and Lo can be when they explain things. And these things are at the heart of stuff like face recognition and smart image search:
  • Photographer Flo Gehring's photographic wallpapers are free to use on any of your devices. "I hope you enjoy them," she says.

More to come...

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