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8 September 2016

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 Aleppo, camera innovation, Koya Bound and Hiroshi Sugimoto.

  • In What Is Alepp? This Is Aleppo?, Alan Taylor presents 24 images of the besieged city but the first is the modern Pietà. The headline echoes Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson's answer ("What is Aleppo?") to an MSNBC question on how he would address the refugee crisis in the city.
  • From 1998 to 2012, we probably reviewed more digicams than anyone. What struck us over the years was what little innovation the camera manufacturers delivered with each new pocketable iteration. In Coffin Not Quite Shut, Thom Hogan describes the iPhone 7 as "another nail in the compact camera coffin." Not dSLRs, to be clear, but digicams like PowerShots and Coolpixes. Canon and Nikon (not to mention Casio, Kodak, HP, Olympus, Panasonic and all the rest of them) never imagined the sort of things Apple is engineering.
  • Koya Bound is a Kickstarter project to publish a book of photography from Japan's Kumano Kodo world heritage pilgrimage walk. Dan Rubin and Craig Mod with another friend spent eight days to cover 107 km. "As we walked, we shot three thousand photographs using a Leica Q and a Leica M Monochrom," Mod writes. Then they printed hundreds of the images on a Brother laser printer, laying them out on the floor before selecting 57 for the book.
  • The Fall issue of The Threepenny Review includes 17 images by Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto whose work deals with history and temporal existence by investigating themes of time, empiricism, and metaphysics," according to Fraenkel Gallery.

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