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19 July 2017

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 Igor Posner, Austin Burke, Irving Penn, negotiating stock licensing, Daniel J. Gregory and the Modular Cleaning Program.

  • In Finding Visual Poetry in Russia, Rena Silverman explores the work of Igor Posner with a 17-image slide show. Posner, who has just published a larger collection of his St. Petersburg images in Past Perfect Continuous, was born in the city but returned only after 14 years away to take his haunting, soft-focus images. "I sort of follow maybe what Robert Frank said, that if you don't poeticize reality that it's not really worth it," he says.
  • Orlando food photographer Austin Burke reveals his "tool box full of random tools that make styling projects manageable." You'll be surprised.
  • Rian Dundon finds The Stunning Photographs of Irving Penn Are Some of the 20th Century's Best. And we can't resist a little nod to the Penn retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, although we wouldn't go as far as Dundon does when he writes, "His still lifes of discarded cigarette butts and deli trash gleaned from the sidewalks of 1970s New York are a triumph of modernist cool."
  • Jess Dudley walks you through Pricing & Negotiating: Stock Licensing, quoting $4,500 for the use of three images and "still wondered if perhaps there was a little dough left on the table."
  • Daniel J. Gregory's The Perceptive Photographer is a weekly podcast dealing with the finer points of fine art photography.
  • In A Clean Frame for 'Jacob Blessing the Sons of Joseph', Gene Karaker steps us through the decisions made in restoring an Italianate frame from the 19th century. The work involved using the Modular Cleaning Program, a database and system for cleaning artwork with both Mac and Windows versions (that, however, require a registration number to prevent mere fools from damaging priceless works of art).

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