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10 August 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 roadside buildings that look like what they're selling, the film resurgence, Chris Killip, Pershing Park and Sigma solar eclipse lens deals.

  • Rian Dundon presents some historic photos of Pure Roadside Americana. "These roadside attractions-cum-marketing campaigns were developed as a novel way to attract customers on the burgeoning highways of midcentury America," he writes. Fun shots from the brick-and-mortar era (even if you never saw the buildings).
  • Ming Thein offers some Sensible Perspectives on Film and Digital in Current Times. "The recent resurgence in the popularity of film is undeniable, to the point that there are both new brands and revivals of old ones happening on a fairly regular basis," he begins.
  • Chris Killip on Photographing People and Places is a 40:30 audio interview by Jim Cuno with the Isle of Man photographer. Topics cover his work as an assistant to advertising photographer Adrian Flowers, his experience rediscovering images from work made decades ago (including his images of industrial communities in North East England) and his love for black-and-white photographs. "Black-and-white images inevitably seem to be historical documents," Killip says. "And for me, my real liking for black-and-white was the way it was removed from reality."
  • As reported in Pix Nixed at Pershing Square, the NPPA plus a number of other professional photographer organizations helped draft the ACLU's letter protesting the Los Angeles Dept. of Recreation's ban on "video, photo and audio devices" at Pershing Square's Downtown Stage Saturday concerts. "Numerous courts have rejected the argument that private contracting over traditional public forums abrogates the government's First Amendment obligations," the letter points out.
  • Sigma has announced its Total Solar Eclipse promotion that includes a $200 instant rebate on the Sigma 150-600mm f5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports lens (normally $1,999), a $100 instant rebate on the Sigma 150-600mm f5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary lens ($1,089) and a $50 instant rebate on the Sigma 100-400mm f5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary lens ($799). The promotion also includes a $100 instant rebate on the Sigma MC-11 Mount Converter for Sony cameras ($249) when purchased with either of the 150-600mm f5-6.3 or the 100-400mm f5-6.3 lenses.

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