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20 January 2018

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. This time we look at J. Kevin Dunn, Gerda Taro, Laura Bennett, bokeh for Micro Four Thirds and U.S. border behavior.

  • J. Kevin Dunn was A Small-Town Newspaper Photographer for the for the Moose Jaw Times-Herald. "Never before and never again would I be given such licence to scour the streets, comb the countryside and mine the tenement houses for content, characters and their stories," he writes.
  • In 'Deathbed Photo' of War Photographer Gerda Taro Discovered, the Guardian tells the story of John Kiszely, a retired British lieutenant general, whose Hungarian father, Dr. Janos Kiszely, was a volunteer doctor with the International Brigades who fought against Gen Francisco Franco during the Spanish civil war. A photo of the young doctor shows him with Taro, Robert Capa's companion, after suffering a fatal wound following the Battle of Brunete.
  • Laura Bennett won a Luminous Landscape Endowment grant in 2015 for a research project about Elsa Johanna, her grandmother. She reports on her progress with luscious images of the places in Finland her grandmother left to start a new life in America.
  • Kirk Tuck tackles Shallow Depth of Field With Fast Lenses for Micro Four Thirds cameras. The gaol is to simulate the effect of a 100mm f2.8 or lower lens on a full format camera. He bought a $400 50mm f1.2 lens to start the adventure with two other candidates in the wings if that doesn't work out.
  • New directives for border agents mean U.S. Border Guards Can Search Your Phone. This Canadian Press article explains what they can and can't do and what you should do whether you are crossing the border as an American or not.

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