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25 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 Craig Burrows' plant photos, advice from Magnum photographers, the fate of popular photography and Kendall Plant on the John Muir Trail.

  • In Remarkable Photos Capture the Light That Plants Emit, Laura Mallonee highlights the black-light photos of Craig Burrows.
  • In What Are Magnum Photographers Looking For?, a 30-year-old letter to photographers submitting their work to Magnum shares some sound advice. "Submit the work that you care for the most, regardless of whether it is suitable for the marketplace or not." Why? It continues, "In the end, your own belief in your work and in your future as a photographer matter more than anything else."
  • Ming Thein considers The Rise and Decline of Popular Photography. He makes three points along the way: 1) sufficiency (gear capability) is long past, 2) visual saturation is close (only the sensational gets noticed) and 3) the incentive to invest in skill is lower (unsustainable rates for your time). "It's not all doom and gloom, though: we've got better tools than ever and the ability to do things we couldn't even imagine ten years ago," he adds.
  • Kendall Plant, an art director at Adobe, spent 17 Days on the John Muir Trail. She used a Sony A7 fullĀ­frame mirrorless camera with a 28mm 1.8 prime lens and an iPhone 7 running Lightroom mobile.

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