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2 February 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 Anthony Barboza's portraits, Calcio Storico, Christiaan van Heijst, Instravel, Sebastiaan de With on Raw smartphone editing, 2017 Backblaze hard drive stats, Mitsubishi's object-recognition camera tech and 10 affordable 360-degree VR cameras.

  • In Honoring Black Artists in Light and Shadow, John Leland presents Anthony Barboza's portraits of some very familiar names. James Baldwin, Michael Jackson at 21, Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis, for example. And some less familiar. All of them stunning monochrome portraits.
  • In Calcio Storico, Italian photographer Clara Vannucci documents the medieval Florentine sport that combines "rugby, soccer and street fighting." Vannucci's favorite image isn't of the game, though. "My favorite is the shot of the fans letting off their flares where the blue sky and the clouds merge with the darker blue of the smoke," she says.
  • In Pilot's Spectacular Photos Taken From an Airplane Cockpit, Francesca Street present 34 of Dutch pilot Christiaan van Heijst's photos from the 30,000 feet up. "It's like a peaceful solitude just flying high up in the sky away from the rest of the world and the planet," he told her.
  • You might call Instravel -- a Photogenic Mass Tourism Experience variations on a few travel themes. But "cliches" is the wrong word if someone you know is in the picture:

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