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8 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 parades, publicity shots, the Olympus E-PL9, Suzanne Saroff, Terry White and Lyle Ashton Harris.

  • Who doesn't love a parade? But a military parade? Mark Murrmann looks at the photographic evidence of our Rich Tradition of Military Parades, noting they're normally after "military victories." A "welcome home, soldier" gesture. But nobody's coming home so who's going to march?
  • Speaking of parades, Alan Taylor has a little fun in Other Presidents Who Have Met Famous Black People. But we find it increasingly harder to laugh these days. And not just because it's Black History month.
  • Robin Wong reviews the Olympus E-PL9, which he had for about a week. The removal of an EVF port and inclusion of wireless remote control TTL flash baffle him but he applauds the return of the popup flash. (Hmm, popup flash, EVF -- sounds like our E-PL1.) He had a limited edition blue unit but the standard options are black, white or brown. As you might expect from the specs, "The E-PL9 produces the exact same image output as the E-M10 Mark III."
  • In Suzanne Saroff Plays With Perspective, Alice Harrison presents a new series by the photographer using water-filled vessels in a variety of shapes and sizes to fracture the subject behind them. Do try this at home.
  • What's Terry White been up to? A new series called Back to the Basics, that's what. "These videos have been done in the form of live streams on YouTube (for Photoshop) and Facebook (for InDesign)," he writes. You can catch up on the first installments from the link above.
  • Pier 24 Photography has announced a free lecture by artist Lyle Ashton Harris at the California College of the Arts on Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. as part of the Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program. For over 20 years, Harris has explored black identity, gender, sexuality, belonging and various cultural histories using photography, video, collage, installation and performance.

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