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9 April 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 luchadores, Ray Simone, a 2x digital zoom to love, Photo Camp and the lost Warhols.

  • In Who Was That Masked Man? A Wrestling Priest, David Gonzalez interviews Seila Montes who spent two years photographing the masked luchadores of Mexico. "The ones I photographed were not famous, and they only earned a little. But they transformed when they put on their mask and costume," she says.
  • Set some time aside to enjoy the old photos and negatives Ray Simone has collected at flea markets, street fairs, stoop sales and estate sales in New York City. Some of them date to the 1890s (and there are quite a few sports legends and publicity stills in the collection, too). Simone digitizes each photo and painstakingly retouches them.
  • Derrick Story praises The Impressive Olympus Digital Tele-Converter. But the nicest thing about this 2x digital zoom feature may be it leaves the Raw data alone when you shoot Raw+JPEG with it enabled.
  • Photo Camp at the Firefly Institute features classes with Julieanne Kost, Annie Griffiths, Laurie Klein, Pei Ketron, Meghan Davidson, Brooke Shaden, Leanne Hansen, Veronica Cotter and Kevin Anthuis. Camp will be held at the Westerbeke Ranch in Sonoma, Calif., April 18 to 22.
  • The Lost Warhols features 66 rare photographs of Andy Warhol taken by photographer Karen Bystedt. The prints will be on display at a pop-up gallery in New York City's SoHo from May 1 to 22. Proceeds from the sales will benefit God's Love We Deliver, a leading provider of nutritious, medically tailored meals for those too sick to cook for themselves.

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