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22 May 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 Southeast Alaska, rural Russia, photos that must be in color, compromise, the island of New York, the W. Eugene Smith Grant and the FCC.

  • Alan Taylor provides 30 images in A Photo Trip to Southeast Alaska. "Famed for its wildlife, lush climate, spectacular views and the protected seaway known as the inside passage, the region has attracted humans since the first people crossed from Asia thousands of years ago," he writes.
  • "I started this story being an excited girl in a fairy tale," photographer Ekaterina Solovieva says in Photographing a 'Punk' Priest in Rural Russia. "I finished it being a wise person...." Fairy tales do not always end happily.
  • Mike Johnston presents the third part of his It Must Be Color feature of reader-contributed photos that just had to be shot in color.
  • In Format Equivalence, Engineering and Practical Envelope, Ming Thein waxes on unpoetically about compromise before summing up, "there is no free lunch, from an engineering standpoint or a commercial one." But the illustration is worth all those words.
  • Schiffer Publishing has published Thomas Halaczinsky's Archipelago New York with 78 color images of more than seventy islands dotting the sea from New York Harbor at the mouth of the Hudson to Fishers Island Sound.
  • The deadline for the $35,000 2018 W. Eugene Smith Grant for Humanistic Photography is open for entries and the deadline for receiving applications is May 31. The Smith Fund also presents the annual Howard Chapnick Grant to honor professionals in fields ancillary to photojournalism (like photo editing) and a special Student Grant will be presented for the first time this year.
  • An old Trekkie claims the FCC Is Hurting Consumers to Help Corporations. Mignon Clyburn should know, though. She's just left her job as an FCC commissioner. She adds that "having a regulatory-free zone when it comes to privacy is extremely problematic."

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