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1 June 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 Bruce Davidson, an Ellsworth Kelly installation, the Lume Cube, a wall piece and coding.

  • Leica will induct Bruce Davidson into its Hall of Fame and host a show of his images at the Leica Gallery in Wetzlar from June 15 to Sept. 9. Meanwhile this selection of his image includes a very amusing interview. "I would hitchhike on weekends to Mexico to photograph bullfighters and I made friends with Patricia McCormick, a female bullfighter," he remembers after his days at RIT, Kodak and Yale (where he took Josef Alber's course on color theory).
  • OTOH, Kirk Tuck takes A Midday Adventure to the Ellsworth Kelly Installation at the Blanton Museum for a few unusual images.
  • Hillary Grigonis reviews the Lume Cube, an $80 Bluetooth LED flash for your smartphone. It's a little too tiny to get excited about but the $150 kit comes with a set of filters and a diffuser as well as a phone clamp to mount it.
  • Amy Copperman visit the Ultimate Spark-Made Creative Workspace of Finnish artist Pyry Ihonen. He used Adobe Spark to design a wall treatment. No magic, though. In the end you still have project the image onto the wall and trace it before painting (detailed in the story). We were hoping he found a place to print a removable skin for the price of a disposable tablecloth.
  • We do talk software around here so we thought we'd point you to Code to Joy, Andrew Smith's adventure in learning to write code. His mentor explains the game, "The thing that gets lost and which I think is important to know, is that programming is never easy. You're never doing the same thing twice, because code is infinitely reproducible and if you've already solved a problem and you encounter it again, you just use your old solution. So by definition you're kind of always on this frontier where you're out of your depth. And one of the things you have to learn is to accept that feeling -- of being constantly wrong." We've got that one covered.

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