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18 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 Syrian refugees, McMoon, a rose, the PEN-F and Dads.

  • In Photographing Syrians Who Share an Uncertain Future, Sara Aridi interviews Diego Ibarra Sánchez about his project_ Limbo: Lives in Exile_. "The idea of this work is to try to humanize all of these displaced people," he says. "It's my humble way of keeping them alive and telling the world that we should pay more attention."
  • Ryan Smith tells the story of McMoon: How the Earliest Images of the Moon Were So Much Better Than We Realised. Lunar Orbiter I to V took high res images as they orbited the moon to find the perfect landing site for the Apollo missions. Each "Orbiter developed the 70mm film (yes film) and then raster scanned the negatives with a 5 micron spot (200 lines/mm resolution) and beamed the data back to Earth using lossless analog compression, which was yet to actually be patented by anyone. Three ground stations on earth, one of which was in Madrid, another in Australia and the other in California received the signals and recorded them."
  • In The Passion of the Rose, Harold Davis lists the details behind the image but discounts it. What do we really care about? "We care about the Raw seeing, the passion and the romance and the feeling that the image arouses within. As we should."
  • In Heresy and Sacrilege, Ming Thein abandons the Panasonic GX8 in favor of an Olympus PEN-F. And decides to shoot JPEG with no post. "Put simply: there are times you want something more than your phone, but something less than the full rig," he writes.
  • Joe McNally reflects On Dads, and Vacations with a few old scans. "Dad had only two weeks off and year after year he spent them behind the wheel," he remembers. We remember that, too.

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