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13 September 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 Hurricane Florence, a golden box, the white South, monochrome squares, new iPhone photography tech, editing apps, Julian David Stone and more on expert witnesses.

  • Preparing for Hurricane Florence documents the tense days before the hurricane hits the East Coast. Some measures may surprise you, like putting pool furniture into the pool or taking the electronic heads off parking meters.
  • In A Rare Look Inside a Golden Box, Thierry Ollivier elegantly photographs the delicate piece, which as light as a sheet of paper. Jeffrey Weaver tells the story of the Japanese lacquer box owned by Marie-Antoinette.
  • In Photographing the White South in the Turbulence of the 1960s, James Estrin interviews Doy Gorton who, inspired by Walker Evans, began photographing his fellow white Southerners in 1968. "The photos resonate today," Gorton says, "because all the verities are being disassembled, as are the support systems and there's violence and a resurgence of racism."
  • Robin Wong's Monochrome Squares are a "stylistic experiment" with an Olympus PEN E-P5 camera in monochrome mode. They weren't square at first, but he succumbed. "I believe in constant experimentation and also doing something different once in a while," he writes.
  • Michael Zhang points out the new Apple iPhones feature Smart HDR and Bokeh Slider with sample photos.
  • Jasenka Grujin suggests Ten Photo Editing Apps That You Should Have on Your Phone.
  • No Cameras Allowed: My Career as an Outlaw Rock and Roll Photographer by Julian David Stone will be released as a 252-page hardcover on Oct. 16. Stone shot Prince, U2, the Police, David Bowie, R.E.M., the Ramones, Elvis Costello, the Talking Heads, the Grateful Dead, Joan Jett and others from the unique vantage point of the audience.
  • Greenberg and Reznicki have posted Expert Witnesses -- Part Two with an amusing story of a witness who feigned familiarity with certain photographers and celebrities.

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