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14 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 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards finalists, Ezra Stoller, the story of a face, LensWork's anniversary issue, Graeme Williams vs. artist Hank Willis Thomas and MIT's Eric Mongeon.

  • The Guardian presents some of the finalists of the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards sponsored by the Born Free Foundation and designed to raise awareness of the natural world.
  • Diane Smyth showcases some Architectural Gems by Ezra Stoller on Show in Moscow. Spanning the late 1930s to the 1970s, the retrospective is open from Sept. 20 to Dec. at the Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography's Red October space in central Moscow.
  • In Covering 'The Story of a Face' for National Geographic Magazine, Maggie Steber reflects on her portrait of Katie Stubblefield, who became the youngest face transplant recipient in U.S. history. "I am always reminded that we photographers ask our subjects to be vulnerable before our camera and I believe we should also be vulnerable
  • LensWork celebrates its 25th anniversary with a special Anniversary Issue in print and digital formats with a special extended computer edition that includes more images from the publication's first quarter century.
  • In Plagiarism or Remixing? South African Photographer Accuses Artist of Theft. Chris McGreal reports on the controversy between photographer Graeme Williams and artist Hank Willis Thomas. Thomas used an image by Williams as the basis for his $36,000 painting. "The changes were absolutely minimal. It's theft, plagiarism, appropriation," Williams says. "I think of it as more akin to sampling, remixing, which is also an area that a lot of people said for a long time that rap music wasn't music because it sampled," Thomas argues.
  • In MIT Technology Review's Creative Chief on a New Way of Covering Technology, Holly Stuart Hughs interviews Eric Mongeon about the use of photos in the digital-first publication. "In photo editing for digital, we prioritize images that are simpler, more iconic," he says. "In photo editing for the web, we won't choose the photo that's complicated in the background. Print allows a level of nuance that digital can't always guarantee."

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