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1 October 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 the Indonesia disaster, Juan Pablo Ramirez, the 35mm format, Catalina Martin-Chico, Alec Byrne, 10 UK immigrants, GPU issues with Adobe software, three free apps and California's net neutrality law.

  • Alan Taylor presents 27 photos from the Earthquake and Tsunami in Indonesia. The photos of physical devastation are frightening but the images of people coping with the aftermath, like the rescuers helping a 15-year old submerged victim, are even more powerful.
  • The Last Remains of Intimacy showcases the work of Mexican photographer Juan Pablo Ramirez, who shoots intimate portraiture using natural light in the homes of his subjects. Ramirez, who is also a cinematographer, compares darkness in his compositions to the silence in films. "With every photo you take you are empowering your vision," he says. "You are organizing an equation that will eventually become the photograph."
  • Mike Johnston's The Remarkable Persistence of 24x36 is excerpted from the first draft manuscript of a future book for his Patreon subscribers.
  • In How I Got That Grant, Catalina Martin-Chico discusses her approach to entering the Canon Female Photojournalist contest. She noticed something that led to a unique angle on the FARC disarmament in Columbia. "As soon as the [peace] agreement was signed, the majority of female [FARC] fighters fell pregnant," Martin-Chico says. "As a symbol of peace, all these babies arrived, replacing the weapons."
  • Alec Byrne had Unparalleled Access to '60s and '70s Rock Heavyweights. Thousands of his negatives were lost in a 1970 fire and hundreds more were ruined in a 1975 shipping accident. What remains are collected in London Rock: The Unseen Archive and will be on display at the Modern Rocks Gallery in Austin, TX, later this month.
  • In Breaking Barriers for Refugees Making a New Start, Diane Smyth looks at portraits of 10 UK immigrants taken by a photographers Diana Markosian, Nick Waplington, Adam Broomberg, Oliver Chanarin and others. "They sound like typical young Londoners but their stories are anything but -- war and persecution meant all three were forced to leave their countries and start again from scratch in London," she writes of three of the 10.
  • Adobe has posted Important Information on GPU-Acceleration With CUDA and Apple Metal dealing primarily with its video and audio applications. But we've seen GPU issues with Lightroom over the last few releases, too.
  • Snapheal, Intensify, and ColorStrokes From Macphun Software (Now Skylum) Are Now Free Apps, according to Shawn King. All three apps are end-of-life, however, with no updates planned.
  • Cristiano Lima and Jeremy B. White report Trump Administration Sues California Over Net Neutrality Law. "While the Trump Administration continues to ignore the millions of Americans who voiced strong support for net neutrality rules, California -- home to countless start-ups, tech giants and nearly 40 million consumers -- will not allow a handful of power brokers to dictate sources for information or the speed at which Web sites load," California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said. "We remain deeply committed to protecting freedom of expression, innovation and fairness."

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