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22 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 Liberian Civil War, Romain Thiery, Thelma Pepper, Woodstock 1969, Jim Kasson, Ellis Island, the 2.5 lens concept, Paul Mpagi Sepuya and a Rocky Nook discount.

  • In Hondros and Hetherington: Photographing the Liberian Civil War, Finbarr O'Reilly takes a peek at a new show, War and Peace in Liberia at the Bronx Documentary Center, that features work by the two friends, both of whom were killed during fighting in Misrata, Libya. "They were friends and colleagues, they worked together and they died together, but their work has never been shown side by side," said Michael Kamber, the founder and executive director of the BDC who also worked alongside Hondros.
  • In Photographer Travels World to Document Old Pianos Deserted in Abandoned Buildings, Kelly Richman-Abdou presents the work of photographer Romain Thiery whose series Requiem for Pianos "spotlights instruments that have been left behind." Thiery recently added to the series.
  • Mike Johnston pointed to this heartwarming story about Thelma Pepper, a 98-year-old photographer (who does her own darkroom work). "I think if you find something you love, it's just so exciting," she says. "You can develop that later in life. Your brain is a bowl of energy. If you activate that creativity, it gives you energy."
  • Woodstock 1969: The Lasting Impact of the Counterculture features photographs by Jason Lauré with text by Ettagale Blauer who trace the historic events that preceded the festival before the music filled the air and history was made.
  • In What I Don't Get, Jim Kasson lays out precisely what he does get. Which may be the best noise filter we've seen lately.
  • In The Z 7 on Ellis Island, Joe McNally finds the Nikon mirrorless "perfectly suited to the hunt and seek, find-the-light style of shooting you engage in" on the island. "Light, fast and sharp. Amazing files. Clean high ISO. In body stabilization. An EVF that gives you more info than an onboard computer on a space shuttle," he enthuses.
  • Derrick Story is Testing the 2.5 Lens Concept in New York, packing just an Olympus PEN-F with the 14-42mm EZ zoom, the Panasonic Lumix G 20mm f1.7 and the Olympus Fisheye Body Cap 9mm f8. He'll use digital zoom if he needs it.
  • Pier 24 Photography will host a free lecture by artist Paul Mpagi Sepuya on Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. at the California College of the Arts. Sepuya's highly-crafted photographs, in which his subjects are often revealed in fragments, "alert us to the artifice and performance that are an integral part of the photographic process -- a constant negotiation between the artist, the sitter, the viewer and the work itself."
  • Rocky Nook is offering a 35 percent discount this week on your entire purchase when you use the code OCT35.

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