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2 November 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 Halloween, Amal Hussain, Warhol, Kottle in Berlin, Iceland tourism fever, ethical photography and Scribble Artist (last time, promise).

  • Alan Taylor collects 21 mostly amusing Scenes From Halloween 2018 from Canada, Turkey, the United States, China, Japan, Chile, England, Poland and elsewhere.
  • On a more serious note, Declan Walsh reports the Yemen Girl Who Turned World's Eyes to Famine Is Dead. Seven-year-old Amal Hussain's portrait by Tyler Hicks "drew an impassioned response" but starvation claimed the refugee Yemen first. "Nurses fed her every two hours with milk, but she was vomiting regularly and suffered from diarrhea," Walsh writes. "Amal is Arabic for 'hope,' and some readers expressed hope that the graphic image of her distress could help galvanize attention on a war in which tens of thousands of civilians have died from violence, hunger or disease."
  • In Show Us Your Warhol! Brett Sokol writes that the artist's commissioned portraits shot with a $45 Big Shot Polariod were how he paid the bills. "A Polaroid shot of the subject was then blown up into a 40x40 image and silk-screened onto canvas, but only after Warhol had meticulously cut away any less-than-flattering wrinkles and double chins," Sokol writes. "Warhol was painting about 50 a year, grossing nearly $5 million annually when adjusted for inflation."
  • In Some Reflections From My Trip to Berlin, Jason Kottle includes some carefully composed images.
  • And Kirk Tuck has a few reflections on Iceland Tourism Fever after five days touring the country. Amply illustrated.
  • Are You an Ethical Photographer? Jason Row asks. He has a few thoughts on ethical behavior when it comes to photography.
  • Persistence is the mark of, well, a couple of things. But in the case of Scribble Artist, it finally paid off for us. We had to install Brushes and Patterns and load the right version of the action before it all came together (if obscurely):

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