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7 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 Jean-Pierre Laffont, Anastasia Samoylova, lens testing, travel advice, Edward Burtynsky and KGB spy cameras.

  • In Looking Back on the Grit and Glamour of New York, Jordan Teicher catches up with French photographer Jean-Pierre Laffont, now 83, as he moves from the city he has loved to photograph for decades to Miami.
  • The Bittersweet Reality of Life in Miami, a City Where Sea Levels Are Rising highlights FloodZone, a new series by Anastasia Samoylova (who moved to Miami in 2016). She and Laffont should really get together for coffee, no?
  • In How We Test & Monitor Our Lenses, Roger Cicala and team pull back the curtain on their elaborate rapid MTF Testing and what that taught them about lenses "that you may find interesting." All that testing, BTW, bodes well for purchases of a used lens from Lensauthority (or will shortly, if you dig through the Comments).
  • Kirk Tuck has some travel advice after his trip to Iceland. What to pack, what to wear, how to behave.
  • In Edward Burtynsky & the Big Picture, Holly Stuart Hughes talks to the photographer about his two new exhibits about the planet entering a "new epoch" and his collaboration with filmmakers on augmented reality installations.
  • The Secret History of KGB Spy Cameras: 1945-1995 presents the secret history of Soviet subminiature spy cameras during the Cold War. And it's written by the veteran KGB technical intelligence officers who created and used the cameras in secret operations.

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