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21 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 the modern South, global warming, Hong Kong, a mirrorless move, a photobook collection lost and Carl Caruso.

  • In Capturing the Complexities of the Modern South, in Photographs, Melissa Smith explores New Southern Photography, an exhibit at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans. "Images of the idyllic South reinforce notions of rural and small-town America, but they don't match the full realities of its contemporary culture," she writes.
  • In Rising Water: Tom Hegen Photographs Global Warming From Above, Rosie Flanagan showcases the German photographer's series Two Degrees Celsius, which "documents the effects of global warming by photographing the Arctic ice sheet from an airplane 900 meters above the ground."
  • Ming Thein continues his series of cityscapes shot "over a long, long period of time with a wide variety of equipment" in Cityscape Hong Kong.
  • Leo Trevino describes how he decided to move from dSLRs to mirrorless cameras. His experiment with a Fujifilm XT-2 awakened him to mirrorless' virtues of "lightweight, small form factor, beast of a crop sensor, shoots Raw, dual card slots and a great line of prime lenses."
  • In California's Wildfires Incinerate a World-Renown Photobook Collection, Diane Smyth reports Dutch collector Manfred Heiting's 36,000 collection in Malibu has been destroyed. The library had recently donated his library to the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston and a few thousand items had already been transferred.
  • We note the passing of Carl Caruso at the age of 92. His 45-year career at the Chicago Tribune began as a copy boy, progressed to working in the photo lab processing film and repairing cameras, evolved into photojournalism for which he won several prestigious awards and included pioneering the use of color photography in the publication. He also served as president of the Chicago Press Photographers Association in 1964.

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