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23 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 funiculars, Nolan Ryan Trowe, secret wartime photos, Sierra Leone's Ebola epidemic, a 'Today at Apple' experience and the Lomography Sprocket Rocket.

  • In That Escalated Quickly: Putting the Fun in Funiculars, Alan Taylor presents 27 photos of the ingenious modes of transportation. "One part elevator, one part streetcar, these counterbalanced cable railways have been built on mountaintops for tourists, on hillsides for mines, along rivers to reach ports and in cities for public transport," he writes.
  • In Revelations in a Wheelchair, documentary photographer Nolan Ryan Trowe gets an education in the social and legal discrimination that people like him must face. ",Many people out on the streets would automatically assume I was homeless or that I was about to ask for money" he writes.
  • The Asahi Simbun has published a Trove of 'Secret' Wartime Photos kept by Susumu Tomomatsu, who died in January at the age of 102. The 16 World War II era shots show a variety of Japanese activity.
  • Documentary photographer Marcello Bonfanti is on the front line of Sierra Leone's Ebola Epidemic taking black-and-white portraits of the survivors.
  • In My Today at Apple Experience, Ryan Christoffel shares three points about his first session that jive with Apple executive quotes. "My session leader demonstrated genuine knowledge on both the creative and technological sides of the subject. What especially impressed me was how he taught different aspects of photography by pointing to his own past work, displayed from his iPhone via AirPlay, as examples for the rest of us," he writes about one of them.
  • Greg Scoblete says the $69 Lomography Sprocket Rocket Super Pop Teal 2.0 isn't just about its striking exterior. It can expose the whole film frame, including the sprocket holes with its 30mm lens.

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