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2 January 2019

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 2019, 2018, 2018 in under a second, Chinatown in the 1980s, mirrorless, a camera of the year, Matthew Jordan Smith, Mike Kelley and B&H.

  • Alan Taylor is Welcoming 2019 with 27 images from New Year's Eve from Australia, China, the United States, Spain and many other countries.
  • In The Year in Photos 2018, Jason Kottke lists all the 2018 compilations you might ever want to explore.
  • Or you could review 2018 in Less Than a Second with Joe McNally. As he points out, "The shutter speeds added up to less than a second. The pictures and the memories of making them, thankfully, last longer."
  • Maurice Berger continues his Race Stories with Intimate Photos of Community and Resilience in New York's Chinatown in the 1980s taken by Bud Glick. "The photographs tell a quintessential American immigrant story of persistence to gain a foothold in a society that excludes them racially, socially, economically and culturally," Glick says. And the black-and-white images tell that story gorgeously.
  • Thom Hogan muses on Where Mirrorless Is Headed in 2019, reviewing each manufacturer's position in the mirrorless battle.
  • In 2018, Sony Moved the Cheese, Mike Johnston argues, citing the Sony a7 III as his camera of the year for being "the prime mover in the biggest development in the camera market this year."
  • Hillary Grigonis interviews Celebrity Photographer Matthew Jordan Smith, who has shot Oprah, Aretha Franklin, Queen Latifah, Angela Basset, Tyra Banks, and Mandy Moore, among others.
  • Architecture and Airplane Photographer Mike Kelley talks about hitting the pavement to get jobs and "the single most career-altering event in my entire life." That would be his composite of every takeoff from LAX over an eight hour period.
  • B&H began selling cameras and photography equipment more than 45 years ago. Here's a brief but amusing history of the we-are-not-a-chain retailer:

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