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2 March 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 Inge Morath, a guessing game, Annie Griffiths, Nick Brandt and the Stratomax Vehicle Doorstep.

  • Miss Rosen briefly chronicles The Extraordinary Life of Inge Morath from the moment in 1951 that a store clerk loaded her mother's Contax with film so she could shoot Venice in the rain. Inge Morath: Magnum Legacy -- An Illustrated Biography by Linda Gordon tells the whole story.
  • Ming Thein invites you to Guess the Format of a series of images, presumably taken with different cameras (but he isn't saying yet). "There are really only a few clues that decisively give away what format an image was shot on -- and even then, many are lost merely in the process of preparing and displaying an image," he warns before wishing you luck.
  • Daven Mathies interviews Annie Griffiths about her 40 year career that began with a desire to make "beautiful photos" at National Geographic and evolved into "a deeper passion as a humanitarian" which led to founding her own nonprofit, Ripple Effect Images.
  • Rosa Furneaux reviews Nick Brandt's This Empty World, explores the relationship between animals and humans in East Africa that increasingly find themselves in each other's way. We have the huge 13x15-inch book here for review (as soon as we clear enough table space to open it) and the book is a stunning (and alarming) collection of images. "This should be on the front-page news, all the time, in every publication," Brandt tells her.
  • Derrick Story has been Testing the Stratomax Vehicle Doorstep for Heightened Photography, which should be illegal. Story himself is taller than Kevin Durant and adding another couple of feet perspective on a scene just isn't far to us short guys (we are shorter than we appear in print).

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