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18 April 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 simulating Mars, alien lands, early photography, Andrew Quilty shunned, DeNoise AI, the digital transition and Vanelli.

  • Alan Taylor presents 20 images of Mars in the Gobi Desert, which is a Chinese "simulated Martian base of operations for future astronauts." Plenty of parking.
  • On nearly the same theme, Marc Alcock Takes Us to Alien Lands. Except his alien land turns out to be California. Coming from Britain, Rose Flanagan explains, it seemed alien to him.
  • In A Barnes Foundation Show Illuminates the Dawn of Photography, Arthur Lubow reviews the exhibit that "shows how the pioneers of photography saw the dominant medium of painting both as inspiration and competition."
  • Krista Chick reports World Press Photo Disinvites Photographer to Industry Awards. That would be Andrew Quilty, whose photographs of the aftermath of a bombing in Kabul won third place in the Spot News, Stories category. "After the foundation received reports of inappropriate behavior by Quilty organizers told the photojournalist he was not welcome at the event, according to Lars Boering, managing director of the World Press Photo Foundation," she writes.
  • Topaz Labs has introduced DeNoise AI, its noise reduction tool powered by artificial intelligence that runs standalone or as a Photoshop-compatible plug-in. The introductory price is $59.99 (regularly $79.99) and a free trial is available.
  • Paul Molitor considers the problems of writing The History of the Digital Transition. "Who, in the last 50 years, has really been leading the charge, telling us how we ought to photograph, what we ought to photograph and why?" he asks. "Nobody? Or is it that there are too many?"
  • Mind Your Own Business podcast hosts Skip Cohen and Chamira Young interview photographer, author and educator Vanelli about his work and his business. The webinar starts at 3:00 p.m. Eastern tomorrow, Friday, April 19.

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