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31 May 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 Tiananmen Square, Venice at night, Photolucida, Dina Litovsky, the Arab Photography Archive, cameras for kids and Tuck on his father.

  • Tiffany May presents Photos of the Tiananmen Square Protests Through the Lens of a Student Witness. "Jian Liu has kept 60 rolls of film hidden from public view for three decades," the story begins.
  • Shuttered windows and placid canals show Venice's Sleepier Side in night photographs by Thibaud Poirier.
  • Jonathan Balustein presents the first part of The Best Work I Saw at Photolucida (which starts at Part III). "Rather than do a book review or show you JPEGs of portfolios, we're going to take a short look at three books that ended up in my bag during the week," he writes.
  • Amy Walker talks to Dina Litovsky about her photos of the Amish on Holiday in Sarasota, Fla. "I wanted to avoid portraits and focus on how they come into contact with each other and the modern world," Litovsky said. The Amish were surprisingly welcoming.
  • Tim Cornwell reports the Arab Photography Archive Releases 22,000 Historic Images Online, digitizing a total of 22,000 photos of its over half a million images in its Beirut facility. You can browse them on the foundation's new online platform (which is a bit slow to come up at the moment but it eventually did).
  • Hillary Grigonis lists The Best Cameras for Kids for 2019. Top choice is the Olympus Tough TG-5 but Sony, VTech and Fujifilm also get nods.
  • Kirk Tuck reflects on his father's passing at the end of Odd Contraptions. "It's been an interesting experience for me, to be there for my father," he writes. "But while many have suggested I somehow sacrificed a bit I would say that just as children teach us patience and kindness the elders teach us the value of this life. This moment."

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