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5 February 2020

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 Noritaka Minami, Anthony Luvera, Kowloon, Chris Arnade, some answers, Gigapixel AI, RawTherapee and John McGlohon.

  • The World-First Capsule Tower in Tokyo is facing demolition, its 140 removable capsules that measure just ten square meters the only example of Metabolism, the avant-garde architectural movement that flourished in postwar Japan in the 1960s. Chicago-based photographer Noritaka Minami photographed the structure over 10 years, producing the book 1972: Nakagin Capsule Tower.
  • Photographer Anthony Luvera finds Homelessness Is a Structural Problem after producing thousands of photographs as well as videos and sound recordings on the subject over 15 years in the UK.
  • Ellyn Kail presents image of Kowloon Walled City captured by Greg Girard with fellow photographer and writer Ian Lambot. Along with Emmy Lung, they documented life in the Walled City in a 1993 book, revisited 20 years later. "Fascination and dread in equal measure," Girard describes the settlement.
  • In Dignity, Heidi Volpe interviews photographer Chris Arnade about his book subtitled "Seeking Respect in Back Row America." He says, "I think the biggest myth is it is hard to get people to talk. Often it is the opposite. It is hard to get them to stop talking!"
  • Ming Thein has published the first set of answers of his 28 January Q&A.
  • Denis Shiryaev used Topaz Labs's Gigapixel AI to upsize the 1896 film clip Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat by the Lumière brothers to a more modern 4K at 60 fps version.
  • RawTherapee v5.8 has been released with a new Capture Sharpening tool, CR3 support and other improvements.
  • We note the passing of John McGlohon, the World War II veteran who took photos of the atomic bomb blast over Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945. It would be 50 years later before he saw a print of the image he had captured.

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