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13 June 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 Navigli, documenting social movements, Life Magazine, Roger Cicala and the legal liability of being vague.

  • Ming Thein tours Navigli, Milan's canal district as the sun sets. "Sheltered from any actual tidal effects and even most of the ambient wind by buildings and banks, the canal's waters have an interestingly slow, inky mirror quality to them," he writes.
  • Jeffrey Brown discusses The Camera's Role in Documenting a Critical Social Movement with NYU photography historian and curator Deborah Willis and photographer Mark Clennon.
  • Ken Tanaka reviews Life Magazine and the Power of Photography. "Where else can you find a single place where some of the best works of Berenice Abbott, W. Eugene Smith, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Gordon Parks and many other photographic pathfinders were published?" he asks.
  • Roger Cicala continues The Great Flange-to-Sensor Distance Article with Part II on Photo Cameras. It was revealing, showing some broken parts (like cracked sensor mounts) that were otherwise hard to detect. And the cameras still worked well.
  • Greenberg & Reznicki list a few situations in which Vagueness can be a legal liability. "It gives lawyers, juries and judges the ability to interpret the document as they deem fit -- you may not like or agree with their interpretation," they explain.

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