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25 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 Jung Ho Jung, Jeff Katz, Gabriela Bhaskar, Adam Moran, more one Olympus, William H. Mumler and 1.13 trillion photos.

  • In Patagonia, Korean photographer Jung Ho Jung follows the Ruta 40 south to photograph the seemingly endless expanses of Argentina. "It is something one needs to go and see for oneself," he says.
  • Jeff Katz's best photograph was Prince on the Cover of Parade, he says. "The way the delicacy of his face offsets the muscularity of his stomach and the drama of his hand gestures makes this photo special for me."
  • Freelance photojournalist Gabriela Bhaskar couldn't photograph the Bronx families she was working on for the New York Times with reporter David Gonzalez because of the Covid-19 restrictions. So she "sanitized and dropped off a Fujifilm Instax Mini, several cartridges of film, simple instructions and a list of suggestions about what to shoot" to them.
  • Suzanne Sease showcases the personal project of Adam Moran who realized shots of his two-year-old daughter playing during the Covid-19 restrictions resembled his unrestricted sports photography.
  • More perspective on the Olympus story comes from Kevin Raber, who considers the company's assets may turn this into a Minolta/Sony story, and Ming Thein, who sees JIP as protecting Japanese companies but wonders if research and development will suffer. Thom Hogan adds to his thoughts from yesterday on his homepage, as well.
  • Brent Swancer tells The Strange Tale of the Father of Fake Ghost Photos. That would be William H. Mumler of Boston, who pawned off his double exposures as images of the departed among us in the 1800s.
  • Rise Above Research predicts 1.13 Trillion Photos Will Still Be Taken in 2020 and that's an 18 percent decline. The firm expects that number to rebound to 1.35 trillion in 2021.

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