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24 July 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 Millett's 'Naked Lady', the Carmignac Photojournalism Award, Misty Copeland, Seattle media protest images subpoena upheld, ACLU's Portland media lawsuit, the Year of the Mask, Nikon's situation and the new Fujifilm 30mm.

  • In Kate Millett's 'Naked Lady' on the Los Angeles Woman's Building Roof, Erin Fussell presents a set of recently digitized photos taken during the making of the sculpture. The Getty has also made the full set of 74 images available online.
  • Marigold Warner presents images from the Carmignac Photojournalism Award exhibition covering the last 10 years in 100 images. "We are competing with images constantly spewed out by news channels, but photojournalism is an irreplaceable means of chronicling the world," said director Charles Carmignac.
  • Ken Browar and Deborah Ory photographed ballet dancer Misty Copeland posing as Edgar Degas's most famous ballet works. Jason Kottke describes the darker side to the opera world Degas chronicled.
  • In Judge: Seattle Media Must Give Protest Images to Police, the Associated Press reports Seattle news outlets have been ordered to "give the Seattle Police Department unpublished video and photos from a May 30 racial justice protest." The judge ruled news organizations were not protected by a Washington state shield law that stops authorities from obtaining reporters' unpublished materials. Seattle Times Executive Editor Michele Matassa Flores said the paper strongly opposes the subpoena and "believes it puts our independence and even our staff's physical safety, at risk."
  • The ACLU has filed a lawsuit against the Portland police and federal law enforcement to stop them "from assaulting news reporters, photographers, legal observers and other neutrals who are documenting the police's violent response to protests over the murder of George Floyd." Mathieu Lewis-Rolland, who has been documenting the protests, told BuzzFeed he has been Traumatized by What He's Captured in Portland.
  • In Will 2020 Be Remembered as the Year of the Mask?, Derrick Story wonders "how we will view these images 10 years from now." Portraits, that is, of people in masks. "I will say this, however, many of the face coverings have become more interesting recently," he writes.
  • Thom Hogan discusses The Pressures on Nikon. He lists seven issues that are "still problematic in the Z system world."
  • Jim Kasson conducted a Fujifilm 30mm f3.5 Screening Test as soon as he got the new lens. To be continued.

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