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19 August 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. On World Photography Day, we look at California's Japanese Pictorialists, Dubai, Mikael Owunna, being prepared, advice for starting out and Bill Murray.

  • In The Japanese Camera Pictorialists of California, Lyra Kilston previews the collection of nearly-lost photographs assembled by collector Dennis Reed over the course of 35 years. World War II ended the movement as "cameras were declared contraband in the hands of Japanese Americans and house raids followed." The prints have recently been acquired by the Getty Museum which plans a future exhibition.
  • In The Cosmopolitan Architecture of Dubai, Staphanie Wade presents the work of Chilean photographer Gonzalo Palavecino. "I wanted to show Dubai beyond the stereotypes of flashy cars, cocktails and gold," he says. "The old area is where all the working class citizens live and without that area, the luxurious part would not exist. I wanted to pay homage to that area, because it's where I found the soul of Dubai; an area where everything was honest. It has lovely architecture based on what the residents liked, not what tourists want to see."
  • Mikael Owunna's best photograph is Four Queer Women Defying the Snow. "The models were mostly 18 or 19, so there is also a childish playfulness here that speaks to the transition to adulthood," Owunna recalls. "They are stepping into who they are."
  • Derrick Story reminds you to Have Your Camera, Find Your Spot with a few shots of the most recent fire in Sonoma County captured (safely) on the drive home.
  • In Seven Tips for Photographers, Polly Irungu shares what she's learned as she starts her career.
  • A guy named Eddy Torigoe photoshops Bill Murray into classical paintings. Click the filmstrip to see more.

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