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1 September 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 Jackie Black, Alvaro Gracia, Roland Barthes, Harvey Stearn, Samant Chauhan and luck.

  • In Last Meal, Daniel Gauss reviews the images of 23 meals from Texas's Death Row captured by Jackie Black.
  • In An Ode to Freedom and the Color Green, Devid Gualandris features the fashion photography of Spanish photographer Alvaro Gracia. Gracia collaborated with model Paula Sanz and stylist Minerva Portillo "to bring the etherealness of his aesthetic to life."
  • Keeper of the Hearth brings together 200 artists, writers and thinkers "to make a beautiful, polyphonic ode to Roland Barthes' famed 'Winter Garden' photograph -- a deeply personal image of his mother that he writes about, but never discloses."
  • Harvey Stearn explores Black & White Image-Making in the Digital Age. "Over the past six months I reviewed my 800 best digital files to see if any of these could be converted to strong B&W photographs and by chance noticed several new features in Lightroom Classic that enabled excellent control in selectively adjusting different tones to produce the strong graphic impact that most successful B&W images require," he writes.
  • Heidi Volpe talks to Samant Chauhan about The Egg. The Memory. The People., a lockdown project that brought back memories of his father making omelettes.
  • Luck, Dave Williams writes, "is something a lot of us need during times like these." Good luck with that.

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