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19 December 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 Rebecca Soderholm, Nancy Floyd, Roboscan and Edward Stratmann.

  • In Hair Scramble, Rebecca Soderholm writes about photographing these off-road motorcycle or all-terrain vehicle endurance races which she describes as "a freight train rolling through an earthquake." Plenty of monochrome images, too.
  • Nancy Floyd has been Weathering Time since 1982 with daily photos of herself. She's collected 1,200 of them for a book of the same name, which Johanna Fateman reviews for The New Yorker.
  • Benjamin Bezine's lockdown project Roboscan uses Legos, a Raspberry Pi and a dSLR to create a machine learning-powered analog film scanner that can scan a 36-frame roll of film in about six minutes, including transfer to a computer:
  • We note the passing of Edward Stratmann, a major figure in the world of film preservation and long-time staff member of the George Eastman Museum. A graduate of Monroe Community College and the Rochester Institute of Technology, he was largely self-taught, passing his knowledge on to students at the L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation. He preserved dozens of films for the Museum, spending 10 years reconstructing The Lost World. "He was so dedicated to his work, that when stored nitrate films caught on fire, he spent hours on a forklift ferrying exhibition crates to safety from the barn next to the fire," the Museum obituary noted. "He had to be dragged off the forklift to get him away from the nitrate fumes."

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