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28 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 Henry Balaszeskul, famous photographers, a pitch contest, the Fujifilm X100V, the Tangent Wave 2, 2020 photobooks, year-end deals and Joe McNally.

  • Swiss-born photographer Henry Balaszeskul has been documenting Berlin's City West for over seven years. "In addition to the many tourists, there are certain characters who capture my attention, whether because of their clothes, their presence or their appearance," he says.
  • Jasenka Grujin lists a few Famous Photographers along with their portraits.
  • Lensrentals has launched its first Pitch Contest with "a chance to win a $2000 credit, $1000 cash and plenty of other prizes to help make your vision a reality." Just pitch your five to seven minute short film to them:
  • Kirk Tuck describes how a few accessories and tweaked menu settings are letting him warm up to the Fujifilm X100V. But don't miss his adventure Walking Downtown With Anne, a friend of 30 years.
  • Kevin Raber reviews the Tangent Wave 2 editing device. Not quite his cup of tea, although it does work as advertised.
  • Mark Murrmann found one great thing about 2020: These Photobooks. Most of them are of work "coming out now for the first time, photographed in the '70s and '80s," he writes. But not all of them. Notable exceptions are Rian Dundon's images of Portland's protests and Lam Yik Fei's images of Hong Kong's protests.
  • B&H has listed its Year-End Deals on one page.
  • In The Light Fades on 2020, Joe McNally remembers shooting a portrait of Romanian actor Octavian Ghety in March. "Past all the stormy headlines, and nattering doomsayers with microphones and agendas, endlessly poking at the same, tired hash of it all, there remains the magnificence of people, all people, everywhere," he writes. "Quietude, dignity and strength. Perseverance." Indeed.

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