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23 January 2021

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 the week in photos, David Gilkey, a broken lens element and the Leica Reporter.

  • Alan Taylor presents 35 Photos of the Week including Fashion Week in Berlin, the departure of former President Donald Trump, the swearing-in of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, Covid-19 burials in Turkey and Mexico, an earthquake in Indonesia, bull-taming in India, a snow-covered Great Wall in China, National Guard soldiers in the U.S. Capitol and diploma artwork in New York City.
  • Scott Simon talks to Alyda Gilkey, photographer David Gilkey's mother, about the late photojournalist on the occasion of the release of Pictures on the Radio, a collection of his work featuring essays from several of his former NPR colleagues.
  • Roger Cicala and Aaron Closz discover The Secret of the Broken Element in a Canon RF 100-500mm zoom. Well, the discover the element, the secret not so much. "So why did several of these crack during shipping? I have no idea," Cicala admits.
  • Leica's New Camera Reporter' Sparked Debate Among Frontline Reporters in Hong Kong, at least. The $8,795 M10-P, which marks the 40th anniversary of the Oskar Barnack Award, isn't really designed to be used in the field, of course. Even if Leica insists it was developed with "the needs of press and reportage photographers in mind."

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