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9 February 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 Gordon Parks, Carl Chiarenza, Jay Kolsch, a small print, the Journal online, L.A. arts fund and the California net neutrality rule.

  • Guy Trebay reminds us Gordon Parks Was the Godfather of Cool. As Trebay writes, "Somehow, despite the long shadow cast by a man widely considered the pre-eminent Black American photographer of the 20th century, he is too little known."
  • Journey Into the Unknown is Eastman Museum's online retrospective of Rochester-based photographer Carl Chiarenza beginning with his 1950s photographs in high school and concluding with a selection of his most recent work in collage. In Making a Picture, Chiarenza talks about his work:
  • Heidi Volpe interview Jay Kolsch about his Field Outrider Winner in the Harvest category. "At first I didn't think I had anything that would work but after rolling around the idea of what 'harvest' meant I slowly came to the realization that I may have a unique perspective on the category and an image that would ultimately fit perfectly," he says. Apparently so.
  • In Print Crit: Simple Means, Mike Johnston offers a thoughtful take on K.C.'s image of a street corner taken with an iPhone XS and printed on Fujifilm Instax Mini Instant Film. "With all the attention we give to good cameras all over the Internet, it's funny that you don't actually need a good camera to be a good photographer," he observes for starters.
  • The Royal Photographic Society has made 158 years of its Journal available online for free.
  • New $38.5M Fund for L.A. Arts Pandemic Recovery is "an unprecedented collaboration between Los Angeles-based and national philanthropic organizations that have joined forces to offer much-needed pandemic recovery funding to nonprofits across the entire arts sector in L.A. County."
  • In U.S. Drops Suit Against Calif. Net Neutrality Rule, but ISPs Are Still Fighting It, Jon Brodkin reports the Biden administration has reversed course on the Trump administration's attack on net neutrality but the major broadband lobbyists are still pursuing a separate case. The state law, whose enforcement has been suspended pending the litigation, prohibits Internet service providers from blocking or throttling lawful traffic.

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