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24 March 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 Xiner Xu., Ray Johnson, Jo Ann Callis, Christie's, minimalist landscapes, sufficiency, Om Malik and ethical photography.

  • In The Relationship Between Lovers, Family, and Nature, Stephanie Wade explores the staged self-portraits of Chinese photographer Xiner Xu. "In her work, the London-based photographer portrays the tensions and affections we experience in our relations with others," she writes. "These frames are positioned in tandem with images of familiar objects, like slippers under the sofa or her grandfather's chili plant."
  • Arthur Lubow tells the story of Ray Johnson, a prankster of the art world who took up photography at the end of his life with a disposable camera. "Beginning in the early '90s, he would fill his Volkswagen Golf with props and drive around the North Shore of Long Island, scouting locations to set up shots," he writes. They would be the last photos of his life, discovered only after his death.
  • In 'It's Like Somebody Understands Me', Mazie Harris interviews Jo Ann Callis on her art photography. "She's been making enigmatic, highly sensual photographs since the 1970s. Her images often evoke disquieting aspects of everyday life," she writes.
  • Christie's will hold an online auction of Ansel Adams and the American West March 25 to April 8 and its Photographs auction on April 6. The latter includes work by Carleton Watkins, Alfred Stieglitz, Berenice Abbott, Lewis Hine, Man Ray, Edward Steichen, Walker Evans, Robert Frank and other notables in the history of the art.
  • Dahlia Ambrose presents 25 examples of Minimalist Landscape Photography, peppered with commentary and tips. "Using clever compositional guidelines or a combination of compositional guidelines, you can create stunning minimal landscape photographs," she writes.
  • In Change for the Sake of Change? Mike Johnston wonders when we achieve the "point of sufficiency" in our gear and why we can't "just stick with that."
  • Om Malik steps in to tell you What Adobe Isn't Telling You About Photoshop for M1 Macs. Which is that third-party extensions not written for the M1 processor won't run on M1 Photoshop. Which, you know, would seem obvious. But he sold all his Intel Macs when he moved to an M1 Mac. Not the way to manage a transition, frankly. All is not lost, however. He just runs the Intel release via Rosetta. "It is frustrating because I can switch to the M1-version and see how good Photoshop could be on the new platform," he writes.
  • Danielle Khan Da Silva offers Five Tips to an Ethical Photography Practice. "We just haven't been telling the whole truth," she writes.

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