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4 June 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 Ben Eisendrath, Agnes Lopez, Al J Thompson, Super Resolution, the weather, phoning a friend and illustrating photographs.

  • In A Professional Pyromaniac's Nocturnal Eye, Ben Eisendrath shares his images from a cover story from The Washington Post titled Frozen in Silence, a piece about Washington D.C.'s shuttered concert venues. "For me, photography is about bearing witness and through an image communicating the emotion of that moment to people who weren't there," he says.
  • Susaznne Sease features Agnes Lopez's The Pinay Project, a series of portraits of Filipina-American women in Jacksonsville, Fla., which has the largest Filipino population in the Southeastern U.S. "My goal is to challenge stereotypes, let the world see that Filipinos aren't just nurses and doctors and members of the military, but that many talented Filipina artists exist here right now," she says.
  • In Remnants of an Exodus, Magali Duzant reviews Al J Thompson's photobook of the same name, which features images he captured on his return to his childhood neighborhood. "The images do not shy away from the harsh, difficult views of decay and upheaval; rather they pair them with the truth of lives being lived against the backdrop of a space in flux," she writes.
  • Jason Row shows How to Use Super Resolution in Photoshop, enlarging a 6-megapixel Nikon D100 Raw file 400 percent. He compares that to the original and also to an 18-Mp Fujifilm X-Pro 1 Raw file. "Super Resolution is clearly a powerful and extremely useful tool," he concludes.
  • Kirk Tuck explains the importance of Logistics, Luck and Experience in assembling sunny portraits despite the weather.
  • After getting a call that included an apology, Kevin Raber had the bright idea to Call a Photographer Friend himself just to touch bases again. "Today I had a chance to call and catch up with my friend Charlie Cramer and William Neill. It was great to have a chat and find out how they have dealt with the effects of the pandemic. It was also a chance to let them know I haven't forgotten them or dozens of others on my list to call in the days to come," he writes.
  • In Bringing Photography to Life, Ruth Evans Lane interviews illustrator Zeke Peña about turning Graciela Iturbide's photographs into line drawings for a biography about the photographer. "Being given the permission to use her photographs as reference was really huge," he says.

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