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20 July 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 400 Years Project, the Stahl House, Olympic photo gear, square portraits, reverse image searching, supply shortages, USB-C cables and testing backups.

  • Heidi Volpe presents the 400 Years Project, a photographic look at the evolution of Native Americanidentity, rights, and representation. The project was founded by Brian Adams, Sarah Stacke and Sheena Brigs Plenty "to create something that provided a narrative of Native empowerment and also recognized the devastating effects of colonization."
  • Amy Hood reports a new book on Pierre Koenig's photography Case Study House #22 tells a chaotic story of "construction dust, furniture movers and last-minute arrangements" behind the image. The Stahl House will be published in August for $22.46.
  • In What Gear Does a Sports Photographer Bring to the Olympics? Dan Havlik peeks into the bag of Team USA sports photographer Jeff Cable. Unlike previous Olympics, the major manufacturers have been prohibited from loaning gear to the pros covering the events due to the coronavirus.
  • Kirk Tuck is Making Square Images with a Sigma 65mm lens on his Leica SL2. "The lens itself is a breath of fresh air in the L mount lens pantheon," he writes. Good size, aperture ring, all metal housing.
  • In Finding Your Stolen Images, Dave Williams shows how to use the Google app to do a reverse image search to "quickly find any images we may feel have been stolen and used online."
  • These are Strange Days, Thom Hogan writes. "It seems that we're slowly finding out about just how tight things really are in the supply chains for the camera makers," he begins. He cites five cases.
  • Benson Leung asks Now How Many USB-C To USB-C Cables Are There? "In the real world, your average user will pick a cable and will simply not be able to determine the capabilities of the cable by looking at it," he writes. Unless, of course, you apply these USB-C Cable Color Codes with fingernail polish.
  • Test Your Backups if you don't want to pya ransom gangs, advises Brian Krebs. "Experts say the biggest reason ransomware targets and/or their insurance providers still pay when they already have reliable backups is that nobody at the victim organization bothered to test in advance how long this data restoration process might take," he writes (emphatically).

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