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4 August 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 Jan Langer, John Alinder, Giuliano Scarparo, Oriana Poindexter, Rich McCor, Vincent Cornelissen, chroma, David Skernick and Polaroid.

  • Faces of the Century is a portrait project by Jan Langer of Czechs who are over 100 years old. Each portrait pairs an image for the sitter's youth from an album with Langer's contemporary and matching image.
  • In 'We Were Once Alive,' Mee-Lai Stone presents a few of the portraits John Alinder took of his Swedish neighbors from 1910 to 1920. Discovered in the 1980s, they have just been published in a book.
  • Dan Havlik interviews Giuliano Scarparo about his Dream-Like Images of Wildlife which feature a cool palette with limited chromatic tones. "Many people criticize my chromatic preference because it does not reflect nature and perhaps they are right," Scarparo says. "But I think that an artist can express his art as he sees fit."
  • In Capturing the Feeling of the Ocean on Paper, Zoe Goldman features the cyanotypes of marine scientist and artist Oriana Poindexter inspired by the 19th century cyanotypes of Anna Atkins. Unlike high resolution underwater photography, she finds a cyanotype "conjures up that feeling of being in the water and being in the kelp forest."
  • Grace Ebert showcases the Clever Paper Cutouts Rich McCor overlays on photos of tourist attractions, landmarks and urban settings. She also features Vincent Cornelissen's shot of a Goose Contorting Its Body to Fly Upside Down. We're not sure which is more amusing.
  • In Chroma Information (The Grid Illusion), Mike Johnston demonstrates how little color information an image needs. You can see this yourself by converting an image to Lab colorspace and comparing the luminance channel (L) to either of the flatter a or b chroma channels.
  • David Skernick has published another of his Back Roads series. The 116 images in Back Roads of the Great Plains include shots of Route 66, fields, farms, natural wonders and wildlife of Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and the Dakotas. We reviewed Skernick's How Did You Get That Shot? in 2019.
  • Chronicle Chroma has published Polaroid Now: The History and Future of Polaroid Photography with "new work created by contemporary artists working with Polaroid cameras and film." The volume includes a discussion of the history and evolution of the instant imaging camera system as well.

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