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2 October 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 Colin Jones, Liam Wong, Helen Levitt, the Sigma Contemporary i-Series 90mm lens, and iOS 15 Messages photo bug and user error.

  • In The Compassionate Vision of Photojournalist Colin Jones, Jim Powell presents a few images by the Royal Ballet dancer Colin Jones. Jones covered working life in Britain's industrial north-east, the English National Ballet, the Alabama race riots and African-Caribbean youth in 1970s London while documenting arts and youth culture in portraits of the Who, Julie Christie, Tom Waits and mods and rockers in Brighton in 1964.
  • Neon Lights and Urban Loneliness are the subject of Edinburgh-born photographer Liam Wong's new book After Dark. Grace Ebert writes that the new book is 176 pages of panoramas documenting "the nightlife of Osaka, Kyoto, London, Seoul, Paris and Rome in wide, gleaming panoramas." The vertical panoramas themselves are striking.
  • Sean O'Hagan reviews a new Helen Levitt Restrospective opening at the Photographers’ Gallery in London. "Titled In the Street and curated by Walter Moser, art historian and chief curator for photography at the Albertina Museum, Vienna, it suggests that almost everything you know about Helen Levitt, if indeed you know her at all, is wrong," he writes.
  • Kirk Tuck succumbed to Unboxing Mania as soon as he got home with his new Sigma Contemporary i-Series 90mm f2.8 lens for the L mount. "Funny to find out that the 24 (3.5), the 45 and the 90 all together still weigh less than the 24-90mm Leica zoom lens," he writes.
  • In iOS 15 Messages Bug Causes Saved Photos to Be Deleted, Juli Clover explains deleting a Message thread will also delete any photos saved to your Camera Roll from that thread the next time you do an iCloud backup.
  • Jim Kasson commits a Cambo Ultima II User Error. "I felt stupid," he writes. It happens to the best of us, apparently. But not everyone is man enough to admit it.

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