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1 December 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 David Levene, Sophie Calle, Erinn Springer, Russ Lewis, Mike McCartney, 33 photobooks, Pier 24 sale and the 2022 World Press Photo Contest.

  • In Dunkirk's Camps, Guardian photographer David Levene visited northern France after27 people drowned in the Channel last week trying to get to Britain.
  • Lili Owen Rowlands profiles Sophie Calle and the Art of Leaving a Trace. "In February 1981, the French artist Sophie Calle took a job as a hotel maid in Venice," she writes. "In the course of three weeks, with a camera and tape recorder hidden in her mop bucket, she recorded whatever she found in the rooms that she had been charged with cleaning."
  • In Home Is Where the Garden Grows, LensCulture inaugurates a month column dedicated to new talent with Wesley Verhoeve's interview with Erinn Springer about her black-and-white images of her own family. "As the kids get older, I hope they look back on these images with fond memories of my presence and interest in their lives.=," she says.
  • In Shooting Street, Russ Lewis muses about the genre, illustrating his points with his own images.
  • Henry Yates interviews Mike McCartney about his Best Photograph of the Beatles taken in the dressing room at the Tower Ballroom, New Brighton, in the early 1960s. "It wasn't hard to direct them," he says. "I'd say to John: 'If you want to be bigger than Elvis, do what the photographer tells you.'"
  • The Luupe presents Our 33 Favorite Photobooks by Women and Non-Binary Photographers in 2021. "These photobooks cover a range of genres and even include children's books to get little ones thinking about photography early on."
  • Pier 24 is having its first book sale, offering 20 percent off its entire catalog when you use the code BOOKSALE at checkout.
  • The 2022 World Press Photo Contest is now open for submissions until Jan. 11, 2022. Entering the contest is free and open to all professional photographers working in the field of photojournalism and/or documentary photography.

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