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31 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 the NYT's Year in Pictures, the Guardian's 2021 in Pictures, a Richard Benson exhibition, the Congo, an Arca Swiss C1, a small writing desk and learning to cook.

  • The N.Y. Times presents The Year in Pictures (gift link). "This is the story of 2021 told visually, through the eloquent universal language of photography," the editors write. Each image is accompanied by an extended caption with explanatory texts where necessary, so there's more there than meets the eye.
  • For a different perspective, the Guardian presents its 2021 in Pictures. "The effects of Covid-19 continue to be felt, but in many places the fallout from civil war, displacement and natural disasters provide more pressing concerns," the editors write.
  • In When a Master Printer Picks Up the Camera (gift link), Arthur Lubow reviews the first major museum show of Richard Benson's photographs. We discussed his printing process with him long ago, amused it had its roots in offset printing (we were both offset pressman). "Walking through the show, I saw the work of someone thoroughly imbued with the tradition, science and artistry of photography," Lubow writes.
  • Sarah Johnson profiles Alexis Huguet's travails Photographing the Terror and Joy of Refugees in Congo. It's the story of one shot but also of many people.
  • Jim Kasson reviews the Arca Swiss C1 Head after similar tours of two Sweboes and the Arca-Swiss Core 60 Leveler Classic.
  • Kirk Tuck bought A Mid-Century, Small Writing Desk. "I guess it's a holiday gift for my writer self," he writes. "It's a nice break from cameras and lenses."
  • Learning to cook A Dozen Dinners is Mike Johnston's New Year's resolution. He goes on to discuss the problem with "compliance." Our advice, we're we at the pool table with him, would be to buy three jars of pasta sauce (white, red and pestù) and four kinds of pastas (spaghetti, tortellini, gnocchi and penne) to get instantly to 12, which you can embellish with various other ingredients (olives, mushrooms, pancetta, sausage). Happy New Year!

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