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4 April 2022

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 Fotografia Europea, Love Songs, Berkeley, MyStyle and Joe McNally.

  • Fotografia Europea, the international photography festival comprising 20 exhibitions and a calendar of related events, opens in Reggio Emilia runs from April 29 June 12. "This year's theme is 'an invincible summer', a term attributed to writer Albert Camus, which suggests how inner strength, even in the dead of winter, tends to be unleashed in the ultimate triumph and constant renewal of life," the Guardian says in its introduction to a few images from the festival.
  • In Love Songs, Marigold Warner reviews British curator Simon Baker's latest exhibition at the Maison EuropĂ©enne de la Photographie of 14 photographic ballads from the 1950s to today. "The idea was to rethink the history of photography from the point of view of intimacy and love," he says. "Each series is like a 'photographic love song;' a different take on picturing intimacy, lust and, inevitably, loss," she adds.
  • Harold Davis is busy Celebrating Beauty Where I Find It. "In our garden, the Iris and Freesia are flowering," he writes. "It is spring in Berkeley, with the air redolent of the rich, fragrant California floral perfume that I smell nowhere else." But he'll soon be off on extended travels.
  • MyStyle reconstructs, enhances and edits images of a specific person that are faithful to the person's key facial characteristics after being trained on 100+ images of the person:
  • In The Good, the Bad and the Beautiful, Joe McNally pitches his recent The Real Deal with reflective text and luminous images. We've been reading it on weekends (it doesn't travel well) with pleasure. We're on page 226 of 336 and enjoying it so much we don't want it to end. Partly because then we'll have to write up a review for you. But don't wait for us to enjoy this jewel.
  • Colossal lists a number of April 2022 Opportunities, a selection of opportunities for artists and designers, including open calls, grants, fellowships and residencies.

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