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5 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 faces, a restaurant, big trees, big waves, spot removal, Belleville, PureRaw 2 and the medium.

  • Alan Taylor presents 25 photos of the Faces of Ukraine. "More than five weeks since the start of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, an estimated 4.2 million people have fled the country, millions more have been internally displaced and thousands have been injured or killed," he writes. These are images of a just a few of them.
  • In How a Restaurant, and Our Photographer, Overcame Omicron (gift link), Gary He describes being embedded as a photographer in a restaurant for three months as a new Covid-19 variant, Omicron, took New York City by storm. As the streets emptied, He watched the proprietor arrange to shut the place down. "By the end of the day, Nguyen had traded shots of Fernet Branca to her neighbors for at-home testing kits. Her entire team tested negative, but she still closed down, to protect their health." He was not so lucky himself.
  • Heidi Volpe interviews Brian Kelly about Gathering Growth, his project documenting "big trees" in the East. In addition to shooting Kodak Portra 160 in a Toyo field camera, he uses a Fujifilm GFX 100. He also does soundscape recordings, leaf and seed documentation and the occasional video recording.
  • Clark Little tells Dan Havlik The Story Behind the 'Last Blast' Wave Photo. "There must be 10-15 conditions that have to all come together and line up just right to have a shot like this," he says.
  • Julieanne Kost details Spot Removal Tool Tips and Shortcuts in Lightroom Classic.
  • Stanley/Barker has published Belleville, a new book by French photographer Thomas Boivin. Since 2010 Boivin has been making black and white photographs of his Parisian neighborhood and the people who live there. The 100-page book will be available for $54 from the publisher on April 22.
  • DxO has released an update to PureRaw 2 to handle file names that have special characters in them. "This version can be particularly interesting for our journalists in Germany, Japan and China who are using different alphabet or characters," the company said.
  • In Photography's Place in Media, Andrew Molitor riffs on his reading of Marshall McLuhan. "Photographs are impressionistic ephemera, often lies, that take their place in the mosaic of propagandist media that we use to support our preconceptions of the world," he writes.

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