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15 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 Hong Kong protests, Henry Williams, PhotoNOLA, Flore Gardner, the Panasonic GH6, the Olympus OM-1, a BeavisGear bag, a camera question and Uelsmann in the darkroom.

  • In Student Photos of Hong Kong Protests Get Rare Showing, Joanne Furio reports on the Echoes of Defiance exhibit of 2019 Hong Kong protest photographs at Fourth Street Fine Art in Berkeley. "Two of the four photographers in a new Berkeley photography exhibit on Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement refused to be photographed at the opening reception without covering their faces," she writes. They were worried about being arrested when they return to Hong Kong.
  • In Vivid Portraits of Everyday Residents, Douglas Zimmerman presents the black-and-white street portraits captured by Henry Williams. ""Some people will tell me that I am the first person that has actually stopped and talked to them in days or others have said they have not had a photo taken of them since grade school," he said.
  • Jonathan Blaustein has published the first part of The Best Work From PhotoNOLA featuring Ash Margaret, Ellen Mitchell, Chad Schneider, John Hesketh and Diane Meyer.
  • Grace Ebert features Flore Gardner's Stitched Photographs. The embroidered black-and-white prints flaunt "obscure faces with dense patches, add dimension to a subject's body or highlight their figures by drawing a contrast to the backdrop."
  • After 1,500 Photographs on the GH6, Kirk Tuck has a few thoughts. "I found the image quality of the GH6 to be a big leap forward in overall image quality from my previous use of GH cameras," he writes. And, it's "just good, plain fun."
  • Derrick Story wonders if the new Olympus flagship OM-1 is A High Flying Point and Shoot as Well? If, say, you pair it with the M.Zuiko 14-42mm EZ, he suggests.
  • Michael Durr reviews the BeavisGear Top Shelf Camera Bag. You don't zip this bag because it has a push-button feature, like a race car hood. "I admit it was a bit nerve-racking at first but after testing it out for myself I had no issues keeping the zipper open and using the push button on its own to secure the gear," he writes.
  • In Camera Query, Mike Johnston asks (innocently), "If you were to name one camera from the past that you wish they'd start making again, what would it be?" Fun responses. Of course, those of us using 17-year-old cameras (like our Nikon D200) are living the life without relying on a revival. For us, they never died.
  • In A Remembrance of Jerry Uelsmann, Keith F. Davis talks about the late photographer's darkroom technique using three to five enlargers to create a single image. "He was a witty, fascinating person who loved life and loved making pictures," he writes.

More to come! But we do expect to post today's slide show a little later than usual, so keep checking. Meanwhile, here's a look back. And please support our efforts...

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