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15 August 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 Tsukasa Yajima, Sabine Weiss, Caleb Stein, Lou-Lou van Staaveren, Lucas Barioulet, shooting mirrorless black-and-white and soft images.

  • In Japanese Photographer Blows Whistle on Treatment of 'Comfort Women' (gift link), Choe Sang-Hun tells the story of Japanese photographer Tsukasa Yajima's efforts to aid former sex slaves at a nursing facility and museum in Gwangju, South Korea. The piece features a few of his portraits of them as well as images by Woohae Cho at the House of Sharing, as the facility is called.
  • Tim Adams writes about Sabine Weiss's Surreal Vision of Paris. Weiss, who died last year at 97, was commissioned to photograph the shop display of the department store Printemps, but her camera was drawn to the man asleep on the pavement outside, Adams writes. "She had a singular journalistic principle: 'Whenever I saw a door marked with a no-entry sign, I always opened it.'"
  • Caleb Stein's Down by the Hudson series on exhibit at Rose Gallery in Santa Monica from Sept. 10 to Oct. 29, celebrates Poughkeepsie, N.Y. in black-and-white photographs, glimpsing into the lives of the residents in the midst of de-industrialization and political tensions. The watering hole is a neutral zone providing them a place of recreation and refuge.
  • In Pleasant Place, Sophie Wright profiles Lou-Lou van Staaveren who takes a camera with her when she works in her garden. "She is an artist-gardener, researching what that pursuit looks like and means in this fragile and unpredictable day and age," Wright writes.
  • Lucas Barioulet followed some Mauritanian Soccer Pioneers of women's soccer. "Women's football is a way of emancipation," he says. "For some players, football is a way to dream about a better future."
  • In How to Shoot Great B&W Photos With Your Mirrorless Camera, Derrick Story describes what color filters do for a black-and-white rendering before advising about setup options for Fujifilm and Olympus cameras.
  • In What Causes 'Soft'? Thom Hogan lists "a number of things that can generate 'softness' in an image."

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