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12 September 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 photos of the week, Jürgen Gad, Marsha Hunt, Maine, Leica SL2 5.0 firmware, the camera game, photo kiosks, passport photos, your vulnerable clipboard and a new newsletter.

  • The Associated Press selection of its Photos of the Week was curated by AP photo editor Tomas Stargardter in Mexico City.
  • Jürgen Gad applies the Japanese concept of Kire to his photographic work. Inspired by his reading of Kire -- Beauty in Japan by the Japanese philosopher Ryōsuke Ōhashi, Gad embarked on a project to bring together nature, poetry and Japanese aesthetics. And a light table.
  • Greg Whitmore presents photos from the career of actress Marsha Hunt. Blacklisted in the 1950s, she went on to dedicate her life to humanitarian causes before passing away at 104.
  • Harold Davis is Coming Into Maine. "On my way as the sun rose, I stopped by the banks of the Penobscot River to photograph sunrise, a bridge and grass along the banks of the water," he writes.
  • In Leica Keeps Adding Cool Stuff to the SL2, Kirk Tuck details the new features introduced in the 5.0 firmware update. "It's a continuous transformation of an already great product," he writes.
  • In The Camera Chess Match, Thom Hogan surveys Canon, Fujifilm, Hasselblad, Leica, Nikon, OM Digital Solutions, Panasonic, Sigma and Sony. Forgiven if you think it's more like the NFL than chess. The fans would be "YouTube, Tik-Tok and Instagram millennials+ who have taken to producing content onto which Google, Facebook, attach their mighty advertising engines."
  • Nathaniel Meyersohn explains Why CVS and Walmart Still Print Photos. "Photo services bring traffic into these retailers' stores, particularly during the peak holiday, graduation and wedding seasons," he writes. Not so at Costco and Target, he adds.
  • Computer science professor Ken Perlin wonders What Else Happens When Your Face Is Your Passport? He identified himself at a kiosk without using his passport for identification, just posing for a photo. And it worked. Which worries him. "We take for granted now that when people look at us, they don't immediately know everything about us," he writes. Well, us non-celebs, anyway.
  • Even more disturbing perhaps, Jeff Johnson discovered Web Pages Can Overwrite Your System Clipboard. Chrome, Safari and Firefox all suffer from the same vulnerability. He found "a gesture as innocent as clicking on a link or pressing the arrow key to scroll down the page gives the Web site permission to overwrite your system clipboard." He provides links to prove it to yourself in your own browser. Expect updates to follow shortly.
  • Derrick Story is launching The Nimble Photographer Newsletter. Free and weekly.

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