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17 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, Rohingyan children, photographing wounds, Craigslist and the lucrative floppy disk business.

  • The Associated Press showcases its Photos of the Week that include the royal family, Ukraine's offensive against Russia, Jimmie Kimmel at the Emmy awards and Carlos Alcaraz at the U.S. Open.
  • Jashim Salam describes his best smartphone picture as A Scene From Thousands of Years Ago. It was just five years ago, though, and taken with an iPhone 7 in the shadow of Tangkhali refugee camp in Bangladesh. A crowd of Rohingya refugee children were watching a health-and-sanitation awareness film. "In documentary photography, the story and the message are more important than the technical aspects," he says.
  • In Standardizing Wound Photography, Dr. Ernest Chiu and Elizabeth Savage talk about their recent paper arguing for standardized procedures when photographing wounds. Find a plain background, Chiu says, and use a ruler, Savage insists. Good advice (near the end):

  • Emily Dreibelbis interviews Craig Newmark, asking him Why Craigslist Still Looks the Same After 25 Years. "For me as an engineer, simple is beautiful," he says. "Functional is beautiful."
  • The Last Person Standing in the Floppy Disk Business is Tom Persky of He's also the patron saint of data left on floppies. "People send us the disks that they've rediscovered in their drawers," he says. "They can no longer use them, but they still want to get to their old address book, PhD thesis or photographs that are on there. So, somebody might send us five disks with Kodak photographs on them and we get them off."

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