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22 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 Russian protests, Afghan brick kilns, a long walk, a steam train, the Nakagin Capsule Tower and Spawning AI.

  • Matt Fidler presents images of Protests in Russia Against Mobilization. "Hundreds of people have been detained in Moscow and St Petersburg during fresh protests against a mobilisation call by the Russian president," he writes.
  • Ebrahim Noroozi shot the Kids Working in Afghan Brick Kilns 10 or more hours a day "doing the heavy, dirty labor of packing mud into molds and hauling wheelbarrows full of bricks." He notes, "A recent survey by Save the Children estimated that half the country's families have put children to work to keep food on the table as livelihoods crumbled."
  • Suzanne Sease features the personal project of Stephen Voss who decided to walk the whole border of Washington, D.C.. "The walks (taken over a six-month period) were an exercise in attentiveness and a reminder of the rhythms and pace of life in the city," he writes. And they are quite amusing, too.
  • Harold Davis was just in time to catch a Steam Train in Colorado. He liked it in color but doesn't regret converting it to monochrome.
  • Grace Ebert showcases Noritaka Minami's images of the Nakagin Capsule Tower Prior to Demolition. Minami's photographs of the facade and residential units are on view this week as part of 1972/Accumulations at MAS Context Reading Room in Chicago.
  • Haje Jan Kamps reports This Site Tells You If Photos of You Were Used to Train the AI. "Spawning AI creates image-generation tools for artists and the company just launched Have I Been Trained? which you can use to search a set of 5.8 billion images that have been used to train popular AI art models," he writes.

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