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3 October 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 the Colorado River, New Zealand photojournalists, visual pacing, the which-camera question, more strange things, October opportunities and the FogCams.

  • In Colorado -- the Dying River, Jonas Kako spent over six weeks documenting life along the course of the river, meeting the protagonists, learning about agriculture in the desert and the water requirements of big cities. "I do believe there is still hope," he says.
  • In Witnesses to History, Eva Corlett reports on the Photojournalism New Zealand charity auction of 123 prized images which raised over $175,000 for Hospice Taranaki. "It proved that there are collectors out there that are prepared to look at photojournalism photographs as works of art," said Rob Tucker, a photojournalist for 52 years.
  • Joe McNally shares a few more Fountain Inn images in Visual Pacing of Making a Book. "I actually hear Jay Maisel in my head. 'Everything has gesture,'' he writes.
  • Mike Johnston thinks he's finally answered the Which Camera? question for himself with the Sigma fp-M paired with the iPhone 13 Pro. "One is easy to use and shoots color and panos and movies and everything is available for instant sharing; the other is funky and deliberate, lets me see in B&W again, has a giant viewfinder and is perfectly suited to concerted shooting ("concerted shooting" meaning shooting when that's all I'm doing)," he writes.
  • Thom Hogan continues his series rebutting More Strange Things Said on the Internet with four more choice observations which are both fun and illuminating.
  • Colossal lists a couple of photography options among its October 2022 Opportunities.
  • On Sept. 30, the FogCam at San Francisco State celebrated an unlikely 25th birthday after the world's oldest operating webcam was saved before its Aug. 30 shutdown date. "The camera has changed a few times over the years, but it's the software itself that makes FogCam the longest-running device of its kind," writes Amanda Bartlett. "To update the Web site, academic technology staff have to manually go in and edit the HTML -- kind of like an old MySpace profile -- and when they have to buy a new camera, they always stick with an older model to preserve the old-school charm." With photos by Charles Russo.

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