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28 November 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 Tahmineh Monzavi, the TTArtisan 50mm f0.95, dusting David, a Bruno Barbey image, Maryann Cheung, Leica Store robbery, 3D virtual tours and Epson laser printers.

  • Iranian photographer Tahmineh Monzavi photographs portraits of Afro-Iranians in Baluchistan. "Through my images, I try to display two major themes. First, how these women have remained isolated from the development of the modern state system. And second, how they have kept their cultural practices while adapting to the new diasporic environment," she says.
  • Kirk Tuck has a nice slide show of color images taken with the TTArtisan 50mm f0.95 on a full frame camera.
  • In When Visiting Michelangelo's David, She Brings a Duster (gift link), Elisabetta Povoledo follows in-house restorer Eleonora Pucci up the scaffold for a cleaning. "The job begins with a photographic close-up to better track any wear and tear on the statue and to verify how much dust and debris (of microscopic dimension) has settled on it since the last time it was cleaned," she writes. She also does his Slaves. Photos by Chiara Negrello.
  • Tim Adams celebrate Bruno Barbey's image of Life on the Road in 1960s Palermo. The French-Moroccan photographer, who died in 2020, had been traveling in Italy for a couple of years, looking for "this kind of image, with its seductive mix of humor and authenticity."
  • In A Hillsboro Woman Waited Until She Was 60 to Learn Photography, Ray Duckler tells the story of New England photographer Maryann Cheung. Her father had given her a Minolta 30 years before. But she's kept it busy photographing her small town for the last two years.
  • Diom Lim reports an Armed Robbery at SF Leica Store. Nearly $180,000 in merchandise was stolen and $20,000 in damages was done around 1:20 p.m. by four people in a gray sedan.
  • In My Adventures With 3D Virtual Tours, Kevin Raber creates several virtual spaces from real ones captured with his iPhone. "It's easy to do and it doesn't cost much to get started. You'll get hooked pretty quickly," he writes.
  • In Epson Zaps Lasers Into Oblivion, Laura Dobberstein reports the company "will end the sale and distribution of laser printer hardware by 2026, citing sustainability issues." They'll be replaced by inkjets which produce up to 85 percent less carbon dioxide and have up to 59 percent fewer replaceable components. But Epson will continue to supply laser consumables and spare parts.

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