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12 December 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 Agency Photographer of the Year, the Dead Sea, Ukrainian portraits, Dante under sandbags, Sebastian Rijkers, photobooks, Fusion X-Rays, masking and ChatGPT.

  • In Agency Photographer of the Year, the Guardian's picture editors highlight the images that have stood out to them over the course of 2022. Some great stuff here.
  • In The Dead Sea Is Dying, Daniel Estrin presents Ofir Berman's photos of the lowest exposed spot on Earth. "The main part of the lake is now around 950 feet deep -- about 15 percent shallower and a third of the surface area, compared to its shape half a century ago," he writes.
  • In Home Front, Sasha Maslov creates portraits of Ukrainians who has returned after fleeing the country only to find their home have become "rubble and dust."
  • Clive Myrie, who has reported on conflicts for 20 years, visited Kyiv and took a phone photo of Dante Under Sandbags that sums up Russia's war of aggression. "The fact that Dante had to be covered with sandbags tells you everything -- the Russians are attacking things that are nothing to do with a military campaign," he writes. "That is a particular hell, when civilians are seen as legitimate targets for an advancing army. And as soon as I see this image, all of this floods into my mind."
  • In Shapes, Shades and Shadows, Sebastian Rijkers focuses "on the pure aesthetics of the objects." He says, "I work exclusively with available light, because I love the search for motifs and like less the staging."
  • LensCulture lists its Favorite Photobooks of the year. "It was fun and surprising for us to compile this list of favorites and we hope you will discover some inspiration here, too," the editors write.
  • Harold Davis presents two Fusion X-Rays consisting of "one part medical X-Ray combined with one part light box photo." Lovely things.
  • In The Best Masking Tool in Photoshop Isn't the One You Think, Scott Kelby shows off Photoshop's Object Selection tool:

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