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23 August 2023

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 last week in pictures, Laurent Ballesta, Mari Katayama, unseen Kodachrome slides, Emmanuel Cole and color grading.

  • The Associated Press presents the Week in Pictures from independence celebrations in Pakistan to wildfires in Hawaii to a smiley face in a corn field in Germany. And clogs forming a heart.
  • Kate Mothes showcases Laurent Ballesta's images of The Astounding Diversity of Ocean Life. "The French photographer seeks exciting formations of fish, coral and crustaceans, capturing their behaviors and honing in on individual traits: a hefty crab carries numerous barnacles on its back, a colony of shrimp look as if they want to say hello and a shiver of sharks swarms around a meal," she writes.
  • In Why I Make Art, Mari Katayama talks to Marigold Warner about her staged self-portraits which have been exhibited at Maison EuropĂ©enne de la Photographie, Mori Art Museum and the 58th Venice Biennale. "I don't take pictures because I like myself or I want to face up to myself.... What I want to do is make art and self-portraiture is a medium within that," she says.
  • In An Abandoned Cabinet Unearths a Trove of Unseen Kodachrome Slides Documenting 1960s San Francisco, Grace Ebert writes, "There's a Vivian Maier-esque story out of San Francisco that's drawing attention to a newly discovered body of work from a largely unknown photographer." The 920 slides provide "a distinct photographic tapestry of life in the city during a time of massive change and growth."
  • An Extreme Dance on Top of a Bus Shelter is Emmanuel Cole's best photograph. "Usually, you are walking, watching and waiting until something happens, but carnival is the opposite," he says. "There's so much happening all the time."
  • Jasenka Grujin explains How to Color Grade Photos Like a Pro. "Color grading is an important process in post-production and it includes enhancing an image's color, saturation and contrast," she writes. "It is usually used to create specific moods in photos because colors can easily affect the overall atmosphere of an image." The photographer? James A. Martin, a San Francisco schoolteacher.

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