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30 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 fancy pigeons, Liverpool kids, Kirk Tuck, museum directors, Michael Leblanc and Tina Howe.

  • Grace Ebert features Ottawa-based photographer Brendan Burden's images of Fancy Pigeons. "My intention was to juxtapose the lowly pigeon with formal portraiture techniques and provide a new perspective on something ubiquitous, bordering on completely invisible," he says.
  • Rob Bremner's recalls his best photograph was of The Liverpool Kids Who Chased Me Down the Street. "They followed me saying, 'Go on, mister, take our picture!'" he says. "Eventually, I gave in and just said, 'Stand there and don't smile.'"
  • In One Walk/One Lens, Kirk Tuck shows what happens when you pair a Fujifilm medium format camera with an older lens designed to cover a 35mm format. That would be a Carl Zeiss 50mm f1.4 ZF.2. "If you want 'character' in your lens then it's fun to try out some of these older, manual focus lenses but don't expect perfect performance across the bigger frame," he writes. He went square to avoid vignetting.
  • Jack Limpert quotes Colin Moynihan's story Dream Jobs in the Arts and What They Pay showing pay and benefits at the nation's top art institutions. The director of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, for example, is paid $1.1 million of the institution's total $85 million spent each year.
  • David Smith reviews Someone for Everything, a book of 100 sequential drawings by Michael Leblanc. "Why would this book of drawings be of interest to aficionados of photography?" he begins. Maybe because the images are derived from stock photos inspired by artificial intelligence.
  • We note the passing of playwright Tina Howe at 85. She once observed of her work:

Old women have great power. Magic is afoot with them. A lot of times they are not on this earth; their thoughts are in never-never land. But in with the magic and the dreaming is that anger that old women have. I wanted to put that voice, that fever, that sort of animal yelp of self-preservation on the stage.

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