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5 September 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 Bird Photographer of the Year, Andrew Kung, Striking Hollywood Workers, the Leica Oskar Barnack Award, shadows, museums and photography terms.

  • The Guardian presents the winners of the Bird Photographer of the Year contest which drew over 20,000 entries from all over the world competing for a £5,000 grand prize.
  • In Dreaming on the Hudson Magali Duzant features the dream-like but reality-based photographs of Andrew Kung. "He photographs young Asian American men in the natural world, using the environment -- specifically the Hudson River Valley -- as a vehicle of escape and rebellion against narrow American imaginations of masculinity and belonging," she writes.
  • Michael Friberg says You Won't Recognize These Striking Hollywood Workers And That's the Point. He walked the picket line with his camera to talk to some of the writers and actors on strike.
  • The Leica Camera Blog presents the other six of the 12 series nominated for the Leica Oskar Barnack Award this year.
  • In Shadowland, Harold Davis suggests, "If you are interested in making compelling black and white images consider the important role that shadows play in this kind of artistic expression."
  • In Museumgoing in LA, guest poster at _The Online Photographer, JH observes, "There are two galleries in LA that show photography." And both exhibit "historical, not contemporary" work. Yes, it's different in San Francisco. SFMOMA regularly shows living photographers and there are plenty of galleries showing contemporary work as well.
  • Jasenka Grujin defines 50 Photography Terms Every Beginner Should Know. And if that wets your whistle, take a look at our glossary (also available at the top of the headline page's left column).

More to come! Meanwhile, here's a look five years back. And please support our efforts...

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