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8 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 Seeing Things, professional PR, a new portrait, Artisse and visual literacy.

  • Seeing Things is a new book published by the Redstone Press of images from the Instagram accounts of various artists, writers and musicians. The Guardian presents a few of them.
  • In Lens Companies Need Photographers, Thom Hogan bemoans the publicity shots unnamed lens companies are foisting on us. "I just have to wonder about what the heck lens and process they use to capture their marketing materials," he writes.
  • Is This Me? Harold Davis asks about a new portrait by Nan Phelps. "t's always an interesting and intense experience for a photographer to themselves be photographed," he writes. "But with that in mind, I think this portrait gives a pretty good sense of who I am at this point in my life."
  • Kehl Bayern reports Artisse promises perfect selfies after training for 40 minutes on your photos. Everyone should be able to create perfect photos of themselves," founder William Wu said.
  • In On Visual Literacy, Andrew Molitor takes on "one of those ideas that feels immediately kind of stupid" as it promises access to some secret knowledge. "The difference, as near as I can tell, between simply looking at a photo with your eyes open and visual literacy is that the latter tries, fruitlessly, to separate content from method, to catalogue in some meaningful [way] the reactions to method separately from content," he writes.

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