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6 May 2024

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 Kent State, the Met Gala, Palestine, Letizia Le Fur, Corita Kent, Austin hats, Derby hats, World Astronaut Day, SD cards and a composite.

  • Alan Taylor presents 19 photos, some in color, from When the National Guard Arrived at Kent State in 1970. Fifty-four years ago on May 4, "members of the Ohio National Guard opened fire on a crowd of student protesters gathered on the campus of Ohio's Kent State University, killing four students and injuring another nine," he writes. They had been protesting expansion of the Vietnam War into Cambodia.
  • Nyima Jobe presents images of The Met Gala Through the Years before this year's event.
  • Public Domain Review presents Photographs of Life in Palestine (Ca 1896-1919), a series of stereographs held by the Library of Congress and Brown University. "Agrarian scenes predominate — when these photographs were taken, Palestinians were cultivating olives, cotton, tobacco, dura, sesame, and exporting barley to the United Kingdom, wheat to Italy and France, and Jaffa oranges around the world."
  • Letizia Le Fur's series Mines De Rien "is an ode to the power and wonder of nature, which tirelessly battles to resist the dangers caused by environmental influences." The almost painterly images have a darker side, though. "Using color and composition, I seek to visually convey the duality between aesthetic appeal and ecological damage," she says.
  • In Ordinary Things Will Be Signs for Us, Sophie Write reviews the images of Corita Kent, the Pop Art Nun who led the art department at Immaculate Heart College before leaving the order in 1968. "Between 1955 and 1968, the self-proclaimed collector racked up over 15,000 35mm slides which have recently been digitized for the first time." the images are from a new book edited by three artists Julie Ault, Jason Fulford and Jordan Weitzman, with support from the Corita Art Center.
  • Kirk Tuck takes his Fujifim GFX 50Sii and 35-70mm GFX zoom to the Pecan Street Festival to document "middle America on fashion parade," as he puts it. The slide show features some awful hats in keeping with the city of Austin's unofficial motto: "Keep Austin Weird."
  • Of course, if you'd rather see the hats on parade at The Kentucky Derby last Saturday, the Associated Press had you covered.
  • Joe McNally celebrates World Astronaut Day today with a photo taken above the clouds by John Glenn, the first American to orbit the earth. "I set the camera up, ran a remote trigger wire to his fingers and told him to look at the sun and fire the camera," McNally writes. "I dialed in single shot, as I was limited to 36 frames."
  • In ProGrade and Angelbird, Mike Johnston surveys the SD card landscape, including a discussion of using microSD card adapters in cameras. "This article is still being constantly updated," he warns. "You might want to check it again in a few days for a more stable version."
  • In Compelling Photographs Are Engaging 'Signals', David Osborn walks us through the creation of a composite of gondola builders in Venice that clarifies what the original images confuse.

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