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13 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 Peter Turnley, Valérie Belin, Olivia Broome, Harold Davis, Ming Smith, Max Penson, an APS-C plan, a Voigtlander 40mm f2.0 Ultron, Salvaged Circuitry, own work, choosing and photo puzzles.

  • The Other California 1975 features Peter Turnley's images capturing the lives of working-class Californians and the poorest of the population nearly half a century ago.
  • Mee-Lai Stone showcases images from Silent Stories by Photo London Master of Photography Valérie Belin reflecting three decades of work exploring femininity and the body.
  • Kate Mothes presents the Blocky Architecture and Verdant Gardens portrayed in Olivia Broome's project Brutalist Plants.
  • Harold Davis shares an image of Kinard Beach showing "the wild Atlantic is formidable indeed and in marked contrast to the verdant green farms and rugged hillsides of the interior, not far from the brink of the ocean."
  • Tim Adams looks at Ming Smith's 1972 image Setting Out to Sea of four boys creating rafts from rubbish in New Jersey.
  • Francis Hodgson remembers The Quiet Resistance of Max Penson. "Penson's manner was modest, but we learnt that he had a quiet streak of non-conformism that was amazing when what you were supposed to conform to was laid down by Stalin, with the very present risk of not complying," he writes.
  • Thom Hogan returns from safari wondering Does Anyone Have an APS-C Plan? He means does any camera company have a plan. Apparently not. So he's "predicting more customer erosion, not a growing customer base."
  • Kirk Tuck mounts a Nikon F-mount Voigtlander 40mm f2.0 Ultron Lens on his Fujifilm GTX.
  • On his site Salvaged Circuitry, Anthony Kouttron tackles a number of photo-related projects from repairs to plans. His latest post details his one-hour repair of a Sigma 45mm f2.8 lens. Took him longer to write it up, he notes.
  • After soliciting article ideas from his readers and getting a few suggestions he write more about his own work, Mike Johnston reveals his thoughts on publishing his Own Work.
  • In On Choosing, Andrew Molitor argues with AD Coleman that "a photographer, as an artist, must choose their photos."
  • Mpix now offers Photo Puzzles starting at $49.99 in three sizes: 252 pieces (9.5x14), 500 pieces (15.6x21) and 1000 pieces (17.3x26.5).

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