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23 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 LaToya Ruby Frazier, Dafydd Jones, Jesse Lenz, the Panasonic S9, Muses of Avatar and growing a YouTube channel.

  • In At MoMA, LaToya Ruby Frazier Asks What Our Monuments Should Be (gift link), Holland Cotter reviews the "two-decade midcareer survey of an American photographer and social activist who takes race, class and gender, viewed through the intimate lens of family and community, as her focus and addresses them in photographic series presented as variably effective sculptural installations."
  • Hannah Marriott previews a few images from Dafydd Jones's new book New York: High Life/Low Life, which "documents the upper crust of the Big Apple in an era of gaudy excess: doggy canapes, ladies who lunched and a 'mob-like' real-estate mogul." The 120-page book "is an evocative historical document, brimming with nostalgia and menace," she writes. "Compared with today's cyborgian beauty standards and levels of PR polish among high-profile people, the images feel refreshingly intriguing and human."
  • Justin Herfst reviews The Seraphim by Jesse Lenz, a book of black-and-white images focusing on everyday life in rural Ohio by tuning into the landscape, its wildlife and his children. "The Seraphim oscillates between sweeping cosmic wonderment to curiosity of the infinitesimal lives of bugs and beetles," he writes.
  • In 'Compact' Gets a New Contender, Thom Hogan writes that the Panasonic S9 "is just the first competitor attempt to take the wind out of Fujifilm's X100VI sail. More are coming."
  • To celebrate Avatar: The Way of Water and the global "Keep Our Oceans Amazing" campaign, James Cameron and Disney commissioned underwater photographer Christy Lee Rogers to create Muses of Avatar, a collection of photographs celebrating our oceans. "The artworks -- featuring the film's stars Zoe SaldanĖƒa, Sigourney Weaver and Kate Winslet -- will protect 10 of our ocean's amazing animals and their habitats, connected to the beauty of Pandora, as 100 percent of net proceeds from the art sales will go to The Nature Conservancy and help protect our oceans."
  • In Growing a YouTube Photography Channel, Jason Row offers a few tips and confessions about his experience monetizing his channel this year. "I am now just over three months into that project and, I believe, on course to achieve my target," he writes.

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