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17 June 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 the Tony Awards, Lubow on Vivian Maier, Critics' Choice Award winners, Tourmaline, structured composition, Alessio Bolzoni, cropping, Hugh Brownstone, the Hasselblad XCD 55V and screen-free cameras.

  • The Guardian curates images from last night's Tony Awards from the red carpet to the stage to backstage.
  • Arthur Lubow considers How Groundbreaking Is Vivian Maier's Photography? (gift link) after visiting the current exhibit at Fotografiska. "The paradox of Vivian Maier is that the lifetime of anonymity that has captured the public imagination persists in the work," he writes. "There is no way to infer from the photographs her temperament or her outlook on the world, despite her range. She didn't advance the medium of photography by contributing anything uniquely her own. That is the difference between a highly talented photographer and a great artist."
  • LensCulture has announced 44 Critics' Choice Award Winners. "This competition is open to photographers of all ages and all levels of experience, from cultures all over the world. There are no themes, no limitations on genre, no restrictive guidelines."
  • In A Glimpse of Our World as It Could Be, Mazie Harris, assistant curator of photographs at the Getty Museum, talks about Summer Azure by Tourmaline. It "uses imagination to show our world not as it is, but as it could be," Harris says. Here's the 3:15 video:

  • In Blowing in the Wind, Harold Davis illustrates "designing a structure behind an apparently free-form image" in a series of compositions.
  • Lauren Cochrane interviews fashion photographer Alessio Bolzoni about his new fine art exhibit There's a Fine Line Between Love and Hate, You See, opens this month at VO Curations gallery in London. "Photography is really stuck with reality, which is very fascinating, but also very limited. We have to bend that limit," he says.
  • Mike Johnston proposes a Little Cropping Exercise. Find the picture within the frame. "You can do it right on the back of a phone or tablet or you can do it back at your computer," he writes.
  • Kevin Raber has posted Four Hosts and a Blind Elephant, his Photo Chat with Hugh Brownstone who "talked about his approach to street photography and his gear and transitioned into other topics like the state of the photo industry."
  • Jim Kasson concludes his testing of the Hasselblad XCD 55V on X2D with a Summary and Conclusions.
  • Screen-free cameras are what kids are taking to camp these days. Two of them are worth a peek: the Camp Snap Camera and the Paper Shoot Camera.

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