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30 January 2015

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 (with more than 140 characters). This time we look at Nancy Borowick chronicling death, panic in Japan, Dan Burkholder on post processing and a new book from the Fraenkel Gallery to celebrate its 35th year.

  • In A Mother's Illness, a Daughter's Duty, Michael Winerip reveals how Nancy Borowick became an expert in photographing death. Her father's death and, a year later, her mother's. The black and white images capture the story using nothing but room light, making the extraordinary familiar.
  • Panic is Setting In according to "two different sources deep in the camera companies in Japan," Thom Hogan writes. Sales are down so dramatically there seems to have been a "extinction level event." But the camera makers can't identify it.
  • Robert Hirsch excerpts an interview with Dan Burkholder from his new book Transformational Imagemaking: Handmade Photography Since 1960. "I use the captured image as a launch pad for the creative post-processing steps that lead up to the finished image," Burkholder says.
  • San Francisco's Fraenkel Gallery celebrates its 35th year with the publication of The Plot Thickens, "an eye-opening expedition through the history of the medium, with approximately 90 wide-ranging photographs by artists as diverse as Diane Arbus, Christian Marclay, Robert Adams, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Mel Bochner, Walker Evans, Sol LeWitt, Lee Friedlander, Alec Soth, Katy Grannan, Hiroshi Sugimoto and Richard Learoyd."

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