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21 April 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 Adams' Manzanar photos, a lesson in portraiture from Sally Mann, Daniil Simkin and Dan Bailey's new book.

  • Photographer Brad Shirakawa look back on the Japanese internment through Ansel Adams' photos of Manzanar. The camps closed 70 years ago. "Irony surrounds the incarceration of the Japanese Americans during World War II, Shirakawa observes. "Oddly, Adams' photographs represent that irony better than anyone's."
  • If portraits aren't easy, portraits of photographers even harder. But in taking Sally Mann's portrait, Leslye Davis learned a lesson she reveals in 'Just Take the Picture'. (That, BTW, is the lesson.)
  • In A Ballet Dancer, Offstage, With a Camera, Rene Silverman asks, "Who is to stop Daniil Simkin, a principal dancer at American Ballet Theater, from photographing his friends inside the "bubble" of one of the world's leading classical ballet companies?" Nobody, that's who.
  • Focal Press has published Outdoor Action and Adventure Photography by Dan Bailey, in which the author discusses "how to react quickly to unfolding scenes and anticipate how the subject and the background might converge."

More to come...

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