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26 September 2016

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 Chi Modu and Terry O'Neill, Gideon Lewis-Kraus on travel photography and Keeble & Shuchat closing.

  • In I Shot Tupac, photographer Chi Modu talks about revealing "a complex man living beyond the thug life." The piece is excerpted from Tupac Shakur: Uncategorized, a 200-page hardcover book featuring over 100 powerful images of Tupac Shakur by Modu. "I think that's what made Tupac so comfortable with me because I was looking in his eyes," Modu remembers, "he was looking in mine at the same time and real recognizes real. Once we got to that place we were cool. He gave me pictures he didn't give anybody else and he said, 'These are for you, Chi.'"
  • Interesting to contrast the above with the earlier experience of pop photographer Terry O'Neill, which was not so different:
  • In What We See When We Look at Travel Photography, Gideon Lewis-Kraus considers the travel photographer's bind. "Either he is no better than the desultory tourist or he is responsible for the fact that our experiences rarely resemble the advertisements or postcards."
  • Keeble & Shuchat, the classy and venerable Palo Alto photography store located in two buildings on California Ave., is (sadly) closing "near the end of October," according to Terry Shuchat. "We've become a big showroom for online stores," he explained. Meanwhile, you can save 10 percent with no sales tax on its entire inventory.

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