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22 May 2017

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 Maryam Majd, Baidu's facial recognition, a 1998 SMC Pentax-FA 100mm f3.5 macro lens, Gerhard Steidl and Dayanita Singh.

  • Do Iranian Photojournalists Still Face Strict Restrictions? Steve Inskeep asks Iranian photojournalist Maryam Majd. She tells him what has and hasn't changed for journalists under Hassan Rouhani, who last week was re-elected for a second term as president.
  • In Facial Recognition Helps Parents Find Son 27 Years After Abduction, Jennings Brown explains how Fu Gui, abducted as a six year old, was reunited with his parents "thanks to the latest cross-age facial recognition technology from Chinese tech giant Baidu."
  • In Old Lens, New Flowers, Derrick Story mounts a 1998 SMC Pentax-FA 100mm f3.5 macro lens on his Pentax KP to take some close-ups of Sonoma County flowers. "Hmmm," he chimped, "those look pretty good." And kept shooting.
  • Gerhard Steidl Is Making Books an Art Form profiles the high-end photo book printer. Rebecca Mead is a little weak on the technology (it's a "press" not a "printer," multiple passes through a multicolor press is not uncommon, paper must acclimate before it can be fed through a sheetfed press, paper comes from a mill not a factory, etc.) but it's a rare peek into the personal life and habits of the renowned printer.
  • In Museum of the Future: Portable and Personal, Jordan Teicher profiles Dayanita Singh, a photographer who creates "book-objects," described as "a book, an object for display, an exhibition and a catalog of that exhibition."

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