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17 January 2019

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 2019 Dakar Rally, Desmond Boylan, Ralph Gibson, corporate portraits and the Metz Mecablitz 26 AF-2 flash.

  • Alan Taylor presents Photos From the 2019 Dakar Rally, a 10-day, 3,000-mile off-road adventure currently in stage 9 of 10. For a few of the 334 competitors, though, it's already over.
  • In Desmond Boylan: A Life in News Wire Photography, Santiago Lyon celebrates his friend and fellow photojournalist who died suddenly at the end of 2018. He was, Lyon writes, "a gentle man who traveled with his camera, mostly unnoticed, to better show how people live, fight and play the world over."
  • Ralph Gibson is turning 80 years old and the Leica Gallery in Los Angeles is exhibiting his work in a show called Digital Color. "A medium is someone who looks into a crystal ball and sees something which others can't. Photography is a medium," Gibson says. "I can see more as a photographer than I can with my naked eye."
  • Kirk Tuck reflects on The Changing Face of Corporate Portraits after reviewing three years of one client's images. "While the look and feel of the photographs was consistent from beginning to end I was surprised, when I reviewed the catalog of portraits, to find that they were done with three different camera sensor formats, ranging from micro four thirds to full frame," he writes.
  • Derrick Story reviews the $139 Metz Mecablitz 26 AF-2 Flash. "It provides a fill light for my editorial work that can bounce and wirelessly operates off-camera, yet fits in my shirt pocket," he writes.

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