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30 March 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 Kalifornia Kool, pioneering female photographers at the New York Times, testing gear, grading color, Harriet Tubman and Todd Hido.

  • In Up Close and Personal With San Francisco's Original Punks, Mark Murrmann presents photos from Ruby Ray's new book Kalifornia Kool, Photographs 1976-1982. "I wish I could have taken more photographs. I just didn't have money for more film, so the pictures had to count," she says.
  • The First Female Photographers Brought a New Vision to the New York Times starting in 1973. The captured and pushed for "images that were different, for the truths they saw in people and events, for assignments that had once been denied them and for assignments that had not been envisioned before."
  • Kirk Tuck emphasizes The Importance of Testing Gear and lists a couple of review sites he relies on.
  • Jason Row explains How Learning to Grade Footage Can Help You Color Correct Images. Includes a nice introduction to the concept of color grading, too. Grading applies a style to footage, he writes, giving it a mood. And it can do the same for stills.
  • Laura Holson report a Newly Discovered Photograph of Harriet Tubman Goes on Display. "The photograph shows her stylish and in the vibrancy of her youth," said Lonnie G. Bunch III, the founding director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. The photograph believed to have been taken in the late 1860s was in a leather-bound album owned by Emily Howland, a Quaker schoolteacher who worked in Arlington, Va.
  • Pier 24 is hosting a free Lecture with Todd Hido as part of its Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program on April 2 at the Minnesota Street Project in San Francisco. For nearly three decades, Hido has photographed around North America creating haunting narratives through images of suburban scenes, desolate landscapes and stylized portraits.

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