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24 May 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 Indonesia, the Sardinian spring, Gordon Parks, Everest, Harriet Tubman, lighting equipment and a black-and-white techniques ebook.

  • Alan Taylor presents 25 photos of the Deadly Post-Election Riots in Indonesia. "Protesters made claims of widespread cheating and clashed with riot police in several locations in Jakarta, setting fire to vehicles and buildings. Police reportedly responded with tear gas and rubber bullets, arresting hundreds," he writes. Six dead, 200 injured, at least, as the contested election goes to court.
  • Rosie Flanagan presents A Sardinian Spring in Bloom by Berlin-based photographer Maximilian Virgili. A curious mix of low-contrast monochromes and off-key color images describes "the still clear calm that precedes the chaos of summer."
  • Maurice Berger continues his Race Series with 'Shaft'? We're Talking About Gordon Parks ... And We Can Dig It. "With 'Shaft,' Mr. Parks translated his humanistic view of urban crime to the screen, inverting racial stereotypes: The film's hero is black, while some of its villains are white," he writes. It was "the culmination of Parks's longstanding and multidimensional exploration of race, poverty and crime, providing yet another rich and empathetic view of a fraught and complicated nation."
  • Yes, This Photo From Everest Is Real, Svati Kirsten Narula reports, explaining the two-hour human traffic jam to the summit is because "there are only a few weather windows, often two or three days in late May, when it's optimal for climbers to make a push for the top -- forcing many expeditions to all go for it at the same time."
  • In Outrage as Trump Delays Putting Harriet Tubman on $20 Bill Until 2026, Erin Durkin puts Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin's decision to waylay the update in its peculiar context. "Even the conservative Cato Institute criticized the decision," she reports. "'Harriet Tubman fought enormous injustice and promoted human liberty. She exhibited courage in fighting and breaking unjust laws and took the lead in putting her views into action. She deserves to be on the $20 bill,' the group said in a tweet." Images matter, alas.
  • Kirk Tuck has Some Thoughts About Lighting Equipment, particularly for those just starting out, and a reappraisal of the Sony RX10 III as The Best All-Around Digital Camera I Ever Owned.
  • Harold Davis announces his Creative Black and White Second Edition eBook Now Available with the physical tome coming "in a month or two." He notes, "It's been great fun updating this book, making a good book even better, refreshing the images and bringing the software explanations up to date."

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