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26 June 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 a searing photo, John DeFeo, ambifacial portraits, Life magazine's early female photographers and a winning bid.

  • In 'They Wanted the American Dream': Reporter Reveals Story Behind Tragic Photo, reporter Julia Le Duc talks about her photograph of the bodies of Salvadoran migrant Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez and his daughter Valeria. "He died trying to save his daughter's life," she writes. "Will it change anything? It should."
  • John DeFeo shares his favorite photos in The Photos I Hold Dear. They were all shot on film, not because they were better than his digital images, but "because of what these 35mm frames represent for me: Sacrifice."
  • Peter Hurley asks, Are You Ambifacial? He made that word up. "Each and every one one of us has a sweet spot and it's your job to find it for your subject's," he explains. Here's the 10-minute video on how to be photogenic:
  • In 'Just the Tip of the Iceberg': Revealing Life's Early Female Photographers, Nadja Sayej reviews the New York Historical Society's exhibition, Life: Six Women Photographers, features over 70 images by the women who worked there between the 1930s and 1970s when female photojournalists were a rarity.
  • Craig Oppenheimer prices 'Real People'; Lifestyle Images for Fashion Brand. "Even though the client requested a 'lean and mean' shoot at first, it soon became clear that they wanted a higher level of production for the project." The bid, accepted, was for $102,405. Well under the $130,000 budgeted for five models photographed over three days in different cities for 30 images whose usage was limited to one year in Web ads and placement on the brand's Web site.

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