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10 September 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 St. Louis World's Fair, Melissa Schriek, Nanna Heitmann, San Quentin, the Felsen Photography Archive, Annie Flanagan, David Williams, a birth shoot, the Sigma 35mm f1.2 Art, inkjet dot gain, Lightroom snapshots, a beginner's primer and Alexis Berg.

  • Alan Taylor presents 42 meticulously composed images of the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair. Fairgoers (there were nearly 20 million) were introduced to "private automobiles, outdoor electric lighting and the X-ray machine."
  • Stephanie Wade explores the work of Dutch photographer Melissa Schriek whose images suggest a still equivalent of modern dance.
  • Hiding From Baba Yaga features the work of Nanna Heitmann, winner of the 2019 Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award.
  • In San Quentin Prisoners Reframe Photos to Share Their Stories, Anna Furman explores the exhibit at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive.
  • The Artist Is the Subject in the Sidney B. Felsen Photography Archive celebrates the Getty's acquisition of the printmaker's archive of images of artists at work. "It all started innocently, about 50 years ago, when I took some pictures in the workshop, mostly of artists in collaboration with printers. It was fun to do, so I kept on taking pictures," Felsen said. There are now 70,000 photos in the collection and Felsen, at 95, was happy to find a home for them.
  • When Choice Is 221 Miles Away: The Nightmare of Getting an Abortion in the South is illustrated with photos by Annie Flanagan.
  • In Three Quirks, David Williams rescues a damsel in distress while out and about photographing the landscape. That's only one of the "three little quirky incidents from the past couple of weeks while I was in Utah, Arizona and Nevada."
  • In Shooting Birth for the First Time: What I Learned, Anete Lusina discusses dealing with your emotions, prep, playing it by ear and enjoying the monumental occasion. "When you go home and have had a moment to process everything, you will start to realize how lucky you have been to be a part of someone coming into this world," she writes.
  • Roger Cicala and Aaron Closz continue their MTF series with a look at the Sigma 35mm f1.2 DG Art. "We showed one important thing here," Cicala writes. "If you want to shoot a 35mm f1.2 on a Sony camera, the Sigma is a superb solution."
  • Jim Kasson examines Dot Gain in the Epson P800 as an explanation for resolution limitation he discussed yesterday.
  • Julianne Kost covers Working With Snapshots in Lightroom Classic. Not those snapshots. Lightroom snapshots that preserve your current edits in a panel so you can fool around all you want but get back to them with one click.
  • James Miller has published Photography for Beginners, boiling the subject down to the basics based on his 18 years behind the lens.
  • In the Daily Edit, Heidi Vope interviews Alexis Berg about his shoot for The Red Bulletin of the Barkley, "the only sporting event where it's not allowed to go on the course to take pictures." Berg made a film about one of the photos, in fact.

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