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12 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 Tommaso Protti, David Bacon, Dirk Dom, the Epson P800, filters, LaCie's Rugged BOSS SSD and a Copyright Office webinar.

  • Marigold Warner presents Tommaso Protti's Portrait of a Modern Amazon. Protti's investigation into the social fabric of the Brazillian Amazon won this year's Carmignac Photojournalism Award.
  • In More Than a Wall: Photos of 30 Years of Life Along the US-Mexico Border, David Bacon, whose photo archive is now part of the Special Collections of Stanford's Green Library, reflects on the border as "not some region of docile subsistence but one of struggle and resistance."
  • Every time Dirk Dom visits San Francisco, he brings a different camera. Last September he shot the city with his Mamiya C330 Pro, a 1970s medium-format twin lens reflex.
  • In Epson P800 720 PPI MTF Curves, Jim Kasson runs a slanted-edge MTF test on the printer to quantify any blurriness that results from ink spreading. "It's pretty clear that there's not a heck of a lot of contrast to be had above 360 lpi," he writes, "which explains a lot about why I've not found that using 720 ppi mode for photographs provides much in the way of benefit over 360 ppi. But there is some, which explains why some people have decided that 720 ppi is better for their uses."
  • In Square Filters vs. Screw-In Filters, Jason Row lists the pros and cons of both options.
  • The LaCie Rugged BOSS SSD is a 1-TB SSD in a protective housing with a USB 3.1 Type C port and an integrated SD card reader. It will ship Sept. 23 for $449.99.
  • Copyright Office Announces Fifth Modernization Webinar on Thursday, Sept. 16, Carolyn Wright reports. "This presentation will discuss the reasons for modernizing, the progress so far and new features expected in the system," she writes. Registration required.

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