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12 October 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 Howard Grey, Stephan Brigidi, Joseph Ford, computational photography, Sharon Tenenbam, the Exif orientation tag and an exhibit for the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation.

  • Howard Grey describes his recently scanned images of The Last of the Windrush Arrivals in 1962. "The extraordinary pictures he took, however, were not processed for more than five decades until advances in scanning technology brought the underexposed negatives to life," the Guardian notes.
  • In A Portrait of the Eternal City During the 1970s, Miss Rosen explores a new book by American photographer Stephan Brigidi. Rome 1970s: A Decade of Turbulent Change describes a Rome where "innocence long faded away" but whose darkness is "punctured by quivering beams of shining light" captured on film.
  • Tora Baker documents some Invisible Jumpers. "Photographer Joseph Ford and 'camouflage' knitting professional Nina Dodd have dedicated more hours than is reasonable to creating bespoke jumpers (for humans, animals and even bananas) that blend seamlessly into their surroundings -- from bus seats to bushes, carpets to coastlines," she writes. And the funny photos prove it.
  • In iPhone 11 and Pixel 4 Cameras' Secret Sauce: Why Computational Photography Matters, Stephan Skankland claims "Computational photography can improve your camera shots immeasurably, helping your phone match and in some ways surpass, even expensive cameras." Even if you're a "crappy photographer." Then, naturally, he backtracks. "Computational photography is useful, but the limits of hardware and the laws of physics still matter in photography," he admits. Yep, math counts and physics matters.
  • The first part of Sharon Tenenbam's series Telling a Visual Story Through Light and Shadow lists the "many ways in which a photographer can enhance the image to convey the story they want to tell" before exploring tonal range. More to come.
  • Adam Geitgey explains The Dumb Reason Your Fancy Computer Vision App Isn't Working, which happens to be a problem common to any Python program that tries to read an image. What is it? "It's the fact that almost everyone is loading their images into memory sideways without even knowing it," he writes. Python image processing libraries ignore Exif header information, which includes an orientation tag. In this day and age.
  • The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation will host End of Ivory: The Art of Survival, an exhibition at Christie's in Beverly Hills featuring art that celebrates elephants as sentient beings while highlighting their struggle for survival. Among the works for sale at the exhibition, which runs from Oct. 23-25, are James Kydd's photographs.

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