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23 January 2020

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 Jim Kasson, Anders Vinberg, 'A Terrible Past', Nan Goldin, Gideon Mendel, breaking a camera and Jim Lehrer.

  • In Left Brain, Right Brain, Jim Kasson considers the relationship between technical knowledge and artistic excellence. "While I believe that knowledge of one's tools makes for better work, I have to say the correlation in my own case is nowhere near unity," he writes.
  • Anders Vinberg's Textures in Rock and Ice in Greenland were captured with a Fujifilm GFX 100. He especially had fun in post cropping those huge images "to find and extract nuggets."
  • Oliver Holmes presents images from 'A Terrible Past': Photography Project Captures Last Holocaust Survivors, "one of the largest feats of photojournalism ever attempted. More than 250 photographers in around 25 countries have taken portraits of the last Holocaust survivors."
  • In Nan Goldin's Extraordinary Document of Life on'The Other Side', Miss Rosen revisits the 1993 book named for after a Boston drag bar that Steidl has recently reissued in an expanded volume featuring additional images and texts.
  • In Freedom or Death: Revisiting an Archive of Conflict, Tragedy, and Struggle, Marigold Warner goes through a photo book composed of images made by photojournalist Gideon Mendel and left in a box of negatives in his friend's garage for 30 years.
  • Roger Cicala and team explain How to Break a Camera, including "what can be fixed and what is always a kiss of death." Sensor cleaning, elsewhere covered on the site, also gets covered.
  • We note the passing of Jim Lehrer, who anchored PBS's network evening news show for many years. He once listed "guidelines in our practice of what I like to call MacNeil/Lehrer journalism." Here they are:
  • Do nothing I cannot defend.
  • Cover, write and present every story with the care I would want if the story were about me.
  • Assume there is at least one other side or version to every story.
  • Assume the viewer is as smart and as caring and as good a person as I am.
  • Assume the same about all people on whom I report.
  • Assume personal lives are a private matter, until a legitimate turn in the story absolutely mandates otherwise.
  • Carefully separate opinion and analysis from straight news stories and clearly label everything.
  • Do not use anonymous sources or blind quotes, except on rare and monumental occasions.
  • No one should ever be allowed to attack another anonymously.
  • And, finally, I am not in the entertainment business.

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