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22 May 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 Kylli Sparre, Robert Johnson, videos, Painter's Lens, reopening, a spring show, Sarah Perry and the HEIC catch.

  • In Women in Motion Energize Dreamy Photographs, Grace Ebert presents the dramatically posed figures of Kylli Sparre. "The fine art photographer, who is based in Tallinn, captures her lone subjects amidst swirling swaths of fabric or perched atop a towering mass of bicycle wheels," she writes.
  • Annye Anderson provides an Exclusive First Look at New Photograph of Blues Legend Robert Johnson, only the third known photo of the musician who died in 1938 at the age of 27. Johnson took it himself in a nickel portrait booth in Memphis. His 94-year-old sister saved it in a box and now tells the story.
  • Hans Hartman asks Are Videos Overtaking Photos? To answer, he surveyed 1,248 U.S. respondents aged 18 years or older who take at least five photos a month. "We found that the median number of smartphone photos taken per month is 25 vs. 4 for videos," he writes.
  • Painter's Lens, the iOS app that turns you photo into art which we reviewed last summer, has gotten an update. "Most changes are to do with performance and quality of the AI Models," developer Nandu Vadakkath writes.
  • Mitsubishi, which makes professional photo printers, offers three Tips on Reopening Your Photography Business After Covid-19. "The success of your business depends on how well-prepared you are to take on clients after this unique experience ends."
  • The Academy of Art has moved its Spring Show 2020 online and open to the public. The School of Photography exhibition has a healthy selection of portfolios to enjoy.
  • In What If... A Lesson in Creativity From a Los Angeles Art Teacher, Megan Ro applauds Sarah Perry on the 25th anniversary of the original publication of If..., the Getty's first children's book.
  • Monica Chin reports Students Are Failing AP Tests because they are trying to upload HEIC photos from their iPhones and Android devices to a College Board site that only accepts JPEGs and PNGs, not the default HEIC format. The photos are an alternative to typing test answers. About one percent of the test takers couldn't figure it out and will have to retake the test in three weeks. But the Board will allow them to email their answers next time.

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