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29 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 Minneapolis, Shadi Ghadirian, Mariame Kaba, Sven Kristian, a perfect morning, composition, motivation and faint praise.

  • In Minneapolis Protests Escalate Over George Floyd Killing, the Guardian presents AP, Reuters and Getty images of a third night of violence.
  • Qajar Series is a set of 33 portraits by Shadi Ghadirian, who was inspired by the studio portraiture introduced to Iran in the late nineteenth century under the Qajar dynasty (1794–1925). While imitating the style of those images, she adds modern elements to these traditional scenes. "My pictures became a mirror reflecting how I felt: we are stuck between tradition and modernity," she says.
  • Black Photo Booth is a project of Mariame Kaba, who has been collecting photo booth portraits "for many years." She writes, "I collect things as a way to spark conversation, to teach, to provoke and to delight."
  • Devid Gualandris finds Subtlety and Sophistication in the work of Cape Town based photographer Sven Kristian. "His emotionally charged, almost surreal, images capture a variety of Raw feelings, offering splendid documentation of human sentiments," he writes.
  • Kirk Tuck takes us along on A Perfect Morning. (We suspect all towels are dry in Texas at 5:30 a.m., though.)
  • Jason Little lists Four Simple Composition Guidelines for Beginners.
  • Ming Thein enumerates the Reasons I Photograph now that he's "photographed everything I've wanted to and beyond." And yet he comes up with eight reasons to keep picking up a camera.
  • In Faint Praise of Galleries challenges the notion "the art gallery, the curator, the old, white, gatekeeper is a problem." Andrew Molitor suggests instead "we ought to be OK with nobody making any money."

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