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6 July 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 Jamel Shabazz, Dagarslani & Bogdan, Cedric Gerbehaye, shopping, reading, scanning, metal prints, dancing, going solar and a Sony SD card recall.

  • City Metro is Jamel Shabazz's ode to the New York subway system, Marigold Warner writes. The new photo book includes images taken over 30 years of "joy between friends and families, looks of lust between lovers, the exhaustion of worn-out workers and late-night dancers and extraordinary performers who brought the subway to life."
  • In The Intimacy of Abnormality, Emily Grundon explores the work of creative partners architect Can Dagarslani and actress Sophie Bogdan. "The resulting images are simultaneously performative and controlled, exploring themes of identity, love and the playful representation of human form," she writes.
  • Cédric Gerbehaye travelled to the Vale Grande Carajás mine, the largest iron ore mine in the world, which produces gold, manganese, bauxite, copper and nickel. "The negative effects of mining are not only substantial, but also inevitable," he says. "They disrupt the environment (because they are highly polluting), as well as society and are generators of human rights violations and conflict."
  • Michael Johnston considers the value of Stopping Shopping after reader Aaron confessed shopping for gear "gets me focused on what I don't have rather than being attentive to the amazing equipment and opportunities that I do have. And I also think that it allows me an unhealthy imagination about what will 'fix' my photography -- the next camera or the next lens will do it! Except, of course, it doesn't."
  • After doing some household maintenance chores, Kirk Tuck spends some time Reading in the Quiet of Late Afternoon. Oh, and taking a few photographs of it, too.
  • Derrick Story explains how to Use Your iPhone as a Handheld Scanner with your Mac via Preview. But using the free Adobe Scan on your iPhone, you can skip the Mac entirely.
  • Michael Durr reflects on Aluminyze Metal Prints. He had 12x36-inch print made from his recent trip to Antarctica and was "blown away by the quality of the print and the care in which it was packaged." Our Chromaluxe metal print is now eight years old and still jewel-like.
  • If I Can See It, I Can Shoot It, Joe McNally writes. He remembers shooting break dancer Kevin Rivera when you could go out on the streets all day.
  • Terry White describes the happy transition he made in I Went Solar!. The drone shots provide a nice perspective on the roof construction while the piece provide perspective on the process and what you can hope to get out of it. He estimates a return on his investment in 11.5 years. And he plans to add battery storage this year.
  • Sony has announced a Replacement Program for Some SD Memory Cards. The SF-M series, SF-M series TOUGH specification and SF-G series TOUGH specification cards may damage data on the card or not record correctly when shooting video.

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