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17 August 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 Panicale, Pierre Belhassen, white rhinos, Hernease Davis, dancers, photorealistic Roman emperors and a BuzzFeed infringement.

  • In another installment of its new The World Through a Lens series, the New York Times features photos and text by Barry Schwartz in Quiet Reflections on the Enchanting Village of Panicale. "Beyond the too-obvious metaphor of surviving well into old age, there remained a lot of life and beauty in the old stone walls, in the people we met, in the sky above the plain, which stretched -- crowded with farms -- to the horizon," he writes.
  • Explore and Observe showcases French photographer Pierre Belhassen's eye-catching moments captured in a poetic, often colorful way.
  • Ellyn Kail presents Photos of the Last Northern White Rhinos on the Planet by photojournalist Justin Mott. Mott's ongoing, self-funded project about caretakers and guards at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy who care for animals, No Man's Land, tells the story.
  • In A Womb of My Own, Li Sales explores the life-size, self-portrait photograms of Hernease Davis. "I had this impulse to crawl inside my film camera," Davis says of her work. "I think I really just wanted to start my life over again and build my practice around giving myself the care I need."
  • Joe McNally explains what happens When You Turn the Dance Floor Sideways. Turns out "the art of the dance, always a beautiful expression of the human spirit, gets even more beautiful," he writes.
  • "Using the neural-net tool Artbreeder, Photoshop and historical references, I have created photoreal portraits of Roman Emperors," Daniel Voshart writes about his Roman Emperor Project." For this project, I have transformed or restored (cracks, noses, ears etc.) 800 images of busts to make the 54 emperors of The Principate (27 BC to 285 AD)."
  • Carolyn Wright reports the court ruled DMCA Doesn't Require Knowledge of 3rd Party Future Infringement in photographer Gregory Mango's copyright suit against BuzzFeed. The ruling by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York has been upheld by the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

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