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8 January 2021

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 two photojournalists recall the assault on the Capitol, Isaac Wright, Ted Chin, Sigurd Grunberger, documenting faraway events, the 1:1 aspect ratio and photography contests.

  • Two photojournalists on the scene at the Capitol riot tell their story. In My Day Photographing the Capitol Attackm Saul Loeb, who took the photo of rioter in Speaker Pelosi's office, reports, "It was just a free-for-all." And in A War Photographer Embeds With the Capitol Hill Mob, Bob Moser interviews Ron Haviv who says of the rioters, "They just didn't know what to do. There was no leadership, there was no plan. Also, there was no target."
  • In Photographer Arrested After Taking Daring Images in Cincinnati, Cameron Knight tells Isaac Wright's story. Wright has been "accused of breaking into the rooftop of Great American Tower at Queen City Square on Nov. 27 in Downtown Cincinnati to take photos." He denies he broke in. Police found that wires had been cut to security cameras and burglar alarms and specialized tools were recovered at the scene.
  • Grace Ebert presents the Massive Octopi and Floating Fish composited by Ted Chin. "There are things in the world that inspire childlike wonder and awe and it is my passion to recreate and share them with the world," he says.
  • To show The Simplicity That Surrounds Us, photographer Sigurd Grünberger mixes fashion, still life and conceptual photography of everyday objects for his project A Letter to a Friend.
  • Derrick Story reminds us to Document, Even if You're Not There with our smartphones. In his case, a TV screen told the story. "I think this is important to help keep recollections of events in proper focus," he writes.
  • Kirk Tuck goes Back to Square One, setting up his Panasonic SR1 to shoot square like the Rolleis, Hasselblads and Rolleiflexes he grew up with.
  • Jasenka Grujin lists The Best Photography Contests in 2021. In addition to the 15 contests, she offers a few tips. Reading the copyright terms will often help distinguish legitimate contests from "rights grabs" events.

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