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8 February 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 Kamal X, Joan Alvado, Cayetano Gonzalez, mirrorless, a 28mm lens, a contest winner, McNally at the Super Bowl and that robbery in San Francisco.

  • In The Beautiful, Cat Lachowskyj features the monochrome images of Kamal X. "Instead of just taking photos of people," he says, "I think of it as taking photos with them. Once you approach your work with this in mind, you inevitably treat people the way you would like to be treated."
  • In Muma Paduri, Joan Alvado photographs the Vlachs along the Danube who believe in magic. Which can be hard to photograph, he admits. "I wanted my photographs to be a little separate from reality, pushing the boundaries of documentary representation, to try and go beyond it," he writes.
  • In Moments of Grace, Devid Gualandris showcases the intimate images of Spanish photographer Cayetano Gonzalez, whose grandfather once lent him his Leica. "I try to direct my work toward a more natural feel, creating atmospheres that recall the painters I've always admired," he says.
  • It's Smaller and Lighter is not true for full frame mirrorless, Scott Kelby points out. "If you actually want a legit super lightweight mirrorless body and lens," he suggests, "you almost have to leave Sony, Canon and Nikon full frame and go with a crop sensor or Micro 4/3, like a Fuji or a Lumix with a fixed pancake lens (nothing wrong with Fuji's, Lumix or Olympus cameras btw, all three make great mirrorless cameras), but if your goal is a lightweight carry-around camera that takes great photos, why not just use your iPhone's camera instead?"
  • Kirk Tuck enjoys The Odd Magic of a 28mm Lens on a Panasonic S1
  • The LensRentals Pitch Contest has a winner. There were over 150 entries for the $5,000 prize package.
  • In My Not So Super History, Joe McNally confesses to shooting the officials at the 1987 Super Bowl.
  • Dion Lim reports Driver Robbed While in San Francisco Traffic. Two real estate photographers were observed at Dolores Park and followed by the thieves who took advantage of a traffic backup to smash the rear window and take the camera bag with $7,000 worth of gear. A GoFundMe account has been set up for the photographers.

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