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11 March 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 Beeple, Eve Arnold, Ian Coble,, Clearview AI lawsuit, M1 Photoshop, compromise and hoops imitating art.

  • In JPEG File Sells for $69 Million, as 'NFT Mania' Gathers Pace, Scott Reyburn reports Beeple's (Mike Winkelmann) collage of images he's posted since 2007 "was a new high for an artwork that exists only digitally." Sold at auction by Christie's, it beat auction records for physical paintings by museum-valorized greats like J.M.W. Turner, Georges Seurat and Francisco Goya. "Beeple's collaged JPG was made, or 'minted,' in February as a 'nonfungible token,' or NFT. A secure network of computer systems that records the sale on a digital ledger, known as a blockchain, gives buyers proof of authenticity and ownership."
  • A set of 15 images are being released by the Eve Arnold estate as affordable posters in accordance with Arnold's desire for her work to be accessible folk art. The images include two unseen images of Marilyn Monroe on the set of The Misfits.
  • Suzanne Sease features Ian Coble in her series The Art of the Personal Project. Coble's project was to shoot a feature on spearfishing in Hawaii. It's what he did on vacation.
  • The Web site was built by a small team of volunteer software developers using the work of open-source investigators looking into the deadly Capitol attack using publicy posted stills and videos organized into a timeline and on a map.
  • Johana Bhuiyan reports the Clearview AI database includes over 3 billion photos of individuals, harvested by scraping Facebook, Twitter, Google and Venmo, among other sites. But, she writes, a lawsuit filed Tuesday claims the company's automatic scraping of images and its extraction of unique biometric information violate privacy and chill protected political speech and activity.
  • In Real-World Test: Photoshop for Apple Silicon Is Really, Really Fast, DL Cade sums his experience up in the first paragraph. "I won't beat around the bush: the benchmarks are really impressive, matching or outperforming Intel-based computers that cost two to three times as much," he writes.
  • In The Odd Couple, Kirk Tuck realizes he's looking for a compromise. "I'm tired of pursuing the 'ultimate' in performance if it means that the lens must become more or less physically unusable," he writes.-
  • Ballhaus's Hoops | Art pairs a pro basketball shot with a famous painting. The pose is the same but it's not the same shot without that official NBA gear, you know.

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