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15 May 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 Myanmar, Steve Gosling, the Menu Problem, Kirk Tuck, the MoMA Photo Club and a temporary portrait at the National Portrait Gallery.

  • In See Myanmar's Crisis Through the Eyes of the Photographers Risking Their Lives to Bear Witness, Philip Blenkinsop, an emeritus photographer with the VII Photo agency, spotlights four of the "brave Burmese photographers" documenting the political unrest in the country. "They risk their lives and those of their families each time they go out into the streets," he writes.
  • Steve Gosling reflects on taking a photograph a day in Another Day. "From a very personal perspective it has forced me to deal with some very searching questions about my own photography (my motivations, passions, convictions, doubts and frustrations) as well as my view of life in general (my past mistakes, my future, my feelings, hopes, aspirations and fears)," he writes.
  • A few days ago Mike Johnston tackled The Menu Problem head on, suggesting "an interactive setup/tutorial website that transfers your chosen settings to your camera." Today, Johnston published a follow-up of reader responses, one of which included this inspiring video of Hasselblad User Interface:
  • Kirk Tuck dips his toe (well, his whole torso) in the same water wondering why using a digital camera is Much, Much More Arduous Than Using a Camera in 1991. He does like his Leica menus, though. "We should be demanding menus that are logical and nice to work with in the first place," he writes.
  • Julia Fiore and Sara Meister invite you to Join the MoMA Photo Club. "Share your photos with us using #MoMAPhotoClub," the write. "Select photos will be featured on our social channels, the MoMA Web site and on digital screens in select New York City subways."
  • In 'It's Hard to Look at': Donald Trump Makes National Portrait Gallery Debut, David Smith reports the photo by New York–based Pari Dukovic for Time magazine will be eventually be replaced by a painting. "Canny curators have placed the 45th president face-to-face with a painting of John Lewis, the late congressman and civil rights hero whose habit of making what he called 'good trouble' included boycotting Trump's inauguration," he writes. The quote in the headline is from Fran McDonald, a professor at the University of Louisville, who added, "I started to take a picture of it and then decided I don’t want it on my phone."

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