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7 June 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 the All About Photo Awards, Graciela Magnoni, Cristiano Volk, Ernest Withers, Chris Sims, the Panasonic 50mm f1.4, fill flash, Sony vs. Nikon, the sun, Capcom lawsuit and a Fujfilm attack.

  • In We All Carry a Heavy Load but Let's Not Forget Moments of Joy, Suzette Lohmeyer spotlights the winners of the All About Photo Awards contest. "This year's contest theme, The Mind's Eye -- a reference to the essay of the same name by famed photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson -- drew more than 6,000 entries from 700 photographers across 23 countries and five continents," she writes.
  • Searching for the Magic highlights Graciela Magnoni's street photography captured all over the world. "I connect to people in simple ways, with a smile, a kind word, through body language," she says. "Doors open when you can speak the local language and, in my opinion, it's the best way to connect culturally on the street."
  • Joanna Cresswell interviews Italian photographer Cristiano Volk about his latest project, Laissez-Faire, in which "I reveal hidden worlds of transgression and explore how as a society, we are often led to desire what is only on the surface of things," he says.
  • In A Father and Daughter's Main Street March, Tim Adams presents a 1961 photo by African American photographer Ernest Withers.
  • In Inside the U.S. Military's Uncanny 'Theater of War', Miss Rosen talks to Chris Sims about his series on the "fictitious Iraqi and Afghan villages that serve as training grounds for military personnel."
  • Kirk Tuck has some nice things to say about the hefty Panasonic 50mm f1.4 S-Pro. With pictures to prove it. "It's a wonderful optical system trapped in an anvil," he writes.
  • Derrick Story tells How Film Photography Reacquainted Me With Fill Flash. He'd been using exposure compensation and losing the background. But with fill flash, you can have it all.
  • Is Sony Now Better Than Nikon? Thom Hogan asks in what he promises is the first of a series of "X better than Y" articles. His list of Sony advantages deals with "real user pain points" rather than "small technical advances" because "camera makers need to pay much more attention to how photographers are using their cameras."
  • In The Heat Is On, Joe McNally observes, "Summer is definitely here, for a while and with it comes the big ball of sun and the heat and sweat of the of next few months." He shares a few of his favorite solar images.
  • In a lawsuit filed late last week, designer Judy Juracek claimed Capcom Stole Her Photos for Resident Evil, Devil May Cry Games. Nicole Carpenter reports, "Juracek pointed out at least 80 photographs that are used in different scenarios across Capcom's games, with more than 100 pages of documentation." She's seeking $12 million in damages for copyright infringement.
  • Carly Page reports Fujifilm Becomes the Latest Victim of a Network-Crippling Ransomware Attack. "In the late evening of June 1, we became aware of the possibility of a ransomware attack," the company said in a statement on its Web site. "As a result, we have taken measures to suspend all affected systems in coordination with our various global entities."

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