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19 July 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 a couch, the climate crisis, Magdalene Sinclair, Tokyo 2020, the iPhone 12 Pro Max wide angle, David Furst, Ben Martin, Adobe on DACA and Pegasus spyware.

  • In The Couch, Joanna Cresswell presents the family portraits of Julia Chang-Lomonico, which happen to star the living room couch. "There were always moments happening on the couch, I just needed to increase my chances of catching them without influencing the scene," she says.
  • The Guardian features 50 images of the current Climate Crisis. "Wildfires, floods and extreme winds have battered many parts of the world in the last six months," it notes.
  • In A Vibrant Portrait of Radical Detroit in the 1960s and '70s, Miss Rosen interviews Magdalene Sinclair on the publication of Motor City Underground: Leni Sinclair Photographs 1963-1973. "Study history, don't forget about the repression: the McCarthy era, the Nixon era and the war in Vietnam -- the same things are still happening today," she says.
  • In Tokyo 2020 -- the Walk Up, Joe McNally arrives to cover the games. He takes a trampoline to Mt. Fuji to stage a shot -- but not before he called Neil Leifer to ask permission.
  • Derrick Story takes The Remarkable iPhone Ultra-Wide Camera on his iPhone 12 Pro Max to a Giants game.
  • In Photojournalists Under David Furst Felt 'Set Up to Fail', Kristen Chick tells the story of the fall of a N.Y. Times photo editor who abused his position.
  • In A Lost Camera Case Opens Memories of a Photojournalist's Life, Ben Martin's ex-wife Kathryn Leigh Scott reminisces about their relationship and his legacy. "I couldn't bear the thought that his photographic files, composed of prints, negatives, transparencies, contact sheets, caption material and ephemera from his long career as a photojournalist could end up in a landfill or musty boxes rotting in someone's cellar, the fate of archives belonging to so many illustrious photographers," she writes.
  • Adobe has issued a statement titled We Stand With Dreamers by Executive Vice President Dana Roa after the recent court decision on DACA:

We are disappointed by the district court ruling on the DACA program. Welcoming people from all countries, religions and cultures is a cornerstone of American values and critical for our country's ability to innovate and compete globally. While we remain hopeful the appeals process will find that DACA was properly authorized under the law, no one can live their lives with this persistent uncertainty. Congress must act now.

  • Amnesty International first brought the Pegasus spyware infiltration to light in Forensic Methodology Report: How to Catch NSO Group's Pegasus. It compromises both iPhones (through iMessage) and Android devices. Areport in the Guardian shows where in the world the zero-click malware has been found. Because it inhabits the device's RAM rather than permanent storage, turning your phone off is the only advice we've found for dealing with a possible infection.

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