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21 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 Michael Schmidt, Gazan children, Hasselblad, eyes, Kersten Luts, HIF files and Kodak self censures.

  • Split City showcases Michael Schmidt's black-and-white images of Berlin as a retrospective of his work from 1965 to 2014 opens at the Jeu de Paume in Paris.
  • In War's Trauma Apparent in Portraits of Gazan Children, Aya Batrawv and Felipe Dana present portraits and stories of Gaza's children, part of The Cost of War, a series of stories on the effects of four wars in Gaza over 13 years.
  • Hasselblad sheds some light on its "thoughts and processes behind the development of our medium format cameras and the philosophies underpinning the foundation of how we bring Scandinavian design and craftsmanship to creators around the world" in this 4:13 video:
  • In Better, or Worse? Thom Hogan gets his eyes examined, sets an appointment for cataract surgery and wonders if the whole thing isn't a metaphor for buying camera gear. The pursuit of the best is, ironically, bested by a balanced tradeoff among the options.
  • In Personal Projects and the Importance of Staying Creative, Kersten Luts writes about two personal projects: taking selfies without a smartphone and starting a podcast. "I think that investing in yourself can never be a bad thing," he writes.
  • In Adobe Photoshop Won't Open 'HIF' Files -- How to Fix, Lloyd Chambers suggests changing the extension in the file name to HEIF.
  • In Kodak Deletes Post by Photographer, Mike Ives reports on the company's run-in with China after posting an image by French photographer Patrick Wack. Wack, who has collected his images of Xinjiang into a book, called it an "Orwellian Dystopia" in a caption on his Instagram account.

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