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26 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 Stefano Schirato, the World Architecture Festival, 115 service workers, Godafoss, online workshops, four specialists, a Sony RX100 VI, monochromes, moving and macOS malware protections.

  • In Burning Land, Italian photographer Stefano Schirato documents the daily lives of workers in the east Indian mining district of Jharia. "Living in Jharia is more like surviving: people earn a living out of the illegal coal trade, constantly putting their life at risk due to the nature of the terrain," he says.
  • The Guardian presents highlights from the World Architecture Festival 2021 Shortlist celebrating buildings and landscapes completed across the world between 2019 and 2021. Of the 700 entries on the theme Resetting the City: Greening, Health and Urbanism, 200 made the shortlist.
  • Emmett Lindner of the N.Y. Times explains How (and Why) the Metro Desk Photographed 115 Service Workers. "Though the photographs are of individuals, stacked together they represent a community of New Yorkers who have struggled or pivoted but kept the city running through shutdowns and panic," he writes. (As we have all month, we've used a gift link to the N.Y. Times so non-subscribers can click through to the article.)
  • Harold Davis captures Godafoss, Iceland's "waterfall of the Gods," at sunset. "This image is created from five exposures, with each exposure at 28mm, f22 and ISO 64," he writes. He had to wait a bit to avoid spray from the falls.
  • Derrick Story explains How Online Workshops Have Changed. He's just completed his eighth online event since the pandemic began. The change, he's noticed, is "for the better."
  • In Engineers, Dreamers, Artists, and Practitioners, Thom Hogan argues camera companies "need four specialists in a product design group." And three of them are under-represented in all of them.
  • Matthew Saville left his full-frame Sony home for a week-long backpacking trip in the High Sierras but he wasn't without a camera. He brought along his Sony RX100 VI instead. "The camera absolutely got the job done," he writes.
  • Light Stalking lists Eight Ways to Strengthen Your Monochrome Photography. The tone of the piece indicates it's for beginners but more advanced shooters will find the examples inspiring, too.
  • In We Are Moving, Kevin Raber packs up the studio to move into a new space upstairs in the same building.
  • Howard Oakley presents A Short History of Malware Protection in macOS, which Apple first addressed in 2007.

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