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23 December 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 Operation Focus Lens, the Fulani Project, Jessica Antola and forgetting.

  • San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin has recovered over $2 million in stolen goods during a 2.5 year investigation dubbed Operation Focus Lens. In one case, investigators monitored the owners of Camera Heaven, David Tran and Yanxia Xie, and believe the pair was "reselling the stolen merchandise at their former storefront, located at 746 Larkin St., and in flea markets. Additionally, Xie and Tran allegedly shipped some of the stolen items to suspect Nate Pham in Vietnam, according to prosecutors."
  • Wesley Verhoeve interviews Tariq Tarey about The Fulani Project, a portrait series of the refugee Fulani community of Tarey's home state of Ohio. "The goal of this project is to create an archive of these images before the Fulani people change to fit this new country," he says.
  • Susanne Sease presents the personal project Cheap Bodega-Bought Flowers of Jessica Antola. "I think of them as a humble symbol of hope," Antola says.
  • In Don't Forget! Mike Johnston remembers his affair with Sara, a romance that prompted his move to upstate New York and is memorialized in one of his iPhone prints currently on offer.

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