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22 February 2022

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 Martina Matencio, Jim Huylebroek, Graves and Lipman, windows, Devashish Gaur, Ewen Spencer, color science, early lenses, portraits, careers, Jeffrey Moustache, digitizing art, Lightroom printing and Sigma.

  • In The Sensual Ecstasy of Being in Love on Film, Stephanie Wade presents the color images of Barcelona-based photographer Martina Matencio. "In her work, Matencio cleverly extracts the essence and delicacy of the soul, with all of its contradictions and dichotomies: light and shadow, cheerful and sad, calm and passionate," she writes.
  • Save the Children has released a series of photographs by Jim Huylebroek highlighting the tragedy unfolding in Afghanistan six months since the Taliban takeover. The Guardian presents a few of them in its picture essay Children on the Edge of Life in Afghanistan.
  • Hands-On Experiences features the intimate image of Ken Graves and Eva Lipman, who were partners in both life and art for three decades. The images are from the book Restraint and Desire.
  • In The Unexpected Joy of Window Photography, Derrick Story gets a window seat when he goes to lunch. And a nice view up Powell St. in San Francisco.
  • In This Is the Closest We Will Get, Joanna Cresswell interview Devashish Gaur about his layered approach to portraiture that "builds visual conversations between three generations of men in his family."
  • Dorian Lynskey talks to Ewen Spencer about his 1990s images of A Lost Clubbing Generation. "Everyone's more visually literate now because everyone's got a camera in their pocket all the time," Spencer says. In the 1990s, no one was aware of being photographed. "Some people go out with almost the sole intention of photographing themselves and being seen," he adds.
  • Kevin Raber has released Color Science For Printinge, another video in the PXL Print It series. The 21:35 clip features Epson's Dan Steinhardt and photographer Jeff Schewe "go over color space and use a clever program called ColorThink Pro to illustrate what a color profile looks like."
  • Roger Cicala offers the first part of A Brief History of Early Lenses.
  • Jason Little lists Four Quick Tips to Improve Your Natural Light Portraits. "A good portrait isn't dependent upon which type of lighting you use, rather it depends upon using the lighting type of your choice effectively," he writes.
  • In Photography as a Career, Dave Williams observes, "All the best photographers I know place a huge emphasis on learning and continued learning." True of any professional, frankly.
  • Heidi Volpe interviews Jeffrey Moustache about his landscape series Transient Eclipse. "My [light] sources are a variation of LED panel lights, tubes and other 'light brushes' I have created over the past couple years to achieve different results," he says.
  • In Optimizing the Digitization of Paintings and Drawings, Christopher Campbell writes about "his incredibly labor-intensive efforts to create ideal color matching when photographing art," Lloyd Chambers notes. Campbell also produced a 23-minute video of his process:

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