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14 March 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 Jan Khür, Otis Noel Pruitt, Mauro Corinti, the Art X Peace print sale, a digital business card, an aold camera comparison, consumer cameras, Ctein's 27-inch iMac and Brent Renaud.

  • Stephanie Wade follows Czech photographer Jan Khür on A Visual Journey Through Norway and Beyond. "His photographs do much to express the sheer beauty of the world's varied landscapes -- from artful patterns in bodies of water to rivers meandering through verdant valleys -- his versatile portfolio offers an emotive reading of the natural world's many facets," she writes.
  • In 'From the Dustbin of History,' a Photo Archive of the Jim Crow South, Lauren Christensen reviews a new book on the work of Otis Noel Pruitt. "Curated from the 88,000 negatives the author Berkley Hudson rescued "from the dustbin of history," O.N. Pruitt's Possum Town is a '"photobiography" of a time and a place': a Southern town, east of the Tombigbee River and west of the Alabama border, weathered by Jim Crow and the Depression," she writes.
  • In Cose Certe -- Certain Things, Liz Sales explores Mauro Corinti's project that began "as a way of metabolizing the loss of my dear mother," he tells her.
  • Grace Ebert shines a spotlight on The Art X Peace Print Sale, which is donating all profits from the sale to the World Central Kitchen, which is serving food to refugees across Europe. The fundraiser is also accepting submissions from artists interested in donating their work.
  • Get the Last Business Card You'll Ever Need, Terry White exhorts. He had a single digital card made with an NFC chip in it. "Instead of giving you a card, I would wave my digital card near your smartphone and a notification would pop up for you to tap. Once you tap it, all of my contact/social media information would load in your browser with the option to save me to your contacts," he writes.
  • Zach Sutton spent some time Comparing a Ten-Year-Old Camera to a Modern One. "While counterintuitive to a blog that promotes new gear available for rentals, you probably don't need the latest and greatest camera to create your art," he writes. Uh huh.
  • We Don't Need Lots of Consumer Cameras, Thom Hogan insists. "The days of the lower end of the camera offerings dominating the dollars brought in and going after marketshare are, at least for the time being, gone," he writes. Lower volume at higher prices is the game now.
  • Mike Johnston shares Ctein's Thoughts on Mac Studio after an email exchange. Ctein isn't impressed with Apple Silicon, preferring his 27-inch iMac.
  • We note the loss of filmmaker Brent Renaud who died Sunday after Russian forces opened fire on his vehicle in Ukraine as he and a fellow journalist were covering the armed conflict. "He was just the absolute best war journalist that I know," said Christof Putzel, a friend and fellow filmmaker. The two won a 2013 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University journalism award for Arming the Mexican Cartels, showing how guns trafficked from the U.S. arm drug gang violence.

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