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22 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 Cristiano Volk, Michał Dyjuk, Melodie McDaniel, Lynsey Addario, latent image deterioration, James Webb telescope images and Chuck Stewart portraits.

  • Neon Lights: Images From a Capitalist Dystopia presents images from Cristiano Volk's book Laissez-Faire. While they seem to be science fiction, they're actually images of how we live now.
  • In Cows Can Smell the Scent of Death, Misho Antadze writes about Michał Dyjuk's innovative approach to photography that attempts to preserve the memory of a 20th century tragedy that unfolded in the forests of Augustow, his home in Poland.
  • In Riding Through Compton, Virginia Heckert talks to Melodie McDaniel about her images of the Compton Jr. Posse. The Getty has acquired 11 of them.
  • Lynsey Addario has been posting her Ukraine photos to her Instagram account. She's been there on assignment for the N.Y. Times.
  • In Charles Daniels and Latent Image Deterioration With Film, Michael Johnston discusses the instability of exposures on unprocessed film. "What I learned is that the latent image on black-and-white film is at peak integrity for about six hours after exposure," he writes. "Then it goes through an initial period of deterioration lasting days or weeks; then it tends to mostly stabilize again and further deterioration becomes slower and more gradual ... but continues."
  • Jamie Priest writes, First Images From James Webb Exceed All Expectations. "Having completed the self-assembly of its 18-segmented main mirror, the telescope has now taken exceptional images of an unexceptional star as a test of its capabilities," he writes. "The star, known as HD84406, is 100 times fainter than what can be seen with the human eye." Let's see that would be ISO....
  • We finally drove by the Chuck Stewart Public Photography Installation at the the vacant building at Market and Franklin in San Francisco. Stewart died in 2017 but his portraits of musicians still carry a tune.

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