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11 April 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 Ramadan, Judith Joy Ross, Moises Saman, TinType by Hipstamatic, Harold Davis, losing a film lab and fitting in.

  • The Guardian celebrates Ramadan 2022 Around the World with over 30 images of the Muslim religious observance.
  • Joanna Cresswell reviews Judith Joy Ross: Photographs 1978-2015, a new book from Aperture that collects over 200 images by the American photographer. Among them are images of "schoolboys and swimmers, gravediggers and grandmothers, firemen and families, brides and babies and occasionally, a thematic selection emerges from the mass of dates and faces," she writes.
  • In Stop Over, Magnum photographer Moises Saman tells the story about the fate of refugees in Jordan in a series of candid color photographs. "Unable to get government assistance because of their illegal refugee status, most families face serious challenges accessing proper healthcare, education, housing; and many experience food insecurity," he says.
  • In The Making of the Cactus TinType Images, Jeff Schewe (wait for it) went to Tucson for his birthday with an iPhone app called TinType by Hipstamatic. "Now, I didn't use the app to capture the images," he writes. "I preferred using the native camera app to shoot and then using the TinType app for post-processing." And he had some fun doing it, too.
  • In Really Singing, Harold Davis reflects on a few of his favorite images. "Even the greats -- Ansel Adams, Edward Weston and so on -- are primarily known for a handful of images. Admittedly, most of these iconic images are really special, but there is also randomness and chance involved," he writes.
  • In The Heartbreaking Love Story of Losing a Film Lab, Chris Gampat bemoans, "In over 12 years of running The Phoblographer, the ongoing love story involving film labs has surely had its share of heartbreaks."
  • In Thoughts on Fitting in With the Crowd, Kirk Tuck tells a magical story about a kindness to a waiter that was returned in spades.

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