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18 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 Juan Cristóbal Cobo, Maria Lax, Bill Brandt, Vital Impacts, botched publicity stills, early women photographers, Face Swap and screen calibration.

  • Juan Cristóbal Cobo's vivid black and white images explore the place held by Faith in Columbian Christian practices. "Colombia has one of the most deeply-rooted traditions of the Roman Catholic faith in Latin America: more than eighty percent of Colombia is Catholic," he says. "However, it is also one of the most violent countries in the world."
  • In Saturated Neon Hues Veil Snowy Landscapes, Grace Ebert shows how Maria Lax "transforms quiet, nighttime vistas and frozen forests into fantastically colored dreamscapes."
  • Capturing the Beautiful and the Sinister features images by photojournalist Bill Brandt from a new exhibition of his black-and-white images of the last century at Foam in Amsterdam, open until May 18.
  • Joe McNally describes his experience with Ami Vitale's Vital Impacts organization that sends 100 percent of the funds accumulated through its current flash print sale to Direct Relief, which is providing medical aid to Ukraine. The flash sale ends April 20.
  • In What's Wrong With This Picture? Andrew Lloyd explores film fan Justin Gerber's Twitter thread "of the botched images he spotted in a single year, spanning three decades of cinema from 1990's The Amityville Curse to this year's The Adam Project." This wasn't detectable until 4K video came along, he writes.
  • In What Was It Like to Be a Woman Photographer in the 19th and 20th Centuries? Erin Migdol tackles 13 questions from the Getty's social media followers on the subject.
  • Jon Nack found A Free Online Face-Swapping Tool that reminds him of the old days when it took "considerable time & talent in an app like Photoshop" to do something like what Icon8's Face Swap does, which is now "trivially fast (and free!)." But not particularly useful.
  • The Phoblographer asks, Is Screen Calibration Important to Photographers These Days? In the days of CRT displays, calibration was critical to guarantee what you did on one computer looked the same on another. In the LCD era, displays don't drift nearly as much and are arrive more consistently uniform out of the box, even different Apple devices. But variables being variables, the wise ones calibrate what can be calibrated (not your iPhone or iPad but your computer display).

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