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8 June 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 Svitlo, Beijing Silvermine, William Klein, bridges, Nikon's CFexpress card, a $70K bid, blue, the Kodak 400TX single-use camera, macOS 13 Ventura and Toru Takahashi.

  • Svitlo is the Ukrainian word for light and a "group exhibition and fundraiser in Amsterdam [that] explores the work of artists that use light as their medium to express a collective hope for peace in times of darkness and uncertainty." Sophie Wright previews the exhibition.
  • Beijing Silvermine is an archive of 850,000 negatives salvaged over the last 10 years from a recycling plant on the edge of Beijing. Assembled by the French collector and artist Thomas Sauvin, it presents a portrait of the Chinese capital and the life of its inhabitants in the decade following the Cultural Revolution:
  • The Guardian takes a peek at William Klein: YES on exhibit at the International Center of Photography until Sept. 12.
  • Harold Davis admits to spending a lot of time Under the Bridges of Paris. As someone who spent a lot of time on the lower deck of the Bay Bridge, we can appreciate the attraction. As he writes, "From a general perspective, next time you are photographing something structural, consider how it works and what is holding the structure up."
  • Nikon has announced the MC-CF660G CFexpress (Type B) Memory Card "with a large capacity of 660-GB. It realizes a high speed read rate of approximately 1700-MB/s (maximum) and high speed write rate of approximately 1500-MB/s (maximum). It is the perfect memory card for recording video and stills with the Nikon Z 9 full-frame/FX-format mirrorless camera and especially ideal for recording video in the 8.3K/60p N-Raw format and for video recording over extended periods of time."
  • Craig Oppenheimer prices a bid for Lifestyle Images for a Pharmaceutical Client at nearly $70,000. Just $1,500 of that was for casting during Covid, that would involve "virtual auditions that talent record themselves, with our casting director's guidance."
  • Jasenka Grujin presents 21 Bold Photographs of Blue Color to inspire your summer shooting. "Besides blue skies, oceans, seas, lakes and flowers, you can explore this color in abstract photography as well as portraiture and still life," she writes.
  • The Phoblographer reviews the Kodak 400TX Single-Use Camera, which uses Tri-X 400 for grainy black-and-white images. Simplicity (and fun) for $13.
  • In Where We're Heading: macOS 13 Ventura, Howard Oakley picks up where he left off yesterday, listing the changes coming in the next macOS.
  • We note the passing of Toru Takahashi, "a Tokyo-based photo editor and photographer for The Associated Press who spent his long career meticulously capturing images and sharing his wealth of knowledge with colleagues," as the AP notes."He cared about the picture service and he has left a legacy in the region of photographers who know how to tone and caption," said Mark Baker, AP's photo editor for Australia and New Zealand. He was 62.

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