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Cover by Adam Amengual

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Cover by Sally Deng

State of the Art: Recovering Details in Blurry Photos ... and Plant Selfies

You've heard of computational photography. But what about bio-photography? Recently, a group of MIT researchers developed a way to recover lost details from images and create clear copies of motion-blurred video footage. Their creation, an algorithm called a "visual deprojection model," is based on a convolutional neural network. At this point, the technology is aimed at medicine rather than art: One day it may turn 2D X-rays into 3D images like CT scans. Meanwhile, other researchers have given plants the power to shoot selfies. That breakthrough may soon aid conservationists.

Spotlight: A Tale of Life, Land, Loss, and Horses

Take a breath before watching the documentary "Inhale." Filmmaker Sean Mullan offers up an eyeful of visual details -- close-up footage, drone-shots and slow-motion -- and an earful, with a haunting soundtrack by cellist Kim Vaughan, Mullan's cousin. He combines it all with a powerful story that seem to be about his Uncle Jim's secrets for training horses. But the 16-minute film evolves into something else: an existential tale examining mortality. "I was so intrigued to collaborate with Jim's land, horses, body and mind," Mullan says. "The physicality of all four are visuals that display a particular balance between strength and fragility.".

The DART Board: 11.15.2019

Franesco Clement, India, 2019 [detail]; continuing at Vito Schnabel Projects Talks / Book Events / Screenings / and Beyond  Friday, November 15 Slow Down Fast, A Today Raja | Camila Marambio and Cecilia Vicuna, book launch, 6-8 pm. Printed Matter, 231 11th Avenue, NY, NY Info  Saturday, November 16 Caress: A Yoffy Press Triptych | Elinor Carucci, David Hilliard, Mickalene Thomas, book launch/signing, 1-3 pm. Yancey Richardson Gallery, 525 West 22ndStreet, NY, NY Info S...

Spotlight: Discovering a New Life and Vision in Valparaiso, Chile

Eleonore Simon moved to Valparaiso, Chile in 2016. "I needed a fresh start and decided to spend time with my family who had settled in Chile the same year. I didn't speak a word of Spanish and I was only planning on spending a few weeks there before returning to New York," she says. Instead, she ended up staying. "Valparaiso's charm and grittiness instantly captured my imagination," she adds. Inspired by others who have photographed "The Jewel of the Pacific" -- Sergio Larrain, Anders Petersen and Alberto Garcia-Alix -- she set about capturing the city in black-and-white images. Besides discovering a new city, she discovered a new life. Her work was named a winner of the Latin American Fotografia 7 competition.

American Photography Open 2019: Meet the Winner, Alain Schroeder

Last month we revealed the ten finalists. Today, we introduce the winner of the American Photography Open 2019 competition - Alain Schroeder, a Brussels, Belgium-based photojournalist who has worked all around the globe, from Thailand and Tuscany to Crete and Vietnam. From October 2018 through April 2019, he was in Sumatra, Indonesia, to document efforts to aid the area's critically endangered orangutans. His photograph of an abused three-month-old female orangutan named Brenda being treated for a severely broken arm earned Schroeder the top spot in this year's contest.

The SONY a9: What the Pros Have to Say

"Eventually you knew it had to happen. Sooner or later cameras would get so good at what they did that basically your job as a photographer would be to look for interesting things to shoot and then try not to get in the camera's way as it did it's thing capturing them. I mean, imagine if a camera had pretty much flawless exposure capability, flawless focusing and could fire and focus so fast it never missed a frame?" So writes Jeff Wignall in todays Street Test of the Sony a9 full-frame mirrorless camera. Sony Artisans of Imagery Katrin Eisman, Andy Katz, and Pat Murphy-Racey join in with their takes on the 24.2-megapixel camera that has caused an uproar in the photo industry.