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Art News: Magnum Launches NFT Collection, and Other Crypto Updates

NFTs have fallen off a cliff recently-with sale sinking to the lowest levels in a year, reported Bloomberg recently. But that doesn't mean the NFT craze is over. The Magnum photo agency has climbed aboard the NFT train, announcing in June that it was launching an NFT collection. The photos in the collection cover Magnum's long history from the 1940s until the present day. Meanwhile, eBay made its biggest move yet into the world of digital collectibles by acquiring NFT marketplace KnownOrigin. And DeviantArt says it has plans for cleaning up the fraud that plagues the NFT market.

State of the Art: A Nightmare Music Video Created by AI, and One Done with Old-Fashioned Animation

"There are so many different ways to use photography, and the barriers to realizing your creativity are possibly lower than ever." So noted DIY Photography, which recently spotlighted two music videos created by very different technologies. One was made by Jason Scott, an internet archivist and filmmaker, employing an artificial intelligence program that turns text in imagery. The result, noted DIYP, was "pure, unrefined nightmare-material." Meanwhile, TikToker and singer Lubalin shared a music video that his partner had made using the old-fashioned animation technique of rotoscoping.

Have a Nice Day

Last night streamed the film, Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom, set in Bhutan, because I wanted to watch something that was filmed somewhere interesting—not in dark studio-built interiors with actors acting like talking heads. In the process, I learned that Bhutan is a country which has recognized the supremacy of national happiness over national income since the early 1970s and famously adopted the goal of Gross National Happiness over Gross National Product.In fact, it was Bhutan th...

Spotlight: A Moment from Colombian Photographer David Betancur's Travel Journal

David Betancur travels in order to find "character and scenarios." The Colombian photographer's portfolio is filled with people he finds on assignment and on his excursions throughout his country, which he records in what he calls "a sort of travel journal." Among the images in his journal is a shot of a girl resting on the edge of an abandoned swimming pool. "She told me, 'For enjoying the pool, there is no need to get wet in the water,'" Betancur recalls. His photograph was named a winner of the Latin American Fotografia 8 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.