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What We Learned This Week: Live Events Are Coming Back

By David Schonauer   Friday May 7, 2021


We spent the past year attending events virtually.

Are we ready to start attending them in person?

This week we learned that the annual Consumer Electronics show in Las Vegas is leaving the virtual world and coming back to the real world. While CES 2021 was an online event, due to the coronavirus pandemic, CES 2022 is scheduled to become an in-person event, reported DIY Photography. “We’re thrilled to return to Las Vegas – home to CES for more than 40 years – and look forward to seeing many new and returning faces. Hundreds of executives have told us how much they need CES to meet new and existing customers, find partners, reach media and discover innovation,” noted organizers in a statement.

CES 2022 will take place next January 5 to 8, with media days taking place on January 3 and 4, 2022. “And although next year’s CES will take place in the real world, it will also be possible to attend it online,” noted DIYP.

This week we also learned that Cincinnati’s FotoFocus biennial will be returning as a sprawling art event in 2022. The 2020 edition of the biennial was greatly scaled by because of the pandemic, with FotoFocus instead reallocating $800,000 from its budget to help local art communities. Next year’s biennial will be spread out across museums, galleries, universities and public spaces throughout greater Cincinnati, northern Kentucky, Dayton, and Columbus, Ohio, noted The Art Newspaper. Organized under the theme “World Record,” the event will focus on the changing global environment.

Some projects, including solo-exhibitions and public commissions by Tony Oursler, Ian Strange, and Liz Roberts, that were originally slated for last year’s biennial will be shown in the 2022 edition instead, added TAN. FotoFocus executive director Mary Ellen Goeke noted that the events of the past year led the organization to develop a more substantial online presence and broaden their audience, something they hope to carry with them into the 2022 biennial and beyond.

Here are some of the other photo stories we spotlighted this week:
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1. At the Border with Go Nakamura

While politics and outrage often dominate the immigration debate, Houston-based photojournalist Go Nakamura focuses on the people who make the risky crossing across the U.S.–Mexico border at night, noted Vanity Fair. “Sometimes I get a little emotional when I think of their lives,” Nakamura says of people forced to “abandon their own country.” Notes Nakamura: “We can go back to our country anytime we want,” adding that “they have to give up everything to come to the United States.”


2. Sophie Harris-Taylor Photographs New Fathers

Photographer Sophie Harris-Taylor’s new body of work, titled “Present Fathers,” is all about becoming a dad and the first few years of fatherhood. Harris-Taylor was inspired by watching her own partner adjust to being a father, noted Creative Review. “My partner was pretty lucky to have several months of paternity leave so we were very much both involved from day one,” she says. “Sometime after the birth of our son, though, I realized he didn’t really know where to turn for support, or to explore and express this new role he’d found himself in.”


3. Why the Bidens Look So Big Next to Carters in Viral Photo

Sometimes little things make a big difference: The internet went crazy when The Carter Center released a photo of Former President Jimmy Carter and First Lady Rosalynn Carter being visited recently by President and First Lady Joe and Jill Biden in Plains, Georgia. In the image, the Bidens look like giants next to the Carters, and various explanations have been offered. A wide-angle camera lens helped magnify the illusion of wildly different heights, noted CNETThe Guardian had more.


4. Visualizing Love in a Time of Hate

What does love look like in a time of hate? The New York Times recently asked that question and Asian and Asian-American photographers responded. “Love is present in my life in so many different ways, it’s hard to fully express with words. Cooking is one of my favorite activities and I can spend hours in the kitchen, but even more so is the act of sharing it with those that I care for,” says Brooklyn-based Jingyu Lin (above). “I believe nobody can replace the love of a grandma,” adds Queens-based Kanghee Kim.


5. The Legacy of the Kent State Photo

In 1970, an image of a dead protester on an Ohio college campus instantly became iconic. Recently, The Washington Post looked at what happened to the girl kneeling next to dead man in the photo. Taken by student photographer John Filo, the picture captured Mary Ann Vecchio in the moments after Kent State University student Jeffrey Miller was killed by Ohio National Guard on May 4, 1970, nearly 51 years ago. “That picture hijacked my life,” says Vecchio,  now 65.
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At top: From Sophie Harris-Taylor

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