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How Mo Daoud Captured Hip Hop History

By Varun Raghupathi   Tuesday July 14, 2020

If you got a call from Puff Daddy's manager asking you to come to the Bahamas to photograph Puff and his team recording an album, would you believe the caller? In 1998, New York-based photographer Mo Daoud, then an up-and-coming photographer who had worked with famed hip hop magazine The Source, almost didn't. "There is always that moment where you think these ...   Read the full Story >>

Trending: Vogue Criticized Over Annie Leibovitz Photos of Simone Biles

HuffPost   Tuesday July 14, 2020

Fans of gymnast Simone Biles are over the moon that Biles is on the cover of the August issue of Vogue — but as for the actual photo, not so much, notes HuffPost, which reports that several critics on Twitter (including New York Times national picture editor Morrigan McCarthy) criticized the dimly lit images of Biles made by Annie Leibovitz and suggested that Vogue should have used a Black photographer "or at the very least find someone who better understands Black skin tones."    Read the full Story >>

On View: Ren Hang's Beautiful, Controversial Nudes

AnOther   Tuesday July 14, 2020

When Ren Hang died at the age of 29 in 2017, he left behind a wealth of celebrated, and controversial, images, notes AnOther. The Beijing-based photographer’s work was often censored in his home country because of its nudity. “I do not think nudity is challenging – nudity is common, everybody has it,” Hang said in 2014. “I like people naked and I like sex; I use nudity so that I can feel more realism and sense of presence.” A new exhibition of 90 photographs, “Ren Hang: Nudes," has opened at Italy’s Centro Picci gallery.   Read the full Story >>

Motion News: H.266 Is Coming and Video Files Will Be Much Smaller

THE VERGE   Tuesday July 14, 2020

Video compression tech doesn’t seem to change all that often, but when it does it sure takes some big leaps, notes DIY Photography. H.264/Advanced Video Coding (AVC) was first introduced back in 2003. It’s still around, though H.265/High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) was released in 2013. Now, adds The Verge, the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute, the electrical engineering and computer science division of the esteemed German research organization, has announced H.266/Versatile Video Coding (VVC), cutting the files sizes down to a quarter of H.264.   Read the full Story >>

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