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Passings: Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Max Desfor dies at 104

New York Daily News   Wednesday February 28, 2018

Former Associated Press photographer Max Desfor, who won a Pulitzer Prize for  photographing hundreds of Korean War refugees crawling across a damaged bridge in 1950, died on Feb. 18 at his home in Silver Spring, Maryland, reports the New York Daily News. He was 104. Desfor parachuted into North Korea with U.S. troops and retreated with them when the North with help from the Chinese pushed south. During World War II, he photographed the crew of the B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay landing in Saipan in August 1945 after dropping the atomic bomb on Hiroshima.   Read the full Story >>

Exhibitions: How Brian Duffy Shot the Swinging London Sixties

CNN   Wednesday February 28, 2018

Along with photographers Terence Donovan and David Bailey, Brian Duffy captured the swinging sixties in London, and through March 18 his work is on view at London's  Proud Central  gallery. Duffy, who died in 2010, “defied the conventions of fashion photography, bringing models out of the studio and into the streets for magazines like British Vogue, French Elle and Esquire,” notes CNN. He took a similar approach to his portraits of celebrities including Michael Caine, John Lennon and Jane Birkin.   Read the full Story >>

Tech News: ProGrade Digital Is a Memory Card Brand by Ex-Lexar Execs

PetaPixel   Wednesday February 28, 2018

The newly announced ProGrade Digital  brand of memory cards and readers is what Lexar might have been, notes DIY Photography. As you’ll recall, Micron bought Lexar-brand memory cards in 2017; later, the Lexar brand was acquired by Chinese flash storage company Longsys. Now a group of former Lexar executives has banded together to compete against the likes of SanDisk and Lexar in the storage space. The company will start out with lines of CFast 2.0 (550MB/sec) and SDXC UHS-II (200MB/sec) cards at pro-level capacities, reports PetaPixel.   Read the full Story >>

On Location: A Swimming Club on the North Korean Border

VICE   Wednesday February 28, 2018

Photographer Elijah Hurwitz quit his day job  to travel the world as a photographer. While on assignment in Dandong, China, last December, he happened upon the Yalu River Swimmer's Association, whose members swim in the waterway bordering North Korea. At the time is was about zero degrees Fahrenheit, and some of the swimmers were crossing the entire width of the river. “Seeing their big smiles and gusto for life felt like a stark contrast to the barren landscape of North Korea,” Hurwitz tells Vice.     Read the full Story >>

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