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Nature Watch: This Photographer Helped Confirm Colombia Has the Most Butterflies

Forbes   Friday July 30, 2021

Juan Guillermo Jaramillo Velasquez began photographing butterflies in Colombia because it was easier than photographing birds. But, notes Forbes, in large part thanks to his efforts, Colombia now has the world's biggest confirmed database of Lepidoptera, the order of insects that includes butterflies and moths. (There are 3,642 species officially documented in the South American country and of these, over 200 are endemic, found only in Colombia.) Jaramillo, American photographer Kim Garwood and Colombian biologists Cristóbal Ríos and Blanca Huertas have worked to develop a butterfly database.    Read the full Story >>

Dept of Ideas: 7 Monographs On Pathbreaking Photographers

ARTnews   Friday July 30, 2021

After it’s invention in the mid-1900s, photography went from a curiosity to a means of formal studio portraiture in short order, then developed from a way of retaining family memories to become a fine art medium, notes Art News, which has put together a reading list focusing on photographers who pushed photography’s remarkable achievements. Among the recommended books:  Diane Arbus: An Aperture Monograph; Roy DeCarava: A Retrospective, and Bassai’s The Secret Paris of the 30’s. Which books would you include on the list?   Read the full Story >>

Trending: Kodak Deletes Post by Photographer Who Called Xinjiang an 'Orwellian Dystopia'

The New York Times   Friday July 30, 2021

Eastman Kodak recently deleted an Instagram post featuring images of Xinjiang, a western Chinese region where the government is accused of grave human rights violations, after an online backlash from Beijing’s supporters, notes The New York Times. The post was promoting the work of the French photographer Patrick Wack, who made several trips to Xinjiang in recent years. In the Kodak post and on his own Instagram account, Wack described his images as a visual narrative of Xinjiang’s “abrupt descent into an Orwellian dystopia” over the past five years.”   Read the full Story >>

Books: Exploring Intimacy in a Swedish Winter

British Journal of Photography   Friday July 30, 2021

If you’re feeling overheated by the summer, you might want to chill with Swedish photographer Theo Elias’s  Red / January 2021. The British Journal of Photography calls it “a book of antithesis: intimacy and distance; hot and cold; love and violence.” The images were made last January, when Elias, on assignment for a Swedish educational platform, documented the small, remote town of Tjustbygdens during the pandemic. He modeled the self-published book on a notebook he kept during this period of isolation.   Read the full Story >>

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