Stuff & Things
- Finding Lena, the Patron Saint of JPEGs
- A fascinating article at Wired about Lena Forsen, whose image was formative in the early days of JPEG. What's more, this article is chock full of easter eggs and links to fascinating additional reading. A rabbit hole very much worth exploring.
- How Kodak's Shirley Cards Set Photography's Skin-Tone Standard
- This 2014 NPR article about Kodak's "Shirleys" -- color calibration models -- referenced in the article above, is also a great read.
- How self-taught photographer Gordon Parks became a master storyteller
- Photographer and journalist Gordon Parks used his camera as a tool to help the world understand the experience of African-Americans in the U.S. An exhibition is just wrapping up at the National Gallery of Art, titled "Gordon Parks: The New Tide," which examines the first ten years of his career. In this piece from the PBS News Hour, exhibit curator Philip Brookman sits down with Jeffrey Brown to share more about the artist's life and work.
- 500px Hacked: Personal Data Exposed for All 14.8 Million Users
- You may recall, I bailed on 500px early last year when it was acquired by Visual China Group, the Beijing, China-based photo and media agency that’s known as "the Getty Images of China". I've never regretted that decision, and I'm definitely not regretting it now, in the wake of the news about this massive data breach.
- Vox Darkroom: The Deadly Race to the South Pole
- Vox has kicked off a new YouTube series, each episode delving into the story behind a single photograph. This first episode tells the tragic tail of Antarctic explorers attempting to be the first to reach the South Pole. I'm looking forward to seeing what comes next from Darkroom.
- Music Pick: World Order, "Big Brother"
- I'm thinking to start including a music pick in each newsletter, because while it's not necessarily photography-related, I simply love music, and it's in The Turning Gate's DNA.
- For this edition, I've chosen the new track for World Order, the Japanese electronic dance group whose robot antics have had me grinning for years.