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Cocoons and silver linings

Back in the 1980s, a young marketing analyst called Faith Popcorn, one of the first soothsayers for the secular age we now call 'futurologists', came up with the notion of 'cocooning'. What she didn't see coming was the COVID-19 world, in which cocooning is becoming compulsory!

Is it time to cancel Adobe?

'Over the last few years, it seems like it’s become really cool to hate Adobe; kind of like how it’s cool to hate Coldplay,' Dawood wrote. 'Except the main difference is that Coldplay really does suck.'

Now, nothing against Coldplay, but people’s livelihoods don’t rely on Coldplay. They’re reliant on how Adobe sets its prices and changes things at will with fairly little consultation, and a ton of obfuscation.

Whither Olympus? Whither M43?

Perhaps the clearest 'leading indicator' of the future direction of the camera market is that in 2019, with over 40 cameras announced to date, there were only four new DSLRs. Looks like DSLRs won't be playing much of a role in that future.

BIFB rights a petty wrong

Inside Imaging is delighted to announce that Jeff Moorfoot (OAM), founder and retired creative director of the Ballarat International Foto Biennale (BIFB), is finally being acknowledged on the BIFB website as the founder and inaugural creative director of the event.

It ain't much, but BIFB's About Us section has a new sentence, which says: 'Its Founding Director, Jeff Moorfoot OAM received an Order of Australia Medal for services to photography'. Jeff's instrumental role in creating the Ballarat Foto Biennale has gone curiously unacknowledged under the control of new BIFB creative director Fiona Sweet.

NGV: Troubling photos paint an uncertain future

In 1955, an enormous photographic exhibition, The Family of Man, challenged the world as to what it meant to be human. The curator, Edward Steichen, assembled 503 photographs by 273 photographers from 68 countries, while his brother-in-law, the poet Carl Sandburg, provided the lyrical subtext to the show and its title. In some ways, this new vast exhibition, Civilization: The Way We Live Now, a version of which has just opened at the National Gallery of Victoria, catches the flame of the challenge of The Family of Man with its dreams of humankind living on a rapidly shrinking globe.

The show brings together over 100 contemporary photographers from Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe and Australia with over 200 photographs.

Tasty morsels at BIFB, but no photo feast

The eighth Ballarat International Foto Biennale (BIFB) has served up an intriguing assortment of exhibitions for its Core Program, which attempts to 'renegotiate photography' by ambitiously incorporating other artistic mediums into the event. Many attendees visit with a thirst for printed photos, a quench that's difficult to satisfy these days. This year photography appears alongside sculptures and installations, video art, non-photographic prints, and a few other bibs and bobs.

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