Truths about twisters: Continuing the discussion about tornadoes following the "Joplin" post, there's an article at the Times this morning called "The Facts (and Fiction) of Tornadoes."
MR on the SD1: Pursuant to the news of the pricing of the SD1, the esteemed Michael Reichmann, who is intimately familiar with that end of the market in ways your humble servant is not, has written a typically trenchant analysis of this week's most controversial number at the always-interesting L-L. I only wish I'd discovered this before I spent the time writing half of what would have been a worse essay on the subject.
All in all, not a great week for Sigma—considering it's also just been sued by Nikon for lens stabilization patent infringement.
Swann's way: To provide some perspective on the recent auction record price set by a Cindy Sherman print, at the recently ended Swann Galleries' auction "Important Photobooks and Photographs," the top lot was "A Hungarian Memory," a portfolio of 15 silver prints, 7.5x9.5 inches in size, by André Kertesz. The portfolio, limited to 100 sets of pictures (and seven artist's proof sets) taken between 1914 and 1923 but printed in 1980, had a pre-auction estimate of CDN$18–22,000, but realized CDN$48,000 (£30,230, US$49,052) (CDN$3,200 per print), a record for the portfolio. The entire auction catalog can be viewed online and makes for a nice snapshot of the kinds of photographica that are bringing good prices in the current market.
Elliottisms: From his advice on how to succeed as a photographer—"be an heir and do it on the side"—to the Cartier-Bresson photo that first inspired him, it's always fun to read Erwitt—his lack of pretension is always refreshing. An interview by his son Misha and his other children.
Thoughtlessly tweeted: There's a long but fascinating discussion about Stephanie Gordon's space shuttle snapshot by Bob Sullivan of MSNBC's The Redtape Chronicles that asks the question: When is sharing stealing? Curiously, there's another, similar picture in e-circulation taken with a cell phone at 37,000 feet by American Airlines pilot Lorrie LeBlanc, which you can see at National Geographic.
(Thanks to Bill Mitchell and Vlatko Juric-Kokic)
ADDENDUM by Ctein: Bob Sullivan's article is not entirely correct—see Christine Valada's comment to it for some corrections.
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Featured Comment by Jay Frew: "Re 'Thoughtlessly tweeted': According to the Astronomy Picture of the Day website (for Wed, 25 May, 2011), this shot, taken from a shuttle training aircraft, is not copyrighted: