[REPOST] This Russian photo magazine published groundbreaking art under 70 years of Soviet rule

The role of photography in Soviet society was a hotly contested subject — artistic expression, or tool for uplifting the proletariat — and for roughly 70 years, the debate played out on the pages of Sovetskoe Foto. From 1926 to 1997, the magazine—ostensibly a trade rag where photography hobbyists could learn about new products, DIY lighting techniques, and darkroom chemistry—was also a venue for superb design layout and elegant picture editing.

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[REPOST] Photographer Captures Life In A Country That Doesn’t Exist

When the Soviet union collapsed in 1991, some took it harder than the others. Namely the South-Eastern part of Moldova, which decided to stay loyal to the ideals of Communism and declared itself a separate country of Transnistria.When the photographer Julia Autz heard about it, she had to go down there and investigate for herself: “I wanted to see if I could discover how it feels to live in a country with such an uncertain future,” she told the Huck Magazine.

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[REPOST] The Russia you’ll never see on postcards

Award-winning photographer Alexander Petrosyan has spent decades discovering what makes his home town tick: the everyday comedy and drama of a city built on contradictions.

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[REPOST] Japanese Love Hotels by Peter Marlow

Love hotels are a uniquely different Japanese tradition. In a country where homes are small and families stay together because of high living costs, love hotels originally began as a private refuge for young couples still living at home, but have since become an integrated part of Japan’s increasingly futuristic landscape.

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Apply Multiple Hald CLUT Presets in a Single Action with a Bash Shell Script

Hald CLUT files offer a straightforward way to apply color corrections to an image (read the Linux Photography book to learn more about Hald CLUT and its usage). Install ImageMagick on your system, and you can easily apply a Hald CLUT preset to an image file using the following command:

convert foo.JPG hald-9.png -hald-clut foo-modified.jpeg

But what if you have a handful of Hald CLUT files and you want to apply them all to a specific photo?

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[REPOST] The Weird and Wonderful Gas Stations of Iraq (Yes, Gas Stations)

The 70-mile stretch of dusty highway connecting Kirkuk to Sulaymaniyah in Northern Iraq looks like any other road in the world—except for the 70-plus gas stations lining the shoulder. Some look more like a temple. Or have gold-plated pillars. Or brandish a snappy set of Kurdish flags.

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WD My Passport Wireless Linux Hacks

While WD My Passport Wireless is a rather useful device in its own right, the fact that it powered by a lightweight yet complete Linux distribution means that its capabilities can be extended even further. Deploy, for example, rclone on the device, and you can back up the photos and raw files stored on the disk to any supported cloud storage service.

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Recipes for automated and streamlined photographic workflow on Linux

Curve presets for digiKam and the GIMP

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