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Photography Link Roundup

Photo by Sacha Goldberger

• A grandson decides to cheer up his 91-year-old depressed Hungarian grandmother by dressing her in a superhero costume and photographing her in outlandish settings. Her depression lifts, she has a MySpace page, all is well! [My Modern Met via Boing Boing]

• “Cuba in Revolution” documents the island nation’s epic rebellion through 30 photojournalists’ photos from the 50s and 60s. Now through Jan. 9 at the International Center of Photography. [New York Times]

• A retrospective of California governor-elect Jerry Brown’s style. Or, the loss of hair over four decades. [LA Times]

• The 65th College Photographer of the Year went to Ohio University’s Rachel Mummey. See her work here. [NPAA]

• This is just disturbing: An NYU photography professor is getting a camera surgically implanted in his head as part of art exhibit. The images, taken at one-minute intervals, will be transmitted to a museum in Qatar. [Wall Street Journal]

Hoarding, But With Photos

A lot of people can probably relate to a grandmother who collects things. But Ashley Maynor’s grandmother, Angela Singer, was an especially dedicated collector of photographs, taking a dozen photos every day for 40 years and amassing a collection in the hundreds of thousands.

It was only when Maynor took on the preservation of her Singer’s 79 reels of 8mm and Super-8 film that she realized there was a story there. What may have seemed like a sweet Southern homemaker living in rural Tennessee to most was, on the inside, a more complex story. And the result is “For Memories’ Sake,” a documentary that looks at Singer’s life and longstanding creative outlet.

Not everyone could appreciate Singer’s hobby, though. In an interview with, Maynor says, “Some of her children have issues with having been documented so much and feeling as though she’s sometimes spending too much time behind the camera instead of in life, in the real situation.”

In a sign of the times, Angela Singer has switched to digital, which has only helped to increase her output.

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