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(Warning: major off-topic turn ahead) here is a photo that I took yesterday with the 50 mm F2 Fujinon This is from a recreation of the celebration of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad 150 years (and one day) earlier at Promontory Point Utah. It bears a striking resemblance to an original photograph of the event, by Andrew J. Russel: How many camera phones can you find in the new picture? The Russell photograph is often cited as evidence that the contribution of Chinese workers was excluded from history from the very beginning. But, a few days ago I heard a lecture by a historian of the Chinese laborers, Gordon Chang, who argues that these workers were, in well recognized at the time, but were erased from history later. And, he thinks that he has, in fact, identified a Chinese working in the photo, sitting with his back to the camera, just below and to the left of the two men shaking hands at the center of the photograph. A review in the New York Times of Chang's recent book can be found here I could say something about what I think of the Fuji lenses, but the old photo is a lot more interesting, I think!
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May 12, 2019