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Family life: Red Ike, my communist grandfather, Here Without You and sugary brioche

Readers’ favourite photographs, songs and recipes

This is a photograph of my grandfather, Isaac Norman, who passed away in 1969, aged 70. He worked on the railway for most of his life, as many did in Carlisle. He was widely known as Red Ike and stood in local elections several times for the Communist party.

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Canon 7D mirror box filmed at 10,000fps

DP Review News - 11 hours 47 min ago

The Slow Mo Guys do just what their name implies - record slow motion videos. In a new episode they use a Phantom Flex to capture the Canon 7D's mirror box and shutter mechanism being triggered at a variety of shutter speeds. The results are pretty darn cool. See video

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Phottix launches Indra 500 TTL mains or battery powered studio heads

DP Review News - Fri, 30/01/2015 - 19:01

Phottix has introduced a new studio flash head that can be powered via the mains in a studio environment or through a portable battery pack when flash is needed in the field. The Phottix Indra 500TTL offers 500 watts of output across eight settings from full power to 1/128th power and, according to Phottix, it can be synchronised with shutter durations as short as 1/8000sec. Read more

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Last Chance to vote! 2014 Readers' Polls - best product of 2014

DP Review News - Fri, 30/01/2015 - 17:57

VOTING ENDS MIDNIGHT JAN 31st (Pacific) Late last year we asked you to vote for your favorite products of the 2014 in four categories: best lens, best high-end compact camera, best enthusiast ILC and best high-end ILC. Voting ran through January 20th and the results are in! Click through to see the results of our 2014 readers' polls, and for a chance to vote on the overall winner, which we'll announce next month. 

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Perfectly Clear App for Android updated to version 4, iOS update to follow

DP Review News - Fri, 30/01/2015 - 17:44

Athentech has released the latest version of its auto-enhancement photo editor Perfectly Clear App for Android, bringing it up to version 4. With the latest update users are given several new features for further improving their photographs, as well as new detection algorithms for the Next Generation Beautify feature specifically. Click through for more details

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Polish film posters from the BFI Special Collection – in pictures

In the decades after the second world war, Poland saw an extraordinary flowering in the art of poster-making, as designers were given a free hand. As a new exhibition opens, here is a selection of Polish posters for British films

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That’s me in the picture: Ninalee Craig photographed by Ruth Orkin in Florence in 1951, aged 23

‘The poor soul touching himself? Some publications airbrushed this out’

I met Ruth Orkin in Florence the evening before this picture was taken, in August 1951. I was 23 and had left New York for Europe that April; I was studying art and generally having the most wonderful time. Ruth, a freelance photographer, was staying in the same place as me, Hotel Berchielli, which cost $1 a night. We chatted and said how good it was to meet one another, and she asked if she could take my picture. She said, “If I get it into the Herald Tribune I get $15” and I thought that sounded like fun.

We went out the next morning and we were just horsing around. We were two young, carefree women, playing with the idea of a woman travelling alone. I had been in Florence several weeks and felt very comfortable in my own skin. She walked about 30 paces ahead of me and at one point turned around to see this scene in the Piazza della Repubblica; she liked what she saw and took a picture. She asked me to turn back and do it one more time and took another, and that was it, two pictures. There was no posing or talking. I think that’s the reason the picture has endured – it was not staged.

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Punks and pub crawls – the week in art

A show about youth subcultures takes over the Photographers’ Gallery’s new space, while Christian Marclay’s inebriated action paintings hit London. Plus, the gif art you can see from space, and how much sponsorship money BP paid Tate – all in your weekly art dispatch

Marlene Dumas: The Image as Burden
Powerful, erotic, troubling ... Marlene Dumas is a painter of our time.
Tate Modern, London SE1 from 5 February until 10 May

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All together now: readers' photos of gatherings - in pictures

We asked you to share your photos of gatherings around the world as part of GuardianWitness’ bi-weekly readers’ assignment. Here is a selection of our favourites

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Eyewitness: London, UK

Photographs from the Eyewitness series

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Chewing Gum and Chocolate: how the west seduced Japan – in pictures

‘Culture, riding a mushroom cloud, came in from across the sea,’ wrote the Japanese photographer Shomei Tomatsu in 1959. From the 50s to the 70s, he travelled Japan photographing US military bases to show the Allied occupation of his country, and the fascination and repulsion he felt about it

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Thirteen playwrights in search of characters – in pictures

Where do writers find inspiration and come up with their best ideas? Some clues are in a new collection of portraits by Simon Annand, commissioned by Bruntwood and the Royal Exchange theatre in Manchester, marking the 10th anniversary of the Bruntwood prize for playwriting. The playwriting competition opens for entries today – the winner will receive a prize of £16,000 and a full production of their play at the Royal Exchange

Nicholas Hytner on the importance of new writing

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Instagram's #empty movement explores art spaces after hours

First New York and now London, Instagrammers are persuading the world’s biggest galleries and theatres to let them in after hours – with stunning results

When Dolly Brown, or @londonlivingdoll as she’s known on Instagram, first spotted the hashtag #emptymet and its accompanying, captivating images of a deserted Metropolitan Museum in NYC, she was intrigued.

Pioneered by American Instagrammer Dave Krugman, the #empty movement began in 2013 when New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art gave him access to the building after it had closed to the public. He invited other Instagrammers, and together they began to take – and share – photographs of the Met’s famous spaces, transformed out of hours by the absence of the general public.

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DxO OpticsPro 10.2 adds support for Sony A7 II and Panasonic LX100

DP Review News - Fri, 30/01/2015 - 00:04

DxO OpticsPro 10.2 is now available, joined by DxO ViewPoint 2.5.2 and DxO FilmPack 5.1. With this trio of updates, photographers will find new support for four more camera models: the Lumix DMC-LX100, Pentax K-S1, Sony A7 II, and the Samsung Galaxy S5. Hundreds of new camera and lens combinations have been added, the user interfaces have been improved, and more. Read more

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Canon offers EOS 5D Mark III and EOS-1D X firmware updates

DP Review News - Fri, 30/01/2015 - 00:01

Canon has released firmware updates for its EOS 5D Mark III and EOS-1D X DSLRs. Both updates claim to improve the user's ability to control autofocus in Live View mode when wide angle lenses are used. Firmware 2.0.7 for the 1D-X also fixes a couple of issues, including a problem with vertical lines appearing when long exposures are used. Read more

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Photo highlights of the day

The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of the best photographs from around the world, including fashion weeks in Paris and Copenhagen, a dragon-fire dance in China and Andy Murray in Australia

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Inside ravaged Kobani: months of fighting have left a town in ruins – in pictures

Kurdish fighters claimed to have pushed Islamic State militants out of the Syrian border town of Kobani after months of fighting, but much of Kobani has been reduced to rubble

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Save the date! DPreview PIX2015 Expo May 2-3

DP Review News - Thu, 29/01/2015 - 17:43

DPReview is pleased to announce 'Photo Interactive Expo, PIX2015'. PIX2015 is a live-streamed photo show which will be taking place on May 2nd and 3rd 2015. A true celebration of photography, the show - which will be live-streamed here on DPReview.com and on our partner sites - will feature inspiring, entertaining, educational and interactive talks and demonstrations by leading photographers and industry experts. Click through to learn more

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Canon's Q4 earnings report shows camera sales are down

DP Review News - Thu, 29/01/2015 - 17:35

Canon has released its 2014 Q4 financial report, showing an overall profit increase but a continued slump in camera sales. Sales of office equipment are responsible for a 5.4 percent year-on-year upswing in operating profits in Q4, but the company reports that sales in its imaging business fell by 7.3% compared to the previous year. Read more

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PhotoshopUser TV: LightRoom Adjustment Brush Setting, 3D Texture Effects – Episode 403

Photoshop User TV - Thu, 29/01/2015 - 16:00

Pete has a tip on using the adjustment brush in LightRoom and what you can achieve by using certain settings from within the adjustment brush. Also, Corey has a tip on creating a 3d wood texture effect. Be sure to check out the new Kelbyone Blog and the Peachpit deal of the week.

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