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Everyday Mumbai – in pictures

Chirag Wakaskar’s Everyday Mumbai project explores the social landscape of the city. This week he takes over our @guardiancities Instagram - and here’s a taster of what’s to come

Curated by photojournalist Chirag Wakaskar, Everyday Mumbai is a blog and Instagram feed which aims to chronicle the social landscape of Mumbai – and the daily lives of its citizens. “The idea behind @everydaymumbai was to showcase all the moments that make up Mumbai that may not be necessarily be covered by mainstream media,” Chirag explains. “And since it’s completely crowdsourced, several viewpoints of the city are covered - be it visiting photojournalists or amateur photographers.”

We’re excited to have Everyday Mumbai take over our Instagram account this week: follow us @guardiancities for more fantastic images of life in Mumbai. If you live in the city, share your own images with GuardianWitness or tag them on Instagram with #GuardianMumbai and we’ll feature a selection on Guardian Cities.

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The works of four Australian photography greats – in pictures

Sydney’s new Badger and Fox gallery is presenting work from some of the world’s greatest photographers – including Australia’s Max Dupain, Bill Henson, Olive Cotton and David Moore. Together they depict an Australian psyche, past and present. The collection features over 180 images, with 40 on rotation throughout the Click! exhibition, which ends 21 December

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Readers' Showcase: Portraits and People

DP Review News - Sun, 23/11/2014 - 17:00

DPReview members are a talented group and we've been highlighting their photography in a series of readers' showcases. Recently we asked the Portrait & People Photography forum to share their favorite shots. They responded with excellent work both in and out of the studio, and we've picked a few of our favorites to share. See gallery

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Superheroes and Star Wars get a 16th-century makeover – in pictures

Photographer Sacha Goldberger has reimagined comic-book heroes and Star Wars characters in the style of old masters, in his photo series ‘Super Flamands

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Mikhail Baryshnikov: ‘People applauded. The ham in me woke up’

The dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov on his past in Riga and Russia, Sex and the City and a new exhibition of his photography

“I was at a gas station in the Dominican Republic and this couple got out the car and started dancing,” Mikhail Baryshnikov, 66, says. “I was lucky they didn’t pay attention to me. People said: ‘Oh you manipulated the shot,’ but I swear to God, I didn’t.”

One of the greatest classical ballet dancers of our time is telling me about his new calling – photography. This month a show of his digital prints opens in London, featuring every type of dance from Brazilian hip-hop and Hawaiian hula to dancers with the Merce Cunningham company.

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Never such devoted sisters: in Iceland with Erna and Hrefna

Japanese photographer Ariko Inaoka has shot these twins every summer for five years, trying to capture their unique bond with each other and the ethereal Icelandic landscape

Ariko Inaoka first met the Icelandic twins Erna and Hrefna when they were six years old. Inaoka, a native of Kyoto where her family owns the oldest soba restaurant in Japan, had been studying photography in New York and had come to Iceland to work on a project about landscape and water. To earn some money, she did a fashion shoot, and a friend who was casting for that shoot saw the twins at a swimming pool. Inaoka arranged to include them in the shoot, but didn’t think too much of it at the time.

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Your pictures: share your photographs on the theme of 'bright'

Wherever you are in the world, we’d like to see your pictures of ‘bright.’ Share your best photos via GuardianWitness

We’re now running a regular weekly photography assignment in the Observer New Review and the next theme is ‘bright.’ Share your photos of what bright means to you – and tell us about your image in the description box.

The closing date is 27 November at 10 am. We’ll publish our favourites in The New Review on 30 November and in a gallery on the Guardian site.

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Rack and ruin: readers' photos on the theme of 'ruin' - in pictures

For this week’s photography assignment in the Observer New Review we asked you to share your photos on the theme of ‘ruin’ via GuardianWitness. Here’s a selection of our favourites

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Flickr Wall Art expands to include Creative Commons images

DP Review News - Sat, 22/11/2014 - 20:32

Flickr Wall Art now allows users to order prints from more than 50 million photographs, the service has announced. This follows Wall Art's arrival in October, and moves to include all applicable freely-licensed Creative Commons images, licensed artists images, and a curated selection of content from NASA. Read more

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The 20 photographs of the week

The Jerusalem synagogue attack, the missing students in Mexico, the continuing crisis on the Turkish-Syrian border – the best photography in news, culture and sport from around the world this week

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Behind the Shot: Clouds over Skagsanden

DP Review News - Sat, 22/11/2014 - 13:00

In this article, nature photographer Erez Marom shares the story of his panoramic shot 'Clouds over Skagsanden', taken earlier this year in the Lofoten Islands in Arctic Norway. His article covers everything from preparing to shoot at the location, to the shoot itself through to final post-processing of the resulting image. Click through to read Erez Marom's article 'Behind the Shot: Clouds over Skagsanden'

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Family life: Kids in America, It Was a Very Good Year by Frank Sinatra and pot luck stew

Readers’ favourite photographs, songs and recipes

My big sister Jane and I are enjoying the cool shade of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial in Washington DC, on a hot, humid August day in 1972. Richard Nixon is president, the US troops are still in Vietnam and our parents have just moved the family from Hertfordshire to the US on a year’s exchange.

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Gavin Turk, Pipilotti Rist, Mark Neville, this week’s new exhibitions

From Gavin Turk’s light sculptures in Salisbury to Mark Nevile’s documentary photography in London, Skye Sherwin and Robert Clark find out what’s happening in art around the country

Pipilotti Rist’s first major UK outing since 2011 promises more of the Swiss artist’s kookily sensual version of Shangri-La, with her immersive video art installations merging pleasures of the flesh with belly laughs. Visitors are invited to leave their cares at the door, lie back on plush carpet and relax watching peachy stretching skin and eyeballs; or (from 29 Nov to 22 Feb at Hauser & Wirth Somerset in Bruton) sexually suggestive stamen.

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When your breakfast goes viral: the prettiest fry-ups in Britain

It started by accident: one perfect, symmetrical breakfast for two. Four hundred cappuccinos and a huge Instagram following later, the man behind Symmetry Breakfast shares his favourite photos
Symmetry Breakfast in pictures
• Send us your symmetrical breakfasts – tweet @guardianweekend or email weekend@theguardian.com

One sunny spring day last year, Michael Zee made breakfast for Mark van Beek, his boyfriend of two years. When he laid it out (an omelette, avocado, salami and fruit juice), he noticed it was perfectly symmetrical. He took a photo and posted it online, and soon attracted a smattering of comments from friends who thought it was cute, if a bit twee.

So Zee, an educational officer at a museum, kept it up for the next few months – arranging their breakfasts to match and posting the images on social media. By January, the Instagram account symmetrybreakfast, with the strapline “for my boyfriend and me”, was born. After a month, it had 200 followers; now, 400 breakfasts later, the account has more than 92,000 followers.

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Google Nexus 6 DxOMark Mobile Report

DP Review News - Fri, 21/11/2014 - 21:35

The Nexus 6 is Google's showcase phone for Android 5.0 'Lollipop' and the first Nexus device made by Motorola. It comes with a dual-LED ring flash, a 13MP sensor with a fast F2.0 aperture, optical image stabilization and 4K video recording. DxOMark Mobile put the Nexus 6 through its image quality tests and has just published the results. Read more

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Sport picture of the day: Kiama Bay goes to ground

Is that a smile on the face of Kiama Bay as he takes a tumble during the Betfair Novices' Hurdle at Haydock. You can be sure that Jason Maguire didn't have a smile on his face as they were about 12 lengths clear when they fell at the last Continue reading...
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The Queen, magic islands and Will Self on why the rich are ruining London

The Queen opens a new gallery for her treasures, Thomas Heatherwick plans a miracle island for New York, and Will Self on why Tate Modern shows London’s deep inequality – all in your weekly dispatch

Post-Pop: East Meets West
Andy Warhol saw a connection between pop art and communism when he created his portrait of Mao. This show explores the legacy of capitalist and communist pop with artists including Ashley Bickerton and Ai Weiwei.
Saatchi Gallery, London SW3 from 26 November until 23 February

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Mexico: protesters clash with police over missing student teachers – in pictures

Demonstrators marched in the biggest protest so far to pressure the government into finding the 43 missing student teachers who disappeared seven weeks ago

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That’s me in the picture: Sheldon Shapiro recalls a teenage meeting with Fidel Castro, Washington DC, 1959

‘He invited us out to Cuba. I bought him a cigar and he said thank you, even though he was unlikely to smoke a non-Cuban cigar’

We were on a class trip to Washington DC from St Louis, Missouri, in April 1959, and our hotel was just across the way from the embassy by Meridian Hill Park. Someone in our group suggested we head to the Cuban embassy and ask to see Fidel Castro, which we all thought was a great idea. It so happened that he was in town at the same time, looking for support and financial assistance, and the day before we were due to leave we headed to the embassy to try to see him. We waited for about an hour, but he never appeared, so we went to tour the Capitol for a while and came back later to ask again. His bodyguards told us to wait a minute and, because Castro often did things on impulse, he decided to come out. It was almost like, “Can Castro come out to play?” And the answer was yes.

We started walking with him, heading to the park across the street, chatting about politics and economics. We were with him for a couple of hours. We tried using our high school Spanish, but he spoke English fairly well so we gave up. He asked questions about us. I remember one particular exchange when he said that the girls in the group should be sure to know how to cook when they got older. I wonder how that would go over today.

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