Ralph Ziman's new art installation Ghosts is a powerful comment on South Africa's continuing obsession with guns. Zimbabwean craftsmen have made replica AK-47 guns from wire and beads held by imaginary rebel warriorsContinue reading...
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Zimbabwean craftsmen made replica guns from wire and beads for Ghosts, a new exhibition opening in Cape Town this week
For South African film director Ralph Ziman, growing up in Johannesburg meant guns were a fact of everyday life.
I remember going to parties as a teenager, he said. If you looked at someone the wrong way, they would pull out a gun. That was just the way it was.
This St George's Day marks the 450th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare. To mark the occasion, take a look behind the scenes at the Royal Shakespeare Company's rehearsals for Henry IV Part 1.
These days shots from a flying drone are a dime a dozen - when engagement shoots are being covered from a hovering photographic robot you know that the technology is ubiquitous. It's getting increasingly hard to impress someone with images or video from drones. So it's lucky that privately-owned SpaceX happens to own its own rockets because it gives them the ability to capture stunning video, like this launch and landing test of its Falcon 9 Reusable rocket. See video
You don’t have to be a New Yorker to appreciate the 900,000 plus images available online through the NYC Department of Records archives. Some are photographs of well-known icons like the Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge, while others are Wee Gee-esque in their grit or as mundane as photos documenting local school buildings. Many of the images date back to the late 1800s. Learn more
The Coolpix P340 is Nikon's latest pocket enthusiast camera, featuring a large 1/1.7", 12.2-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, full manual controls (P, S, A, M) and Raw image capture. The P340 has a versatile 5x (24-120mm equivalent) wide-angle to telephoto zoom range plus 10x Dynamic Fine Zoom and a fast F1.8 maximum aperture lens with Lens Shift VR image stabilization. We've spent a few days shooting with it to see if these specs add up to impressive performance. See gallery
Microsoft is in the process of acquiring Nokia's Devices and Services division, and in March both companies confirmed the $7.2 billion deal would be closed by the end of April. Now Windows Mobile Power User got hold of a leaked letter which Nokia supposedly had sent out to its suppliers in Finland. In the letter it says that the name of Nokia Oyj will change to Microsoft Mobile Oy. Learn more
One of Canada's great artists is back with a project that explores Vancouver's historical hotels, gambling dens and beer halls
Theres more truth in the lie than in the documentary, Stan Douglas tells me. Were standing in a cavernous New York art gallery, gazing up at one of his larger photographs, a hyperreal panoramic tableau of West Indian men playing cricket in a Vancouver park. The title is Cricket Pitch, 1951 but it wasnt shot then. It was photographed in 2010, and while it purports to be a traditional vintage print, it actually combines multiple shots with digital technology that makes Photoshop look like amateur hour.
Nothings ever simple in Douglass images, but thats the only way he knows how to work. Because of technology, nobody believes any more that a photograph is real. But that just means that we have to take more responsibility as creators of images. We cant just say, Oh, this happened to be there when I was there. You have to take ownership. Its always a construction, no matter what.Continue reading...
Tree ants forming chain gangs, love nests built by bowerbirds and a whole graveyard of termite mounds ... here are the most amazing homes animals can build
Second version of the 'light field' camera looks and feels like a traditional camera, but may make fixed focus a thing of the past
A new camera promises to shoot living pictures by capturing the light field of an image, allowing users to refocus their photos after taking them.
Lytros Illum camera resembles normal mirror-less cameras like Sonys NEX cameras, but uses the companys new 40-megaray light field sensor instead of a traditional camera sensor. The light field sensor captures the colour, intensity and direction of every light ray flowing into the camera, rather than simply the colour and intensity of the light hitting a traditional cameras sensor.Continue reading...
Danny Lyon's The Seventh Dog is published by Phaidon on 21 April, at £75. To order a copy for £60, with free UK p&p, go to guardian.co.uk/bookshop or call 0330 333 6846 Continue reading...
Lytro has unveiled the Illum light field camera, its first new hardware since the original Lytro launched more than two years ago. Like its predecessor, the Illum captures information about the angle from which light has arrived, allowing it to calculate images with different perspective and focus. The biggest change is the use of a much larger sensor: now a 1" type, rather than 1/3" type usually found in smartphones. Learn more
Before the launch of Lytro's new Illum camera, we spoke with Lytro CEO Jason Rosenthal and Founder and Executive Chairman Ren Ng about the the new product, to find out what's been added and improved over the original Light Field Camera. Learn more
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Founded in 1885 as the London cart horse parade with the aim of encouraging good welfare for the capital's working horses, the parade held annually on Easter Monday at the South of England centre in Sussex now reflects changing habits in carriage driving, which to most of the exhibitors is a hobbyContinue reading...
Blurb, an online self-publishing platform for photo books, is announcing a new program that will allow books created with its online tools to be sold on Amazon. Once a book is created through Blurb, authors may choose to create an ISBN, name a price and list the book for sale with the online retailer. Blurb charges a base price per book to cover printing, and Amazon charges a fee based on list price. Profit left over is paid to the author via Paypal. Learn more
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