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Ghosts: AK-47 guns made from beads and wire - in pictures

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 warriors

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'Dangerous yet beautiful': South Africa's fascination with the AK-47

Zimbabwean craftsmen made replica guns from wire and beads for Ghosts, a new exhibition opening in Cape Town this week

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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.

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Orson Welles' voodoo Macbeth in Harlem - a picture from the past

The 20-year-old Orson Welles made theatrical history when he directed an all-black, predominantly amateur cast in a production of Shakespeare's 'Scottish play' in 1936. Welles set his adaptation on a Caribbean island resembling Haiti and replaced witchcraft with voodoo rites Continue reading...
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Behind the scenes with the Royal Shakespeare Company in pictures

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.

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Drone films SpaceX rocket launch and landing

DP Review News - 6 hours 27 min ago

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

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NYC Department of Records archives showcase city's history

DP Review News - 7 hours 27 min ago

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

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Nikon Coolpix P340 real-world samples gallery

DP Review News - Tue, 22/04/2014 - 20:58

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

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Nokia device division may become 'Microsoft Mobile'

DP Review News - Tue, 22/04/2014 - 20:54

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

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Stan Douglas' Circa 1948: 'It's not a game, it's a story'

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.

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The world's best animal architecture - in pictures

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

Animal Architecture by Ingo Arndt is published by Abrams on 1 May

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Sport picture of the day: Brisbane Roar training in the morning dew

It takes a lot for a shot taken during training to stand out. Access is often limited, light can be terrible and the action not so intense, but every once in a while, one stands out. This photo from a Brisbane Roar training session works because of the bold silhouettes, the reflection and patterns in the dew on the grass, and the use of depth of field. Continue reading...
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The New York World's Fair, 1964 - a picture from the past

George Silk's colourful abstract image reflects the extravagant nature of the expo, which was devised as a showcase of mid-century American culture and industry. The two-year-long event began 50 years ago today Continue reading...
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Lytro Illum camera lets users refocus blurred photos after shooting

The Guardian on Photography Technology - Tue, 22/04/2014 - 14:17

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.

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Danny Lyon's inside shots - in pictures

Danny Lyon's portraits of disaffected groups, from bikers to activists, changed the way we see America

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...
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Lytro announces Illum light field camera

DP Review News - Tue, 22/04/2014 - 13:01

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

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Q&A with Lytro's CEO and founder on the Illum

DP Review News - Tue, 22/04/2014 - 13:01

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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Photo highlights of the day

The Guardians picture editors bring you a selection of the best photographs from around the world

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The London Harness horse parade in pictures

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 hobby

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Blurb collaborates with Amazon to distribute self-published photo books

DP Review News - Tue, 22/04/2014 - 04:00

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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