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Oscar Wilde photograph from family album to go to auction

Unpublished photo of a young Wilde is part of Guinness family album expected to fetch up to 8,000 at auction in October

Dressed in tweed plus-fours, with a slightly wistful smile on his face, a young Oscar Wilde leans against the steps of Ashford Castle in 1878 in a previously unpublished photograph found in a family album.

Wilde was part of a shooting party October 1878 at Ashford Castle in County Mayo, Ireland. He was 23 at the time, and had studied at Oxford University for four years, earning a first-class degree in the greats. According to Frank Harriss biography, in the Trinity term of 1878 Wilde won the Newdigate prize for English verse for his poem Ravenna Its recitation in the Sheldonian theatre that June was the literary event of the year in Oxford.

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The Great Naked Celebrity Photo Leak of 2014 is just the beginning | Roxane Gay

There will always be another leak, because there is always curiosity in the bodies of naked celebrity women. There is always danger in being an Other

Privacy is a privilege. It is rarely enjoyed by women or transgender men and women, queer people or people of color. When you are an Other, you are always in danger of having your body or some other intimate part of yourself exposed in one way or another. A stranger reaches out and touches a pregnant womans belly. A man walking down the street offers an opinion on a womans appearance or implores her to smile. A group of teenagers driving by as a person of color walks on a sidewalk shout racial slurs, interrupting their quiet.

For most people, privacy is little more than an illusion, one we create so we can feel less vulnerable as we move through the world, so we can believe some parts of ourselves are sacred and free from uninvited scrutiny. The further away you are from living as a white, heterosexual, middle-class man, the less privacy you enjoy the more likely your illusions of privacy will be shattered when you least expect it.

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Camera shy: the religious community that shuns the limelight

Bolivias Mennonites have forsaken the modern world, but Jordi Ruiz Cireras new book of striking portraits captures the beauty of their austere lives

In 2010 and 2011, Jordi Ruiz Cirera photographed the Mennonites of Santa Cruz, east Bolivia. He was fascinated by their austere lifestyle in a dusty, windswept landscape where farming was a daily struggle. The huge extensions of land, the isolation and the remote communities, was strongly related to their relation with God, he writes in the foreword to his forthcoming book, Los Menonos. Like the cattle and the pastor all together, all united.

Slowly, Ruiz Cirera won the trust of people in the community, many of whom were so suspicious of photography that theyd never had their picture taken. He befriended Franz Banner, a patriarch in the community, who told him how he had left Canada at 25 with his parents, because they thought his growing worldliness threatened their beliefs. Educated at a public school, Banner found it hard at first to work with my hands and with horses. But he persevered. Banners journey into the Bolivian wilderness echoed those made by others who had established Mennonite communities across the South American country. They gave them names such as Swift Current (after a city in Canada), Nueva Esperanza and Riva Palacios.

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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, including a Banksy mural, cow showroom and protests in Hong Kong

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Sport picture of the day: back flipping over a canyon

The Red Bull Rampage is the great equaliser of all mountain bike events, draws slopestyle riders, downhill racers and natural-terrain freeriders together in one big-mountain test of all-around bike skill on near-vertical sandstone ridges in Utah. Jeff Herbertson pulled of a massive backflip over the canyon on both his runs and the use of a digital sequence composite is a good way to illustrate this impressive stunt Continue reading...
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Roll up, roll up: the secret life of the circus in pictures

In the late 90s, photographer Norma I Quintana found a flyer for a circus. One trip to the big top became a runaway collaboration that continued for a decade. Her new photobook, Circus: A Travelling Life, captures life backstage with an extended family of mermaids, smoking clowns and tiny horses

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Photoshop comes to Chrome OS in limited beta

DP Review News - 17 hours 17 min ago

It appears that Google's Chromebook laptops are finally getting Photoshop, at least in limited beta at first - starting with US-based Adobe education customers. According to a blogpost on the Google Chrome blog, Adobe Photoshop is now available in a limited beta release for Chromebook. U.S.-based Adobe education customers with a paid Creative Cloud account can apply for access to the program, which provides a streaming version of Photoshop to Chromebook users. Learn more

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More manual control on iOS with Manual Cam

DP Review News - 17 hours 18 min ago

With the release of Apple's latest mobile OS version, developers have been scrambling to take advantage of newly unlocked camera controls. In the wake of this development new apps have emerged, including Manual Cam, one of the best implementations of manual control on the iPhone we've seen so far. Read more

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George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin's wedding weekend in Venice in pictures

Day two of George Clooneys wedding celebrations saw the groom, accompanied by his A-list guests, making his way in style down the Grand canal in Venice to the wedding dinner held at the Aman hotel where his bride, Amal Alamuddin, was waiting


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Ricoh updates Pentax 645Z firmware for IMAGE Transmitter 2 software

DP Review News - Mon, 29/09/2014 - 20:30

Ricoh Imaging has released new firmware for its Pentax 645Z medium format camera to make it compatible with the latest version of the company's IMAGE Transmitter software. Firmware version 1.10, which is available to download by users via the Ricoh website, allows Pentax’s second digital medium format camera to be controlled when tethered to a PC via USB cable, so images can be saved directly from the camera into a chosen folder as they are taken. Read more

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Canon EOS 7D Mark II: Real-world samples (beta)

DP Review News - Mon, 29/09/2014 - 18:37

The Canon EOS 7D Mark II is the long-awaited replacement to the 7D, which was launched in 2009. It features a 20.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor and dual DIGIC 6 image processors. It has a new 65-point, all cross-type autofocus system as well as an updated version of Canon's Dual Pixel CMOS AF system that provides continuous phase detect focusing during video recording. We've been using a pre-production camera for a couple of days - just long enough to prepare a quick sample gallery. Click through to take a look

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GoPro announces Hero4 lineup

DP Review News - Mon, 29/09/2014 - 18:36

GoPro has announced its new lineup of Hero cameras. The Hero4 Black is a new flagship model capable of 4K video at 30 fps, and will allow for extraction of 8.3MP still images from 4K footage. The Hero4 Silver offers a touch sensitive display and records 2.7K at 30 fps, 1080 at 60 fps and 720 at 120 fps. Both models will be available October 5. 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, including the Turner prize presentation, protests in Hong Kong, dog surfing, and that wedding in Venice

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How to mend ... a compact camera with a stuck lens

The Guardian on Photography Technology - Mon, 29/09/2014 - 10:37

Among the most common digital camera problems, a jammed retractable is not insurmountable if you follow these tips

In the years since they became affordable and widely available, digital compact cameras have changed photography. But they are not as reliable as analogue cameras theres much more that can go wrong. Probably the most common fault is a stuck retractable lens. Here are a few simple tricks worth trying.

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Get your motor running: a history of the American road trip in pictures

After the second world war, the American road trip became a cultural phenomenon, as artists journeyed across the States in search of inspiration. Here are some of the most iconic images by photographers who, down the decades, have treated the great American highway as a muse

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Ghostly gifs made from archive photos the haunting work of Kevin Weir

The New York-based designers animation project The Flux Machine transforms old images into surreal stories, giving the dead an eerie afterlife

A small girl sits in an ornate chair. Her feet are crossed in placid composure. One hand, holding a floral sprig, rests in her lap. Suddenly her palm wobbles and the sprig turns into a flame. The corner of her mouth twitches. The photograph itself catches light, peels away, to reveal another photo underneath. The little girl is restored, briefly intact until the loop begins again. The child is Princess Juliana, and her portrait was taken between 1910 and 1915. It belongs to the Bain Collection at the Library of Congress, which is where Kevin Weir came across it and turned it into an animated gif.

Weir, 26, is an art director at the advertising agency Droga5 with an interest in Photoshop and animation. Three years ago, between semesters at the prestigious VCU Brandcentre, his attention turned to old images. I was piecing together old photography with new photography. It started out as a way to burn time and sharpen up on Photoshop. It wasnt a project back then.

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Inside RA001: World's first Boeing 747 'Jumbo Jet'

DP Review News - Sun, 28/09/2014 - 12:00

The Boeing 747 'Jumbo Jet' changed the world, bringing air travel to the masses, and allowing non-stop flights between distant cities across the globe. The prototype 747 - registration RA001 - first flew in February 1969, and is currently undergoing restoration at Seattle's Boeing Field. DPReview editor Barnaby Britton has been documenting the process, inside and out. Click through for images

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Amazon Fire Phone camera review

DP Review News - Sun, 28/09/2014 - 11:01

The Fire Phone is Amazon's first foray into the smartphone hardware business. It offers unique features like a Dynamic Perspective 3D-user interface, using four front-facing cameras to track the user's face and adjust how content is displayed accordingly. It's outfitted with plenty of cameras, but is it suitable for a mobile photographer? Our sister site, connect.dpreview.com aims to find out in a full review. Read more

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Constructing Worlds review the battered, beautiful and barely credible

Barbican Art Gallery, London
From 1930s America to Pyongyang now, the work of 18 photographers captures the extreme and humdrum nature of buildings

There is a photograph in the Barbicans new Constructing Worlds exhibition of a building by the Mexican architect Luis Barragán which, amazingly, is in black-and-white. Whats amazing about this? Its just that Barragáns work is about nothing if not colour, the ochres and hot pinks with which he saturated sunlit walls. An image of grey shapes like this one by Hiroshi Sugimoto is hardly about Barragán any more, but becomes a more or less compelling image in its own right.

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The 20 photographs of the week

The continuing crisis in Syria and Iraq, the aftermath of the Israeli offensive, the Ryder Cup the best photography in news, culture and sport from around the world this week

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