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Lock down your aerial! London's 1980s pirate radio scene – in pictures

Out to the 80s pirate radio massive ... from B-boys to dub fanatics, Kiss FM’s early days to crate-digging in Groove Records, skip back to the time when towerblock studios, parties, zines and even an illegal television station fuelled UK bass culture. Believe!

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Fast food workers unite against McDonald's 'poverty wages' – in pictures

Fast-food employees and activists from around the country joined hundreds of demonstrators for a protest outside the AGM of McDonald’s in Oak Brook, Illinois. They were demanding that hourly wages be increased to $15 across the United States – here are their stories in pictures

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New York vintage photo archive lets you track a century of change to your block

The OldNYC website maps 80,000 images from the 1870s to the 1970s drawn from the New York Public Library to their location on the city’s street plan

A new website gives New Yorkers a chance to see what their apartment building, neighborhood bar or favorite coffee shop looked like more than a century ago.

The website, OldNYC, which launched on Thursday, maps historical photographs from the New York Public Library’s extensive Milstein Collection.

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Fujifilm FinePix S1 real-world sample gallery posted

DP Review News - Thu, 21/05/2015 - 18:39

At 50X, the Fujifilm FinePix S1 may not have the longest lens in its class, but it is the only superzoom that's weather-sealed and one of the very few with Raw support. Naturally, this means that we did some Raw conversions and shot in in the rain, and you can see the results in our samples gallery. View photos

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Hello selfie stick, goodbye chin(s) | Charlotte Higgins

The Guardian on Photography Technology - Thu, 21/05/2015 - 16:52

Once upon a time I harrumphed about the selfie stick. But I now admit it has one thing in its favour

It’s always interesting to see what the street vendors of Venice happen to be selling in any one year. Always, it’s fold-up brollies when the rain comes. At night, for a few years now, it’s been curious objects that one can fling into the air and return to earth in a shower of fluorescent light (very annoying they are, too). When I was there a couple of weeks ago it was the selfie stick. Cue much harrumphing and what-has-the-world-come-to from me.

The very next week, however, Alan Rusbridger, editor-in-chief of this august publication, shamelessly produced a selfie stick in order to take a group photograph, causing panicked thoughts to run through my head that a loss of reason might well be accompanying the imminent abdication of his gubernatorial role. However, it turns out that a selfie stick may be judged by its results. It allows for a group photo to be taken at a kindly angle, that is from above, meaning the utter eradication of the hated second, and indeed third, chin.

Related: How to lose the president of the United States | Tim Dowling

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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 an outdoor screening at the Cannes film festival and yoga trainers performing on rafts in a lake

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Was Picasso a misogynist?

The greatest artist of the 20th century has been characterised as a bully, a narcissist and a man who feared as well as desired women. But are the stories really true? Jonathan Jones tackles the six million euro question

It is the six million euro question – or much more, if you are Picasso’s granddaughter enjoying reverse retail therapy by selling inherited art and property. What were the great modern artist’s relationships with women really like?

Picasso has been characterised by many as a misogynist, a bully who put “his” women on a pedestal only to knock them off it, a man who feared, as well as desired, the female body and who was a selfish, demanding, narcissistic husband, lover and even grandparent. You get the picture, recognise the cliche. But is any of it really true?

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Cannes 2015: Woody Allen, Charlize Theron and Robbie Williams walk the red carpet - in pictures

The best of Cannes photographer Vincent Desailly, who is working the red carpet, snapping all of the celebrities - from the legendary (Woody Allen) to the curious (Robbie Williams)

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World view: 
Masters of 
the ceremony – Mthatha, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Previously unseen prints by award-winning South African photographer Pieter Hugo will go on show in London at the inaugural In Focus display, part of the National Portrait Gallery’s Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2015 exhibition. Hugo is known for documentary-style portraits of personal experiences in his native South Africa. This photograph is of young men from the Xhosa tribe (from which Nelson Mandela came) on the day of their boys-to-men initiation ceremony in Mthatha, Eastern Cape. Submissions for this year’s Taylor Wessing prize are being accepted until 6 July, and the exhibition will run from 12 November to 21 February 2016.

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Samurai and courtesans: Japan caught in colour back in 1865 – in pictures

Kimonos, parasols, baby’s toys, basket sellers, courtesans at rest and a samurai gang ready for action ... Felice Beato was one of the first people to photograph the far east – and he made life bloom with colour. Here are his rare hand-coloured shots of Edo-era Japan

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Ona introduces black version of the Leica M edition Berlin ll bag

DP Review News - Wed, 20/05/2015 - 20:12

US luxury camera bag brand Ona has announced a new black version of its Berlin ll messenger-style bag. Designed especially for the Leica M system, the Berlin was originally a limited edition model created to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Leica, but the Berlin ll went on general release beyond Leica stores. Previously only available in the Vintage Bourbon tan finish, the black version of the Berlin has been created, according to Ona, because so many people asked for it. Read more

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Olympus highlights the issues faced by 'DSL-Arm' sufferers, and claims to offer a cure

DP Review News - Wed, 20/05/2015 - 19:46

Olympus USA has produced a spoof documentary that claims to highlight the problems faced by those who spend too long carrying heavy DSLR equipment. The hero of the films, Paul, suffers a condition called 'DSL-Arm,' which is characterized by a dramatic lengthening of the right arm as a result of carrying weighty camera bodies and lenses. Read more

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Oppo launches R7 and R7 Plus

DP Review News - Wed, 20/05/2015 - 18:53

Chinese manufacturer Oppo has today launched its new duo of flagship phones, the R7 and R7 Plus. The R7 features a 5" 1080p screen, while a 6" screen with the same resolution places the Plus model firmly into phablet territory. In the camera department both smartphones combine a 13MP sensor with an F2.2 lens but the R7 Plus chip is, like the Huawei P8, of the RGBW variant and supported by laser-AF and a dual-LED flash. Read more

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Fox Talbot hedgerow shot to go on sale at UK's largest ever photographic fair

Made in 1840, Veronica in Bloom is ‘photographic equivalent to a Picasso’ and a bargain at £300,000, says one of the gallerists at inaugural Photo London event

A 175-year-old image of a hedgerow plant by the pioneering William Henry Fox Talbot is expected to become one of the most expensive British photographs ever sold.

But with an asking price of £300,0000 it is a bargain, the gallerist James Hyman said on Wednesday.

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Canon EOS Rebel T6s/T6i added to studio test scene comparison

DP Review News - Wed, 20/05/2015 - 17:58

The Canon EOS Rebel T6s and T6i (760D and 750D) have been in our hands long enough to put together a couple of real-world sample galleries, and now we've added the cameras to our studio test scene comparison tool. The new 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor that these cameras share represents a step forward for Canon's Rebel lineup, which had been using an 18MP chip since the T2i. Read more

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Agatha Christie's little-known Syrian memoir to be republished

Come, Tell Me How You Live recounts travels with her archaeologist husband after the second world war and features little-seen photographs

Agatha Christie is best known as the ingenious plotter of scores of murder mysteries, but the queen of crime also wrote a very personal memoir of the archaeological trips she made to the ancient ruins of Syria and Iraq, many of which are now under threat from Islamic State fighters.

Described as Christie’s “forgotten book” by her publisher HarperCollins, the novelist’s Come, Tell Me How You Live is due to be republished this August, complete with about 40 “long-forgotten” photographs, many taken by Christie, documenting her travels with her archaeologist husband Max Mallowan and showing their work in the ruins.

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Alixandra Fazzina’s best photograph: a mother breastfeeding in Afghanistan

‘Many women die giving birth in Badakhshan. The nearest hospital is three days away by donkey’

This image was taken in Badakhshan, a province in north-east Afghanistan with the highest rate of maternal mortality in the world. There are 6,500 deaths for every 100,000 births. Women marry very young, and it’s so remote that getting professional healthcare is almost impossible – it takes two or three days on a donkey to reach the nearest hospital. I went there in 2008 to shoot a project for Oxfam and found a lot of orphans whose mothers had died while having them.

Women in Badakhshan rely on their mothers-in-law or “birth attendants” in the community to help them through pregnancy and birth. I visited one attendant at her home, where she was weaving carpets, and I drank tea with her family and neighbours. Her name was Hanifa and her daughter Siamoy was sitting there breastfeeding in this beautiful light. My pictures often start with a conversation or a cup of tea, rather than the lens: I don’t believe I have the automatic right to take anybody’s photograph, and I hate the idea of stealing a shot. So, only after a while did I pick up my camera.

Related: Caught in conflict: women in Pakistan

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Flickr faces complaints over 'offensive' auto-tagging for photos

The Guardian on Photography Technology - Wed, 20/05/2015 - 09:49

Auto-tagging system slaps ‘animal’ and ‘ape’ labels on images of black people, and tags concentration camps with ‘jungle gym’ and ‘sport’

Flickr is facing a user revolt after a new auto-tagging system labelled images of black people with tags such as “ape” and “animal” as well as tagging pictures of concentration camps with “sport” or “jungle gym”.

The system, which was introduced in early May, uses what Flickr describes as “advanced image recognition technology” to automatically categorise photos into a number of broad groups.

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Mongolia, mopeds and Madame Caramel: the best of Photo London – in pictures

The inaugural Photo London fair transports us all over the globe: icebergs in the Antarctica Canal, moped gangs in Mali and family joy in the South Caucasus – not to mention knife wounds in Middlesex

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Sigma announces price and release date for its 21mm dp0 Quattro compact camera

DP Review News - Tue, 19/05/2015 - 23:21

Sigma UK has said that the company's latest compact camera from the Quattro line will cost £899.99 and will be available from the end of June. First announced at the CP+ show in February this year, the dp0 Quattro is the fourth of the unusually designed Quattro range and features a 14mm F4 lens. With the 23.5x15.7mm Foveon image sensor this focal length delivers a similar angle of view as a 21mm lens would on a full frame system. Read more

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