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The Singh Project: why turbans are the definition of style

A new exhibition about Sikh men and their headwear is only the latest sign that the unique look has a place on fashions radar

In pictures: the Singh Project

Including a sword-wielding man in his sixties, a smiling boy, a polo player and finger-clicking magician, the male Sikh subjects of The Singh Project are wildly different but they are also united by the signifiers of the religion the turban. Photographers Amit and Naroops exhibition at the Framers Gallery also shows how the look now has a place on fashions radar. Dapper young Sikh men in sharp suits are now a mainstay of mainstream street style blogs and Sikh jewellery designer Waris Ahluwalia something of a figurehead starring in Gap adverts and Wes Anderson films.

Sikhs themselves are behind the shift. Along with Amit and Naroop, Pardeep Bahra, the 23-year-old fashion blogger and Sikh set up Singh Street Style in 2013, describing himself as the Sikh sartorialist. He has since scored himself nearly 35,000 followers on Instagram, modelling gigs with Adidas and Samsung and a line of sweatshirts with a cartoon Sikh character. Amit and Naroop have his seal of approval. They have done an amazing job bringing out a sense of mystique, magic and beauty in their subjects, says Bahra. Coming from a similar line of work I feel this is an excellent way to not only celebrate the image of a Sikh, but to normalise the image of a turban and beard through the eyes of the west. Normalised perhaps. Fashionable? Definitely.

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The first time I visited Jamaica was as unnerving as a sci-fi movie

A new book, 90 Degrees of Shade, captures 100 years of Caribbean history. The rich, evocative photographs are recognisable to any child of the diaspora

Any black Briton who travels regularly from these shores to a country of origin in Africa or the Caribbean has a very good sense of what we have and what we leave behind. The first time I visited Jamaica which didnt happen until my 20s was as unnerving as a sci-fi movie. Everyone did all of the things necessary to make a society work: driving the buses, keeping the peace, running the banks, driving the ambulances, reading the news, arguing the politics. But everyone was black. That did more for my sense of self than 100 worthy speeches.

Flitting between continents, you appreciate the qualities of each. Here we have the certainties and the advantages of a first world economy: infrastructure, rule of law, a still enviable democracy. There, these things are not always so advanced, and yet the sights, sounds and experiences of the Caribbean creep under the skin. One can see, hear and feel them for the first time, and yet feel familiarity.

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Rastas, royals and revolution: 100 years of photography in the Caribbean

A new photography book examines culture, politics, religion and tourism in the Caribbean over the past century. Here are some of the best images

90 Degrees of Shade: Image and Identity in the West Indies 100 Years of Photography in the Caribbean
by Paul Gilroy and Stuart Baker is published by Soul Jazz Books on 3 November

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The weekend in pictures

A selection of some of the best images from around the world, including All Saints Day and the Day of the Dead

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Nikon-Walkley Awards for Excellence in Photojournalism finalists announced

DP Review News - Sun, 02/11/2014 - 11:00

The 2014 Nikon-Walkley Awards finalists and the Photo of the Year winner have been announced. The Walkley Awards seek to recognize excellence in Australian media, and in partnership with Nikon, highlight outstanding work in photojournalism across a number of categories. Take a look at this year's finalists and Photo of the Year winner. See gallery

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Mother and Father review Paddy Summerfield's chronicle of loss and abiding love

Summerfields profoundly sad and beautiful photographs document two lives drawing to a close together

My father works the garden, tends the land, and cares for my mother, who is trapped in her illness. And here I am, photographing them, from the house windows and in the garden. I photograph them through the seasons, time and time again; there is a mystery and melancholy in these distant figures.

Mother and Father is an act of remembrance, deeply personal and acutely observational. It is also a reminder of the power of a certain kind of photographic attentiveness that has become increasingly hard to find in an age of manipulated image-making. Paddy Summerfields black-and-white images, taken in the expansive, well-tended garden of his parents house in Oxford and on a family holiday in north Wales, span the years 1997 to 2007. During that time, he tells us: I recorded my mothers loss of the world, my fathers loss of his wife and, eventually, my loss of them both.

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Debbie Harry by Chris Stein: a life in pictures

Blondies Chris Stein and Debbie Harry talk about a new book of intimate photos taken by Stein during the bands post-punk glory days

When Debbie Harry and Chris Stein sit down beside each other on a black leather sofa, things look exactly as they should. These two are no longer boyfriend and girlfriend, as they were in the early days of Blondie, but after 40 years of leading one of the most influential bands of the past century they remain almost palpably a pair: Debbie and Chris, Chris and Debbie.

Harry first saw Stein from the stage, in 1974, while she was singing in a girl group called the Stilettos. He was silhouetted in the crowd and, at the time a nervous performer, she directed the songs to him. They met after the show and the rest is pop history: they became an item, began writing songs together and Blondie, a pop band born out of a punk spirit, went on to have hit after hit, while retaining the scrappy insouciance that defined downtown New York in the 1970s. Songs such as Call Me, Heart of Glass and Atomic have attained a kind of indelibility: the power of Harry and Steins musical partnership is obvious. Less well known is the kind of chemistry they have as photographer and subject.

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Debbie Harry's glory years in pictures

Debbie Harrys fame-hungry days with Blondie are revealed in a captivating behind-the-scenes book and exhibition by her former partner and band co-founder Chris Stein.

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On my radar: Gemma Artertons cultural highlights

The actress on Katie Mitchells Cherry Orchard, favourite restaurants, Paris Photo and sleazy comedy crime drama Inherent Vice

Twenty-eight-year-old actress Gemma Arterton grew up in Gravesend, Kent, and attended first the Miskin theatre school in Dartford then the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She secured her first film role as headgirl Kelly Jones in St Trinians while still at Rada, and shortly after graduating played Bond girl Strawberry Fields in 2008s Quantum of Solace. In 2010, she secured the lead in Tamara Drewe, for which she was nominated for a Bafta rising star award. She is currently appearing in Richard Beans musical Made in Dagenham at the Adelphi theatre, London.

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

Wherever you are in the world, wed like to see your pictures of close. Share your best photos via GuardianWitness

Were now running a regular weekly photography assignment in the Observer New Review and the next theme is close.

You can share your photos by clicking on the blue Contribute button on this article. You can also use the GuardianWitness smartphone app or the new Guardian app and search for GuardianWitness assignments.

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Readers' pictures on the theme of 'coat'

For this weeks photography assignment in the Observer New Review we asked you to share your photos on the theme of coat via GuardianWitness. Heres a selection of our favourites

Share your photos on this weeks theme: close

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PPE 2014: Sneak peek at forthcoming Olympus 'PRO' lenses

DP Review News - Sat, 01/11/2014 - 20:11

When Olympus announced the high-end OM-D E-M1, it promised that it would be making a wideangle zoom and super-telephoto prime in its matching 'PRO' line of lenses. The M.Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm 1:2.8 PRO shares many design features with the current 12-40mm 1:2.8 PRO, while the M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm 1:4 PRO offers a 600mm equivalent angle of view. We got our hands on some pre-production samples at this year's Photo Plus Expo in New York. Click through for pictures

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The 20 photographs of the week

The uprising in Burkina Faso, El Clásico, 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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FroKnowsPhoto guide to DSLR video now available

DP Review News - Sat, 01/11/2014 - 14:00

Our friend Jared Polin, otherwise known as the Fro behind FroKnowsPhotos, has just launched a comprehensive six-hour video guide to producing DSLR video. Aimed at both beginners and advanced photographers, the guide offers an introduction to basic concepts like selecting frame rate and shutter speed, and includes how-tos for shooting a variety of video types. Read more

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Original Observer photography: October 2014

The awards issue of Observer Food Monthly in October always produces excellent photography. It has contributed to a star-studded gallery, including Nigella Lawson, Keira Knightley, Mike Leigh, Clare Balding, Boris Johnson and Professor Brian Cox, which showcases the best photography commissioned by the Observer

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David Bailey: this is what 100 looks like

Fauja Singh gave up marathon running last year at 102. Eileen Symonds, 100, only stopped driving two years ago. And Michael Klanga had wine with every meal until he was 106. David Bailey photographs nine British centenarians

Three score and 10 may be the span of a man, but no one has broken the news to David Bailey who, at 76, still behaves like someone turning one score and eight. Last month he walked into a studio in London (not his: too many stairs) to photograph some of Britains oldest people. The youngest was just 100; the oldest 107. Dressed in a baggy polo shirt and a pair of old combat trousers, small but physically imposing, Bailey flirted, flattered, insulted his subjects in order to get the picture he wanted. Weve been married for 62 years, Shirley Arkush told Bailey of her husband David, one of the centenarians waiting to be photographed. Same as me, he replied, but not to the same wife. And he gave a combative, high-pitched laugh. (Baileys marriage to his first wife, Rosemary Bramble, lasted three years, and his second, to Catherine Deneuve, two; he was married to Marie Helvin for 10 years, before marrying Catherine Dyer in 1986.)

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Jake And Dinos Chapman, Andy Warhol: this weeks new exhibitions

From Jake And Dinos Chapman in Hastings to the Andy Warhol show in Liverpool, Skye Sherwin and Robert Clark find out whats happening in art around the country

As the decades pass, art trends change and electronic communication becomes more widespread, Andy Warhols art looks increasingly relevant. Its as if he saw it all coming: the selfies and celebrity obsessions, the internet alter egos and Twitter one-liners, the need for the artist to assume an image. Heres a Marilyn Diptych and a remake of The Exploding Plastic Inevitable, the total art series of 60s happenings, but this exhibition ostensibly focuses on the artists innovative use of the mass communication networks of his time: pop gigs; club performances; fashion magazines.

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Richard Franiec offers Canon PowerShot G7 X custom grip

DP Review News - Sat, 01/11/2014 - 00:20

Richard Franiec is now offering a Canon G7 X custom grip, joining the examples he makes for the Sony RX100 series, Panasonic Lumix GM1 and other small camera models. Like his other products, it's machined from high-grade aluminum alloy and attaches to the camera's front plate with 3M VHB transfer tape that can be safely removed without leaving residue. Read more

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Kodak introduces PixPro SP360 action cam

DP Review News - Fri, 31/10/2014 - 19:52

JK Imaging has recently introduced the Kodak PixPro SP360 action camera to its lineup of active photo equipment. The SP360 offers an extreme 360 degree viewing range thanks to its ultra-wide F2.8 lens, which is able to capture full HD video footage along with 10MP photographs. Read more

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Calumet brings equipment rental service online

DP Review News - Fri, 31/10/2014 - 18:20

C&A Marketing, the company that bought photo retailer Calumet's US operation when it closed its stores in May, has announced that Calumet Rentals is now available online. Cameras, lenses, accessories video and lighting equipment are available to rent through calumetrentals.com. Read more

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