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Readers' pictures on the theme of 'beginnings'

For our first weekly photography assignment in the Observer New Review we asked you to share your photos on the theme of beginnings via GuardianWitness. Here is a selection of our favourites

  • Share your photos on this weeks theme on squash
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Eyewitness: Damascus, Syria

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The 20 photographs of the week

The pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, the Mount Ontake volcano eruption, the continuing crisis in Iraq and Syria the best photography in news, culture and sport from around the world this week

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Original Observer photography: September 2014

Movers and shakers from the worlds of culture, cuisine, sport and politics including Paddy Considine, Anna Calvi, Ed Miliband, Lorraine Pascale, Rory McIlroy, Edwyn Collins, Howard Jacobson and Michael Heseltine all feature in this showcase of the best photography commissioned by the Observer in September

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The rise of GoPro: why wearable cameras make us film everything

The Guardian on Photography Technology - Sat, 04/10/2014 - 08:00
Cheap, high-quality wearable cameras now mean no deed need go unfilmed from the heroic to the to the criminal to the mundane. But how much can we bear to watch?

When Alex Hennessy and Mike Graziano decided to spend five years travelling to 195 countries, they knew it would be a trip worth sharing, which, these days, means: worth filming. A cameraphone would be easiest, an SLR the highest quality. But, for Hennessy and Graziano, there was one essential piece of kit: a GoPro.

Like Google or Xerox, GoPro is one of those branded proper nouns that has been so successful that it has become a verb. With 6,000 or more new tagged videos uploaded to YouTube each day, GoPro-ing is now a legitimate phenomenon. The cameras are sturdy, cheap and small enough to sit in the palm of your hand; they can be attached to almost anything, from a surfboard to a tripod to a recalcitrant labrador. They are easy to use and produce remarkably high-quality video, which you can post online right away. To Hennessys disappointment, though, that formula was not enough to gain the pairs films any online traction.

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That's me in the picture: Graydon Forrer gets a bird's-eye view of that Monica Lewinsky and Bill Clinton hug

'While we were waiting to shake the president's hand, a young woman in a beret pushed past me to get to the front. I had no idea who she was, but she was pretty rude and aggressive'

This is my Zelig moment; the gift that keeps on giving. Every time I forget about it, some American politician gets his or her hand caught in something and they flash the footage up again. There must be people whose faces end up caught in tragic situations at a fire or a bombing. This is just fun.

It was taken in the autumn of 1996, just after President Clinton was re-elected. I was a political appointee in the US Department of Agriculture, and I'd taken a leave of absence to work as a field organiser for the Clinton campaign. I went to two very Republican counties in southern Ohio, rallying the vote, getting as many people out as we possibly could. On election night, I jumped in the car and drove back to Washington DC, where I live. This event came a couple of days later, to welcome the president and the first lady home to the White House.

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Family life: A wonky childhood fringe, Part of the Union by the Strawbs and a fruity fumble

Readers favourite photographs, songs and recipes

We didnt have a lot of money when I was growing up and so Mum had to trim my fringe herself. When we look back through the photos and reminisce, she assures me she started off well.

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Post-Photokina polls - Tell us what you think

DP Review News - Sat, 04/10/2014 - 00:56

We're planning some post-Photokina content and wanted to understand what you're thinking. We've created two polls, both looking for your take on the products and trends of Photokina. Let your voice be heard. Cast your vote

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LensRentals' new Keeper program lets you buy rental gear

DP Review News - Fri, 03/10/2014 - 20:07

U.S.-based LensRentals has announced an expansion to its photo equipment rental service that allows photographers to purchase the gear they've borrowed. This gives renters a try-before-you-buy option and lets those who have become enamored with their rental equipment keep it forever. Learn more

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Adobe announces Camera Raw 8.7 and DNG Converter 8.7 release candidates

DP Review News - Fri, 03/10/2014 - 20:05

Adobe has announced the availability of Camera Raw 8.7 and DNG Converter 8.7 release candidates. This version adds support for the Nikon D750, Fujifilm X30 and the Sony a5100 among other camera models. A number of lens profiles are also added. Camera Raw and DNG Converter 8.7 release candidates are available for download now from Adobe. Read more

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Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination  an epic tour through the dark corners of desire

British Library, London
This perversely enlightening exhibition of gothic ephemera, from Sadean dresses to possessed ventriloquists, is not so much about art as it is an inquiry into the liberation of the mind

The strangest and most beautiful moment in this perversely enlightening exhibition at the British Library comes among photographs of people made up like death, driving hearses and posed like Mr and Mrs Dracula for the annual Whitby Goth Weekend. While these modern goths flaunt their macabre styles, a pale white dress floats nearby like a phantom. It is a gothic dress made in 1816.

This fantastic sartorial survivor from the era when Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein enabled its wearer to consciously dress up as a heroine in one of the gothic novels that were then all the rage. She would have attracted as many curious glances towards her tightly tapered, spire-like sleeves and Sadean waist as someone wearing the black lace Alexander McQueen Dante dress that is also in this exhibition. Goth fashions, past and present, express all that makes the gothic so fascinating and sexual.

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Your pictures: share your photographs of 'squash'

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

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

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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Photo highlights of the day

The Guardians picture editors bring you a selection of the best photographs from around the world, including the Hong Kong protests, David Cameron in Afghanistan and preparations for Eid al-Adha

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Herb Lester launches Instagram city guides

The city maps publisher has turned to Instagrammers for a new series of guides to Berlin, Paris and London. Heres a snapshot of the Berlin guide, featuring tips on some of the best places to take snaps around the city

Share your travels in Instagram pictures with a series of three snaps, plus captions, by adding #guardiantravelsnaps

A bustling urban centre where tram lines and trains converge and a market is held on Thursdays and Saturdays. Its a good place to be still and watch as other people rush about. Hackesche Höfe, a nearby network of connected courtyards, is worth exploring too it is especially lively at night.
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Emin returns, Polke pops and Serra steels the show the week in art

Tracey Emin returns with the fruits of her last few years at the White Cube, while Howard Hodgkin exhibits gorgeous prints and Richard Serra shows off four steel monuments all in the best weekly art roundup out there

The best of the Young British Artists of the 1990s? Emin recently proved the staying power of her art when My Bed stole the show at Christies and became a modern icon all over again, soon to be installed in the Tate. Here is a chance to see a large array of her recent work.
White Cube, London SE1 from 8 October until 16 November

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Buffalo racing in Indonesia - in pictures

Traditional buffalo races, known as Barapan Kebo, are held by Samawa tribes in muddy rice fields as a celebration before the annual planting season. Ulet Ifansasti, a regular freelancer for Getty Images gets in the thick of it

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Extreme paparazzi: glamour and violence in 1970s Italy - in pictures

Part of the Brighton Photo Biennial, Amore e Piombo (Love and Lead) charts the new style of paparazzi photography that emerged in the highly charged Italian political climate of the 70s. The exhibition was co-commissioned by the Archive of Modern Conflict and Photoworks

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Wedgwood Collection saved for the nation by £2.74m of public donations

Works including art, ceramics and paintings which faced being sold to pay off part of £134m pension debt will stay in Midlands

The historic Wedgwood Collection, a unique record of 250 years of British art and history that faced being broken up and sold to pay off part of a £134m pension debt, has been saved for the nation by donations from thousands of well wishers.

The collection, described by Unesco as unparalleled in its diversity and breadth, includes more than 80,000 works of art, ceramics, documents and photographs as well as paintings by George Stubbs and Joshua Reynolds.

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Camera51 for Android guides your photo composition

DP Review News - Fri, 03/10/2014 - 01:00

Since the launch of iOS 8, manual camera apps for iPhone photographers have been in the news. Now it seems the makers of Camera51, a new camera app for Google's Android OS, are going the opposite way. The new app not only sets exposure and white balance automatically, but also aims to optimize how your shot is framed. Read more

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Netflix is seeking Instagram users to photograph movie locations

DP Review News - Thu, 02/10/2014 - 18:44

Netflix is looking to hire a trio of photographers who will travel the country snapping photos and posting them to the entertainment company's Instagram account. The three Instagram users selected for the roles will travel with expenses paid for two weeks, taking pictures of iconic movie and TV locations. Learn more

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