Few great artists could say that their most radical works were their last. But Henri Matisse knew that he was on to something big with his cutouts, the focus of this major survey. "The result is of more importance than it would seem," he wrote. Created between 1936 and 1954, when ill-health prevented him from painting, these brilliantly coloured, dancing constellations, made by cutting flowing forms from painted paper with enormous dressmaking scissors, were an altogether different kind of image-making from painting. Masterstrokes such as The Snail and the largest gathering of his Blue Nudes are included here. Particularly stunning, meanwhile, are the patterned clowns, feathered acrobats and tumbling shapes of the original maquettes for his ground-breaking book, Jazz.Continue reading...
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Detroit experienced astonishing growth at the end of the 19th century, transforming into a thriving metropolis. Now the once-booming car factories are eerie ruins and neighbourhoods that were home to vibrant communities are in danger of vanishing. But, as this selection of images from the collection at Detroit Urbex also reveal, not all is lost
Photography Then and Now lets you leap through time by clicking the historic image to reveal the modern view you can drag or swipe to control the speed
The Daily Telegraph and Daily Mirror are experimenting with technology that turns online photographs into adverts, reports the Financial Times. It's an e-commerce system developed by a Finnish company, Kiosked.
When people visit pages on the papers' websites, the technology scans the content and works out the most relevant advertisements to display. Then it overlays images of products that readers may wish to buy on the pictures.Continue reading...
Sigma has released pricing and availability information of its new 50mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens. First announced in January at CES, the 50mm F1.4 DG HSM Art is a completely new lens, rather than a revision of Sigma's existing 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM. The lens employs the company's Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) system and has 13 elements in eight groups. It will be available for Sigma, Sony, Nikon, and Canon mounts in late April for $949. The UK RRP will be £849.99. Learn more
Designed by Lomography and manufactured in Russia by Zenit, the Russar+ is an update to the 1958 Russar MR-2 wide-angle lens. The new lens is handmade out of brass and offers a 20mm focal length. It's compatible with L39 and M mount cameras. The lens can also be used on mirrorless systems using adapter mounts. Lomography is taking pre-orders now for $649.00, or £499 in the UK. It is expected to ship in July. Learn more
While smartphone processing power, screen resolutions and camera performance have all improved significantly over the last few years, one area of development is seemingly standing still. Under heavy use most smartphone batteries still won't make it through the day, and once plugged in, devices take a long time to charge. Faster charging batteries are certainly welcome news to smartphone and tablet users but could also reduce the need for carrying spare batteries on longer photographic excursions. Learn more
Reuters reports six Japanese trust banks have filed a lawsuit against Olympus for ¥27.9bn (around $273 million) in damages relating to the company’s false financial statements. According to the report this is the fifth publicly recognized lawsuit stemming from a 2011 accounting scandal. Olympus said it would set aside ¥17bn ($166.49m) to settle three of those five suits. Learn more
It is 40 years since Swedish pop pioneers Abba won the the Eurovision Song Contest. To commemorate this anniversary Abba: The Official Photo Book gathers together 600 photographs that chronicle the band's history from their first taste of fame to their last recording sessions. Published by Max Strom Publishing at £35Continue reading...
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The full-frontal menace of Caravaggio's boldest painting creates one of art's most unsettling encounters. Cupid is a real youth, modelled, it was said in the 17th century, after his own boyfriend "that lay with him". He poses as the god of love, wearing fake wings, grinning insouciantly at the embarrassed onlooker as the painting's severe light leads all eyes to his nudity. Is this what it felt like to be a cardinal eyeing up the trade in baroque Rome? Caravaggio's anarchistic tribute to the destructive power of desire the stuff of civilisation lies defeated at Cupid's feet is eternally worrying.Continue reading...
"The soul of photography is the encounter," says Alberto García-Alix, in a recent filmed self-portrait of his life, now showing in this year's Deutsche Börse photography prize. "Photography," he says, "is founded in the belief in the visible." If only this were always true. Much recent photography makes us doubt the evidence in front of us.
It isn't so much a question of what is real in photography, so much as where the real might be. Is it in the encounter between photographer and subject? Is it in the image before us, however much it has been manipulated, even if the picture has been staged? The real is where we find it. It might be beyond images altogether.Continue reading...
Pentax cameras have always been innovative, and Ricoh has upped the ante with the K-3. Its image stabilization system not only reduces shake, but it can also simulate an anti-aliasing filter. The K-3 marks the latest evolution of one of the best-handling DSLRs in its class. It features a new autofocus system, 24 megapixel CMOS sensor, 8.3 fps continuous shooting, and USB 3.0 support. Has Ricoh put together a top-notch DSLR in the K-3? Read our review to find out
KelbyOne’s resident “Photoshop Guys”, Pete Collins and Corey Barker, come back to PhotoshopUser TV with new ideas to amplify your Photoshop skills. Corey displays how to combine 2D and 3D Channel tricks for Photoshop use. Pete showcases a new use for the selecting and burning tools to make your images pop.Download Episode 377
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Continuing our series of everyday images of India, readers in India share photos of people getting around by bike, train, moped and even monorailContinue reading...
This is Fay, my second Weimaraner. She's the first dog I ever put in a dress. It was 1988 and I'd been wrapping her in fabric to make her look like a column. My assistant Andrea was behind her and, as she flapped her arms, it looked like Fay was talking to me and gesticulating. It was sinister and eerie and not at all cute. But the combination of Fay's expression and Andrea's gestures was hilarious. At that moment, I thought it might be OK to dress Fay in human clothes. And that's what led to this shot.
Before that, I had always found the idea of anthropomorphising a dog problematic. I did shoot Fay and her predecessor, Man Ray, looking like other animals, though. Sometimes they seemed almost human, but I did not want them to be like circus characters.Continue reading...
For those who want to take a swim with Nikon's latest 1 System mirrorless camera - the J4 - the company is also releasing both an underwater housing and speedlight. The WP-N3 housing lets you take the camera up to 45m underwater and supports several 1 System kit lenses. It also has a port for connecting to a strobe, such as the new SB-N10, which has a maximum depth of 100m and works with the already waterproof AW1, as well.
Nikon's recently announced flagship V3 1 System camera gave us a look at the latest technology the company has been working on, and many of those features have trickled down to the new, less-expensive J4. The camera features an 18MP CX-format sensor, an improved Hybrid AF system with phase detect points across nearly 100% of the frame, 20 fps burst shooting with continuous AF and, of course, Wi-Fi. Learn more about the Nikon 1 J4.
Nikon introduces the Coolpix S810c, a compact point-and-shoot running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. With a 16 megapixel BSI-CMOS sensor, a 12x (25-300mm equiv.) zoom lens with VR stabilization and built-in Wi-Fi, it replaces the Coolpix S800c. The S810c offers 1080/30p HD video and built-in GPS, both offered in the preceding model, and adds a larger 3.7-inch touch screen LCD with 1.2 million dots of resolution.
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