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Thaw reveals photographers notebook from Captain Scotts Antarctic hut

Notebook belonging to George Murray Levick remarkably legible after conservation work, with find blamed on global warming

A photographers notebook lost for more than a century has washed out of the melting snow at Captain Scotts hut in the Antarctic, the base for his fatal 1911 Terra Nova expedition. It was left behind when George Murray Levick, a photographer, surgeon and zoologist, returned safely with the surviving members of the party after Scott and two others had died in their tent on the Ross Ice Shelf in March 1912.

Levick had endured a horrific winter when he and five other members of the expedition spent months studying one of the largest penguin colonies in the world, only to find that early pack ice made it impossible for their ship to collect them. They survived the winter of 1912 in a cramped ice cave which they dug on Inexpressible Island, using blubber for food and fuel, and finally escaping by walking 200 miles back to Hut Point.

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Sport picture of the day: Making waves at the Moche Rip Curl Pro

A dramatic photo from the Moche Rip Curl Pro in Portugal as John John Florence appears to be throwing some shapes as he leaps over the crashing waves. The Hawaiian surfer found two tube rides and plenty of room for multiple maneuvers to earn a 9.83 in the quarter-finals Continue reading...
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Brian May turns up the stereo with Victorian 3D photos at Tate Britain

Show features selection from Queen guitarists vast collection of images that appear three dimensional through special viewer

After badgers, foxes, and five-minute guitar solos, Brian Mays most passionate campaign has been to revive interest in the lost and almost forgotten art of Victorian stereo photographs. A selection from his vast collection has gone on display at Tate Britain, showing the photographs for the first time alongside the paintings that inspired them and, in at least one case, a painting by a famous artist apparently inspired by a photograph taken by a now forgotten craftsman.

Its actually a shock to see them here I never thought for one moment theyd agree to show them, May said, gazing round the large gallery at the Tate that for the next six months will host a free exhibition of his photographs and the Victorian narrative paintings, which for decades fell equally out of fashion.

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Michael Putland: A Life in Music: 50 Years on the Road in pictures

Putland has photographed some of the most historic moments in popular musics history. Ahead of a new exhibition of his portraiture at the Getty Images Gallery in London from 22 October to 22 November, here are some highlights featuring Mick Jagger, Led Zeppelin, John Lennon, David Bowie, Patti Smith and 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 slackers in California, Lego protesters in Hong Kong and surfing at Supertubos, Portugal

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Astronaut Chris Hadfield's amazing photos from space

The guitar-strumming spaceman Chris Hadfield is releasing a new book You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes featuring stunning images of the Earth captured while in orbit. Here are some of his best snaps
Find out what tastes better, space food or plane food, in our Q&A with Chris Hadfield

Chris Hadfield will be discussing his his time in space at a Guardian Live event on 7 and 11 December . Find out more about Guardian Live and how to become a member

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Observer Food Monthly Awards 2014: the winners - in pictures

All the winners from this years awards, from best food personality to best cookbook, photographed exclusively for Observer Food Monthly

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Big bites of the Big Apple in pictures

Taiwanese photographer Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao has spent a decade taking multiple exposures of quintessential New York locations Coney Island, the Flatiron building, the Staten Island ferry to create stunning composites. These visual love letters to his adopted city are best viewed in full-screen mode

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A burqa across Australia  in pictures

Before Australias parliament backed down from a controversial decision to segregate women wearing facial coverings in its public galleries, photographer Fabian Muir set out on a 10,000km journey to photograph the burqa in landscapes across Australia. The resulting work appears in his series Blue Burqa in a Sunburnt Country

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Top of the shots: photographers favourite photobooks

Which photobook would the worlds best photographers grab in a fire? Nan Goldin, Martin Parr and more pick their all-time favourites

Pioneer of a viscerally intimate diaristic style.

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Readers' Showcase: Documentary and Street photography

DP Review News - Sun, 19/10/2014 - 10:37

With all the talk about new equipment at this time of year it's worth remembering why we buy that gear - to make great photos. What better way to do it than to showcase the excellent work of our own community? This week we asked users of our Documentary And Street photography forum to submit their favorite shots for inclusion in our Readers' Showcase. Click through to take a look at our favorites

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Ghost Town: Shooting in Kolmanskop

DP Review News - Sun, 19/10/2014 - 09:00

Nature photographer Erez Marom captures a wide range of subjects, from macro shots of insects to some of the world's most dramatic landscapes. In this article, he shares images from a very unusual location - the ghost town of Kolmanskop, in Namibia. Abandoned over fifty years ago, Kolmanskop was a diamond-mining town, and is currently being reclaimed by the desert. Click through to take a look at Erez Marom's images and learn about his process

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OFM awards 2014 best food photo: Irina Wang

A holiday moment in Crete: three octopus and six coloured clothes pegs

I was staying with a friend in Heraklion, Crete, and took a trip along the coast , says Irina Wang of the day she took this photo. Outside a small village restaurant were these three beautiful octopus, hanging from a clothes line with brightly coloured clips, as though they were freshly washed laundry.

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Last red carpet at London film festival in pictures

Stars including Simon Pegg, James McAvoy and Cara Delevingne on the red carpet for the last screenings and awards ceremony of the BFI London film festival

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Glimpses of extinction: the pictures that capture the stories

This years Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition will again document the planets rarest animals and focus on the twists of fate that decide survival

Toshiji Fukuda went to extraordinary lengths to photograph an Amur tiger, one of the worlds rarest mammals, in 2011. He built a tiny wooden hut overlooking a beach in Russias remote Lazovsky nature reserve, on the Sea of Japan, and spent the winter there. Fukuda was 63 at the time. Older people have one advantage: time passes more quickly for us than the young, he said later.

Possession of such resilience was fortunate because Fukuda had to wait seven weeks for his only glimpse of an Amur tiger, which resulted in a single stunning image of the animal strolling imperiously along the beach below his hide. It was as if the goddess of the Taiga had appeared before me, he recalled.

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What We Wore: vintage British street styles in pictures

The What We Wore blog collects old photos of people snapped wearing their coolest gear. As a book is published of its best submissions, we remember the days before technology changed fashion and photography for ever

What We Wore (Prestel £22.50) is out now. To order it for £16.88 go to bookshop.theguardian.com or call 0330 333 6846

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British street style before the age of the selfie

The blog What We Wore collects old pictures of people snapped wearing their trendiest gear. As a book is published of its best submissions, we remember the days before technology changed fashion and photography for ever

What We Wore: vintage British street styles in pictures

Before I meet Nina Manandhar, the founder of the blog What We Wore, Im determined to dig out a picture of myself as a teenager, so she might add an image of my own highly flammable hairstyle to her growing archive of street style. Only then I remember: no such image exists. That miraculous moment when my carefully constructed look the frosted lips and the shimmering eyelids, the scratchy winklepickers and the ankle-flapping duster coat finally came together was never going to be captured for posterity in my case. Even if any of my friends had owned a camera, they were hardly going to lug it with them to Barry Nobles Roxy Nite Spot.

Manandhar, a Shoreditch-based photographer, laughs. This isnt the first time shes heard a story like this. In the days before camera phones, photographs were relatively rare: film was expensive, flashbulbs unreliable. Plus, people seemed to live for the moment, rather than for the moment when they could stick the moment on Instagram. Selfies are such a part of our lives now, she says. Its as if we feel we dont exist unless were constantly documenting ourselves. But go back a bit and it gets harder and harder to find pictures of street style. People will often say, I didnt think about getting my photo taken; I was too busy enjoying myself.

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Readers' pictures on the theme of 'cross'

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

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Your pictures: share your photographs of 'magic'

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

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

Share your photos of what magic means to you and tell us about your image in the description box and well publish our favourites in The New Review on 26 October and in a gallery on the Guardian site.

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The 20 photographs of the week

The Ebola outbreak, the continuing crisis on the Turkish-Syrian border, the return of Kim Jong-un the best photography in news, culture and sport from around the world this week

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