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'The cruelty is in everything': photographing the dead and the disappeared of Gaddafi's Libya

Diana Matars poetic photographs taken on a visit to her husbands homeland trace the missing and murdered opponents of Colonel Gaddafis regime including her father-in-law

In March 2012, the writer Hisham Matar returned to Libya with his mother and his wife, Diana, an American photographer. Now I was, finally, taking her to my land, he wrote in a piece for The New Yorker the following year. She had packed the Hasselblad and the Leica, her two favourite cameras, and a hundred rolls of film. Diana works with great fidelity. Once she gets hold of a thread, she will follow it until the end. Knowing this excited and worried me. I am reluctant to give Libya any more than it has already taken.

What Libya had taken from him was his father, Jaballa Matar, a political activist who opposed the regime of Colonel Gaddafi. In March 1990, Jaballa Matar was taken at gunpoint from his apartment in Cairo by Egyptian secret police and transported to Gaddafis Libya. He was taken to Abu Salim prison in Tripoli, says Hisham, which was known as the last stop, the place the regime sent those it wanted to forget. I never saw him again.

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Bodypainted contortionists in pictures

The latest collection by artist Emma Fay, who previously wowed the world when her contortionist spider went viral last year

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Love unlimited: Tod Papageorge photos at the height of Studio 54's fame

Photographer Tod Papageorge made it inside the glittering New York disco club Studio 54 in the late 70s, and documented the beautiful people he found in all their debauchery, glamour and cool

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Strolling through Iran's Tabriz bazaar - in pictures

This historical site developed along the caravan routes of antiquity and thrived as a commercial and social centre linking the Persian empire to Europe and China. Iranian conservationists say local merchants, townspeople and the religious class have played a significant role in its dynamics, even as the government influence has steadily grown over the decades. All photos by Boris Le Montagner

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Samsung NX1 real-world sample images

DP Review News - Wed, 12/11/2014 - 01:26

Samsung's NX1 is the first serious attempt by the Korean manufacturer to target high-end enthusiast and semi-pro photographers. Featuring a 28MP sensor, 15fps shooting capability, 4K video mode and an advanced AF system, the NX1 has features to spare. We've been shooting with a pre-production camera for a few days, in combination with the NX 16-50mm F2.0-2.8 S ED OIS and new 50-150mm F2.8 S. Click through for some sample images

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Hasselblad closes Italian design facility responsible for Sony re-badges

DP Review News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 23:14

*Updated* It appears that Hasselblad has closed its Treviso design center in northern Italy. The facility was responsible for Hasselblad's Lunar, Stellar and HV cameras, all re-badged Sony products aimed at 'amateur photo-enthusiasts who demand the ultimate in both style and performance'. Read more

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David Titlow wins Taylor Wessing photographic portrait prize

Fashion photographers picture of his infant son the morning after a large midsummer party in Sweden takes £12,000 prize

Working with children and animals rarely gets as good as this: an intimate portrait of an infant being introduced to a dog, an image that on Tuesday night won one of the most prestigious photography prizes in the UK.

The winner of the 2014 Taylor Wessing photographic portrait prize was the fashion photographer David Titlow, named at an awards ceremony at the National Portrait Gallery.

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Taylor Wessing photographic portrait prize 2014: the winner, and the best of the rest in pictures

This years Taylor Wessing photographic portrait prize 2014 has been won by David Titlow for his almost Rembrandtian image of a dog and baby. See it here along with the other shortlisted images, plus highlights from the rest of the exhibition including some by Guardian photographers

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creativeLIVE presents Frans Lanting 'The Art of Seeing'

DP Review News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 17:47

creativeLIVE is hosting two days of 'instruction and inspiration' from renowned nature and wildlife photographer Frans Lanting. His class includes presentations about creative ideas and technical skills, and also features landscape and wildlife photography instruction during special field workshop sessions at prime photographic destinations along the California coast. Click through for a link

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It's all in the details: Canon PowerShot G7 X Review posted

DP Review News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 16:22

One of the year's most interesting compacts comes in the form of the Canon PowerShot G7 X, which bears a 20MP 1-inch BSI CMOS sensor. It's not just the bigger, likely Sony-branded sensor that's the G7 X's attraction, it's also the 24-100mm equivalent F1.8-2.8 lens. On paper it's a serious rival to Sony's RX100 series, widely considered class leaders in terms of compact camera image quality. Does the G7 X live up to its impressive spec sheet? Read review

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Underground London: adventures in the secret city beneath our feet

Exploring the forbidden subterranean world of ghost Tube stations, Victorian sewers and disused shelters has given academic geographer and urban explorer Bradley Garrett a whole new perspective on the city

At 2am on a cold winters night in London last year I was loitering in the shadows on Furnival Street near Chancery Lane tube station with a veteran urban explorer called Lucy Sparrow. Across the street was a six-storey building with scaffolding haphazardly arranged on its facade, pinioned by a large blue wooden hoarding and an aluminium sign reading: Caution - deep manhole. Do not enter.

Our fingers were going numb in the cold as we waited for a black cab parked at the end of the street to leave. It looked like he was taking a break, listening to a late-night radio show, but after what felt like hours he finally clicked on his lights and pulled away. We withdrew into the darkness as he drove past.

Explorations behind the scenes show us that a city is a beautifully threaded tapestry of wires, pipes and rails

When I walk the city now, I cant help but imagine it vertically as well as horizontally

The minutes of the secret committee, known only as MISC 379, observed: It would be embarrassing to the government if the public got the impression that deep shelters were being constructed. Either the public would think that the government were out to protect their own skins and those of their immediate servants; or the public would assume that the shelters were intended for public use in time of war and would be disappointed when they found they were not.

Battles over space are nothing new in London of course urban space is a continually contested place

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Spot the pet: share your photos and videos of camouflaged pets

If you have a pet thats hard to spot because it blends in with the background, wed love to see it. Share your photos and videos via GuardianWitness

Whether accidentally camouflaged by their surroundings, or deliberately trying to escape your attentions, for this months assignment we would like to see your images of pets that blend into the background. Perhaps the colour of your cats fur matches the carpet or a white dog has discovered snow? Share your photos with us and well feature the best on the Guardian site.

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 and if you add it to the homepage you can keep up with all our assignments.

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André Kertész: the photographer's photographer  in pictures

Henri Cartier-Bresson said: Each time André Kertészs shutter clicks, I feel his heart beating. Now, the Hungarian artist who pioneered photojournalism, influencing Cartier-Bresson and Brassaï, is back in the spotlight. To mark the 120th anniversary of his birth, Frances Artcurial is auctioning some of his most notable images from a candid shot of Colette to a bricks-and-mortar view of the Eiffel Tower

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Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM becomes a reality

DP Review News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 04:00

The much-rumored replacement for Canon's aging EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L has officially arrived. Announced in 1998, the original trombone-style lens is replaced by a traditional rotating zoom design and boasts a number of optical enhancements. It's scheduled for December availability at a price of $2199. Read more

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Tiffen launches 10-stop ND range to prevent red-tinted long exposures

DP Review News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 01:15

Tiffen has introduced a new range of neutral density filters that aim to allow stills photographers to shoot extreme long exposures without incurring the red colour cast that is so common with ND filters. The XLE series comprises three 10-stop ND filters with differing infrared-cut characteristics, ranging from none in the XLE Axent, to moderate in the Advantix and complete IR suppression in the Apex. Learn more

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Breakthrough Photography launches ultra-slim UV and ND filters

DP Review News - Mon, 10/11/2014 - 22:33

Breakthrough Photography has introduced its X-Series lineup of ultra-slim UV and ND filters, which are available for pre-order now through the company's Kickstarter campaign. The series consists of three filter models, the X3 Traction Filter, X2 Traction Filter, and the X1 Black Filter, with pre-orders set to start shipping next month. Read more

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Video: Capturing nature with the Canon EOS 7D Mark II

DP Review News - Mon, 10/11/2014 - 18:52

When we review high-end DSLRs, one of the most common requests we receive is to get them into the hands of professional photographers that work in the kinds of environments for which they were designed. That's why when we received the Canon EOS 7D Mark II we joined up with Adam Jones, a professional wildlife and nature photographer, to see what he makes of the new camera. Click through to watch our video

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Woodland Trust photography competition in pictures

From golden sunset on the beach to harvest mouse dangling on blackberries and kingfishers snacking up on insects, here is a selection of some of the best wildlife and nature images on the Wild Summer theme picked from over 6,000 entries

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Harvard University admits to secretly photographing students

The Guardian on Photography Technology - Mon, 10/11/2014 - 12:20

Photos of 2,000 students across 10 lecture halls were taken as part of an experiment to measure classroom attendance

Harvard University has admitted to photographing without permission 2,000 students since spring 2013 to measure attendance levels.

The revelation came during questioning at a faculty meeting of Peter Bol, Harvard’s vice provost for advances in learning, by the computer science professor Harry Lewis after he learned that the Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching (Hilt) had secretly installed the cameras as part of a study.

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Take a View Landscape photographer of the year 2014 in pictures

The winners of this years Take a View landscape photographer of the year awards have been announced. An exhibition will run for nine weeks starting 1 December on the mezzanine level of Waterloo station in London

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