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'See Impossible': Canon counts down to... something. *UPDATED*

DP Review News - Tue, 07/10/2014 - 16:44

UPDATED: When Canon's countdown clock reached zero this morning, the big surprise turned out to be... a 'marketing initiative.' Canon wants to remind consumers that its products can help them 'see impossible,' and it is doing so with an interactive website. The campaign will also include efforts in print, digital and live events. If you were waiting for the next big thing in imaging, it looks like you can keep on waiting.

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China's one-child policy: the only child's view - in pictures

Reuters photographer Carlos Barria shot a series of portraits in Shanghai of people born since Chinas one-child policy has been in existence and asked them if they would have like to have siblings.

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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 conflict in Syria, flash flooding in France, Ebola spreading to Spain, and a red squirrel getting busy for winter in Northumberland

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Marcus Sedgwick: where I write

Come with Marcus Sedgwick as he takes us on a dizzying photographic blog tour of where and how he wrote his new book The Ghosts of Heaven. It all starts in his shed

As a writer, theres a process that somewhere occurs in your head; a collision between the fantasy space of your imagination and the outside world, in the form of the things that have directly or indirectly inspired your book.

Much of the time, this collision occurs while Im actually in my writing shed, putting words on virtual paper. The space in my shed I see as an exterior manifestation of my imagination at any given time the walls are heavy with clippings, doodles, photos and words all connected to whatever book Im working on. And yet, Im aware that while writing, I might be physically in my shed, but some part of my mind is travelling again, to those places that inspired the story.

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Canon PowerShot G7 X real-world samples gallery posted

DP Review News - Tue, 07/10/2014 - 07:46

There's a lot of excitement surrounding Canon's recently announced PowerShot G7 X. This compact camera features a 1" BSI-CMOS sensor and fast 24-100mm F1.8-2.8 lens. We've been using a production G7 X for a few days and ahead of our usual round of studio tests and hands-on assessment, we've created a quick gallery of real-world photos. See gallery

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Excitement as Richard Avedon photo exhibition opens: From the archive, 7 October 1975

Three thousand people came, everyone from David Hockney to Norman Mailer, from Warren Beatty to Susan Sontag

The first big art event of the autumn season in New York was the invasion of 57th Street by photography. For the first time, a major art gallery - the Marlborough - has mounted an exhibition of photographs: a one-man show called Richard Avedon, Photographer. Three thousand people came to the opening, everyone from David Hockney to Norman Mailer, from Warren Beatty to Susan Sontag: it was a very glamorous event.

Naturally, this being New York, the fact that the opening was such a great social occasion (with showbiz and high fashion personalities well to the fore) has been used to downgrade the artistic importance of the show. But Avedon has always suffered from this kind of reverse snobbery: his fashion photography for Vogue and Harpers Bazaar and the money he makes from it are still held up as proof that there must be something meretricious in his work.

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Drobo launches Mini with 8TB pre-loaded

DP Review News - Tue, 07/10/2014 - 01:00

Digital storage company Connected Data has introduced a version of its Drobo Mini that will come kitted with 8TB worth of hard drives. Small enough to be portable and used by photographers and videographers on location, the Drobo Mini 8TB Bundle will be packaged with four Samsung Spinpoint M9T 2TB drives for the four 2.5-inch memory bays of the device. Read more

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Sigmar Polke: Alibis in pictures witty, sly fantasies from a German pop master

This retrospective, starting this week at Tate Modern, brings together the inscrutable, funny, and astonishingly wide-ranging pop art created by Sigmar Polke across nearly 50 years of work

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Adobe rolls out CC update with new desktop and mobile tools

DP Review News - Mon, 06/10/2014 - 14:00

Adobe has announced updates to several of its mobile and desktop software applications, just in time to kick off the company's Adobe Max conference. While Photoshop itself only receives a couple of minor updates, such as more 3D printing profiles, there are some interesting new features added to the Adobe ecosystem. Among them is a new Libraries feature, making it possible to save layers and graphic elements for use across apps and platforms. Read more

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Sport picture of the day: a sodden Superclásico

Bad weather, so the cliché goes, is a great leveller and so it was down in Buenos Aires, Argentina at the Superclásico when River Plate and Boca Juniors slogged out a 1-1 draw on a seriously soggy pitch Continue reading...
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American nightmares: the photography of William Mortensen

Witches, gargoyles, demons, crucifixions William Mortensens grotesque photographs are being reassessed with a new book of his life and work, republication of his own book on photography and psychology, and exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles and Seattle. All images by William Mortensen

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Reality Check installation - in pictures

Art handlers installing Duane Hansons Reality Check sculpures at Sothebys S|2 gallery in London

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Abandoned sports stadiums around the world your pictures

From Phnom Penh and Yokohama to Athens and Glasgow, you shared your pictures of deserted sports stadiums and venues in cities. Here are some of the best

In cities across the world, sports stadiums and venues are abandoned as events such as the Olympic Games depart and regeneration projects move teams and people on. But there are other stories too, as your pictures of deserted places have shown. In Prypiat, the municipal stadium lies in decay after the city was evacuated following the Chernobyl disaster. In Vilnius, a new national stadium was never even completed. Now these deserted places are home to birds and vegetation and some may be demolished to make way for luxury developments.

I went to have a look at the Olympics park in Athens, now mainly semi-ruined. The last event held there was a pro-legalising-marijuana rally.

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25 September 2014, 15:24

A construction site since 1987, this stadium on the backdrop to a new 'Akropolis' mall (not on the picture) and soviet style living blocks still needs to be finished.

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22 September 2014, 17:27

Abandoned Terraces at the Prypiat Municipal Stadium, Prypiat, Ukraine. Abandoned April 1986 following the town's evacuation post Chernobyl explosion.

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22 September 2014, 20:12

This was the place where the 1st ww2 POW's of the Japanese were kept on the night of 7th Jan 1942. They were 7 New Zealand Coastwatchers and one British Colonial administrator. My father was one of the coast watchers. The next morning they saw horses training around the track before being taken to begin almost 4 years as slave labourers in Japan. This picture was taken by me on April25, 2012.

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24 September 2014, 10:54

Cathkin Park is a stone's throw from Hampden Stadium in Glasgow and was home to a football arena from 1884. When Queen's Park moved across the road to Hampden in 1903, Third Lanark AC made it their home. They played here until 1967 when the team folded, five years short of their centenary.

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30 September 2014, 22:37

Designed by Cambodia's best-known architect, Vann Molyvann, the Olympic stadium in Phnom Penh was completed in 1964. It was used for executions during the Khmer Rouge era, and now the indoor arena plays host to nesting swifts. There is talk that it will be demolished to make way for luxury high-rises.

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25 September 2014, 14:21

This was taken during a seven-month trip in South East Asia. Laos, as well as Cambodia, is covered with modern-inspired architecture, let to its fate.

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22 September 2014, 14:07

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Human towers of Tarragona in pictures

The tradition of building human towers, or castells, dates back to the 18th century and takes place at festivals in Catalonia, where teams colles compete to build the tallest and most complex towers. A castell is considered successful when it is loaded and unloaded without falling apart. The highest castell on record was a 10 floor structure with three people in each floor

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William Mortensen: photographic master at the monsters ball

Ansel Adams called him the antichrist and wanted him written out of history. But William Mortensens grotesque photographs of death, nudity and torture and are now having their day. Chris Campion pays tribute to a master of the macabre

In a roll call of the pioneers of modern photography, one name is never invoked. From the late 1920s to the 1950s, William Mortensen was one of the most famous and celebrated photographers in America. However, his subject matter which veered towards the savage, indecorous, gothic and grotesque as well as his use of montage and illustration, made him a pariah among the puritanical new guard in photography, led by Ansel Adams, who tried to write him out of history.

For decades, Mortensens work and ideas were kept alive by a small coterie of adherents. Only in recent years has he been recognised as a unique and innovative visual stylist, leading to the publication this month of American Grotesque, the first major survey of Mortensens work and career, which will be marked by retrospectives in New York, Los Angeles and Seattle.

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Nuclear reaction: photographs from the age of the atom bomb in pictures

An exhibition at the Work Gallery details how the devastating power of nuclear weapons affected the visual culture in the early years of the cold war

After The Flash: Photography from the Atomic Archive at the Work Gallery runs from 10 October-20 December

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UPDATED: Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 real-world samples gallery posted

DP Review News - Mon, 06/10/2014 - 06:41

UPDATED: The Panasonic Lumix LX100 topped our reader poll as the most interesting product to come out of Photokina 2014. Indeed, the LX100's combination of a Four Thirds sensor and 24-75mm equivalent F1.7-2.8 lens is big news. We've been testing out this intrepid compact for the past few days; take a look at a gallery of real-world samples and see what it can do. See gallery

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The weekend in pictures

A selection of some of the best images from around the world, from Eid al-Adha celebrations to the Hong Kong demonstrations

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Sport picture of the day: surfing

John John Florence recorded his first win of the year at the Quiksilver Pro Francon in Hossegor, France. He overcame Jadson André of Brazil by a massive 11.43 points as André bombed in the final. Continue reading...
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Photographers Paradise: Turbulent America 1960-1990 review an eye for the surreal and the surprising

Jean-Pierre Laffonts photographs of the United States capture a nation undergoing an extraordinary transformation

In his introduction to Photographers Paradise, Sir Harold Evans describes it as a startling portrayal of the theatrical velocity of American life, its traumatic divisions, its heady ambitions, its heroes and heroines and its unending parade of wanabes and weirdos. That just about captures the power of Jean-Pierre Laffonts extraordinary photojournalism, which is collected here in a hefty book at a hefty price full of startling images from the 1960s to the 1990s.

Laffont is a French photographer who first travelled in America in the mid-1960s on a mission to evoke the chaos and excitement of the fast-changing times. It felt good to be young then and the 1960s glorified freedom of expression, he writes. The country was going through profound changes and it looked like everyone was in the streets protesting. I photographed the sex, drugs and rocknroll generation, the hippy movement, the womens revolution and the astronauts of Apollo XI returning from the moon.

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