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John ‘Hoppy’ Hopkins obituary

Photographer, writer and activist who was a leading figure of 1960s British counterculture

John “Hoppy” Hopkins, who has died aged 77, was one of the best-known counterculture figures of London in the 1960s, not just as a photographer and journalist, but as a political activist. He was the co-founder of at least three underground projects: International Times magazine; a fabled but short-lived music venue called the UFO Club; and the London Free school, a community-based adult education initiative. During the couple of years up to June 1967, when Hoppy was jailed for cannabis possession, Britain’s fertile and diverse counterculture took much of its inspiration from him, and he was the closest thing the movement ever had to a leader.

Son of Victor and Evelyn Hopkins, John was born in Slough, Berkshire; his father was a naval engineer. After attending Felsted school, Essex, he took a general science degree at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, receiving his MA in 1958. As Hoppy put it, he discovered sex, drugs and jazz at Cambridge and pursued all three with great diligence. After graduation, he worked as a lab technician for the Atomic Energy Authority at Harwell, but lost his security clearance following a jaunt to Moscow for a communist youth festival.

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More things we found cut in half (CP+ 2015 edition)

DP Review News - Sun, 15/02/2015 - 05:09

Every year the CP+ show in Yokohama Japan is a hive of activity and innovation, as hoards of Japanese and western camera enthusiasts flood the Pacifico Yokohama conference center to get their hands on the latest camera gear. But that's not the only fun to be had - alongside the ranks of shiny new cameras and lenses, displays and presentation stages can be found a lot of things which have been cut in half. Seriously - loads. Click through to see for yourself

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CP+ 2015: Sony shows off new technology

DP Review News - Sun, 15/02/2015 - 03:04

We swung by the Sony booth at CP+ 2015 in Yokohama, Japan, where they had displays of the latest technologies in their cameras and lenses, as well as an elaborate diorama of a bird in flight over a fabricated landscape, amongst other things. We even sat down with a couple of engineers at Sony to talk about the Alpha 7 lineup. Check out some of the interesting things we learned during our time here with Sony

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CP+ 2015: Tokina reveals new 24-70mm F2.8 and 11-20mm F2.8 zooms

DP Review News - Sun, 15/02/2015 - 02:44

Tokina might not have the same presence at CP+ as Sigma and Tamron but its small booth is pretty busy, thanks to a brand new 24-70mm F2.8 for Nikon full-frame, and an 11-20mm F2.8 wideangle for APS-C. Just from first impressions, they seem impressively well-built, as we'd expect from Tokina. Click through for some images

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CP+ 2015: Ricoh gets serious with new Pentax full-frame zooms

DP Review News - Sun, 15/02/2015 - 02:12

We're at CP+ in Yokohama Japan, where Ricoh is showing off two new Pentax lenses designed for full-frame imaging. Although the company's upcoming full-frame DSLR is still in the mockup stage, the D FA* 70-200mm F2.8ED DC AW and D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6 ED DC AW are very real indeed. We snuck into the show early this morning before the crowds arrived, to take a look. Click through for more details and images. 

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Björk: a career in pictures

With an acclaimed new album, Vulnicura, and a MoMA exhibition due next month, the Icelandic star is back. Here we show images from a new book of essays and pictures, Björk: Archives, published on 10 March (Thames & Hudson, £40)

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Teresa Lim’s cross-stitch holiday snaps – in pictures

While travelling in Australia last year, Teresa Lim took out her phone to photograph a sunset over Perth’s Cottesloe Beach, but it had run out of power. “I thought, I’m not going to come here again,” she says. “So how should I capture this moment? I had my cross-stitch kit with me, so I started sewing instead.” Since then, the Singapore-based textile artist has created embroidered holiday snaps in a series called Sew Wanderlust. “When I sew a scene, I take in more information than if I just take a picture. With technology, it’s so easy to delete a photo and forget about it, but if you embroider it you tend to remember more.”

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Your pictures: share your photographs on the theme of 'restore'

Wherever you are in the world, we’d like to see your pictures of ‘restore’. Share your best photos via GuardianWitness

We’re now running a regular weekly photography assignment in the Observer New Review and the next theme is ‘restore’.

So whether you’re working on a repair project or took part in a protest in a call for democracy, share your photos of what restore means to you – and tell us about your image in the description box.

Restore is an Oxford based mental health charity specialising in recovery and employment services

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16 February 2015, 17:44

Walking in the grounds of nonsuch park today we came across this old statue amidst a brick wall of graffiti. I can imagine the grandeur of the gardens in it's day. Badly needing a restoration project. Anyone??

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16 February 2015, 20:35

An image I took at an old cider museum of a scrap metal sculpture made by a friend of mine Hayley Kendal of Rustbucket Workshop.

Image. Rob Chapman @echos_in_lofi

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16 February 2015, 23:07

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A hop, skip and a... : readers' photos on the theme of 'jump'

For last week’s photography assignment in the Observer New Review we asked you to share your photos on the theme of ‘jump’ via GuardianWitness. Here’s a selection of our favourites

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Soon, 40MP without the tripod: A conversation with Setsuya Kataoka from Olympus

DP Review News - Sat, 14/02/2015 - 14:00

According to Setsuya Kataoka, future OM-D cameras will create their multi-shot high resolution images in such a short time that photographers will be able to use the feature handheld. Mr Kataoka, General Manager of Olympus’s product and marketing planning division and the man behind the R&D of the OM film cameras and the E system, spoke to DPReview in the Czech Republic during a European event to demonstrate the features of the new OM-D E-M5 ll. Learn more

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John Singer Sargent, Cornelia Parker: this week’s new exhibitions

From John Singer Sargent’s bohemian portraits in London to Cornelia Parker’s exploding shed in Manchester, Skye Sherwin and Robert Clark find out what’s happening in art around the country

By looking at John Singer Sargent’s paintings and sketches of his bohemian friends, this show sets out to challenge the Edwardian star portraitist’s glossy image. He was a society insider, court painter to Europe’s moneyed upper crust who could be relied upon to turn out masterfully realised, flattering images of lace-clad belles and upright paterfamilias. But what happened when he wasn’t on commission? Set next to his most glamorous paintings here, such as his ornate vision of actor Ellen Terry, are a charcoal drawing of WB Yeats; portraits of his friend Robert Louis Stevenson; and Sargent’s pictures of his inner circle travelling through the Alps. These works might not be as radical as his subjects’ artistic or political concerns, but they do reveal his looser, more experimental side.

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CP+ 2015: Olympus shares new OM-D E-M5 II, 'Air' and upcoming lenses

DP Review News - Sat, 14/02/2015 - 08:55

We're at the CP+ show in Yokohama Japan, where Olympus is showing its new OM-D E-M5 enthusiast mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, and the 'Air' - a modular camera concept aimed at keen DIY enthusiasts and 'hackers'. As well as the two cameras, Olympus is also showing off two upcoming M43 lenses. Click through for more information, and images

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Family life: Dad’s cycling family, Division Bell by Pink Floyd and lentil mélange

Readers’ favourite photographs, songs and recipes

This photograph is the only one we have of our dad, Vic Andrews, and his family. Dad is sitting proudly between his mum and dad, looking out at the world with all the certain confidence of a six-year-old.

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CP+ 2015: Canon shows off new EOS 5DS and 5DS R

DP Review News - Sat, 14/02/2015 - 05:45

By far the biggest lines at this year's CP+ show in Yokohama are at the Canon booth, and they're made up almost entirely of people eager to see just two cameras - the new EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R. Canon's highest resolution DSLRs by far, both cameras offer an incredible 50MP pixel count, and almost identical ergonomics to the EOS 5D III. Click through for some hands-on pictures

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CP+ 2015: Fujifilm shows prototype roadmap lenses

DP Review News - Sat, 14/02/2015 - 04:07

We're at the CP+ show in Yokohama Japan where Fujifilm is showing off several forthcoming lenses, previously mentioned on the company's 2015 and 2016 roadmap. We spoke to Fujifilm at the show, and got our hands on some prototypes - some working, some not - to get a sense of how they feel and operate. Click through for some images

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CP+ 2015: Hands-on with Tamron SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD

DP Review News - Sat, 14/02/2015 - 00:13

We were intrigued by Tamron's stabilized SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD when we first saw it in prototype form at Photokina in September last year. In tbe meantime, Tamron has confirmed pricing and availability for this fast ultra-wideangle zoom and is showing off the new lens at Japan's CP+ show in Yokohama. We're there, and headed straight to Tamron's booth on Saturday to get our hands on the new zoom. Click through for some images

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It must be love: behind the scenes on date night – in pictures

From loving looks to awkward moments, we reveal what really goes on during those romantic nights out. Portraits by Sophia Spring for the Guardian

  • Read what happened when we eavesdropped on date nights
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A view from the crease: readers' cricket pictures from across the world

Ahead of the Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, we asked our readers to share their cricket experiences from around the world. Here is a selection of our favourites

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The Droid you're looking for? Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 review posted

DP Review News - Fri, 13/02/2015 - 18:30

The Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 is the second iteration of that manufacturer's ultra-connected camera running full Android OS. It's a 16MP camera with a 23-483mm equivalent lens that also happens to run Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, though it lacks the 3G/4G connectivity of its predecessor and offers only Wi-Fi. Is this hybrid the best of both worlds, or does it come up short in the imaging department? Read review

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Sport picture of the day: snow drift

As if rallying isn’t hard enough, the addition of a snow-covered course means you really have to be on top of your game to ensure that you don’t lose control when hurtling round a bend. Sebastien Ogier and his co-driver Julien Ingrassia look to be in total control of their Volkswagen Polo R WRC during the fifth stage of the Rally Sweden

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