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Picture of the week: Cape Coral, Florida, 2012, by Edward Burtynsky

Water is the latest project in Edward Burtynskys portfolio, which has been motivated by the same driving force since 1981: To continually explore how we, as an expanding human species, are reshaping the landscape

To truly capture the scale of Cape Coral, a pre-planned city in south-west Florida founded in 1957, photographer Ed Burtynsky took to the skies. For his Water project, the photographer wanted to create compelling images of the ways in which we use water and how that imposes on the landscape. Cape Coral, which has the largest canal system in the world, often polluted by urban runoff, is a prime example.

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Dicing with death: the original New York graffiti artists in pictures

New York in the late 70s and early 80s was a place of blackouts and train strikes, riots and looting ... but those dark days before the birth of CCTV gave rise to some of the worlds most pervasive subcultures. Here, notorious subway painters of the era tell their tales as Sacha Jenkins, the photographer who logged their art, opens up his archive

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Saturation 70: the Gram Parsons UFO film that never flew

Years before Star Wars, a maverick director led a crew into the desert to film a psychedelic science fiction epic starring the country singer and the five-year-old son of Rolling Stone Brian Jones. The film was lost and the story went into rock legend, but now unseen photographs will go on show to tell the bizarre story

The last thing youd think of when you hear the name Gram Parsons the heartbreakingly sensitive singer-songwriter who died aged 26 in 1973 is science fiction. But between late 1969 and early 1970, towards the close of his two-album career as leader of the Flying Burrito Brothers, Parsons was making his acting debut in a mind-boggling fantasy project that predated Star Wars by almost a decade.

Called Saturation 70, the film was the brainchild of an American writer-director named Tony Foutz, the son of a Walt Disney company executive and a friend to both Parsons and the Rolling Stones. The film was shot (but never completed) at a 1969 UFO convention at Giant Rock, near Joshua Tree in the Mojave desert, and in Los Angeles. It tapped into the spectrum of esoteric interests and outlandish ideas aliens, psychedelics, time travel of the late 60s counterculture. The whole experience of making the film was like a technological tribal throw-down, with an energy buzz off the Richter scale, Foutz says now. It took on a life of its own.

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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 lightning in Newcastle, a giant Snoopy in China and tall ships in London

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Turner, dwarves and dogs in space the week in art

Tate Britain delves into the great painter's late abstract phase, as we take a tour a bizarre amusement park in China and revel in the Soviet pooches that became design heroes all in your favourite weekly art dispatch

Did JMW Turner discover abstract art in his old age? Or is that an unhistorical way of seeing this painter who loved ideas, history and myth? One thing is certain: his bow of burning gold will enflame us this autumn.
Tate Britain, London SW1P, from 10 September until 25 January 2015.

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Sophia Al-Maria, Lee Bul, Late Turner: this week's art shows in pictures

Sophia Al-Maria | Lee Bul | Late Turner: Painting Set Free | Wirksworth festival | Jack And Archy Marshall | Horst: Photographer Of Style | Bristol Biennial | Martin Hamblen

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Eyewitness: Taylor Wessing photographic portrait prize

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Instagram's new Hyperlapse app: share your timelapse videos

The Guardian on Photography Technology - Fri, 05/09/2014 - 11:43

Instagram launched its Hyperlapse app last week, and we would like to see your most impressive timelapse video efforts

Instagrams new Hyperlapse app has made it possible for users to create high quality timelapse videos using their iPhones.

In the past, timelapse videos have required specific expensive equipment and therefore they have been difficult to make but the Hyperlappse app has made timelapse photography more easily accessible for all.

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Humans of New York blogger hits the road for world tour

Street photographer Brandon Stanton is visiting 11 countries with the UN to raise awareness of the millennium development goals

Photographer Brandon Stanton started his blog Humans of New York (Hony) as a tribute to the people of New York City. He approached strangers on the street, asked them a simple but thought-provoking question, and took their photograph if they obliged. The portraits - and the sometimes curious answers - proved popular and Hony has garnered a loyal following far beyond New York, with more than 9 million fans on Facebook.

Now, Stanton has taken his blog on tour, visiting 11 countries in 50 days in partnership with the UN. He says his remit is much the same as it is in New York to listen to as many people as possible and show that everyone has a story to tell. The tour also aims to raise awareness of the millennium development goals (MDGs), the UNs targets for tackling the worlds biggest problems by 2015.

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Sport picture of the day: the flying horse

The use of the reflection in the water as well as the timing to catch the horse mid-stride gives the impression that Snoqualmie Chief is flying as he powers down the beach at the Laytown Races. This annual race meeting was first held in 1868 and is the only event in the Irish racing calendar run on a beach under the Rules of Racing. Click here to see more pictures from Laytown Continue reading...
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South Korean dog show - in pictures

Ed Jones of AFP has spent time at a dog show in Seoul, South Korea. 2000 dogs took part in the three-day show organised by the Korea Kennel Federation. Dog ownership in South Korea is a growing industry with up to 10 million dogs being kept as pets.

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Australia's most important artists of the past 30 years

Lists say more about their author than the subject. But if art critic Christopher Allen can have a go, why cant we?

Everyone loves a list, which is to say everyone hates a list. For some writers it has become an artform in itself see Jonathan Joness top 10s in art series. Others get dragged into it against their will. In this latter category, we should probably include Christopher Allen at the Australian, who shuns most things of the modern world, including jazzy content in list form.

But as part of the newspapers recent 50th birthday celebrations, Allen authored a listicle of his own, headlined 10 artists of the era. You might wonder what era the title refers to. Allens criteria: artists active in the past 50 years [who] stood out as particularly memorable, suggestive and poetic. These were: Rick Amor, John Brack, Cressida Campbell, Ian Fairweather, Bill Henson, Mike Parr, Gywn Hansen Piggott, Jeffrey Smart, Imants Tillers and Fred Williams.

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Canon announces plans for firmware update to Cinema EOS cameras

DP Review News - Fri, 05/09/2014 - 04:00

This December, Canon will release a firmware update for its popular EOS C500 and EOS C300 video cameras, as well as version 1.3 of its Cinema RAW Development software. Support is added for a new color space used in recent broadcast testing, and both cameras will also gain the ability to use the assignable Func. button to specify color temperature. Read more

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Nokia announces Lumia 830 with OIS and innovative camera modes

DP Review News - Fri, 05/09/2014 - 01:01

At an event in Berlin, Nokia has today announced the Lumia 830. Dubbed an 'affordable flagship,' the device's camera module offers a 10MP 1/3.4-inch CMOS sensor and F2.2 maximum aperture. What sets the 830 apart from many competitors is the optical image stabilization system which, according to Nokia, is the thinnest in any of its devices, allowing for the 830's slim physique. Read more

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SLR Magic introduces HyperPrime Cine 10mm T2.1 for Micro Four Thirds

DP Review News - Thu, 04/09/2014 - 20:22

Ahead of a Photokina launch, Hong-Kong based SLR Magic has announced the HyperPrime Cine 10mm T2.1 lens for Micro Four Thirds and SLR Magic 77 ND 0.4-ND 1.8 filter. The manual focus lens offers a 20mm equivalent angle on a Micro Four Thirds body, and is designed to a videographer's taste with a stepless aperture ring. It will be available at the end of October for $799. Read more

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Barbra Streisand photos from early career published for first time

Book covers star's life from 1968 to 1976 and features images by Steve Schapiro and Lawrence Schiller

Never before seen photographs of Barbra Streisand, captured during her earliest years in Hollywood, are to be published in a new book.

Barbra: Streisand's Early Years in Hollywood, 1968-1976 features more than 240 images taken by the US photojournalists Steve Schapiro and Lawrence Schiller, both of whom were commissioned to work with Streisand after she arrived in Hollywood. Only 1,000 copies of the collector's edition, costing $750 (£455) each, are being printed. For dedicated fans with even deeper pockets, there are two "art editions" which are limited to 100 copies at $1,800 each.

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National Portrait Gallery reveals shortlist for photography prize

Pictures by Birgit Püve, Jessica Fulford-Dobson, Blerim Racaj and David Titlow in the running for the Taylor Wessing prize

It is a terrific title for an absurdist short story identical twin boys kneeling next to their great grandmother's hen in the Estonian countryside but is in fact a photograph, one of four this year shortlisted for the Taylor Wessing prize.

The National Portrait Gallery on Thursday revealed the list for its annual photographic portrait award, a prize that this year saw 4,193 submissions entered by 1,793 photographers. All four works explore childhood in some way.

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Sport picture of the day: Hard day's work for Kei Nishikori

A simple yet effective photograph from the US Open in New York. The use of depth of field focuses your attention on Kei Nishikori as he wipes the sweat from his forehead whilst preparing to serve to Stan Wawrinka during their men's singles quarter-final. Nishikori wore down the third seed Wawrinka over five sets to become the first Japanese man in 81 years to make a grand slam semi-final Continue reading...
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The top 10 self-portraits in art

From an anxious Lucian Freud to an enigmatic Rembrandt and a noirish Cindy Sherman, these self-portraits take the selfie to a new artistic level

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Hockney is ruthless in his self-portraits; he never poses or tries to look good. What he does is to record the act of self-portraiture the fact of a painter looking in a mirror and trying to record what he sees and give it a deliberately awkward material truth. In doing so, he paints the ideal of honest observation.

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The Great Naked Celebrity Photo Leak of 2014 is just the beginning | Roxane Gay

The Guardian on Photography Technology - Thu, 04/09/2014 - 13:30

There will always be another leak, because there is always curiosity in the bodies of naked celebrity women. There is always danger in being an Other

Privacy is a privilege. It is rarely enjoyed by women or transgender men and women, queer people or people of color. When you are an Other, you are always in danger of having your body or some other intimate part of yourself exposed in one way or another. A stranger reaches out and touches a pregnant womans belly. A man walking down the street offers an opinion on a womans appearance or implores her to smile. A group of teenagers driving by as a person of color walks on a sidewalk shout racial slurs, interrupting their quiet.

For most people, privacy is little more than an illusion, one we create so we can feel less vulnerable as we move through the world, so we can believe some parts of ourselves are sacred and free from uninvited scrutiny. The further away you are from living as a white, heterosexual, middle-class man, the less privacy you enjoy the more likely your illusions of privacy will be shattered when you least expect it.

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