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Sport picture of the day: the peloton and the pandaton

Yellow jersey holder Michal Kwiatkowski rides in the middle of the peloton soon after the start of the second stage of the 73rd edition of the Paris-Nice cycling race, from the Beauval Zoo in Saint-Aignan to Saint-Amand-Montrond. The riders are applauded by a group of supporters dressed as pandas (a pandaton?); the reason that they are sporting panda outfits is a reference to the two giant pandas – a female called Huan-Huan and a male named Yuan-Zi – which arrived at the zoo from China in 2012

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Five things we learned about the other Alexander McQueen exhibition

All talk is about the V&A’s Alexander McQueen retrospective Savage Beauty. But a photo exhibition about Nick Waplington, who shadowed McQueen’s final autumn/winter collection, looks set to show a more personal insight into the designer’s work

If the main McQueen headlines this week will go to the V&A’s Savage Beauty, opening on Saturday, Tate Britain has a quieter story in the shape of Nick Waplington/Alexander McQueen: Working Process. The exhibition displays Waplington’s photographs documenting McQueen in the run-up to his last autumn/winter collection, The Horn of Plenty, shown in March 2009. Originally published in a book, it’s an insight into the designer’s frenetic, intense and collaborative creative process. Here are five things we learned.

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Eyewitness: Cruise ships

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Teaching homeless people gives photography students a new perspective

When university students take on the task of teaching hostel residents to take pictures, both groups are stretched to their limits

“I live with my parents in a three-bedroom house in a nice area, so compared to what these guys have been through, I’m a freakin’ princess,” says Robyn Slator, 21, a digital photography student who spent much of last year teaching homeless people to take pictures.

For fellow student Sam Goodridge, 20, one of the current teachers, it’s been eye-opening. “I come from Surrey where it’s mainly middle class white people, so it’s nice to see what the other half get up to, and make friends.”

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All-seeing eye: photographs that go beyond human vision – in pictures

Witness a lightning bolt suspended in mid-strike, an X-ray angelfish and a bullet ripping through a lemon. Here are the photographs taken since 1875 that see what you can’t

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Berenice Abbott: the photography trailblazer who had supersight

Avant-garde artist Berenice Abbott is famous for her shots of New York skyscrapers – but she also developed an all-new kind of scientific photography

In April 1939, Berenice Abbott wrote a “manifesto” entitled Photography and Science. “We live in a world made by science,” she stated. “There needs to be a friendly interpreter between science and the layman. I believe photography can be this spokesman, as no other form of expression can be.”

Though Abbott is known primarily as a modernist photographer for her black and white images of New York skyscrapers in the 1930s, it is her often formally beautiful science photographs, made between 1939 and 1960, that have been receiving academic and critical reappraisal of late. In 2012, Steidl published an exhaustive monograph, Berenice Abbott: Documenting Science, to accompany the exhibition of the same name at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Museum.

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Flasher smartphone flash launched on Kickstarter

DP Review News - Mon, 09/03/2015 - 20:23

A poor built-in LED-flash is still one of the smartphone camera's most glaring weaknesses. We've seen a number of accessory makers addressing the problem with different external light solutions. The latest one comes from Vision global which has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund mass production of its Flasher accessory. Read more

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Uncommon Ground: a word-lover's guide to the British landscape

Photographer Dominick Tyler set off to find the words that matched the marvels of the British countryside and uncovered a lexicon of landscape as wild and wonderful as the natural phenomena they described. He has now collected them into a book, which he shares in this exclusive gallery

The word-hoard: Robert Macfarlane on rewilding our language of landscape

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Photo highlights of the day

The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of the best photographs from around the world, including the Solar Impulse 2 launch, Paris fashion, and a kite festival in California

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Into the wild: the rebels living off-grid all over Europe – in pictures

They’ve opted out of cities and started all-new rural lives, building their own straw homes, teepees and bath tubs. Since 2010, photographer Antoine Bruy has travelled from the Pyrenees to Romania tracking down urban refuseniks

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Making 'Art': We go inside Sigma's lens factory

DP Review News - Mon, 09/03/2015 - 02:46

On our recent visit to Japan to attend the CP+ show in Yokohama we were fortunate to be invited to tour Sigma's factory in Aizu. The Aizu factory is where all of Sigma's lenses are manufactured, including the company's impressive new 'Art' line of primes. Click through to take a virtual tour of the factory, in the company of Kazuto Yamaki, Sigma's CEO. 

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The weekend in pictures

A selection of some of the best images from around the world this weekend, from International Women’s Day to the 50th anniversary of the civil rights march in Selma, Alabama

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CP+ 2015 Ricoh Imaging interview - full-frame DSLR may have 'something extra built-in'

DP Review News - Sun, 08/03/2015 - 13:00

We recently returned from the CP+ show in Yokohama, Japan, where we sat down with Kazunobu Saiki - General Manager of the Marketing Communication Department, in the Global Marketing Division of Ricoh Imaging. We spoke to Mr Saiki about Ricoh's forthcoming full-frame DSLR, the success of the 645Z and about his desire to improve AF performance in Pentax's DSLRs and lenses. Click through to read the interview

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Altitude adjustment: Alpine photographer Jonathan Griffith

DP Review News - Sun, 08/03/2015 - 12:30

Based out of the climbing town of Chamonix, France, Jonathan Griffith has been making 'life threatening' a sport for more than a decade. With exceptional sets of images from extended mountain hikes and nearly vertical ice climbs as well as perilous extreme sports like cliff-face paragliding, the alpinist and photographer has toured worldwide sites from Alaska to the Alps. We asked him a few questions about his photography and passion for climbing. See gallery

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Sport picture of the day: Quick off the blocks

A different viewpoint of the start of the Women’s 60m Hurdles Final at the 2015 European Indoor Championships in Prague, Czech Republic. Alina Talay of Belarus won gold, while Britain’s Lucy Hatton took silver ahead of fellow Brit Serita Solomon who took bronze

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

Wherever you are in the world, we’d like to see your pictures of ‘copy.’ 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 ‘copy.’ So whether it’s copied homework, impressively stocked newspaper stands or something that’s worth repeating, share your photos of what copy means to you – and tell us about your image in the description box.

The closing date is 12 March at 10 am. We’ll publish our favourites in The New Review on 15 March and in a gallery on the Guardian site.

A pair of gannets, copying each others body language, each perfectly mirroring the other.

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8 March 2015, 19:59

Whitstable historian MS Lawson poses with Catman's latest mural

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9 March 2015, 9:25

I came upon these young twins, dressed alike, carbon copies of each other.

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From a great height: readers' photos on the theme of 'drop'

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

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National Media Museum to display three of the world’s oldest photos

DP Review News - Sat, 07/03/2015 - 20:38

Three photographs taken by Joseph Nicephore Niépce, a Frenchman born in 1765, will soon be exhibited by the National Media Museum. These particular images, which their creator called 'heliographs', were taken during the 1820s, and are part of a set of 16 image located throughout the world. All three images are said to be amongst the earliest of photographs ever taken. Read more

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The 20 photographs of the week

Nigerians fleeing from Boko Haram, Harrison Ford’s plane crash, devastation in Ukraine, fashion week in Paris, Los Angeles skid row shooting – the best photography in news, culture and sport from around the world this week

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Eyewitness: Nyal, South Sudan

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