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Vivo Xplay6 features 4-axis stabilized 12MP dual-cam

DP Review News - Fri, 18/11/2016 - 08:30

Chinese manufacturer Vivo has unveiled its high-end model Xplay6 and the new device comes with an interesting (at least on paper) dual-camera setup. The main sensor is a 12MP 1/2.55" Sony IMX362 chip with a 1.4um pixel size. It is coupled with a fast F1.7 aperture lens, four-axis optical image stabilization and a dual-tone LED. Phase detection AF is on board as well and the main sensor is supported by 5MP secondary chip for depth measurement, which will presumably be used to create a 'fake bokeh' effect.

The front camera comes with a 16MP sensor and F2 aperture and images can be composed and viewed on a curved 5.46" QHD AMOLED display. Also included are a fingerprint sensor and a headphone-jack with dedicated amp. Android 6.0 Marshmallow and Vivo's Funtouch OS 3.0 are powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset and a whopping  6GB of RAM. 128GB are available for storage and a 4,080 mAh battery should get you easily through the day. 

All the high-end components are wrapped up in a metal body that is available in gold or rose gold. The Xplay6 will become available in China on December 12 for approximately $651. No detail on international availability has been released yet. 

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Gorko! Russian wedding parties – in pictures

Anna Shustikova, winner of the Royal Photographic Society’s under-30s Gold Award, is a documentary photographer and writer in Moscow, whose images of Russian weddings show a clash of tradition and modernity

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Pounce! Kittens caught mid-leap – in pictures

California-based photographer Seth Casteel made his name taking photographs of dogs underwater, but before that, he was snapping cats on land. In fact, they were his first animal subjects. Casteel’s new book, Pounce – a follow-up to his bestselling Underwater Dogs and Underwater Puppies – features more than 80 photographs of playful cats doing what they do best.

• Pounce by Seth Casteel is out now, through Hachette in Australia and Sphere in the UK

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TIME releases 100 most influential images of all time

DP Review News - Thu, 17/11/2016 - 21:39

TIME has released its 100 Most Influential Photos of All Time, a multi-platform project that explores 100 images that have changed the world and shaped the human experience. Of primary interest is an interactive virtual museum of all 100 photos, which also includes essays, 20 original short documentary films, and the never before told stories behind many of the photos.

Along with the website, TIME is publishing a companion book with all 100 images, and will feature the project as its cover story in the November 18th issue of TIME Magazine.

Not only is this an impressive collection, but the stories and videos behind the photos are very interesting, so we encourage you to head over to the site.

Which images stand out to you? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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Foodies, flies and the ultimate school photo | Brief letters

First use of ‘foodie’ | Taylor Wessing prize | Grooming a female president | £sd | The Magnificent Seven

Tony Naylor assures us (Fish fingers taste test, 17 November) that no one was a foodie in 1986. However, Google confirms my memory that the word appeared in print at least as early as 1980, and was in common enough use by 1984 for Ann Barr and Paul Levy to publish The Official Foodie Handbook. Many “recent” ideas go back a lot further than we commonly suppose.
Donald Mackinnon
Newport, Gwent

• So an attractive school photograph is possible (School portrait wins award for Claudio Rasano, 16 November). At my school (nearly 50 years ago) we dreaded the results. My friend Graham came out a colour that Donald Trump would take decades to achieve.
Tim Grollman
London

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AirSelfie, a pocket-sized camera drone, launches on Kickstarter

DP Review News - Thu, 17/11/2016 - 19:11

An London-based startup is looking to fund production of a tiny, flying selfie camera called AirSelfie. AirSelfie features four propellers surrounded by safety guards and is compact enough to slot inside of a smartphone case. It features a 5MP camera that can take photos and record videos from up to 20m/66ft. 

AirSelfie produces its own 2.4GHz WiFi network to which smartphones can connect. Users control the drone using a mobile app available for iOS and Android, both of which include a ‘selfie delay timer’ with a range up to 10 seconds. A maximum of eight consecutive photos can be taken. Content is saved to an included 4GB microSD card. Unfortunately, flight duration is very low at only 3 minutes per charge.

A Kickstarter campaign seeking funding for AirSelfie went live today with a funding goal of nearly $50,000. Assuming that goal is met, the company plans to offer the AirSelfie at a reduced price of $249, with two units costing $478. The team behind AirSelfie anticipates shipping the first 3,000 pre-ordered units in March 2017, with everything else shipping starting in April 2017.

Press release

AirSelfie Launches Best Pocket-Sized Flying Camera for Smartphones

Armed with a $3M investment, AirSelfie will debut on Kickstarter November 17 to give fans early access to the first pocket-sized flying camera; pre-orders will be delivered March 2017

London, November 17, 2016 – AirSelfie has today announced the launch of the first pocket-sized flying camera, the only portable flying camera that integrates with smartphones. Comprised of four powerful propellers and a 5-megapixel video camera, AirSelfie is smaller than a smartphone and can fly vertically up to 66 feet, allowing users to take aerial selfies of themselves and their friends. The device connects to the most popular smartphones, including iPhone (6, 6s, 7 and 7 Plus), Huawei P9, Google Pixel and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. The device includes self-generated WiFi and comes equipped with a rechargeable battery through a cell phone case, as well as the option to purchase an external power bank. Additionally, a vibration-absorber system and in-flight stability systems guarantee stable, clear, flowing images.

AirSelfie is available for pre-order via Kickstarter beginning November 17, 2016, for delivery in March 2017.

“Our team of 60 seasoned technology professionals and enthusiasts researched, designed and created a flying camera that exceeds all current standards,” said Edoardo Stroppiana, co-founder of AirSelfie. “We saw an increasing need for a device that goes beyond a selfie stick, allowing users to take pictures from all angles, and we’re excited to introduce AirSelfie to Millennials and consumers around the world. It sets a completely new bar for the market.”

With AirSelfie, users can:

  • Take group selfies and family photos from up to 66 feet away, capturing both people and panoramas
  • Take indoor and outdoor aerial photos of subjects and locations that would otherwise be unreachable (e.g. monuments and stadiums during sporting events)
  • Take videos from perspectives that were formerly impossible
  • Use the device as a monitoring camera (when the device is not flying and is connected to a power source)
  • Use the video as a work tool (for example, time-lapse shots of company event setups)

AirSelfie’s 5-megapixel video camera and four powerful propellers are enclosed in an Italian-designed, stylish and lightweight (52g) aluminum case that measures 3.72 x 2.65 x 0.42 inches – smaller than a smartphone. The device attaches to users’ smartphones using a special cover available for iPhone and Samsung which contains a battery that can recharge AirSelfie in just 30 minutes. Backers can also purchase an external power bank which guarantees up to 20 full charges and allows those without a compatible phone to use and charge AirSelfie. 

How it works

One of the key differentiating—and appealing—features of AirSelfie is its ease of use. To activate AirSelfie, the user simply removes it from its case and turns it on. The device connects automatically to smartphones via WiFi—the flying camera creates the WiFi (2.4GHz) network itself and it is immediately ready for take-off.

AirSelfie users must simply download the free iOS and Android app in order to control the device’s movements through three different flight modes. AirSelfie can be returned to its departure point either manually or automatically. When users are finished using the device, it’s easy to return it to its landing spot—simply press the button labelled “slide to land” and AirSelfie descends and turns off. Users can also directly reposition the device by hand with no risk whatsoever of damaging it or themselves.

Using the “selfie delay timer” function, users can take timed photos, giving them up to 10 seconds to get into position and hide their smartphone so that it doesn’t appear in photos. Users can also take up to eight consecutive shots. AirSelfie’s technology integrates directly with social media, making it easy to post photos and videos directly to users’ accounts.

AirSelfie comes equipped with a 4 GB micro SD memory card and a 260mAh 7.4v battery that enables three minutes of flight time.

AirSelfie on Kickstarter

To give consumers a special first look at AirSelfie, the company is launching a Kickstarter campaign that will go live on November 17, 2016. Consumers can purchase AirSelfie via the Kickstarter website or Kickstarter app. As an added incentive, the first 1,000 supporters have the option of becoming AirSelfie Ambassadors by pre-ordering the first version of the flying camera at the discounted price of $199; the regular retail price will be $300. Additionally, the power bank will be available as a standalone product for $69 or as part of the AirSelfie package for $246. The power bank will be delivered in April.

Production of the gadget will begin once the threshold of $50,000 is reached. After the first 1,000 AirSelfies have sold, the company will produce another 2,000 models, which will be available for the reduced price of $249. Consumers will also be able to purchase two AirSelfies for the price of $478. The first 3,000 pre-orders will be delivered in March of 2017, with the rest, including the power bank packages, being delivered in April of 2017.

“People have the impression that camera drones are costly, difficult to operate and unwieldy,” added Stroppiana. “AirSelfie redefines the space with a device that's small, light and easy to use. This Kickstarter campaign will enable the launch of a large-scale AirSelfie production in a matter of months. We have succeeded in developing a great product, and we can’t wait to share it with our growing base of AirSelfie enthusiasts.” 

In 2017, AirSelfie will hit the market for $300. It will be available in other colors and will be compatible with additional smartphone models.

For additional information and other opportunities to support the project, visit the AirSelfie Kickstarter page.

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Wacom Cintiq Pro 16 comes with UHD screen and 94% Adobe RGB gamut

DP Review News - Thu, 17/11/2016 - 18:33

Wacom has updated its Cintiq line of pen displays that allow you to work with a stylus directly on a screen that is connected to a Mac or PC. The 13" Cintiq Pro 13 and the 16" Cintiq Pro 16 differ mainly in terms of display size, resolution and color gamut. The larger model comes with a 3840 x 2160 UHD resolution and can display 94% of the Adobe RGB color space. The smaller variant offers a 1920 x 1080 Full-HD panel that covers 87% of Adobe RGB.

The ExpressKeys and TouchRing controls of previous models, that offered easy access to frequently used tools on the right side of the display, have been removed and replaced by an optional Express Key remote. The tablets also come with pop-out legs that allow you to angle them up. 

Both models support multi-touch gestures and come with Wacom's new Pro Pen 2, which, according to Wacom, is four times more accurate and pressure sensitive than the previous version. The Cintiq Pro 13 will be available from next month for $1,000. The larger model will set you back an additional $500 when it arrives in February 2017. More information is available on the Wacom website.

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Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II added to studio comparison scene

DP Review News - Thu, 17/11/2016 - 15:05

The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II raised a lot of eyebrows when it was released. It comes with an all-new 121-point autofocus system, 20MP sensor and 60fps Raw + JPEG shooting. Oh, and a $2000 MSRP. Can't forget that.

Nonetheless, Olympus' new flagship is here, and it is seriously capable. We're in the home stretch on our full review, but in the meantime, check out how it stacks up against the competition in our studio comparison scene.

Note - all Raw images were processed using a beta version of Adobe Camera Raw. We do not have Raw support for High Res Shot mode yet.

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Penguin chicks, polar bears and icebergs – pictures from the Poles

Award-winning wildlife photographer, Sue Flood, is one of the world’s only women to specialise in polar photography. Her images capture wildlife, people and landscapes in the Arctic and Antarctica

Cold Places: Pictures from the Poles exhibition opens in Chester on 19 November

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Best photos of the day: Obama in Berlin and a patriotic fish

The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of photo highlights from around the world including the US president’s visit to Germany and a Siamese fighting fish

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Instagram snapshots: Mathew Leonardi is awed by the US south-west

The need to ‘feel like a tiny speck in a wondrous world’ inspired Mathew Leonardi’s road trip across the stunning landscapes of Nevada, Utah, and Arizona

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Sport picture of the day: Kei Nishikori's swift return

A slower shutter speed is used to blur the movement of Kei Nishikori’s arm, racquet and the ball as the world No5 took on the world No1, Andy Murray, at the ATP World Tour Finals. Their marathon match eventually concluded after three hours and 20 minutes, with Murray triumphing 6-7, 6-4, 6-4

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Throwback Thursday: Fujifilm FinePix F601 Zoom

DP Review News - Thu, 17/11/2016 - 11:00

One of the more unusually shaped cameras from the early 2000s was Fujifilm's F601 Zoom. This vertically oriented compact wasn't designed by F.A. Porsche like previous models, but its gentle curves and metal lens cover were still eye-catching. Fujifilm's F601 Zoom used a 3MP sensor, and through a trickery involving its Super CCD HR sensor, could output an image up to 6 megapixels – and its successor, the 610 could produce images up to 12 million pixels!

In his review, Phil Askey liked its vivid color reproduction and welcomed the inclusion of manual exposure controls, but wasn't a fan of the camera's 89% coverage in live view. You can still find the camera brochure on Fujifilm's website – go take a look, it's a treat. 

While the F601's unique design didn't endure, it's a reminder of experimental early days in digital photography. 

Read our full Fujifilm FinePix F601 Zoom review

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Eyewitness: Moscow

Photographs from the Eyewitness series

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DxO ViewPoint 3 adds automatic distortion correction

DP Review News - Thu, 17/11/2016 - 08:30
A new 'miniature' tool allows for application of a tilt-shift type effect.

DxO ViewPoint 3 is available today, adding automatic horizon and distortion correction to DxO's wide-angle lens correction software. The existing manual distortion correction tools are now complemented by an all-auto option to correct geometric distortion while automatically cropping the image. A new 'miniature' look is also added, providing a tilt-shift effect that can be adjusted by the user – you can adjust the direction of the blur gradients, and even modify the look of the bokeh by specifying the shape of the 'virtual iris'. 

DxO ViewPoint 3 is available now for Mac and Windows. Through December 4 it's offered for $50/£39, a discount off the usual $79/£59 price.

Press release

DxO announces DxO ViewPoint 3, a major update to its industry-leading wide-angle lens correction software

New automatic perspective and horizon correction tools are complemented by a miniature effect that perfectly mimics tilt shift lenses

Special discounts on all DxO software through December 4, 2016

PARIS—November 16, 2016—DxO, a world leader in digital imaging technologies, announces a major update to DxO ViewPoint, its simple but powerful software that automatically corrects problems inherent in photographs taken with wide-angle lenses. DxO ViewPoint 3 leverages DxO’s advanced image science to automatically correct skewed perspectives and horizons with a single click, making the process quick and easy. The update also introduces a brand new tool that produces a remarkable miniature effect, the first software of its kind to perfectly replicate the popular look made famous by tilt shift lenses.

DxO ViewPoint is simple, but powerful image processing software for Mac and Windows that thousands of photographers rely on for photos taken with their wide-angle lenses because of its ability to fix even the most complex perspective problems, as well as restore the natural shape to subjects situated on the edges of photos. DxO ViewPoint benefits from the automatic corrections provided by DxO Optics Modules, developed by exacting laboratory analysis of thousands of camera and lens combinations.

The existing perspective correction tools have been dramatically enhanced with an innovative, fully automatic mode that can instantly correct geometric distortion, straighten both horizontal and vertical lines, and automatically crop images, effectively eliminating keystoning while preserving the maximum information in the picture. The new auto horizon correction tool is equally efficient at correcting skewed landscape and architectural images. A single click detects the most relevant straight lines in the image, which are analyzed to determine the correct horizon.

“DxO ViewPoint has become an essential tool for me when photographing with my wide-angle lenses, which by their very nature induce all manner of odd deformations,” said architectural photographer, Luca Nicolao. “Its tools let me easily correct for distortions and keystoning, allowing me to achieve a much more natural composition in my images.”

DxO ViewPoint 3 also adds an innovative and useful new tool that perfectly simulates the depth-of-field reduction that’s identical to the type of creative looks that previously required the purchase of costly and tricky tilt shift lenses. To replicate the miniature look, DxO ViewPoint 3 displays the location and intensity of two blur gradients which the user can adjust symmetrically or asymmetrically. The application even enables photographers to simulate a precise type of bokeh.

With just one license, DxO ViewPoint works as both a stand-alone app, and as a plug-in for DxO OpticsPro, Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. DxO ViewPoint 3 can be used as a plugin for DxO OpticsPro starting with version 11.3 (also available).

Pricing & Availability

DxO ViewPoint 3 for Mac and Windows is immediately available in the DxO online store (shop.dxo.com) and at photo resellers at a special discount through December 4, 2016:

  • USD: $49 instead of $79
  • GBP: £39 instead of £59
  • EUR: 49€ instead of 79€ (Suggested retail prices, including VAT)

Photographers who acquired a DxO ViewPoint license on or after September 1, 2016 are entitled to a free upgrade to version 3.

A fully-functional trial version of DxO ViewPoint 3, good for one month, is available on the DxO website: http://www.dxo.com/us/photography/download.

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China girl: Dina Goldstein's satirical pinups – in pictures

In her series Modern Girl, artist Dina Goldstein updates 1930s Chinese adverts to lampoon our quest for the perfect lifestyle

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Bleddyn Butcher's best photograph: Nick Cave in Berlin

‘I wanted to show that Nick Cave was more than just a tough guy in tight pants with incredible hair’

I always wanted to work for the NME. They weren’t the first to pick up on punk, but they did it best. They had a sense of humour as well as earnest political beliefs. It was very influential in Australia, where I lived, even if it arrived three months late.

So I moved to London in 1980. I wanted to see England, see the real thing – even if the real thing, like the Wizard of Oz, proved disappointing. Everything was much greyer than I’d imagined. I lived in Whitechapel and you could still see signs of bomb damage. The accommodation was squats, walls were crumbling, and it seemed to be dark all the time.

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Picture of school boy in uniform wins Swiss photographer £15,000 Taylor Wessing prize

DP Review News - Wed, 16/11/2016 - 18:55
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London’s National Portrait Gallery has announced the winner of its annual Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, with Swiss photographer Claudio Rasano scooping the top award of £15,000. The winning image, of a school boy from South Africa, was part of a series studying how people can remain individuals while wearing the same uniforms. Rasano has featured in the short list for the prize in two previous years, but this is the first time he has won.

Second prize went to Joni Sternback for a tintype portrait of a pair of surfers which won him £3000, while the £2000 third prize went to Kovi Konowiecki for a picture of a pair of Jewish girls. Both photographers are from America.

The competition also provides an additional £5000 prize for a photographer under the age of 35, which was won by the UK’s Josh Redman. His John Kobal New Work Award grants him a commission to photograph someone from the UK film industry for the gallery’s collection.

The winning images, along with over fifty other entries, can be seen at the National Portrait Gallery in London until the 26th February. Entrance is £6. For more information visit the National Portrait Gallery website.

Press release

CLAUDIO RASANO WINS TAYLOR WESSING PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT PRIZE 2016 FOR HIS PHOTOGRAPH OF A JOHANNESBURG SCHOOLBOY

Claudio Rasano won the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2016 for his portrait of a Johannesburg schoolboy, the National Portrait Gallery has announced. The prestigious £15,000 award was presented to the Swiss-Italian photographer at an awards ceremony last night (Tuesday, 15 November 2016).

The winning portrait, part of Rasano’s series Similar Uniforms: We Refuse to Compare, was taken in February 2016, in Johannesburg, South Africa and focuses on issues of preserving individuality in the context of school uniforms. The photograph was shot in daylight, outdoors and in front of a plain white paper background. The sitter for this particular inkjet print is eighteen-year-old Katlehong Matsenen.

Rasano explains: “Children themselves have been known to rebel against uniforms, especially as they approach the awkward age characterised by the need to fit in and the desire to stand out, all at the same time. Some experts too have spoken against school uniforms on the grounds that they suppress individuality and diversity.”

Claudio Rasano was born in 1970 in Basel, Switzerland. His work has been included in numerous international exhibitions and previously featured in the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize in 2011 and 2013. Rasano’s awards include the Shortlist for the Athens Photo Festival, 2016; Bieler Fototage 2015; Leica Oskar Branack Prize 2015 and a finalist in the Photography Masters Cup 2015.

Second prize has been awarded to Joni Sternbach’s large-format tintype portrait of surfers Thea Adler and Maxwell Schultz and third prize has gone to Kovi Konowiecki for his photographs Shimi Beitar Illit and Tilly and Itty Beitar Illit part of a series of inkjet prints that portray Orthodox Jews from around the world. The John Kobal New Work Award, worth £5,000, was won by Josh Redman for his portrait, Frances.

The winning portraits will be on display as part of the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2016 exhibition from 17 November 2016 to 26 February 2017. The annual exhibition is one of the most prestigious photography awards in the world and showcases new work that has been submitted by some of the most exciting contemporary photographers. Since the international competition began in 1993, it has remained a hugely important platform for portrait photographers and offers an unparalleled opportunity for celebrated professionals, emerging artists and amateurs alike.

The competition judges had no knowledge of the identity of the entrants, and the diversity of styles in the exhibition reflects the international mix of entries as well as photographers’ individual and varied approaches to the genre of portraiture. For the second time, photographers were encouraged to submit works as a series in addition to stand-alone portraits, and there was no minimum size requirement for prints. This year, for the first time, the rules also allowed photographers to submit photographs on different supports to the competition – to encourage the demonstration of a range of different photographic processes.

The prize-winning photographs and those selected for inclusion in the exhibition were chosen from 4303 submissions entered by 1842 photographers from 61 countries.

Dr Nicholas Cullinan, Director, National Portrait Gallery, says ‘My congratulations to Claudio Rasano for his winning portrait of schoolboy Katlehong Matsenen taken in Johannesburg earlier this year. The quality and diversity of both this year’s shortlist and exhibition are a testament to the engaging work being produced by international photographers. Each and every photographer who entered has contributed their part to the debate and evolution of contemporary portrait photography.’

Tim Eyles, Managing Partner, Taylor Wessing LLP, says: ‘One of the great joys and honours of sponsoring the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize for the past nine years- and being part of the judging panel- is having the rare opportunity to catch an intimate glimpse into the lives of people from around the world. Each winning portrait tells a different, unique story and builds a genuine connection between the viewer, the subject and the photographer. I hope that you will share our enjoyment of the photographs in this year's exhibition, and join me in congratulating the photographers whose portraits are featured.'

American artist Joni Sternbach was born in the Bronx, New York and is a Visiting Artist at Cooper Union School of Art, faculty member at the International Centre of Photography and The Penumbra Foundation in New York, where she teaches wet plate collodion. Sternbach uses early photographic processes to create contemporary landscapes and environmental portraits, centring on man’s relationship to water. Her series Surfland, features large-format tintype portraits of surfers. Her prize-winning portrait was taken in February 2016 at Davenport Landing, Santa Cruz, California, USA. Sternbach says: ‘For me, this photograph represents many of the challenging aspects of creating a portrait. I was in an entirely new location and faced with people I’d never met before. In this spectacular environment, I aimed to create a dynamic complexity within the picture that was both unique to that person and also understandable to others.’

American artist Kovi Konowiecki was born and raised in Long Beach, California. After pursuing a professional career in football, Konowiecki is in the final stages of an MA in photography at the University of the Arts, London. His work lies between documentary and fine art, often focusing on portraiture and telling stories that also reveal his identity, and his experiences of growing up in Long Beach. Shimi Beitar Illit and Tilly and Itty Beitar Illit are part of a series of inkjet prints that portray Orthodox Jews from around the world. The colours and floral background create a painting-like quality, highlighting the mysticism of the subjects and their association with a history that many may find unfamiliar.

Konowiecki explains: ‘When I set out to photograph the faces of Orthodox Jews around the world, it was an attempt to both strengthen my ties to my family’s history and shed light on the traditions of a people that seem strange to modern society. The project started by contacting members of the Jewish community from where I grew up, and evolved into travels across the world to capture Orthodox Jews who, although they live thousands of miles apart, are bound together by history, tradition and a set of values that serve as the cornerstone of the lives of many who live in today’s society.’

£5,000 John Kobal New Work Award: Josh Redman for Frances

The £5,000 John Kobal New Work Award has been awarded to Josh Redman for his photograph Frances, from an on-going series of pared down studio portraits. Redman says, ‘This was Frances’s first serious photo shoot, and it’s an honour to have been part of her initiation into modelling at age 83. During the 3-hour sitting we chatted over pastries about her late husband, the War, her lifelong job as a typist and her daughter Tineka.’ Born in the UK in 1984, Redman was a sculptor and potter until 2012 when he decided to sell his kiln, buy a camera and move to London. Since then he has worked as a freelance photographer, winning the AOP Assistant Award in 2014 and has been commissioned by Adidas, SKY TV and The British Museum amongst others.

The John Kobal New Work Award is given to a photographer under thirty-five whose work has been selected for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition. The winner receives a cash prize of £5,000 to include undertaking a commission to photograph a sitter connected with the UK film industry for the Gallery’s Collection.

The competition was judged from original prints by Dr Nicholas Cullinan, Director, National Portrait Gallery; Dr Phillip Prodger, Head of Photographs, National Portrait Gallery; Carole Sandrin, Curator, Musée de l'Elysée, Lausanne; Christiane Monarchi, Editor Photomonitor; Nadav Kander, Photographer and Tim Eyles, Managing Partner, Taylor Wessing LLP.

The exhibition also features an In Focus display of previously unseen prints from a new body of work by the award-winning Spanish photographer, Cristina de Middel. The photographs, making their international debut in the exhibition, are part of the series ‘Gentleman’s Club’, taken of prostitutes' clients in brothels in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. By recruiting her sitters through a newspaper advert, she inverted the normal roles of the business by placing herself in a position of power. Sitters were asked about their experience, personal history and motivations. In Focus is an annual showcase for new work by an internationally-renowned photographer, which is exhibited alongside the images selected for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2016. De Middel is the second In Focus artist, selected by the Gallery’s curators, following last year’s inaugural display which featured the work of Pieter Hugo.

TAYLOR WESSING PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT PRIZE 2016
17 November 2016 – 26 February 2017
Tickets with donation: Full price £6, concessions £5 / Tickets without donation: Full price £5, concessions £4 (Free for Members and Patrons) Supported by Taylor Wessing npg.org.uk/photoprize #photoprize

PUBLICATION
A fully illustrated paperback catalogue including all photographs from this year’s exhibition features an interview with the In Focus photographer Cristina de Middel and interviews with the prize-winners by Richard McClure. RRP £15 with a special price of £9.99 when purchased directly from the National Portrait Gallery shops.

Prizes: First prize is £15,000, second prize is £3,000, and third prize is £2,000. The winner of the John Kobal New Work Award receives £5,000.

Tour: The exhibition will tour to Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens from 18 March – 4 June 2017 and The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge, Canterbury from 8 July – 29 October 2017.

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MINT SLR670-S Noir is a refurbished Polaroid SX-70 with added auto modes

DP Review News - Wed, 16/11/2016 - 18:37

MINT has launched a refurbished and upgraded Polaroid SX-70 camera, dubbing it the SLR670-S Noir. In addition to all the features of the original Polaroid base model, MINT’s updated version includes A100 and A600 auto modes for using SX-70 film and ISO 600 film. 

According to MINT, its refurbished camera features ten shutter speeds with speeds up to 1/2000sec, two shutter options for long exposure, a focusing distance of 26cm to infinity, and a three-year warranty for maintenance. The camera itself is priced at $675, though a ‘Starter Pack’ with limited accessories is offered at $765 and an ‘Ultimate Package’ is offered at $869. It isn't clear how many of these refurbished cameras MINT has available.

Via: The Phoblographer

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Google updates Photos app with advanced editing features

DP Review News - Wed, 16/11/2016 - 18:11

Yesterday, Google introduced its pretty impressive new PhotoScan app and presented RAISR, an upsampling method that uses machine learning. You would think that was enough innovation in imaging for one day, but no, Google also implemented some pretty interesting upgrades to its Photos app that be found pre-installed on most Android smartphones and is also available for iOS devices and on the web.

A new auto enhance function balances exposure and saturation in order to maximize detail at the tap of a button. For those who prefer more manual input, advanced editing controls for light and color allow you to fine tune your images using a range of sliders for highlights, shadows and warmth among others. The Deep Blue parameter allows for partial adjustment of the blue tones in images of sea and sky and there is an equivalent slider for fine-tuning skin tones. 

In addition there are 12 new smart filters that Google calls looks. Looks use machine learning to analyze the contents of an image and then make edits based on brightness, darkness, warmth, or saturation before the final filter is applied. If you want to try the new features you won't have to wait. The upgraded Google Photos app is rolling out today across Android, iOS and the web. 

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