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The hidden layers of Benin's mental health patients – in pictures

Benin photographer Louis Oké Agbo creates montage portraits to underscore the humanity of his country’s most misunderstood and maligned people

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Autophoto: how photographers fell in love with cars – in pictures

An exhibition at the Fondation Cartier pour l’Art contemporain in Paris examines how the car gave photographers a new way of exploring the world. The 500 works include pictures by Jacques-Henri Lartigue and Lee Friedlander. It opens on 20 April

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'Neighbours to newcomers' – portraits from Tamworth

Stories and photographs of families who have found peace and pride after resettling in Tamworth, New South Wales, a regional centre that has been transformed since 2006 when it drew national ire for its rejection of refugees

“In a country town we need to all work together, know each other,” says Tamworth resident and refugee advocate Eddie Whitham.

“We need to find a common ground. It’s not going to work if we have isolated people. We want to make our town work. The hope is that this will become a natural thing – that there will be no us and them.”

Tamworth is very much home, a great community

We can’t hear guns or see soldiers. It’s a new future for our children

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A history of the White House Easter egg roll – in pictures

The annual Easter egg roll on the South Lawn of the White House attracts thousands of people and is one of the oldest events there. Here is a selection of pictures from over the years

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Best photos of the day: Charlie Chaplins and Zippos Circus

The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of photo highlights from around the world, including Easter Sunday in China and hot air balloons in New Zealand

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Ask the staff: How are you shooting the cherry blossoms?

DP Review News - Sun, 16/04/2017 - 11:00

Mention 'the Cherry Blossoms' to a Seattleite and they'll know exactly what you mean: the week or so in early spring when the University of Washington's cherry blossom trees are in full bloom on 'the Quad.' It's a thing.

It's also beautiful, if you can work around the mobs of people who flock there each year. The unpredictable, often dismal weather and the crowds make for interesting challenges to overcome, but DPR staff are always up for a challenge. So we gathered at the Quad recently, each equipped with a camera and lens of our choosing, and challenged ourselves to take our best cherry blossom shot. Take a look at the video above to see how we fared.

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High rise: readers' photos on the theme of city

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

  • Share your photos on this week’s theme “technology” by clicking the button below
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Your pictures: share your photos on the theme of 'technology'

Wherever you are in the world, this week we’d like to see your pictures on the theme ‘technology’

The next theme for our weekly photography assignment in the Observer New Review is “technology”. Share your photos of what technology means to you – and tell us about your image in the description box.

The closing date is Thursday 20 April at 10 am. We’ll publish our favourites in The New Review on Sunday 23 April and in a gallery on the Guardian site.

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Dressed to ingest: foodie fashion – in pictures

Photographer Kelsey McClellan and prop stylist Michelle Maguire first met in Ohio in 2013 while working on an ice-cream recipe book. This led to Wardrobe Snacks, a photographic series of appropriately sherbet-hued outfits matching various foods. The photos are inspired by people eating away from tables: Michelle’s stepfather, who rests his sandwich on his thigh in between bites while he watches action movies; a commuter on a crowded bus; a lunch-breaker on a park bench. “They’re informal, perhaps even awkward, spaces as far as eating is concerned,” says McClellan, “but the diners always appear to be comfortable and perfectly satisfied with their chosen snack. They’re almost Zen-like.”

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When I was shot: photographs of gun violence survivors

Photographer Kathy Shorr’s project Shot gathers the stories and images of 101 victims of gun violence from across the US, now collected in a remarkable book of the same name

• ‘It goes into your psyche’: read interviews with Kathy Shorr and four of the survivors she photographed

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‘It goes into your psyche’: photographing gunshot survivors in the US

Inspired by her own terrifying experience, photographer Kathy Shorr set out to document the stories of 101 survivors of US gun violence for her book Shot

• See a gallery of more of Kathy Shorr’s portraits from Shot

One evening in the 1980s, photographer Kathy Shorr was at her home in Greenwich Village, New York, alone with her toddler, when two men dressed as postmen turned up at the door. The intruders forced their way into the house and burgled it, all the while threatening Shorr and her daughter with a gun.

What had always been a distant, abstract thought suddenly became a tangible and terrifying reality. “I know what it feels like to have a gun pointed at you and the person closest to you,” Shorr says. “That’s a feeling that you never want to experience again, and you don’t wish on anybody. It’s a complete loss of control over your life, and somebody else taking that control.” Although both were unharmed, the incident left them shaken. “It’s not something I think about all the time, but an experience like that goes into your psyche – you can recall it and still feel it. It’s part of me.”

I was amazed by how these people had moved on with their lives and got stronger and more empathetic

Related: Domestic violence and guns: the hidden American crisis ending women's lives

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Hasselblad X1D final production sample gallery

DP Review News - Sat, 15/04/2017 - 11:00

Of the recent digital medium format releases, one could argue the Hasselblad X1D carries the most-revered name. Based around a similar 44 x 33mm sensor found in the Pentax 645Z and Fujifilm GFX-50S, it offers the most 'portability' of the three, especially when coupled with its smaller leaf shutter lenses. Does the image quality live up to the name? Check out our samples to find out.

View our Hasselblad X1D sample gallery

View our Hasselblad X1d beta sample gallery

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Day of the Sun celebrations in North Korea – in pictures

North Koreans celebrate the 105th anniversary of founder and former leader Kim Il-sung with a military parade

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Life on the edge: how will Brexit affect the Northern Irish border?

For years the border was dotted with checkpoints, but now young locals aren’t even sure where it is. That’s all about to change...

For the past couple of decades, the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland has been shrinking, not in length but in density, all the apparatus of othering – customs posts, identity checks, soldiers – replaced by simple roadside reminders (blink and you’ll miss them) that speed limits are now in kilometres instead of miles. Already, though, in the months since the EU referendum, there are signs that could be about to change again. To be precise, there are yellow-and-black signs attached to telegraph poles and lamp-posts on the Northern Ireland side of the all-but-invisible line: “Warning! If there is a hard border this road may be closed from March 2019.” I am taking a wild guess that they weren’t put up at the behest of the Department for Exiting the European Union.

Last June, Northern Ireland voted 56% to 44% in favour of remaining in the EU, even though the largest party in the power-sharing executive, the Democratic Unionist party (DUP), campaigned on the leave side; theirs was a curious stance to say the least, given that Brexit was almost certain to put a strain on the very union – of Great Britain and Northern Ireland – the party holds dear. For some remainers – the DUP’s then executive partners Sinn Féin, in particular – the result demanded that special arrangements be made for Northern Ireland post-Brexit, ranging from associate EU membership to a north-south reunification: anything to keep the border from hardening. Such calls have grown louder since last month’s snap assembly election narrowed the gap between the DUP and Sinn Féin from 10 seats to one.

I don’t know if there is a Forkhill bylaw that all residents must report daily to McCreesh’s

Customs officials visit monthly. 'They warn you not to cross the border. It would be a very expensive mistake to make'

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Light's L16 camera is in final stages of testing

DP Review News - Sat, 15/04/2017 - 09:00
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Light has been teasing images of its first prototype L16 cameras for a while now. Today, it offered a look inside production of its Design Verification Test cameras as well as a peek at the camera's current design, as noted by LightRumors. Next month, beta testers will receive pre-release cameras, and emails have gone out to pre-order customers with shipping details. In other words, things are getting real.

Light announced its L16 camera in 2015, presenting a compact camera with 16 lenses using folded optics. Its 16 13MP sensors can be used to create up to a 52MP composite image, and it will offer variable focal lengths from 28mm to 150mm equiv. Light's website mentions that the camera will go on sale to the general public at the end of 2017.

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The 20 photographs of the week

Holy Week, a mass rally in Pyongyang, the ongoing destruction in Mosul and Sergio Garcia winning the Masters – the news of the week captured by the world’s best photojournalists

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Keep your camera dry and look like a dork with this $60 hands-free umbrella (or not)

DP Review News - Fri, 14/04/2017 - 20:33
Uh, what’s that thing on your head?

Did you know it rains a lot in Seattle? No? Well, it does. It rains every day for 11 and a half months. Naturally, this poses some challenges for outdoor photography. Sure, more and more cameras are offering some degree of weather sealing, but staying dry is a hot commodity in our rainy city, and weather sealing can’t keep moisture off your lens.

'If only there were some sort of hands-free device that could keep me dry all the time, while also making me look like a total and complete dork,' we find ourselves musing.

"Yeah I've got a Nubrella bro."

Fortunately for us there's the Nubrella, a back-pack style umbrella marketed toward photographers. It is essentially a $60 product ($66.98 with shipping) that not only keeps you dry but makes people on the street wonder whether you're headed to Comic-Con dressed as Spaceball’s Dark Helmet.

Let's hope the wind doesn't catch that thing.

One wonders if they called it the Nubrella because you must be a certain degree of 'nu(m)b' to social norms to actually wear it. Then again, perhaps the SoloWheel-riding, vape pen-toting crowd has yet to catch on to this marvelous device that offers hands-free convenience for the small price of $66.98 and one’s dignity.

Here’s an idea: instead of wasting your money on such a silly and overpriced solution to a simple problem, our ever-wise colleague Wenmei suggests investing in an $11 umbrella hat. Not only does it serve the same purpose as the Nubrella, you can purchase one with a silver reflective lining that allows it to double as a reflector. Sure, you’ll still look like a dork wearing one, but at least you’ll be a thrifty dork.

This umbrella hat is about $10 and can double as a reflector.

After all, it’s easy to come across a product and jump to the conclusion, “I need that in my life!” That’s why infomercials continue to exist. But please, before spending any cash on some sort of expensive photography gizmo, shop around and see if there’s an affordable alternative. Because sometimes the job of a $60 wrist-strap can be done with a $6 bootlace.

Moreover, $66.98 could go a long way to purchasing photo gear that will actually, you know, make you a better or more creative photographer.

Wenmei in umbrella hat.
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Sony is now #2 in the US full-frame interchangeable lens camera market

DP Review News - Fri, 14/04/2017 - 18:41

Sony has announced that it is now ranked second in the U.S. full-frame interchangeable lens camera market, a position formerly held by Nikon. The data comes from The NPD Group, which shows a 23% increase in Sony's full-frame interchangeable lens cameras and lenses sales this year. According to Sony, its 'key models,' including the a7R II and a7S II, were large factors behind this increase.

As the graph above demonstrates, the full-frame interchangeable lens camera market as a whole benefitted from Sony's success; without it, the overall market would have experienced a 2% decrease year-on-year. Such data is based on NPD Group's sales figures for Sony from January and February 2017.

Press release

Sony Overtakes #2 Position in U.S. Full-Frame Interchangeable Lens Camera Market

Record Sales from Sony Driving Growth in Overall Full-Frame Market

SAN DIEGO, April 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Electronics – a worldwide leader in digital imaging and the world's largest image sensor manufacturer, has announced today that their continued growth has vaulted them into the #2 overall position in the U.S. full-frame interchangeable lens camera market. 1

Sony's interchangeable lens cameras and lenses have seen record sales in 2017, in particular within the U.S. full-frame camera market, where they have experienced double-digit growth (+23%) 2 compared to the same period last year. The popularity of key models including α7RII and α7SII has been paramount to this success.

Additionally, Sony's rapid growth has helped to drive growth of the overall full-frame interchangeable lens camera market compared to the same period last year. Without Sony's contributions, the full-frame market would be facing a slight decline. 3

"Our commitment to the industry is stronger than ever," said Neal Manowitz, VP of Digital Imaging at Sony North America. "We are always listening to our customers, combining their feedback with our intense passion for innovation to deliver products, services and support like no other."

A variety of exclusive stories and exciting content shot Sony α products can be found at www.alphauniverse.com , Sony's community site built to educate, inspire and showcase all fans and customers of the Sony α brand.

1 The NPD Group / Retail Tracking Service, U.S., Detachable Lens Camera, Full Frame, Based on Dollars, Jan- Feb 2017

2 The NPD Group / Retail Tracking Service, U.S., Detachable Lens Camera, Full Frame, Based on Dollars, Jan/Feb 2016- Jan/Feb 2017

3 The NPD Group / Retail Tracking Service, U.S., Detachable Lens Camera, Full Frame, Based on Dollars, Jan/Feb 2016- Jan/Feb 2017

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Easter week around the world – in pictures

How Christians have commemorated the death of Christ during Holy Week, from Hyderabad to Berwick-upon-Tweed

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‘The late 50s were turbulent times’: the scene of the murder of Kelso Cochrane

Roger Rogowski looks on as police search a drain for a murder weapon, May 1959

Kelso Cochrane, a 32-year-old carpenter from Antigua, was living in west London when he was murdered by a gang of white youths. He had fractured his thumb at work, and was heading home from hospital late on Sunday 17 May 1959 when they set upon him. It was a year after the Notting Hill race riots, and his death outraged the community. Police denied it was a racist killing, and the case was never solved.

In this photograph, published in the Daily Mirror a few days later, police are hunting for the murder weapon, believed to be a six-inch stiletto knife. According to the article, the man in the suit is a detective, and the other is a council worker.

Related: ‘The war was over and Mum was looking forward to palm trees’: sailing for Bermuda on the Queen Mary

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