Friday, November 21, 2014
On show at The Photographers' Gallery from 4 December 2014 - 28 January 2015, Sun/Screen is a new project by award-winning New York based artist Penelope Umbrico. It continues her exploration into the production and consumption of photographs online, particularly focusing on the persistence of sunset imagery within popular photography. For this project, Umbrico used an iPhone to re-photograph images of the sun she cropped from thousands of sunset images shared on the web. The process of capturing images directly from the computer screen creates a moiré pattern, which is the consequence of pixel grids, meshes or dot patterns being superimposed. Umbrico further amplifies this effect by editing the images into a single slideshow, with each shot slowly dissolving into the next. This creates a secondary moiré effect that draws attention to the materiality of the screen and further distances us from the natural sunlight source of the original images. Umbrico intends the work to operate as a dialogue between analogue and digital, natural and simulated light and the material and immaterial. The Photographers' Gallery is located at 16 - 18 Ramillies St, London W1F 7LW.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Anima and The Widest Prairies is the first UK solo exhibition by Dutch artist Charlotte Dumas. Hosted by The Photographers’ Gallery, this exhibition focuses on the wild horses of Dayton, Nevada, famed as one of the first settlements of the gold rush in the West. These horses once symbolised the freedom, possibilities and dreams associated with the American West but now their very existence is under threat from changing political and economic conditions. This series of photographic encounters depicts the horses as part of a shifting landscape, exposing their resilient and wild character. Pictured as Nomadic drifters, they visit towns and trailer parks in search of food and water. Dumas also observed groups of horses in corrals, photographing them in profile, seemingly lost in contemplation during rare moments where they would allow her to come closer. The exhibition also features Dumas' first moving image work Anima. The pictures and video will be on display from 6 February - 6 April 2015.
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Nikon has launched 'I Am Different,' a major new integrated marketing campaign designed to inspire photographers to explore the world of photography through their own individual perspective. The first phase of the campaign has opened across Europe with a TV commercial featuring Clark Little, the Hawaii-based photographer whose images captured from the middle of breaking waves are already causing a stir across the world. A second phase will roll out later in the year with up-and-coming photographer, Andrius Alexsandravicius. For those motivated by the stories of Clark and Andrius, the campaign will be supported by a digital hub, where consumers can discover the photographers’ journey and the inspiration behind the emblematic images used in the advertising. In Clark’s case, visitors will find also find a mini documentary, behind the scenes footage and an interactive interview. “This is an incredibly exciting time for photographers,” said Yasmin Hartson, Advertising and Media Manager, Nikon Europe. “We love the fact that so many people are enjoying taking so many pictures – whether on their smartphone or on a camera – and we’re there for them when they are ready to take the next step into quality photography.”
Monday, November 3, 2014
Photographer Antonio Olmos has returned to his homeland, Mexico, for the first project of the ‘Sony RX Celebrate the Streets’ series. He has captured the vibrancy and spectacular colour of the country's traditional Day of the Dead celebrations using the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III. In the Mexican town of Mixquic the festivities take to the streets as thousands throng the local cathedral’s graveyard, the only remaining church graveyard in the city, lighting it with candles to create a unique scene. "In countries across the world, the streets are a social environment where, during these events and festivals, so many conventions are broken for the day," Antonio Olmos said. "The Mexican Day of the Dead sees people of all classes and backgrounds come together to honour the deceased and everyone shares that celebration – it’s a moment when everyone shares in both joy and sorrow at those who have died." Future potential projects for the ‘Celebrate the Streets’ series include New Orleans Mardi Gras, India’s Holi Festival and Pamplona’s Running of the Bulls.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Now in its 6th year, Digital Splash - which is hosted by Wilkinson Cameras – will see a selection of the UK’s best photographers descend on Preston. Lancashire, for a celebration of all things photography related. Headlining the show this year is world famous landscape and travel photographer, Colin Prior, alongside Andrea Denniss, Damian McGillicuddy, Matt Hart and Catherine Connor. Brand new for this year is the F-Stop Stage – which will host a range of free talks on subjects including the use of flash and studio lighting, colour management systems and the use of filters – (hosted by Lee Filters). This year, Digital Splash will take place on Sunday 9th November (10am to 5pm) at the University of Central Lancashire. The event is free to attend and tickets for the seminars are just £6 – available to purchase online at the website below.
Monday, October 13, 2014
In collaboration with Panos Pictures and the World Photography Organisation, the nine-month social documentary initiative, #FutureofCities, launches today under Sony's Global Imaging Ambassadors programme. With over a dozen photo commissions, this project explores how cities around the world are evolving and coping with the large-scale migrations of people from suburban and rural areas into urban environments. Primary areas for reporting include China, the United States, United Kingdom, Mexico and Brazil, with additional stories from Africa, Asia and Northern Europe. The initiative will also call on non-Panos photographers to participate from within the Sony and WPO communities, as well as encourage the general public to post their own photos on social media responding to the brief by tagging #FutureofCities. Click through / scroll down for more information.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Previously unseen images from Steve McCurry have been published for the first time in The Royal Photographic Society’s RPS Journal. McCurry’s images show scenes from Myanmar, China, Turkey and Ethiopia and accompany an in-depth interview with Steve McCurry in the October issue of The RPS Journal, which goes out exclusively to Royal Photographic Society members.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
British photographer Martin Parr is unveiling a unique collection of images depicting the eating habits of Britain in collaboration with leading food brand Birds Eye. Parr was commissioned by Birds Eye to produce a unique snapshot of what makes up the typical, modern mealtime in Britain. The exhibition entitled 'A Birds Eye View' features 30 brand new photographs depicting mealtimes in regions including Kent, Cornwall, Norfolk, Yorkshire, Merseyside, London and Birmingham. The exhibition will open for one day only on Wednesday 1st October at the Pics Gallery, 18 Newman Street, London, W1T 1PE.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Leica Fotopark is a new online platform for image archiving and high-quality prints. Smartphones with cameras, photo-apps and social networks have generated considerable interest in photography and the sharing of pictures. Leica Camera AG sees this as a positive development and now responds with a premium quality Web platform for all who wish to intensify their passion for photography. It offers photographers of all kinds, from beginners and ambitious amateurs to professionals, a multitude of intuitive functions, including the storage, processing, management and archiving of digital images and a premium print service for ordering photos and fine-art prints.
Monday, September 15, 2014
Professional photographers in Europe can benefit from valuable help and extra peace of mind with the launch of Sony Imaging PRO Support. There’s no membership fee for the service, which is offered to professional photographers who own qualifying Sony α camera bodies and lenses.
Monday, August 11, 2014
From 4 September - 26 October 2014, the The Photographers' Gallery will be hosting Homegrown, the debut UK exhibition by celebrated American artist Julie Blackmon. Following her previously acclaimed series Domestic Vacations (2008), Homegrown(2009 - 2014) continues to explore Blackmon’s interest with both the harmony and disarray of everyday life. Informed by her personal experiences, Blackmon’s photographs are dominated by vibrant colours, graphic features and patterns. "The stress, chaos and need to simultaneously escape and connect are issues that I investigate in this body of work," Blackmon said. "Caught in a swirl of soccer practices, play dates and work we must still create the space to find ourselves. These issues as well as generational shifts in parenting styles are what I try and explore in these photographs." The gallery is located at 16-18 Ramilliers Street, London.
Friday, August 8, 2014
From Wednesday, 2 September until Sunday, 26 October 2014, the new flagship Foyles bookshop on Charing Cross Road will host a free exhibition of images by Guardian photographer David Levene. The Guardian’s pioneering Eyewitness series was revolutionary when it was introduced in full colour across the centre spread of the newspaper in 2005. Now the only daily print photo feature of this size in the British press, the hugely popular Eyewitness series continues showcase some of the world’s best news photography. Levene has had over 120 photographs featured in the daily slot, and has now chosen ten of his favourites for this exhibition. Each photograph has been blown up to over 1.5m across, allowing viewers to experience these images on a scale at which they have never been seen before. This will be the second exhibition in The Gallery at Foyles, located on the fifth floor of the new Foyles bookshop at 107 Charing Cross Road, and curated by Futurecity to celebrate ‘the word’ in all its forms.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Back in 2011, British wildlife photographer David Slater was out and about photographing black macaques in the jungles of Indonesia when he noticed that one of the animals had snatched his camera and started snapping away with it. Most of the photos ended up being (predictably) blurry but a few of them, including a couple of self-portraits, turned out to be exceptionally good and earned Mr Slater international recognition. A few years later a Wikimedia editor added the shots to the Wikimedia Commons collection, making them freely available to anyone; which in turn prompted the photographer to file a request for removal on copyright grounds. The foundation has turned down the request claiming that "there was no one on whom to bestow copyright" as the picture had been taken by the monkey itself rather than the photographer. Ready to fight for his rights, Mr Slater is now taking the case to court. Even though it is not exactly common for animals to take photos of themselves, the ruling - whatever it may be - is likely to have far-reaching consequences as many wildlife shots are routinely taken without the photographer actually tripping the shutter (remote cameras, intervalometers and focus traps come to mind). If the court were to rule that these images are "lacking human authorship" and cannot be registered for copyright protection, the authors of such images might need to start worrying. (The illustration above shows one of the disputed Wikimedia entries as it appeared at the time of publication.)
Via The Telegraph
Monday, August 4, 2014
Professional photographer and writer Michael Reichmann has announced The Luminous Endowment for Photographers. The Endowment, a USA-based not-for-profit charitable organisation, will provide a variety of specific merit-based grants to support non-commercial photographic projects such as fine art landscape photography; documentary photography; publishing photographic work; travel related to a photographic project; and others. A panel of judges, including some of the world’s leading photographers and educators, will review all project proposals. “In creating the Luminous Endowment, I was inspired by a ‘Pay it Forward’ philosophy,” said Michael Reichmann. “While we may not be able to repay those who’ve helped us to achieve personal and professional success, we can find a way to share our good fortune with those who need help both now and in the future.” Donations to the Endowment are a way to “pay it forward.” Plans are now underway to raise one million dollars in the first year. Michael is donating to the Endowment all proceeds from his new limited edition book, Michael Reichmann – a 20-Year Photography Retrospective, a 400-page large-format book that is available only through donations to The Luminous Endowment.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Newcastle-based pro lab Digitalab is set to stage a unique six week exhibition of latest work from multi-award-winning Tim Wallace. The lab will display around thirty images shot by Wallace using just one Fujifilm X-Pro1 camera and one 14mm lens in Darwin, an abandoned ‘ghost town’ in the hostile Death Valley desert.: “The sheer scale and beauty of the Death Valley wilderness has always held a fascination for me and the idea of a photographic expedition to an abandoned town in its very heart was irresistible," Tim Wallacce says. "Darwin is a very long way off the beaten track and it actually took two trips to even find it.” The Wallace exhibition prints will be galleried on Fujifilm’s Crystal Archive paper, and will go on sale when the exhibition opens on 7th August. Digitalab's F Stop Gallery is located at 8 Stepney Bank, Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE1 2PW.
Eyefi has announced its first-ever list of the top 30 most socially influential photographers with the greatest online impact and engagement. The list was compiled using a broad range of influencer discovery and engagement tools to identify the top performance marketing leaders, including; Twitter, Traackr, Little Bird, Group High, Google and a collection of top marketing lists identified by insiders. All candidates were carefully vetted for their topical expertise and scored based on measures such as social footprint, popularity among and citations by industry insiders, retweet frequency and related factors. The top five most socially influential photographers include Jeremy Cowart, Joe McNally, Peter Klesken, Chase Jarvis and Adam Bouska.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Seamless, an online supplier of photo equipment, camera accessories and photo presentation products, has announced the Emily Soto Seminar taking place on 11th September in the Morrison Hotel, Dublin. Based in New York, Emily Soto is among the top names working in the fashion industry today and has been at the front line of the instant film revival. While she is best known for her high-fashion work, Soto’s style follows a more personal, artistic approach to photography making this a not-to-be-missed event for photographers from all walks of life. In this 3-hour seminar participants will learn how Emily started with photography and how she broke into the fashion industry, her favourite lighting techniques, her equipment overview, witness a live photo shoot demonstration, discover her start to finish retouching workflow and get a walkthrough of her Fashion Actions. To book your place, visit the website below.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Bonhams is to sell the Leica camera with which Russian photographer Yevgeni Khaldei took Raising a Flag over the Reichstag, one of the most famous photographs of World War II. Khaldei’s image was taken on 2 May 1945 shortly after the Reichstag had finally fallen. It is a restaging of the moment when Red Army fighters had first flown the flag over the building two days earlier before the Germans fought back and dislodged them. The camera that was used to take this photographt is being offered at Bonhams Leica Centenary Sale in Hong Kong on 30 November and is estimated at £230,000-340,000. Bonhams Head of scientific instruments Jon Baddeley said, “It is a great privilege to be selling a camera with such evocative associations. Raising a Flag over the Reichstag is a defining image of victory over evil which affected people deeply at the time and has continued to resonate for later generations.”
Friday, July 4, 2014
Fashion photographer Nick Knight has collaborated with American Express to create his first real-time photography exhibition hosted on Twitter. Leaving the studio and taking to the streets of the capital, Nick set out to capture photos of the hidden inspiration he sees in the places he passes every day, shared in real time via @AmexUK. The exhibition uncovers the hidden beauty in these unexpected places - including city gardens and urban habitats to help people realise the full potential of London. Vice President Brand and Communications, American Express, Melissa Weber says, “The cities we live in are brimming with potential, although we may only appreciate a fraction of what they have to offer. As a fashion photographer, Nick has consistently challenged conventional notions of beauty. We’ve challenged him to re-imagine his commute to work and take a look at other sides to London, in the hope that they inspire others to realise the potential of their city.”
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Fashion photographer Nick Knight is collaborating with American Express to create his first real-time photography exhibition to be hosted on Twitter. Tomorrow, Nick will set out from his home in West London capturing photos of the hidden inspiration he sees in the places he passes every day and sharing in real time to help uncover the city’s secret spots and help people see London in a new light. Locations will take in the likes of Brunswick Centre, the Trellick Tower in Kensington and the space beneath the Westway dual carriageway. In order to view the exhibition, follow #MySecretCity or @AmexUK.