Month: August 2014

EyeEm announces Awards shortlist

After sifting through more than 100,000 entries, the judges of the EyeEm Global Photography Festival & Awards have made their shortlist. The judging panel, which includes Time LightBox’s Olivier Laurent, and recently appointed executive director at the Tim Hetherington Trust, Stephen Mayes, has chosen ten entries from each of the competition’s ten categories. The winner of each category will be announced during an awards ceremony in Berlin on 12 September, during the inaugural edition of the EyeEm festival, which runs until 13 September. One shortlisted photographer will go on to be crowned EyeEm Photographer of the Year at the ceremony. [bjp_ad_slot] The winning images will be exhibited at the Alte Teppichfabrik in Berlin and in London, New York City, San Francisco, Rio de Janeiro, Cape Town, and Tokyo. A book of the images will also be available. Founded in 2011 in Berlin by photo-enthusiasts Florian Meissner, Lorenz Aschoff, Ramzi Rizk and Gen Sadakane, EyeEm seeks to celebrate “the quality and community of mobile photography,” say the founders. As well as an online marketplace and community, EyeEm is a free application for iOS and …

2014-09-02T10:52:43+00:00

Product news-in-brief

In the first of a new series we present our pick of newly announced cameras, lenses, accessories and software that have caught our eye this week. Cameras and lenses Towards the end of last week, news broke about the latest addition to the Leica stable – the M-P rangefinder. Billed as a camera that is “photography stripped back to the essentials”, the M-P is based on the Leica M (Typ 240), but has an enlarged buffer memory of 2GB – twice the size of that of the Leica M. For selfie fans, there is the new Olympus Pen E-PL7. With a flip-down, tiltable LCD touchscreen, the Pen E-PL7 has a 16.1 megapixel sensor and built-in wifi, which allows users to share images via their (compatible) smart phone and the bundled Olympus Image Share app. [bjp_ad_slot] Pentax announced the K-S1, the latest digital SLR to join the Ricoh Imaging UK family. Aimed at enthusiasts, the lightweight, compact and portable camera features “outstanding imaging performance, progressive design and an innovative illuminated body,” says the company. The camera, which is available in 12 colours, has a newly developed CMOS sensor with approximately 20.12 effective megapixels, LED body illumination, a three-inch, high-resolution …

2014-08-29T15:29:28+00:00

Olympus announces PEN E-PL7

It seems the engineers behind the new Olympus PEN E-PL7 have pulled out all the stops to create a camera that is tailored to capture selfies. Announced today, the compact, light-weight, retro-styled camera with its all-metal finish, is priced £500, and comes with a slim-line 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 EZ pancake zoom lens, a large, flip-down and tiltable LCD touchscreen, and automatic ‘selfie mode’ settings, including wide-angle lens position and portrait mode. Live Guide allows users to check and adjust settings manually using a sliding scale on the LCD screen without the need for menu navigation, which is meant to make handling easier, especially self-portraits. [bjp_ad_slot] The camera comes with a 16.1 megapixel sensor and built-in wifi, allowing users to share images via their (compatible) smart phone and the bundled Olympus Image Share app, available for both Android and iOS. Users will also be able to take advantage of options that include sequential and self-timer interval shooting. Using the flip-down screen, it will be possible “to frame and shoot a series of pre-timed, sequential still or video selfies… without even touching the camera, by simply tapping your smart phone,” claims the company. While Olympus admits that an interchangeable-lens camera allowing …

2014-08-28T10:36:50+00:00

JIHAD 2.0

Before he was killed in Libya, war photographer Tim Hetherington talked of “the feedback loop” – the self-perpetuating link between the reality of conflict and its portrayal in popular culture. But where such fictions were once tightly controlled, the internet has opened the floodgates, creating an ever-increasing circle that is seemingly more gruesome than ever before. A few months before he died, Hetherington submitted to Vanity Fair a series of photographs of US soldiers fighting in Afghanistan. At the time, Francis Ford Coppola’s Vietnam epic Apocalypse Now was getting a re-release. The designers at Vanity Fair mixed the images up, mistakenly using Hetherington’s shots to illustrate a review of the famously conceptual rendering of war. It was an ironic mistake. Just before the photographer died covering the uprising in Libya, he wrote of what he termed “the feedback loop” – the way in which servicemen echo fictional depictions of war while in combat, and vice versa. “You had this idea that young men in combat act in ways that emulate images they’ve seen – movies, photographs …

2014-08-26T12:02:34+00:00

Leica announces new M-P rangefinder

Leica has unveiled its latest rangefinder camera for professional photographers – the Leica M-P is “photography stripped back to the essentials,” says the company. Featuring the latest Leica M firmware, and based on the M (Typ 240), the new camera has an enlarged buffer memory of 2GB – twice the size of that of the Leica M – allowing users to shoot up to 24 images at a continuous speed of three frames per second. [bjp_ad_slot] New features include: a scratch resistant LCD display monitor manufactured from sapphire glass (“almost unbreakable”), and manual viewfinder frame selection with the traditional frame selector. Using the frame selection lever, “bright-line frames for six different focal lengths can be projected into the viewfinder to simulate subject framing,” says the company. “The corresponding frames are shown in pairs for the focal lengths 28 and 90 mm, 35 and 135 mm or 50 and 75 mm”, meaning photographers can avoid changing lenses when framing a subject. Aimed at professional photographers, including those who use the M-System, the M-P is available in two versions: with a black-paint or a silver chrome finish. Unlike the Typ 240, the …

2014-08-29T14:43:12+00:00

Emerging talent in the Magnum Photos Workshop Showcase [updated]

Last year, Magnum Photos and British Journal of Photography announced a special partnership around education that sees the world’s longest-running photography magazine work with the participants of Magnum Photos’ international workshop programme to showcase selected portfolios online. Initiated in 2007 as part of Magnum’s 60th anniversary celebrations, the workshops provide opportunities for photographers at different stages in their careers to benefit from the vast experience of Magnum’s established professionals. In May and June, Magnum ran workshops in Budapest, with photographers Chris Steele-Perkins and Ian Berry, and in Copenhagen, with Olivia Arthur and Jacob Aue Sobol, who each chose a participant to be featured in British Journal of Photography. Here we showcase a selection of images from the four selected photographers, who also share their experiences of working with their mentors. [bjp_ad_slot] Karina Tengberg Karina Tengberg took part in the Copenhagen workshop and was selected by Jacob Aue Sobol. Family is about the people who are closest to her, she says – her own family – but the series is also about everyday life – “taking a bath, dancing around the …

2014-08-28T12:12:32+00:00

Kodak discontinues BW400CN film

Kodak Alaris has said that it holds “a steady decline in sales and customer usage” responsible for its decision to discontinue Professional BW400CN film. The company, which formed in September 2013 following Kodak’s reorganisation, said in a statement: “We empathise with the Pro photographers and consumers who use and love this film, but given the significant minimum order quantity necessary to coat more product combined with the very small customer demand, it is a decision we have to make.” The fine-grain chromogenic emulsion “should continue to be available in the market for up to six months, depending on demand,” the statement added. In light of the news, Ilford was quick to assure photographers that it has “no plans to discontinue Ilford XP2 Super,” a fine-grain, black and white professional ISO 400 film. In a statement released yesterday, Ilford said the product “continues to be in free supply throughout the world from Ilford Photo Distributors and Photographic Retailers.” Stay up to date with stories such as this, delivered to your inbox every Friday.

2014-08-21T12:36:32+00:00

Photojournalist purportedly beheaded in IS video

The video purporting to show the beheading of James Wright Foley was posted online yesterday, (Tuesday 19 August) according to The Guardian, among other news agencies. Militant group IS claims the video shows the death of the American photographer, who was kidnapped in Syria in November 2012, although its authenticity has yet to be confirmed. According to news reports from The Guardian and others, a masked figure with a British accent says the killing is a response to recent air strikes in the country ordered by President Obama. The video was later taken down by YouTube, but not before it went viral. It also includes a threat to kill freelance journalist Steven Sotloff, who has been missing since August 2013, reports Time magazine. Jean Francois Leroy on his Facebook page this morning urged people not to watch or share the video. The director of photojournalism festival Visa Pour l’Image shared a Facebook post written by Carsten Stormer, a photographer and writer for German-based organisation, Zeitenspiegel Reportagen, which urges people not to share the video to “honour [Foley’s] life”, and avoid giving the IS free propaganda. Foley, who has reported from Afghanistan and …

2014-08-20T18:06:28+00:00

Win a solo show

British Journal of Photography’s International Photography Award is back, with a new venue and a judging panel that includes Brett Rogers, director of The Photographers’ Gallery; Emma Bowkett, picture editor of the Financial Times’ award-winning FT Weekend Magazine; Hannah Watson, director of Trolley Books and TJ Boulting gallery; and Bruno Ceschel, founder of Self Publish, Be Happy. The prize is divided into two categories, one recognising a series of work and the other an outstanding single image, and is open to anyone, making images on any topic, from anywhere in the world. Both winners will have their work printed and professionally framed by Spectrum Photographic – one of Europe’s best pro labs – and exhibited at TJ Boulting for one week in February 2015. The exhibition will include a private view, and both winners will be free to keep their framed prints after the show. [bjp_ad_slot] BJP’s IPA has been running since 2005; previous winners include Edmund Clark, Giulio di Sturco, Walter Astrada and Chloe Dewe Mathews. Clark won the series prize in 2009 with …

2014-08-20T16:09:19+00:00

Secret desires

Brighton-based photographer Matt Henry draws most of his photographic inspiration from America of the 1960s and ’70s. Using props sourced from both the UK and the United States, Henry construct elaborates sets for his staged scenes. His work plays with memory fragments of American photography, cinema and literature, he explains, to “explore underlying ideological concerns”. The result is images of small town, semi-rural life where dramas of love, sex, family and death are played out. Henry’s series, Blue River Falls, which was two years in the making, is currently on show at his gallery, One Eyed Jacks, in Brighton. Gemma Padley caught up with him to find out more about his photographic approach and vision. BJP: How and why did Blue River Falls come about? MH: It’s personal work so it was self-driven, rather than commissioned, but it’s difficult to isolate the seed as it’s two years since I started it. From memory, I think it was a combination of failed relationships and bingeing on American neo-noir movies like Blood Simple, Blue Velvet, Cape Fear, and recently Drive, as well as the darker …

2014-08-15T13:53:08+00:00

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