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Photokina News: Olympus announce development of OM-D E-M1 ll

Olympus has announced the development of its next OM-D E-M1 flagship and says that the new body will have an emphasis on fast reactions via both its AF system and its ability to work at high frame rates. The OM-D E-M1 ll will be aimed at professional photographers and will offer frame rates as high as 60fps in full 20-million-pixel resolution. The company says that sport and wildlife photographers will appreciate the enhanced AF tracking abilities of the camera and its ability to reach 18fps with AF and AE on and 60fps with those features locked, while in Pro Capture mode the camera records 14 frames right before the shutter release is fully pressed to ensure the effect of shutter lag is completely negated. The AF system will have 121 cross-type AF points spread across the screen and will use a combination of standard contrast detection and phase detection systems that should deliver both speed and accuracy. The company’s 5-axis in-body stabilisation system is claimed to provide a remarkable 6.5 stops of shake-compensation in both …

2016-09-27T12:42:43+00:00

Hasselblad X1D 4116 Edition

Photokina News: Hasselblad celebrates its 75th anniversary

Hasselblad has added an all-black X1D camera kit to its product line-up to mark the 75th anniversary of its cameras. The new-style body will be exactly the same as the existing chrome-topped X1D but will come kitted with a XCD 45mm f/3.5 lens and a three-year warranty instead of two. The £8990+VAT kit comes in a special box and includes a leather hand strap. Hasselblad has also released details of the 30mm lens that was informally announced at the time of the X1D launch – the third in the XCD range for the 50-megapixel mirrorless camera. The XCD 30mm f/3.5 has the same 83° angle of view you’d expect from a 24mm lens on a 35mm system camera. The aperture range finishes at f/32 and the closest focusing distance is 0.4m. The lens weighs 550g and takes 77mm screw-in filters. No price has been released as yet.

2016-09-27T12:45:48+00:00

Naoto Akimoto lived in a homeless shelter in poverty stricken Japan

Naoto Akimoto is featured as part of a BJP partnership with Magnum Photos after he came top-of-the-class in a Tokyo workshop with Bruce Gilden. Gilden hosted one of three workshops in collaboration with The Nippon Photography Institute in Shibuya, Tokyo. costing 150,000 yen (£843.71) for each participant, where he provided mentoring to develop students’ storytelling through daily shoots; with the aim of gathering a project by the end of the week. Gilden selected the final portfolio of Akimoto as the best – he won a Fujifilm camera, the Fuji X100T. “Initially Naoto showed me quite pedestrian documentary photographs that I think he took at a homeless shelter in Yokohama,” says Gilden. “I told him that I thought he had to get much closer. When he showed up two days later with new images from the same place, the class and I were astounded. “He had done a masterful job: he was much closer and had exposed the men’s souls. This, combined with his hard work and dedication – he was spending all night at the shelter – make quite …

2015-05-01T16:53:46+00:00

A photographer’s epic journey across India

“This story you cannot tell, only recording the work as it is,” says photographer Vasantha Yogananthan. In a black blazer, black jeans, black cardigan and a floral shirt, Vasantha Yogananthan is as mellifluous as his photography. Scans of these – slate and rainbow squares on cream paper – lie fanned on the table. The 29-year-old Paris-based photographer has just gained the resources to develop his epic seven-book project, A Myth of Two Souls, which we discuss at the BJP office in Old Street, London. He’s won a £5,000 grant in the international category of the IdeasTap and Magnum Photographic Award, after finishing in the top three of 823 applicants. He is in a good mood. “The challenge is: how do you tell this story for people in the West?” says Yogananthan, whose mother is French and father is Sri-Lankan. “People will see the pictures and miss what the project is about. We are working on finding an editorial strategy where we can invite the audience to discover India the same way I am discovering it.” The project is to …

2015-05-12T16:18:07+00:00

Ciarán Óg Arnold wins First Book Award

A project called I went to the worst of bars hoping to get killed. but all I could do was to get drunk again, by Irish photographer Ciarán Óg Arnold, has won this year’s First Book Award. Born in 1977, Arnold has spent almost his whole life living his pictures in the town of Ballinasloe. The project, taken over the past five years, shows drunken knuckle-fights, hard men’s tears and derelict homes as the active participants in a post-recession landscape. “I never really had a project in mind,” Arnold tells BJP. “I just took the photographs at weekends to have something to do. The photographs are about this fatalistic atmosphere of male negativity. Machismo, and having nowhere to express it. I wanted to show how something feels, how it looks – to get the emotional desperation and the anger. I’ve never really talked about it with anyone before. It’s hard. “You would go into one nightclub on weekends, there’d be no one in the entire place except for these guys in the corner with the boxing machine, getting out their aggression …

2015-05-05T13:24:50+00:00

Photography competition calls for entries

Brighton-based gallery One Eyed Jacks is offering photographers the chance to compete to have their work shown in a month-long group show in January 2015. The Open Call, with a top prize of £500, is open to both professional and amateur photographers working across all genres of photography. There is no theme, and all portfolios will be considered. “Discovering new work and reaching out to new talent is the greatest buzz for a gallerist,” says gallery director Matt Henry. “We’ve decided to launch our first Open Call to unearth new gems and to create a fantastic and eclectic group show.” Instead of inviting a jury to oversee the submission process, Henry has decided upon a single individual to curate the exhibition. “This Open Call will mark the first of many submission-based shows that allow one person to execute his or her unique vision,” says Henry. “British Journal of Photography’s Gemma Padley will curate our first show.” The deadline for entries is 01 November 2014. For more information, and to enter, click here. Stay up to date with stories such as this, delivered to your inbox every Friday.

2014-11-26T23:35:44+00:00

Great Heights

Are these photographs for real? Yes, they certainly are – Korean photographer Ahn Jun may sometimes use a harness if she’s leaning over the side of a building to photograph her feet, but she really is leaning over the side of a building, or leaping up onto its edge. Her project is titled Self-Portrait and, she says, it’s a kind of performance without an audience. “There was a day when I recalled my adolescent years,” she explains. “I was sitting on the edge of my apartment in New York and looking over the cityscape. I had a thought that suddenly my youth was coming to an end and I could not figure out the future. I sat on the edge and looked down. Then I saw the empty space, the void, and there was a sudden change in my perspective on life and death, present and future. The vision of the cityscape I was witnessing was not real for that moment – I felt the illusion of beautiful buildings was just like the future, or …

2014-10-01T18:31:04+00:00

BJP Staff