Month: January 2014

Behind Kiev’s barricades: against the odds

“They are the best pictures we’ve seen for a few months now,” says Roger Tooth, head of photography at The Guardian. “We’ve almost had to mete out the number of images we’ve been using, really, because they have been the best pictures we’ve seen almost every single day.” The protests in Ukraine kicked off on 21 November 2013, after the country’s government put an end to free-trade negotiations with the European Union. Since then, opposition forces have taken to the streets across Ukraine in general and in Kiev in particular. While the protests were covered extensively in December and early January, recent images coming out of the country have led the media to take a more visual approach to the events. “From a visual standpoint, it probably couldn’t be scripted any better,” says Brendan Hoffman, a photojournalist with Prime Collective. “Smoke, steam, snow, soft light and fire – I believe this story will be remembered primarily in pictures.” [bjp_ad_slot] For Hugh Pinney, vice president of editorial at Getty Images, the “very unusual colour combination of fire …


Getty Images and Samsung enter long-term partnership

On 27 January, at the annual Samsung European Forum, Jonathan Klein, CEO of Getty Images, took to the stage to announce that the stock agency had signed a deal with the South Korean electronics manufacturer, in an effort “to help people across the world share their stories through the power of photography”, reads a prepared statement. Partnerships between photo agencies and camera manufacturers aren’t a novelty – Magnum Photos and Leica have a shared history, Canon and Nikon sponsor most agencies including VII Photo, Noor and Getty, and Sony just signed a deal with Panos Pictures and William Klein to help promote its cameras. BJP understands that Sony also approached Magnum Photos last year, ahead of the launch of its A7R professional compact camera. Yet with the creation of a Samsung Collection of images shot exclusively with Samsung’s NX cameras, Getty Images is seeking to deepen its ties with the manufacturer. “I think Samsung has a strong commitment to the democratisation of photography and, even more importantly, connected photography,” said Craig Peters, senior vice president …


Phase One joins race for first CMOS-based, medium format camera

Just three days after Hasselblad announced it would launch the first CMOS-based, medium format camera, Phase One now claims its own 50-megapixel IQ250 CMOS medium format digital camera back is available from today. A CMOS-based, medium format camera is said to offer increased ISO sensitivity and exposure time. The IQ250, which sports a 44x33mm sensor – 68 percent larger than traditional full-frame digital SLR sensors – has a dynamic range of 14 f-stops, an ISO range of 100 to 6400, and exposure times of 1/10,000s to one hour. The digital back also offers a live view option. “We are very proud to introduce the Phase One IQ250, which carries on the tradition of Phase One high-quality, medium format gear,” says Henrik O. Håkonsson, CEO and president of Phase One. “The wider ISO range in this new CMOS-based system, for example, illustrates our desire to continue pushing the envelope for our customers, to help them succeed in all their unique imaging challenges.” The new system is available now, retailing at €24,990 or $34,990. For more details, …


Hasselblad to launch CMOS sensor-based, medium format camera

“This pioneering 50-megapixel CMOS sensor camera is based on our H5D-50 model but will offer a faster capture rate, longer shutter speed capability and much greater ISO performance,” says Ove Bengtson, Hasselblad’s product manager. “It will provide greatly improved live video in Phocus and will also be available with multishot functionality.” [bjp_ad_slot] It is believed the new sensor has been developed in collaboration with Sony, which signed a partnership deal with Hasselblad in 2012. Bengtson adds: “We believe this will provide a highly compelling option for professional photographers who prefer a more versatile camera that enables them to immediately embrace a wider range of photo disciplines while still encapsulating the exceptionally high-end image quality associated with Hasselblad.” Hasselblad expects to release the new camera in March.


Hasselblad unveils its 2014 Masters

Held every two years, the Hasselblad Masters competition is open not only to users of medium or large format cameras but also to active professionals with more than three years of experience using cameras that offer resolutions of 16MP or above. This year, Hasselblad received more than 4000 entries from which 12 Masters were selected, each in their own categories. The winners are: – Architecture: Martin Schubert, Denmark – Editorial: Antonio Pedrosa, Portugal – General: Roman Jehanno, France – Fashion/Beauty: Bara Prasilova, Czech Republic – Fine Art: Rafal Maleszyk, United States – Landscapes/Nature: Hengki Koentjoro, Indonesia – Portrait: Dmitry Ageev, Russian Federation – Product: Bryn Griffiths, United Kingdom – Project/21: Paul Gisbrecht, Germany – Underwater: Chris Straley, United States – Wedding/Social: Joseph Goh Meng Huat, Singapore – Wildlife: Rafael Rojas, Switzerland “We’re delighted with the number of entries the Hasselblad Masters 2014 competition attracted,” says Hasselblad’s global photographer relations manager, Paul Waterworth, in a prepared statement. “The standard was extraordinarily high this time around, and the category winners can be truly proud of their achievements. It’s a …


National Portrait Gallery appoints new photography leader

Phillip Prodger, the founding curator of photography at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, has been appointed head of photographs at the National Portrait Gallery in London, starting from 01 June. “Prodger will lead the Gallery’s photographic exhibitions and displays programme and oversee the Gallery’s Collection of more than 250,000 photographs, which spans from the medium’s invention to the present day,” says the gallery in a press statement. [bjp_ad_slot] Prodger will replace Terence Pepper, who will now assume a part-time role at the gallery as senior special advisor on photographs. He is expected to work with the exhibitions team until early 2016. “Prodger was curator of the National Portrait Gallery’s exhibition Hoppé Portraits: Society, Studio and Street in 2011, and Ansel Adams: From the Mountains to the Sea, which showed at the Royal Museums Greenwich in 2012,” reads the gallery’s press statement. “He is the author and editor of 17 books and catalogues, including Darwin’s Camera, named one of the best art and architecture books of 2009 by The New York Times, and Man Ray | Lee Miller: Partners in Surrealism (2011).” Sandy Nairne, director of …


New exhibition opens at Brighton gallery

Recently opened photography gallery One Eyed Jacks looks to North America for its next exhibition, which features images by three photographers. Founded in October 2012 by photographer Matt Henry, the Brighton-based gallery is showing 17 images by photographers Thomas Gardiner, Ari Gabel and Jack Latham. Canadian photographer Thomas Gardiner, who is currently based in Brooklyn, New York, shows work from his series Untitled USA and Western Canada. The Yale photography graduate began documenting working-class cities in northeast America, specifically New Haven, during his MFA Photography degree course, and has also spent time photographing the small communities in and around where he grew up in western Canada. Ari Gabel, who was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, contributes images from Tired of Being Tired, a series of images exploring his love of the Mississippi Delta Blues, and from Good River, which documents the lives of residents in Ohio River Valley. Welsh photographer Jack Latham, who graduated from the BA Documentary Photography course in Newport at the University of Wales in 2012, contributes images from Pink Flamingo, a series about settlers along the Oregon Trail. The exhibition runs from …


Photo50 returns to the London Art Fair

Now in its eighth year, Photo50 features contemporary photographic works selected by a guest curator or curators. This year, the five-day showcase is curated by Charlie Fellowes and Jeremy Epstein, directors of Edel Assanti gallery in Victoria, south London. The exhibition, Immaterial Matter, examines the distinctions between the digital and the material in photography, and considers how the line between the two is becoming increasingly blurred. “Immaterial Matter will demonstrate the irrevocably altered state of photography as a classification in the post-internet era,” say the curators in a press statement. The exhibition, which runs as part of the main Fair, will feature lens-based photography alongside digitally-generated imagery. Amongst the featured artists are Aram Bartholl, Joe Hamilton, Nicolai Howalt, Brenna Murphy, Andrew Norman Wilson and Kate Steciw. The London Art Fair runs from 15 to 19 January at the Business Design Centre in Islington.


Nikon to unveil its next-generation D4S digital SLR at CES show

Nikon “is preparing for the release of its next-generation flagship model, the Nikon D4S DSLR camera”, the company announced this morning in an emailed statement. While details about the camera, including its resolution, upcoming availability and price, won’t be communicated until later this year, Nikon will be showing off a prototype at CES, a consumer technology show in Las Vegas, from 07 to 10 January. “As Nikon’s new flagship model, the D4S will offer significant advances over the Nikon D4 DSLR camera that include even better image quality through the adoption of a new image-processing engine, and more advanced autofocusing performance,” claims Nikon. “The  D4S represents a combination of Nikon’s advanced camera development technology heritage and years of experience working closely with photographers. Designed to expand the possibilities for professional photographers who require the best possible performance in extreme environments, the Nikon D4S will particularly benefit those in the fields of sports, press, and nature photography.”


BJP’s Ones to Watch in 2014 unveiled

If you’re looking for something specific, you’ve got the internet. But a magazine should be about discovery – a place to find things you hadn’t even thought about, providing new perspectives on the talking points of the day, inviting you in on discussions between the people whose opinions count. I’ve always seen it as part of our remit to showcase emerging photographers, providing a platform for new talent to be seen by a wider public and by people of influence. This month, we’ve devoted most of the issue to our Ones to Watch in 2014, dropping our usual array of features as well as our Projects and Intelligence sections, to devote a full 61 pages to 30 photographers who we believe are on the verge of something big. Plus it’s a positive start to the year – a way of looking forward after looking back in our December annual review. But I’ve always been frustrated by these kinds of surveys, which so often limit their scope to a specific geography or age group or type of institution. There …


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