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A Psychiatric Understanding of Grand Theft Auto 5

Tyneside Cinema’s The Gallery, alongside The Factory, The Gallery’s art programme for 14-19 year olds. commissioned Larry Achiampong and David Blandy to create the exhibition, entitled FF Gaiden: Alternative. The exhibition forms part of the artists’  Finding Fanon series, an on-going collection of work inspired by the lost plays of Frantz Fanon, widely regarded as the definitive post-colonial theorist. Achiampong and Blandy’s most recent collaborative projects include Finding Fanon Part 1 and 2, (2015), and Biters, (2014). Achiampong, a British-Ghanian artist born in 1984, completed a BA in Mixed Media Fine Art at University of Westminster in 2005. David Blandy, born in London in 1976, graduated from the  Chelsea College of Art in 1998, and the Slade School of Art MA in Fine Art Media in 2003. Their combined partnership explores “a shared interest in communal and personal heritage and the influence of popular culture.” Born in Martinique, Fanon traveled to France to fight in the Second World War before settling in North Africa, working as a psychiatrist in a small town, Blida, 50 miles from the Algerian capital. It was here, …


Introducing the H6D: Hasselblad’s latest medium format camera, “designed from scratch”

If last year was unusually quiet for Hasselblad, all became apparent this lunchtime with the introduction of the latest generation H camera. Celebrating its 75th anniversary, the Swedish firm chose London (just around the corner from our office in Shoreditch in fact) for the global launch, explaining that it had been putting its recent investment into R&D while working flat out on the H6D. The camera has an all-new electronic platform, “designed from scratch” to handle a 100-megapixel sensor and HD video, and much else has been added to or improved. In addition, a new lens range was revealed, and further announcements are promised for later in the year (with the Photokina trade show in Cologne this September looking like the obvious venue to make them). The key message for today was that Hasselblad is back. Meanwhile, the H6D goes on sale later this month in two versions, giving a choice of 50- or 100-megapixel resolutions, both delivered using a Sony-made CMOS sensor, the larger one being 53.4x40mm. The ergonomics of the H camera, and the …


German lab WhiteWall debuts at The Photography Show

WhiteWall, the leading German online photography lab, returned for its second year at The Photography Show in Birmingham’s NEC. WhiteWall’s stand showed more than 1,000 finishing options, along with two of the lab’s newest products; the HD Metal Print and the acrylic block. Whitewall’s HD Metal Print see photographs applied to an ultrathin 1mm waterproof aluminium board through a unique thermal sublimation printing process like bathrooms or kitchens. Whitewall will also show the 25mm thick acrylic block, which allows images become “freestanding objet d’arts” for desks and shelves. Images are printed on premium Kodak paper which, coupled with the thickness of the acrylic, means images gain enormous depth. WhiteWall, a brand owned by Berlin-based Avenso GmbH, has operated the photo lab as well as the WhiteWall online service since 2007. The company out of the WhiteWall photo lab in Frechen, Germany, just outside of Cologne. All WhiteWall’s products are made to order in Germany with sizes specified to the centimetre. For further details on WhiteWall’s presence at The Photography Show, please click here.


Canon and Nikon square-off with new launches at Photography Show 2016

Camera manufacturers including Canon, Fujifilm, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Ricoh and Sony, have used the event to launch new cameras and equipment, offering visitors to the show the opportunity to see the newest technology in photography for the first time in the UK. The show has also hosted lectures from some of the UK, and indeed the world’s, most renowned photographers, including Bruce Gilden, David Bailey, Nick Danziger, and Chris Packham. Canon have had a particularly strong showing at the event, using The Photography Show to launch their anticipated new DSLR, the Canon EOS 1D-X Mark II, as well as the new EOS 1300D and EOS 80D, and the PowerShot G7 X Mark II. Nikon, showcasing a 360 degree interactive stand, will provide British camera consumers with their first opportunity to test the Nikon D5 and D500, the high-powered DSLRs which launched in Las Vegas at the beginning of this year. Nikon are also showcasing their DX and FX D-SLR models, products from the Nikon 1 range and selected NIKKOR lenses. Nikon’s School Stage will allow the Japanese company’s UK ‘Ambassadors’ to give talks on their working process with the cameras. Ricoh Imaging will have their recently …


Canon launch The EOS-1D X Mark II – a flagship DSLR with 4K capability

The EOS-1D X Mark II shoots 14 frames per second (fps) with full AF/AE tracking and 16 fps in Live View mode – designed by Canon for professional to capture high-speed subjects like wildlife or sporting events. Canon’s new DSLR also features a new 20.2 MP full frame CMOS sensor and new Al Servo AF III+, as well as 4K video capture up to 60p. With an ISO range from 100 to 51200, expandable from 50 up to 409600, Cannon’s new camera has been designed to operate effectively, and produce clean images, in all lighting environments. The camera features an improved 61-point AF system with 41 cross-type AF points, which covers an expanded area and focuses under low light up to -3EV. For the first time, when shooting with selected extenders and telephoto lenses, the new AF system also offers f/8 AF support with all 61 points, allowing users the freedom to choose the focus point. Alongside Canon’s popular pro AF technologies – EOS iTR and AF Case settings – the Mark II also includes new AI Servo AF III+ that improves the tracking …


Sistaaz of the Castle: fashion dreams of Cape Town’s trans sex workers

Dutch photographer Jan Hoek and fashion designer Duran Lantink have always shared an interest in working with models that are different. In his documentary photography, Hoek’s subjects range from homeless people who “look like kings” to heroin addicts with a modelling dream. Lantink uses amateur models in his shows, while employing unconventional design techniques and recycled fabrics to symbolise the different layers of society. Discovering the powerful, unique looks of South Africa’s transgender sex worker community was a coincidence, but one that instantly captured both their imaginations. In Sistaaz of the Castle, Hoek and Lantink zoom in on six girls from transgender support group Sistaazhood, part of the Cape Town sex workers’ organisation SWEAT. Shot under a bridge beside the capital’s castle – the closest thing to a home for most of the girls – Hoek’s photographs show the realities of their lives in parallel with the extraordinary inventiveness that goes into creating their customised outfits. The images express a different story, one that focuses on the girls’ intuitive sense of fashion, rather than the hardships …


The best of CES 2016

The new year opened with the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and it proved rich pickings for pro photographers, with new flagship cameras from Nikon and Phase One, some welcome long-lens additions designed for CSC cameras, and the usual array of storage devices, action cams and drones. We round up the most intriguing new photography announcements. Kodak Super 8 Revival Initiative CES’s one genuine surprise came in an announcement from Kodak, stating it plans to revive the Super 8 format, 50 years after it first debuted. Showing a prototype that “combines the classic features of a Super 8 with digital functionality”, and with a new ‘limited edition’ camera planned for autumn, the company says it has devised a roadmap that includes a range of cameras, film development services, post production tools and more, in what amounts to a new “ecosystem for film”. It comes on the back of resurgence of interest in film within Hollywood, according to Kodak, and the new initiative has the backing of filmmakers including Christopher Nolan, Steven Spielberg and Star Wars writer/director JJ Abrams. Kodak is …


Leica enters the outdoor photography market with the new X-U

Leica have just announced the Leica X-U (Typ 113), a new camera from the German manufacturer specifically designed for the outdoors and underwater. The camera, which was made in Germany in collaboration with Audi Design, is equipped with a Leica Summilux 23mm f1.7 ASPH. lens (equivalent to 35mm in 35mm format) and an APS-C CMOS sensor. Full HD video capture is also offered, with resolution of up to 1920×1080 at 30 frames per second. The camera also includes an integrated flash, placed above the lens. Leica say this X-U was created “for the adventurous photographer” and the camera has been weatherproofed accordingly – it is shock-resistant, dust-sealed, waterproofed and shatter-proof. With an aluminium top plate and high-grip TPE armouring, the camera promises excellent handling and durability that could make it an intriguing choice for those shooting action or underwater, extreme sports, travel, architectural or landscape photography. With the most arduous of projects in mind, the X-U includes a non-slip body, a toughened monitor screen cover, and a failsafe double locking system for the battery compartment …


Fuji's Takashi Ueno with the X-Pro2 he designed

Fuji’s second coming

Fuji X-Pro1 owners who’ve been waiting for the next generation of their neat little digital rangefinder may well be feeling a good deal older than when they first started waiting. And those who didn’t buy, deciding to wait it out for the follow up instead, might have had the feeling that it was never going to arrive. They’ve kept their hopes alive largely because the original is so nice, but it has a few things that really need fixing. It is exactly four years since Fuji launched its first interchangeable lens compact system camera, and while it has introduced a number of very attractive alternatives since then, they have been just that – alternatives. The X-Pro1 is a very distinctive camera with its rangefinder styling and its unique viewfinder, and if that is the kind of camera you like to use the X-T1 isn’t going to fill its shoes. In a market in which we might expect updates for this sort of model every couple of years, the X-Pro2 seems pretty overdue. I suspect though …


BJP Staff