All posts tagged: iPhone

Karim El Maktafi on life with dual heritage

Hayati, meaning “my life” in Arabic, reflects on photographer Karim El Maktafi’s dual identity as a second-generation Italian born to Moroccan parents. The images were taken in both Italy and Morocco, and are all shot on an iPhone SE [Special Edition] – for a couple of reasons.

El Maktafi got into image-making via smartphones as a teen, after using them to take photographs of his friends. After graduating from the Italian Institute of Photography in 2013, he decided to return to the device with a more trained eye, when he decided to shoot Hayati.

He also uses a smartphone camera is because it’s less intrusive. El Maktafi’s family were against him photographing them, and in general don’t approve of photography as a career, which is why their faces are either cropped out or disguised by rays of light in the project. Using a smaller camera proved gentler way to record them, and the many other people involved.


Wim Wenders’ Instant Stories is a love letter to the Polaroid

Wim Wenders was given a new Polaroid camera yesterday. It was a gift. He doesn’t plan on using it. “It’s funny,” he says quietly, before pausing to carefully frame what he wants to say next. “I picked up this new One Step 2 camera and instantly everything came back to me. My hands remembered how to hold it and how to use it. But it was definitely a nostalgic act, and that felt a bit strange. When I took all these thousands of Polaroids between the late 1960s and early 80s it was anything but nostalgic. At the time, that was modernity.”


George Byrne uses Los Angeles to study loneliness

“Photography is a funny game,” says LA-based photographer George Byrne. “It’s a lonely sport – you’re on your own, on an obscure mission to capture something and you don’t often know what you’re looking for but you know when you see it.” Byrne moved from Sydney to Melbourne, then experienced New York for one year before settling in Los Angeles – without much money or knowledge of the city – in 2011. The alien quality of his photographs stems from this personal distance from LA. “A lot of the time I’m shooting in LA I feel like I’m at war,” he says. “It’s like a desert. I’m a very white person and I get burned. I get so much satisfaction out of making pictures that beautify this bizarre landscape because it’s quite difficult to do it. People will keep their window up and the pedal pressed.” Byrne documents the LA streetscape, driving and shooting in sweltering temperatures in search of shadows and symmetry. He frames a pastel narrative of the sun-blasted walls lining the roads. Few …


Showstudio – Nick Knight’s digital fashion concept

Digital fashion started in earnest in 2000, when photographer Nick Knight launched The site hosted the first-ever live fashion show the following year – a project called Sleep, in which nine models, dressed by stylists, retired to separate rooms in the Metropolitan Hotel in London for a night’s sleep. At midnight, viewers started logging in to watch the models on webcams as they tossed and turned, becoming gradually more unkempt. Knight then captured stills from the footage and uploaded them – pixellated stills, from which viewers could see form, colour and texture, but no definition. It was considered one of the most exciting fashion photography concepts in modern times. Before our phone interview, I watch Knight on a live stream editing photos from a Victoria’s Secret shoot. “I started shooting today on a [medium format camera],” he says, “then gave up and started shooting on my iPhone because I just couldn’t get the sensitivity to light. The iPhone 6 is incredibly sensitive to light.” For Knight, the image is never about the technology …


“The smartphone is just another tool… it’s the story that matters.”

Last night saw the launch of FLTR, Apptitude Media’s new smartphone photography magazine, at the Apple Store in Regent Street, London. A good crowd turned out despite the poor weather to hear FLTR editor and associate editor of British Journal of Photography, Olivier Laurent, photographer Anastasia Taylor-Lind and smartphone photography consultant Oliver Lang discuss the impact smartphones have had on their lives and work, and the impact of these devices more widely on photography. [bjp_ad_slot] Laurent opened the discussion with an introduction to the new weekly magazine, which is produced by the team behind British Journal of Photography. He spoke about how the introduction of the iPhone and other smartphones revolutionised the way we think about and take pictures. “Massive changes are happening in this industry, but it’s not negative change,” Laurent told the audience. “If you use a smartphone in a smart way, if you incorporate it into your work, it’s just another tool. It doesn’t really matter what you’re using as long as the story is there. That is what matters.” VII photographer Taylor-Lind gave a presentation about how she …


New smartphone photography magazine launched

Created by the team behind the multi-award-winning British Journal of Photography magazine, FLTR is designed to be an authoritative voice within the booming worldwide community of smartphone image creators, and includes exclusive interviews with both amateur and professional photographers, highlighting the latest techniques, apps, devices, trends and accessories in smartphone photography. The first issues of FLTR feature a thought-provoking article by Fred Ritchin, professor of photography and imaging at New York University and former picture editor of The New York Times Magazine, writing about the impact smartphones would have had during traumatic events such as the 9/11 attacks on the US. Further pieces include an interview with Instagram superstar VuThéara Kham, one of the most popular French Instagrammers, a profile of The New York Times Magazine’s director of photography, Kathy Ryan, who makes extensive use of Instagram to share her own images and source photographers for commission, and a look at the popular Everyday Africa project, among many other articles. The weekly publication is built around a clean, intuitive user interface, bespoke for iPhone. Edited by Olivier Laurent, associate editor of British Journal of …


Connecting art in an app

If there’s an app for everything, why not create one to buy art? That was exactly the thinking of the team at Artsy. And while it might not be a totally original idea, the company has the knowhow and resources to create an app with big ambitions to shake up the world of collecting. Designed for the iPhone and iPod Touch iOS 7, the free app was created as a mobile extension to New York-based company Artsy, an online platform selling contemporary and historical art, including photography. Partnering with more than 600 international galleries, museums and art fairs, including the British Museum, Gagosian, the White Cube and Frieze, and boasting around 60,000 works of art (of which 36,000 are for sale), Artsy endeavours to make its vast database of art accessible to anyone with an internet connection, its creators say. Computer science graduate Carter Cleveland founded Artsy five years ago in a bid to transform how people learn about, share and buy the art shown at galleries, museums and art fairs internationally. The app is …


New iPhone app celebrates double exposure photography

“I was always amazed by the results I got when sharing rolls of films with other people to shoot over,” says Adam Scott, Lomography UK’s former managing director and the CEO of Dubble, a new app company. “Sometimes the results weren’t good but more often than not you would get these photographic miracles.” Scott has been looking to bring this “unpredictability and suspense” to the iPhone, which has become one of the world’s most popular cameras since its launch in 2007. “[Smartphone photography] seemed to be about showing off your photo to get likes, comments and more followers. That’s when I had the idea for Dubble,” he tells BJP. [bjp_ad_slot] Dubble is a free iPhone application that lets users shoot a picture and upload it to the dubble community. The picture is then randomly paired with another community member’s photograph to create a “digitally-blended, dubble image,” says the company’s founders. The resulting image can be shared on Facebook, Twitter and Flickr, with support for Instagram and Tumblr coming later this year. “We have a healthy roadmap of …


Instagram to start rolling out ads in the US

“We have big ideas for the future, and part of making them happen is building Instagram into a sustainable business,” says Instagram as it announced it would start showing “an occasional ad” in its US users’ Instagram feeds. “Seeing photos and videos from brands you don’t follow will be new, so we’ll start slow. We’ll focus on delivering a small number of beautiful, high-quality photos and videos from a handful of brands that are already great members of the Instagram community.” The San Francisco-based social sharing application adds that “any advertisements you see [will] feel as natural to Instagram as the photos and videos many of you already enjoy from your favorite brands. After all, our team doesn’t just build Instagram, we use it each and every day. We want these ads to be enjoyable and creative in much the same way you see engaging, high-quality ads when you flip through your favorite magazine.” [bjp_ad_slot] Users will be able to hide the ads they see and provide feedback “about what didn’t feel right,” it claims. “We’re …


“Instagram has changed the way people see the world,” claims co-founder Kevin Systrom

Speaking at a private event at the National Portrait Gallery on 17 September, Systrom explained how Instagram was originally designed to make it easy for people to share images. Yet, “for some reason it has become this itch that you have to scratch,” he said. “It’s everywhere. It’s become a common element of life.” Social media in general, he added, and Instagram in particular have also changed the way entire industries communicate with their customers, citing the example of the fashion world which has been transformed in recent years. “Social media has changed fashion. If you look at the Sartorialist and how Scott Schuman covers fashion – it’s everyday fashion on the streets. We all have a camera in our pocket now, and I could snap a picture [of someone with a outfit I like or someone with a nice hat], bring all these images together and show them instantly online. In some way, it democratises how fashion spreads across the world. All of us can participate.” [bjp_ad_slot] He continued: “For Instagram specifically, I’ve noticed …


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