Brighton Photo Biennial kicks off this Saturday 4th Oct with an eclectic mix of exhibitions workshops and screenings running until 2nd Nov. This year the event works under the theme Communities, Collectives and Collaboration with key shows from Jan von Holleben and Judy Harrison.
Where: Hove Museum and Art Gallery
When: 4th October - 3rd March
Launching in tandem with the Biennial but running throughout the winter months, The Amazing Analogue is a collaboration between young people from Brighton and Hove and German photographer Jan von Holleben.
Curiosity and playfulness take centre stage as Jan and his team built unusual machines to try and analyse a mysterious archive of slides and negatives. Visitors to the show are also asked to participate by sharing their own images inspired by what they see with the hashtag #playphoto.
Where: City wide
When: 4th October - 2nd November
Peter Watkins - 'Self Portrait'
Showing at The Regency Town House, Hove - 4th October - 2nd November
A regular portion of the Biennial since 2003, the Brighton Photo Fringe fits neatly with this years theme. With over 60 exhibitions hosted across the city for this years Fringe, this is a chance for local photographers and collectives to showcase their work in self organised exhibitions.
Always popular among photographers in the earlier stages of their careers’, this is the best source of up and coming talent at the Biennial and promises to be a true mixture of styles. It could form a whole article of it’s own so a glance at the full programme is highly advised.
Where: Circus Street Market, Brighton
When: Sat 18th Oct, 11am - 1pm & 2 - 4PM
Hosted by William Sadowski, co-director of the Photobookshow, this workshop looks to give a solid introduction to the art of bookbinding. Exploring examples from history alongside a chance to try some of the principal techniques, there is also the chance to discuss editing and sequencing techniques.
A free workshop, this is ideal for those looking to present their own work, whether that be photography or just about anything else.
Where: Jubilee Library, Brighton
When: 11am - 5pm daily, 4th October - 2nd November
With an aim “to get photography off the internet and get printed matter back into the hands of the public”, Photocopy Club are using the power of the Xerox to make photography affordable and accessible to the largest range of people possible.
Engaging a community of international and local photographers through an open call, it is a project which is true to this years theme from start to finish.
So many events & only a months to see them! Our pick from this year's Biennial... Read More
Every two years the industry’s leading show comes to Cologne, bringing together manufacturers, traders and enthusiasts of all levels. A platform for new releases and innovations, Photokina has always been seen as a measure of the industry and where it is headed. As the Exhibition Center closes its doors on an extremely well attended show, what can be said of the photographic industry in 2014 and of its future?
Following a period of rapid change and uncertainty, a huge takeaway from Photokina 2014 has to be the general feeling of positivity surrounding the photographic industry as a whole. Whilst we are amid reports of falling market share and decreased sales projections in some areas, there is still a real sense of enthusiasm among traders and consumers overall.
This year’s show was incredibly varied with showcases from industry mainstays such as Canon, Nikon, Leica, Zeiss and Fuji to name but a small few. Notably, however, there has been a huge increase in the presence of brands and companies producing kit which may previously have been considered peripheral or separate to the photographic sector.
This is an industry which has seen huge shifts and innovations in recent years and which is on the brink of many more new and exciting developments. A fantastic and enthusiastic attendance which matches that of 2012 is indicative that many are ready to face the inevitable challenges that this will bring.
Some are uneasy about the steady march of video into the world of stills photography but there is an increasing sense that the two are inextricably linked. In a telling display, Nikon showcased their D810 rigged for video alongside a remote camera system developed in partnership with Mark Roberts Motion Control. A similar bespoke set up which uses a D800 and D4 is now in use at new TV station London Live.
There was also a notable presence from the likes of Red, GoPro and Blackmagic who are seeing growing influence in the photographic market, albeit in slightly different ways.
GoPro have really asserted themselves in the consumer market in recent years, making their brand name synonymous, almost interchangeable, with the term action camera. There was a real buzz around their activities at Photokina this year as they continue to show that there is a vast appetite for quality action video in consumer level cameras.
At the opposite end of the market sit Red cinema cameras. Ordinarily used to produce Hollywood blockbusters and landmark TV series, their cameras have also produced cover imagery for Vogue, Vanity Fair and Time. This is a company working right at the line where video and stills meet using a workflow they have dubbed ‘Cinephotography’. With Amateur Photographer reproducing this technique with a Panasonic Lumix GH4 for a recent cover photo, it is a process worth noting as it may trickle through into the consumer market as 4K video does too.
Although these companies don’t deal directly with DSLRs, they represent growing trends at either end of the market which could well influence this sector. Their influence can already be seen as DSLR manufacturers not only work to compete with better and more affordable video gear but see this same gear performing well in their domain of stills production.
Perhaps most striking for us, and possibly least expected, was the disparity between Canon and Nikon at this years Photokina.
Measured by announcements alone, Nikon were already trailing with a single new DSLR camera and pro lens accompanying them to the show. Conversely, Canon entered Photokina having announced three lenses to interest users from amateur to pro and, perhaps the most highly anticipated camera in recent times, the EOS 7D II.
Both drew in the crowds as users took the opportunity to see each camera on their first public outing and there has been a tussle between the two for top spot on Amazon’s ‘Best Selling DSLR” list. However, it is significant that the 7D II climbed to this position first, only days after being announced.
There is a real excitement surrounding this camera which we’ve felt both at Photokina and in the upgrade requests we have received since its announcement. It may be contested that this is a result of the sense of anticipation, the byproduct of such a long product cycle. This is arguably no bad thing, however. Particularly given the enduring popularity of the original 7D and the criticism levelled at manufacturers for an almost relentless stream of upgrade options with only incremental improvements. As if to demonstrate this, the D750 is set to join an already chock-a-block lineup of enthusiast/high-end full frame cameras.
Comparing Canon and Nikon is often an exercise fraught with opinion, brand loyalties and ultimately what happens to be correct for each end user at a particular given time. However, following this year’s Photokina, we are left with the impression that Nikon are left in Canon’s shadow somewhat. The question is, how will they seek to rectify this?
We had a fantastic Photokina but how was it for you? How do you feel about stills and video merging? How do you think Canon and Nikon compare following their recent announcements? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter.
Our round up of Photokina 2014... Read More
With a flurry of announcements, Photokina is finally upon us. This year, MPB are teaming up with LensCoat to bring the Canon EF 1200mm to the show. So if you missed it in London, now’s your chance to see it in the flesh!
Rumoured to be one of only 20 in the world, the 1200mm is not to be missed if you’re at the show. We will be with LensCoat on Friday 19th and Saturday 20th, located at stand C008 in hall 0.91.
If you can’t make it to the show, stay tuned on Facebook, Twitter on Instagram for our take on this year’s Photokina news, including first impressions of the Canon EOS 7D II, the Nikon D750 and other new releases.
We team up with LensCoat to bring the Canon EF 1200mm to Photokina 2014... Read More
The pinnacle of the wildlife and nature photography calendar and an aspiration for many, Wildlife Photographer of the Year is now celebrating its 50th anniversary. Over 42,000 entries were submitted to the competition from 96 countries the world over.
With all the finalists revealed, last night’s ceremony saw winner of the Black and White category Michael Nichols take the Grand Prize. Photographed in infrared after months of work alongside a particular group of female lions and their cubs, ‘The last great picture’ aims to capture a time when the animals were under such threat.
Eight year old Carlos Perez Naval was awarded Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year for his shot ‘Stinger in the Sun’. A double exposure, the image features a common yellow scorpion brandishing its sting as a warning.
Along with the usual categories, including Mammals, Birds, Black and White, and a range of prizes for young photographers, this year sees the introduction of a number of new classifications. Perhaps a reaction to shifts in the medium over recent years, one of these is TIMElapse, for work described by the organiser as “A moment or event, otherwise missed in the blink of an eye, but revealed here in a multi-image sequence.”
Another is the Portfolio award which looks to recognise a photographer’s efforts across an entire body of work. Tim Lamen took the prize for his project to photograph all 39 species of birds-of-paradise, a body of work built over a 10 year period.
This year’s exhibition will run at the Natural History Museum from Fri 24th October until 30th April 2015. Whether you plan to visit or not, we would highly recommend taking a little time to see all of the finalists and winners for each category over at the dedicated site.
Who took the Grand Prize in this year competition?... Read More
Real paper cameras, potentially fake Nikon gear and a hawk v drone face off. Here are our favourite photography stories this week.
Reported by first by Nikon Rumors, it appears that a Nikon D400 has been seen in the wild. But is it the real deal?
Not too dissimilar to a disposable camera but digital. The paper housing even sprouts plan life as it degrades!
One aerial photographer found out that hawks don’t approve of drone photography and will win in a head to head fight.
With over 200 entries, we revealed the photos submitted for our Wildlife Photography Competition. There is still a little time left to vote your favourite through to the next round by liking and sharing!
Toyota’s new ad packs a huge number of camera trickery into one add. How many tricks can you spot?
Just incase you missed any of this weeks photography news, here’s a selection of our favourite stories!
Nikon give us a glimpse into how each element of their Nikkor lenses functions in this intriguing video.
And Fuji give us an insight into their lens production process.
In their quest to photograph every corner of the world, Google mount their camera (usually atop a car) to a camel to roam the Liwa desert.
Allowing photographers, curators and fans to share, collect and admire some of the 200m photos amassed by PhotoShelter over the years, Lattice aims to bring creators and appreciators together in one place.
What's been happeing in the world of photography this week? Take a look at our pick of this weeks stories.
Ever wondered how Nikon make their lenses? In this video we get a brief insight into the process.
Leica launch a new ad celebrating their 100 years in photography. There are 35 iconic photographs replicated throughout the video. See how many you can spot!
Eric Cheng gets up close and personal with an erupting volcano in Iceland. He used a drone and now melted GoPro to capture these exceptional shots and explains his efforts in this video.
A huge focus for the world’s media this week have been the protests in Hong Kong. Dubbed the ‘Umbrella Revolution’, Flickr has curated a gallery of its users best shots.
Flickr user Bizmax - The Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong
This weekend sees the start of the Brighton Photo Biennial with events happening city wide until early November. Here we pick out just a few of the shows and workshops to look forward to.
Our Wildlife Photo Competition is now in full swing. Entry closes on Sunday 12th October so get submitting for a chance to win £150 of photography goodies or one of two sets of tickets to the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition!
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