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Photography Oxford Festival

I have written about this before and now there is a plea for volunteers from the organisers, so as the main place in Oxford for everything photographic they asked if we could spread the word.

The Photography Oxford Festival is being held over three weeks in 22 different locations throughout Oxford, including colleges, galleries and museums.
We are now looking for people to act as voluntary stewards over the three weeks. The main criteria is commitment to be ‘on duty’ at various locations for a maximum of  2.5 hours per day – with a maximum of 6 sessions or a maximum of 3 days, over the three-week period.. The core times are 10am – 6pm. The dates are mid September to October

If you are interested in helping then contact Priscilla Frost,    priscilla@oxconf.co.uk



Susanna Majuri’s photographs are an exploration into photographic fiction as a place for encountering emotions, both positive and negative, with references to storytelling, literature, music,and folklore. Elements recognisable from story books merge with our own memories creating a dreamlike atmosphere. Her characters inhabit a fictive place where boundaries between dreams and reality are continuously brought into question, redefined, and reinvented.


For over 55 years the World Press Photo contest has encouraged the highest standards in photojournalism.
The contest creates a bridge linking the professionals with the general public. As the announcement of the winners makes headlines around the world, so the inspirational role of photojournalism is highlighted to an audience of hundreds of millions.
The results of the 2014 World Press Photo Contest were announced on 14 February. World Press receives support from the Dutch Postcode Lottery and is sponsored worldwide by Canon.
Image: ©Philippe Lopez, France, Agence France-Presse


Adobe makes photography program price permanent, unveils 14 new apps

You cannot buy Photoshop now, for some time it has only been available as a subscription program. This means you pay about £9 a month and get the full version of Photoshop and the full version of Lightroom. These are updated when newer versions are available. You can still but Photoshop Elements as a stand alone program and currently the same is the case for Lightroom. For about a year Adobe have been running a special offer, the £9 saying the full price might be double that when the offer closed. well now they have back tracked and the full price will be £9, until they put it up anyway. If you need the full program and use LR this is a good deal but for many people Elements is more than sufficient for their needs.



Here is what Digital Camera World say on the  matter

As well as announcing updates to 14 desktop apps in its Creative Cloud suite, Adobe has confirmed that its photography program, which was previously billed as a special offer, will be a permanent feature.

The plan includes access to the Photoshop CC and Lightroom desktop applications with free upgrades when they are available, mobile and web apps, 20 GB of cloud storage and a Behance ProSite for £8.78/US$9.99/AU$9.99 per month when you sign up for a one-year plan

New to Photoshop CC: Blur Gallery

Like Adobe’s other desktop apps, Photoshop CC is being updated with a host of new or refreshed features including the addition of two new motion blur filters in the Blur Gallery.

Path Blur allows movement blur to be added along a line (path) and controlled using an on-screen slider around a pin, like the other filters in the Gallery. The degree and location of the blur can be further controlled by adding pins with zero blur.

Spin blur is designed to add a sense of movement to wheels and disks in images. This size of the area affected as well as the stroke length and centre position can all be adjusted along with the intensity of the blur.

Both blur filters are non-destructive and their effect can be undone at any time.

SEE MORE: Motion Blur – how to use layers, masks and filters to create a sense of speed

New to Photoshop CC: Select by focus

Adobe has also added a new way to make selections, Focus Mask, which is ideally suited for use with images that have a sharp subject against a blurred background.

Once Focus Mask is active, it’s just a question of painting over the target area with the cursor and Photoshop will select the sharp areas.

The range of the selection can be adjusted and the refine edge controls are available to ensure that the correct area is selected.

SEE MORE: Shallow depth of field – how to fake it using Photoshop filters and masks

New to Photoshop CC: Heightened awareness

Photoshop CC’s Content-Aware technology has been improved with a colour match algorithm for better results when using features such as the Patch tool.

Rather than just blurring the edges of the cloned section, the surrounding tint is analysed and the element is merged.

See the full article here

Karen Knorr

Strange that I had not heard of Karen Knorr before as she is certainly celebrated. Serious stuff often beautifully crafted with purpose and intent. This series of images from India had her using large format film cameras to capture the sumptuous palaces in Rajasthan and then photographing animals in nearby zoos and digitally combining the images. Can you see the join? Fun and beautiful. Her website has a number of other series of works worth investigating

The bike riders Exhibition by Danny Lyon

In the 1960s Danny Lyon photographed the Chicago Outlaws Motorcycle Club, not as a passive observer, but in close, as part of the gang. The resulting photographs capture a subculture from the inside and form one of the defining photographic documents of that time, influencing many photographers who went on to record the decades that followed.





All photographs © Danny Lyon Courtesy Magnum Photos / Etherton Gallery, Tuscon, USA and Atlas Gallery, London.

The Seventh Dog by Danny Lyon is published by Phaidon, and 40 modern prints from The Bikeriders series can be seen at the Atlas Gallery from 19 June – 16 August 2014, the first time these prints have been shown in the UK.


Exhibition June 19th to 16th August

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Atkins Ciwem environmental photographer of the year 2014 shortlist – in pictures

Shortlisted entries to the competition, which showcases the best in environmental photography and film, will be exhibited at the Royal Geographical Society in London from 23 June to 4 July, and tour UK forest venues until November. Launched in 2007 by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (Ciwem), and sponsored by Atkins, the exhibition will show contemporary, creative, and original pictures taken by international photographers and filmmakers. The winners – chosen from more than 10,000 entries – will be announced on 24 June

Full details about this award can be found here

There is an excellent article in The Guardian here


Rainwater collection, 2012, by Prasanta Biswas (India)
People living in Sundarban, West Bengal, India, face regular shortages of water. The tropical climate has resulted in different physical effects from climate change, including increased temperature and precipitation, increased salinity and extreme weather events such as floods, cyclones and droughts.


Wrapping a surviving tree, Luke Duggleby, 2013


Fishing net making in Mekong Delta, Vietnam, Tuyet Trinh Do, 2012


Solar 4, Steve Morgan, 2013

Following a hugely successful first year partnership, Atkins, one of the world’s leading design, engineering and project management consultancies, are once again sponsoring the competition, allowing for two significant improvements this year. 2014 sees the introduction of the Atkins Cityscape Prize of £1,000, and the competition is now free to enter.

Prizes for the 2014 competition include:

Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year of £5000

Atkins CIWEM Young Environmental Photographer of the Year (Under 18) of £1000

Atkins CIWEM Environmental Film of the Year of £1000

Atkins Cityscape Prize of £1000

Forestry Commission England Exhibition Award: one photographer will be invited to exhibit a solo show at one of England’s public forests