RAISING YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY TO THE NEXT LEVEL
EXPANDING YOUR HORIZONS
EXPANDING YOUR HORIZONS
The History Press
Book launch at The Photographers Gallery in London on 1st November 2018
The History Press and The Photographers Gallery in London is pleased to invite you to the launch of ‘Without a Trace: Manchester and Salford in the 1960s’.
The launch will start at 6pm in the bookshop at The Photographers Gallery, 16–18 Ramillies St, Soho, London W1F 7LW .
Copies of the book will be available for purchase.
Shirley Baker started to photograph the streets of Manchester and Salford in the early 1960s when homes were being demolished and communities were being uprooted.
Shirley’s powerful images, sparked by her curiosity, recorded people and communities involved in fundamental change. People’s homes were demolished as part of a huge ‘slum’ clearance programme, however Shirley was able to capture some of the street life as it had been for generations before the change.
Shirley Baker (1932–2014) was one of Britain’s most compelling yet underexposed social documentary photographers. Her street photography of Manchester and Salford in the in the 1960s has come to define her humanist vision. Her curiosity and engagement with everyday life around her confirms her acute observation, visual humour and compassion. These photos have been selected by Shirley’s daughter, Nan Levy, who is keen to make her mother’s work widely available
The History Press The Mill Brimscombe Port Stroud
ZEISS just announced the ZEISS ZX1, their new full frame camera, featuring a sensor developed in house, a 35mm F2.0 fixed lens, 4k 30p recording onto an internal 512GB SSD and photo editing on camera via built-in Lightroom Mobile. Keep reading to find out more about this daring new product by ZEISS.
ZEISS is well known among photographers as well as cinematographers for producing premium glass, boasting incredible sharpness, little distortion and as some claim a certain undefinable “pop”. However aside from some collaborations on smartphone lenses with a certain company known as Nokia back in the day, they haven’t really been making digital cameras. And even in the film world their last camera was the ZEISS Ikon, an M-Mount rangefinder camera introduced in 2004.
Cut to 2018, they just introduced a camera which follows its own daring concept. The ZEISS ZX1 is a modern digital rangefinder with a full frame 37.4 MP sensor developed in house by ZEISS themselves. The fixed lens on it is a ZEISS Distagon 35mm F2.0, with ZEISS’ T* coating. It does have AF, but a manual aperture, that can also be set to auto on the lens itself, similar to how FUJIFILM handles this in their cameras. The same goes for the ISO and shutter speed dials on top of the camera.
What jumps out at you about this camera is that ZEISS obviously tried to cut away everything unnecessary. The body, which weighs in at only around 800g including a battery, looks like a unibody-style shell, with only a sleek bulge for a grip. The shutter button, ISO dial and shutter speed dial are the only controls on top of the camera. The back is just as minimalist, accommodating just the 4.3 inch 338 ppi LCD, the 0.7 inch OLED viewfinder (boasting 1080p resolution), one button and the diopter dial. That’s it. On the photographic side it seems to lean heavily on street photography, aiming to be an all-rounder wide angle camera. ISO goes from 80-51.200, shutter speeds go up to 1/8000s utilising a near-silent leaf shutter. The lens focuses up to a minimum focusing distance of 30cm / 1 ft. and ranges from F2.0 wide open to F22 completely stopped down.
The ZEISS ZX1 shoots up to 3fps continuous, though there is no word on whether there is phase detect autofocusing. There’s a hot shoe that supports Sigma flash protocol.
The technical specifications at this point aren’t very specific about the video features. The ZEISS ZX1 can record 4k UHD in up to 30p and 1080p up to 60p. There is a record time limit of 15 minutes per clip. Whether the codec is H.264, H.265 or something else entirely isn’t specified yet.
That’s where we’re leaving the common territory. The ZEISS ZX1 doesn’t use SD cards, or any other cards for that matter, but relies on a whopping 512GB of internal flash storage. According to ZEISS this is enough for up to 6800 full-res RAW images, 50000 JPGs or 20 hours of video. Shot footage can then be offloaded to external storage via USB-C, using the USB 3.1 protocol, or backed up via the built-in Wifi. NFC and Bluetooth are also onboard, to facilitate easier connection to other devices, for example for geo-tagging or remote control. The ZX1 has a built-in microphone and speaker and seems to be able to adapt its USB-C connection to either an HDMI, headphone or microphone jack.
The camera seems to have its own rather full featured operating system, being able to connect to cloud services like Dropbox or even send out emails.
The real stunner however is the inclusion of Adobe Lightroom into the camera, allowing for pretty full featured editing via the backside touchscreen, and immediate upload to social media. It also makes starting the editing process possible, and continuing it later on your fully-fledged laptop or desktop computer
Although ZEISS’s marketing materials seem to be focusing on street photography, this kind of camera could appeal to a wide range of shooters. If nothing else it serves as a reminder of what is possible today, both in camera software, as well as design truly focused on shooting without any distractions. Maybe some other manufacturers will take the hint and stop giving us tabbed menus some time soon. It is 2018 after all.
What do you think? Is this a camera that stirs some interest in you? Would you use it for video shooting?
Stephen Leslie, has just published a book of his Street Photography, £25 (UNBOUND) to get a glimpse, you can look him up in Instagram . We wish his sales good luck
Exhibition: New York Street Photography 2018 at Soho Photo Gallery
New York photographers showcase the art of capturing life in public spaces.
The NYC Street Photography Collective is hosting its second annual member’s exhibition from August 23-26 at Soho Photo Gallery in New York City. The show will include the recent work of 22 artists and presents a rare opportunity to view a wide range of contemporary street photography by New York photographers. Prints and other work will be up for sale during the show.
The artists will be present and available for interviews during the reception on Thursday, August 23 with beer donated by SixPoint Brewery. On Friday, August 24, a discussion panel on street photography will be held featuring acclaimed New York photographers Richard Sandler, Melissa O’Shaughnessy, and Melanie Einzig as well as a book signing with the panelists.
Group show: August 23-26, 2018 – daily from 12-6pm Reception: Thursday, August 23 – 6-9pm
Discussion panel: Friday, August 24 – 6:30 – 8pm
Aaron Bunge, Cat Byrnes, Chris Voss, Eric Hsu, Frank Multari, Jon Walker, Jonathan Higbee, Jorge Garcia, Josh Ethan Johnson, Kaladah Halliday, Laura Fontaine, Mark Beckenbach, Mathias Wasik, Matt Anderson, Rex Gandhi, Salim Hasbini, Sean Colello, Sebastian Siadecki, Steven Davis, Victor Llorente, Youngjae Lim, Zachary Cabanas.
About the NYC Street Photography Collective (NYC-SPC)
NYC-SPC, a non-profit 501(c)3, is a collective made up of a small group of passionate street photographers that are dedicated to creating and sharing the art of capturing life in public spaces. The group was founded in early 2015.
The group offers members and anyone who is interested in the genre an opportunity to explore street photography with like-minded individuals through engagement with a local community that shares resources and promotes work of individuals. The group also regularly produces zines and organizes exhibitions, talks, and events to highlight photographs from members or talented photographers they discover.
Further Information about the Collective: https://www.nyc-spc.com
Well…. JESUS THE GOOD SHEPHERD, This Photo was shot on Washington Street in Boston, MA, USA. The Photo is of a Man caring a huge sign with a quote from The Bible.