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You may be pleased to know that we aren't featuring any Iceland photographs this issue - I know some of you find the current obsession with this small remote island quite peculiar and Giles Stokoe has commented on it consuming our social media pages in his 'Letter to the Editor' this month.
You have to wonder why Iceland is suddenly so popular but, like most things, it's mainly because it's cheap and has had some broad coverage in recent times. We need to remember that Eliot Porter was producing books of Iceland photography forty years ago so it's hardly a new thing.
What we do have this issue is a bit of a medium format digital special. These cameras have been plummeting in price on the second hand market and I heard of someone recently getting a H3D39 with camera and lens for the same price as a new D800 without lens. That was a fine deal but the price of the two are similar enough for it to warrant a bit of attention.
Owning your own gallery is a dream for some photographers and we interview Andrew Gilbert who gives us a bit of an inside track on what that has meant for him. We've book reviews, equipment tests and an exhibition review (Salgado! Must see!) so check the contents below.
Finally don't forget about our one to one live chat with Joe Cornish and David Ward on Facebook on Tuesday the 16th of April so turn up with your questions ready. We're also closing our online survey asking about what cameras you use soon so please take part for a chance to win a Michael Kenna Retrospective book.
That's it for now - thanks for your continued interest and support!
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Our new feature this issue is 4x4, a set of four mini portfolios each consisting of four images related in some way. If you would like to submit your own 4x4 portfolio please visit this page for submission information. Mike Green Vanda Ralevska Nigel Clarke Julian Barkway more
George Parks Highway, Alaska - September, 1987 I received an email from a publisher, Dick Busher of Cosgrove Editions, asking whether I would be interested in a book that he was publishing about a wonderful photographer 'Johsel Namkung'. Having not heard of the photographer before I made good use of the full book preview available at the website and was instantly transported. The style, reminiscent of more
“Genesis is a journey to the landscapes, seascapes, animals and peoples that have so far escaped the long reach of today’s world” . April 11 – September 8 2013 The early morning media preview of Sebastião Salgado’s new exhibition. Genesis was well underway. Along with dozens of other critics and journalists, I had already enjoyed a welcoming hot coffee with pastries and was now marvelling at 200 stunning black and white prints on the gallery walls. Yet there was more
Whilst on our pilgrimage to Devon last month Andrew Nadolski and I spent a wonderful evening with a bunch of photographers in an Exeter place of beer worship. One of the landscape photographers there, Andrew Gilbert, told us about the gallery that he had opened up nearby and we thought what a great idea it would be to visit and have a chat about how it was to open a gallery and a little but about his photography. more
The world of medium format digital cameras systems is one that is typically associated with either very hard working professionals or well heeled amateurs (or well heeled lazy professionals I suppose). However as the the earlier generations of these cameras and backs circulate through to the second hand market, the prices are starting to look competitive. But just how good are they if you compare them with what you can get from a modern, high-end DSLR? Well Andrew Nadolski and more
OK so we’ve looked at the Hasselblad from just an image viewpoint but what else should we be thinking? Well in my opinion there are a few extra aspects of the Hasselblad system that are worth bearing in mind. The first is that, like any system, when you make a choice you are also buying into a range of lenses and with Hasselblad that range is particularly good. Although they more
It is interesting to point out that if you visit out the ‘Medium Format digital’ section on Getdpi.com you will see it is subtitled with the Dante quote "Abandon Hope All Ye Who Enter Here." The words ‘crippling depreciation’ are ones that quite happily sit aside ‘medium format digital’. New MFD systems as we will call them are more expensive than a good car and depreciate at an even greater rate! more
Over the 25 years or so that I've been interested in landscape photography, I've used and experimented with many different types and formats of cameras. In the 'film only days' I used 35mm,120 medium format in 6x4.5, 6x6, 6x7 and 6x9, and I've used large format. Of course each has it advantages and disadvantages; all of them do some things well, and some things either not more
David Langan has been a reader for some time and won one of our early competitions to win an Olympus camera. He's also published a book on his local City of Aberdeen. more
Photographically Speaking is a book by the Canadian based photographer David duChemin, to get some of the practical info out of the way first: It's 272 pages long and is available in paperback or Kindle format more
We get a few comments via email to us on various subject but we thought it would be good to let people send in letters on various subjects about a range of topics (mostly photographic hopefully). Our first is from Giles Stokoe about his waning love of Iceland.. Since my outburst in response to David Clapp's Iceland feature in issue 54, I have been giving the particular case of photographers and Facebook more thought. However you react to a photograph after more