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Amateur Photographer 29/05/2021

Published by TI Media Limited Amateur Photographer is the world's oldest weekly magazine for photography enthusiasts. With its unique weekly format, it is the first for news and events, plus features on techniques, equipment tests and darkroom advice. It appeals to those interested in buying and learning about digital and film photographic equipment, wanting advice on improving their technique, and learning about the greats in photography. Regular features on reader portfolios, darkroom, digital, black & white and photographer profiles ensure all areas of photography are covered. With an audience of dedicated photography enthusiasts.

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United Kingdom
Kelsey Publishing Group
51 Issues

in this issue

1 min
7 days

This week we feature two very different photographers whose styles are worlds apart but both share a rejection of the notion that photography is about making a literal record of the topography of a place. David Fokos uses large format film and slow shutter speeds to convey the passage of time, while Mike Curry is more interested in finding and revealing the beauty in abstract patterns. On the other hand street photography is more about capturing decisive moments that are gone in the blink of an eye, and this week we focus on female practitioners and how they approach the subject. Finally if achieving the best possible image quality is important to you then don’t miss our review of DxO’s superb new PureRAW program, which takes your raw files (both…

1 min
this week in 1918

Making Masks by Bettmann Archive Women working for the Red Cross make masks during the 1918 pandemic. This year, the American Red Cross is celebrating its 140th anniversary. Founded on 21 May 1881 by Clara Barton and her circle of acquaintances, it followed on from the Swiss-inspired global Red Cross network which Barton had come across while visiting Europe following the Civil War. This image, of course, looks very familiar today. The flu pandemic of 1918 was estimated to have caused 50 million deaths worldwide. It affected healthy people, while there was no vaccine. Instead, measures to control it included isolation, quarantine, good personal hygiene and limitations on public gatherings. The Getty Images Hulton Archive is one of the world’s great cultural resources. Tracing its origins to the founding of the London…

8 min
it’s good to share

AP picture of the week Look Into My Eyes by Dod Morrison Nikon D700, 50mm f/1.4, 1/500sec at f/4.5, ISO 320 ‘I have followed badgers for a few years now and travelled the length of the UK to watch and photograph them,’ says Dod, from Aberdeen, who confesses that his wildlife photography has helped him get through the stresses of the past year. ‘On this day in north-east Scotland this rather inquisitive badger was getting very close so I lay on the ground. He almost came right up to my lens – I couldn’t believe my luck. It was one of the best encounters I have had. I could almost imagine it saying, “You are one of the nice humans – others do not treat us so kindly.” These beautiful animals are still…

1 min
books & exhibitions

Homer Sykes – Once a Year 3 May to 26 June 2021, Lucy Bell Gallery, St Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex In the early 1970s, Homer Sykes began using his camera to document British folklore customs and annual events, a lifetime long-term project which continues to this day. The book, Once a Year, Some Traditional British Customs, was published in 1977 by Gordon Fraser and was then republished in 2016 by Dewi Lewis, with more than 50 ‘new’ images from Homer’s archive. Signed copies of the book will be available to buy during the exhibition. Describing his work, Homer comments, ‘My pictures are about people, what they wear, how they look, how they interact with each other, against a background that sets the scene.’ For anyone who has an interest in the British way of life, black…

2 min
from the archive

2 June 2001 AT PHOTOKINA 2000, Leica launched a production version of the Model 0, the original prototype for the first Leica – the Model 1 – which debuted at the 1925 Leipzig Spring Fair. In this issue AP Editor Garry Coward-Williams was the first UK journalist to get his hands on one. ‘You have to have the utmost respect for a company that waited 76 years to launch a camera... that its inventor had considered redundant in 1925,’ he wrote, concluding that ‘the Leica Model 0 is a beautifully made reproduction....However, this is not a camera for the faint or half hearted.’ It wasn’t cheap either. ‘At £1,600 [£2,750 today] this camera is really aimed at the wealthy collector who wants the opportunity to use a replica with great historical…

11 min
time lord

‘Emotions are based in time,’ American photographer David Fokos says, ‘and for me to get emotions across in my pictures I need to somehow include the element of time. My pictures are all about emotions – I’m not trying to show people what a place looks like, but what it feels like to be there.’ The speed with which we take pictures with our eyes is less about the frequency of the images received by our brain and more to do with the length of time we spend looking at something. That is how we experience a place, a person or a situation – via a gradual build-up of impressions made over the course of however long we can concentrate on one thing. When the situation is fleeting we may well…