Amateur Photographer

Amateur Photographer 20-Jun-2020

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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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a week in photography

‘Never waste a good crisis,’ said Winston Churchill, and we’re glad to see that many of you have responded to the challenges of the pandemic by making great images. This issue features a celebration of some of the most interesting home projects taken during lockdown and it’s a reminder that in crazy times, sometimes the only sane response is to get your camera out (there’s also a wonderful parody of Steve McCurry’s ‘Afghan Girl’, which still raises a chuckle). The lockdown has also reminded us that even when we have spare time, we tend to put off certain jobs, so if you’re feeling bad about STILL not getting around to sorting out your photo collection, fret not: we’ve a painless guide to bringing order to photographic chaos. Enjoy the issue.…

1 min.
this week in 1951

France Soir by Bert Hardy A man reads a newspaper report on the French campaign in Indo-China (Vietnam) on a café terrace on the Champs-Élysées in Paris. This image formed part of a story ‘Sunday Morning in the Champs-Elysees' in The Picture Post by the legendary Bert Hardy, the Post's Chief Photographer. Hardy, who was a self-taught photographer, started his career at The Picture Post in 1941, before going on to serve as a war photographer. He stayed at the Post until its closure in 1957. At first he took up a career in advertising photography, but eventually he gave up the medium altogether to become a farmer. The Getty Images Hulton Archive is one of the world’s great cultural resources. Tracing its origins to the founding of the London Stereoscopic Company…

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big picture

YOU'VE still got time to enter the latest round of Amateur Photographer of the Year (APOY) 2020. The theme of this round is Keep on Moving, for which we are looking for your best sports and action shots – in fact anything which moves is fair game. Each month, the prize of £1,000-worth of Sigma lenses is up for grabs – you can choose whichever lens you want. To give you some inspiration, here's a shot from 2018's competition, taken by Tom de Waart. He has captured the frenetic energy of a crowd to perfection here – perhaps you have something in your archives from before lockdown? This round of the competition closes on 26 June. For more information, including how to enter, visit amateurphotographer.co.uk/apoy.…

1 min.
the photography show goes online only

THIS year's Photography Show, originally scheduled to take place at the Birmingham NEC back in March, is still taking place from 18-21 September this year – but it will be online only. Continued uncertainly around hosting large events due to the coronavirus pandemic was cited as the reason for the decision. ‘While we believe that there's nothing quite comparable to the benefits of the live show, we know that the decision to take the show online this year and return to the NEC in 2021 is the best solution for our community during these unprecedented times,' said Jonny Sullens from show organisers, Future. Details were still sketchy at the time of going to press, but Sullens promised an ‘incredibly versatile' virtual platform that enables photography and video to be shown off…

1 min.
clifton cameras: busy and proactive

FOR our latest chat with major retailers to find out how they have been responding to the virus lockdown, we meet Gareth Cox, Clifton Cameras' senior account manager. ‘We've been able to adapt our systems and teams very quickly and the transition has allowed us to continue working at full strength,' he explains. ‘We do have a skeleton team working in our main offices to process and despatch orders. All other members of our sales and marketing teams are working from home remotely, using video conferencing software to keep everyone in touch. Our sales advisors are still able to offer phone, email and live chat support to our customers.' Lenses and optical equipment have been selling particularly well, according to Gareth. ‘Macro and telephoto zoom lenses have seen the biggest uplift,…

2 min.
peter beard by peter & nejma beard

If you admire the fine art wildlife photography of the likes of Nick Brandt and David Yarrow then you probably have the late Peter Beard to thank for this. However, Beard's artistic bent extends far beyond documenting wildlife through a lens as his life's work combined collages of photography, ecology and diary entries in a unique blend of ‘Gesamtkunstwerk,' which translates as ‘total artwork.' This impressive 770-page tome is a 2020 update of the original two-volume limited edition book from 2006, but it is tinged with sadness… in between the announcement of the book's launch and its actual release Peter Beard sadly lost his life (sometime in April 2020) after going missing from his US home for 19 days. Yet it was a life thoroughly well lived – one that also…