1Picture of The Week

by Harry W Edmonds

2Digital Archive Highlights History of 100 years of Photography

Stunning images have revealed the amazing work of photographers around the world in era before iPhones and Instagram.
The photos are part of a library of nearly 2.3 million pictures, all compiled by Europeana Photography as part of an ambitious archive project.
They show an array of images from the late 19th to early 20th century, when photography was still in its infancy and cameras were still delicate and extremely bulky.
The archive shows pictures from all over the world including the scenic nature of Yosemite Valley, California, children in Copenhagen and a royal wedding in Bulgaria.
The collection aims to help people, ‘explore remote eras and locations, and better appreciate the value of their continental, national and local cultural heritage.’ 
It also promises additional themes in the coming months as well. At the moment users can browse through ‘Industrial Photography in the Machine Age’ and ‘Vintage Postcards of Southeastern Europe.

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3The Scots who pioneered Photography

More than 200 of the oldest photographs taken in Scotland are to go on display at the National Galleries of Scotland.
The influential partnership of David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson lasted for less than five years before the premature death of Adamson, aged just 26.
But it produced thousands of images which are admired by photographers to this day.
Within four years of the invention of photography being announced to the world in 1839, Hill and Adamson had mastered the new medium and were producing innovative work from their studio in Edinburgh.


410 standout images from World Press Photo 2017

The 2017 World Press Photo exhibition hits Sydney this week, showcasing the best visual storytelling from around the globe.
Located at the NSW State Library, the Award promotes excellence in visual journalism.
Amongst the images featured this year is the assassination of Russian ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov captured by Burhan Ozbilici, which won this year’s competition, and work by Australian Daniel Berehulak, who also recently won a Pulitzer for his series on the war on drugs in the Philippines.
The exhibition is free and runs from Saturday 27 May 2017 to Sunday 25 June 2017


5David Gibson: What makes great street photography?

What is street photography? The exact definition of this popular genre is tricky to pin down and means different things to different people. Even the word ‘street’ itself is misleading. Some would argue that it’s not so much about whether the photography is actually carried out in an urban environment; it’s about the kind of images you make. Street photography is more of an attitude, approach or frame of mind.
David Gibson, himself a street photographer for three decades, offers his own broad definition in his new book, 100 Great Street Photographs. ‘The term “street photography”,’ he writes, ‘can be applied to any photographs taken in a public space, with or without the inclusion of people, which are entirely natural, and not set up.’ He goes on to add, ‘Street photography is real, it is ordinary life made extraordinary by a great variety of photographers.’

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6Joel Meyerowitz Towards Colour

In 1962, Joel Meyerowitz left his job in advertising and set out to be a photographer. He started by venturing outside with two Leica cameras (one loaded with color film and the other with black and white) to snap the world in motion: In one image, a man strides through the streets of New York cradling an enormous dog in his arms; in another, a couple zooms through Greece on a scooter, the woman’s scarf blurred by the wind.
“Along with half a dozen other photographers of his generation, Joel Meyerowitz is responsible for the re-evaluation of color photography as a significant form of art,” says Giles Huxley-Parlour, the director of London’s Beetles+Huxley Gallery, which opens a show focused on the photographer’s influential street photography this week.