NEWSROOM

News from the black & white world. Edited by Mark Bentley.

HIGH CONTRAST

Magnum photographer Rene Burri has been awarded the Leica Hall of Fame Award 2013 for his contributions to photography.

Born in Switzerland in 1933, Burri’s most famous picture is arguably his portrait of Che Guevara smoking a cigar.

Photo sharing website Smugmug has said it will not strip key metadata from pictures placed on its site. The announcement comes after controversial plans were unveiled by the government that could potentially allow free use of orphan photographs — images where the copyright owners cannot be contacted because the information is not in the metadata.

A new version of photography effects software Exposure 5 offers to copy the look of a wide variety of films, including Kodachrome and Polaroid.

Photographer Andy Beel has teamed up with Calumet for a series of seminars and workshops in Bristol and Birmingham from September. The courses include Lightroom for Black and White Photographers and Get the Look of a Monochrome Darkroom Print from your Inkjet Printer.

An extra 65 effects and renderings are available in the new version of DXO’s FilmPack 4. The software can be used as a plugin and is also available as a stand-alone for Mac and Windows.

Congratulations to Des Johnston from Paraparaumu in New Zealand, who is the winner of our cover competition for issue 150 (May) and wins a year’s subscription to the magazine.

MAPPING THE MOON

A rare book of 19th century astronomical photography is now available in digital form.

Atlas Photographique de la Lune by Maurice Lrewy and Pierre Puiseux is a digital rendering of a series of booklets produced between 1896 and 1910. The booklets, which comprise 71 photographs that map the moon’s surface, are extremely rare. The new digital version costs £4.99.

The publishers are Mapp Editions, a London-based company that started in 2011 and works with artists, curators and museums to create e-books and apps.

The company will soon release a digital version of Helios: Eadweard Muybridge in a Time of Change, a book that traces the life of the 19th century photographer. Also planned is a digital version of the first ever photography book — The Pencil of Nature by William Henry Fox Talbot.

Photography titles already available include Kodachrome (an avant-garde photography manifesto by Luigi Ghirri), Glamour of the Gods (Hollywood portraiture from the John Kobal Foundation), Old Japanese Photographs (a collectors’ data guide by Terry Bennett) and People in Trouble Laughing Pushed to the Ground by Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, winners of this year’s Deutsche Borse Photography Prize.

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