Japan digital camera vendors see decreased shipments in 2014, says CIPA

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Japan-based vendors shipped 43.43 million digital cameras worth JPY964.5 billion (US$8.20 billion) in 2014, slipping on year by 31.0% and 17.5% respectively, according to Japan-based Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA).

Their shipments in 2015 are forecast at 34.7 million, decreasing 20.1% on year, CIPA said.

Canon disclosed it shipped 15.39 million digital cameras in 2014, 9.03 million of them being consumer models and 6.36 million DSLRs. Canon expects to ship 14.2 million digital cameras in 2015, consisting of 7.8 million consumer units and 6.4 million DSLRs.

via Japan digital camera vendors see decreased shipments in 2014, says CIPA.

A New Vision of Photography – WSJ

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When the Museum of Modern Art bought a large slice of Thomas Walther’s photography collection for an estimated $25 million in 2001, it decided to catalog its purchase with unusual dedication……

The resulting exhibition, “Object: Photo. Modern Photographs: The Thomas Walther Collection, 1909-1949,” is therefore not your typical self-congratulatory museum display of new acquisitions. The approximately 300 prints on the walls are backed up by a massive website and a hefty catalog, where an abundance of new insights can be found into the culture and technology that nourished experimentation between the world wars, a movement known as the “New Vision.”

via A New Vision of Photography – WSJ.

Will the Real Landscape Photography Please Stand Up? | Ugo Cei Photography

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I was at in Munich yesterday, munching some bratwurst and drinking a beer in a place where they had a huge TV monitor on the wall that was playing a slideshow of landscape photos. I couldn’t keep my eyes away from it, as the photos were really beautiful. You know that type of photo: amazing locations, wonderful light, colorful sunsets, starry skies, waterfalls, ocean waves, tropical beaches, brilliant colors….

And yet, after having seen the slideshow roll around three or four times, I was disgusted and wanted to throw my jug of beer to the screen. I even contemplated giving up landscape photography and picking up some other genre. That much beauty had left me numb and a feeling not unlike how you feel after a binge of eating chocolate or sweets.

via Will the Real Landscape Photography Please Stand Up? | Ugo Cei Photography.

The haunting street photography of a Hong Kong migrant domestic worker – Quartz

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Bacani grew up in Nueva Vizcaya, in the Philippines, where she also studied photography while attending college, and later moved to Hong Kong to join her mother, also a domestic worker. There she works for an elderly woman, taking care of her grandchildren during their visits.

While working full-time as a “helper,” she took photos in her spare time, starting off with a Nikon D90 bought with money borrowed from her boss.

via The haunting street photography of a Hong Kong migrant domestic worker – Quartz.

Sports Illustrated Got Rid Remaining Staff Photographers | New York Observer

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Sports Illustrated has no more photographers on staff, News Photographer magazine reports. The magazine famous for pictures of sports and photo spreads of models in bathing suits fired all six of its staff photographers yesterday.

via Sports Illustrated Got Rid Remaining Staff Photographers | New York Observer.

World’s Most Powerful Camera Receives Funding Approval | SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

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World’s Most Powerful Camera Receives Funding ApprovalLarge Synoptic Survey Telescope Passes Major MilestoneJanuary 9, 2015Menlo Park, Calif. — Plans for the construction of the world’s largest digital camera at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have reached a major milestone. The 3,200-megapixel centerpiece of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope LSST, which will provide unprecedented details of the universe and help address some of its biggest mysteries, has received key “Critical Decision 2” approval from the DOE.

via World’s Most Powerful Camera Receives Funding Approval | SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.

17-Year-Old Thinks She’s Getting Into Photography

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EUGENE, OR—After wasting an afternoon taking pictures of a broken tricycle, moss on trees, and the shadow of a wrought-iron fence, Churchill Alternative High School senior Jessica Ivers falsely informed family and friends Saturday that she was getting into photography. “I love the way real film looks,” said Ivers, who has owned the old single-lens reflex 35 millimeter camera for exactly one week, and named as her favorite photographers “probably Diane Arbus” and the French guy who took the picture of the boy with the wine bottle. “I’m really fascinated by textures, and I think I’ll be able to get some good shots of my grandma’s hands this weekend.” Sources close to Ivers expect the camera to join her clarinet and yoga mat under her bed once she pays $14.85 to develop the roll of clumsy, overexposed images

via 17-Year-Old Thinks She’s Getting Into Photography | The Onion – America’s Finest News Source.

BBC News – Rosetta mission: Philae comet lander pictures its target

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The Philae robot, soon to try to land on Comet 67P, has taken another dramatic image of its quarry.

via BBC News – Rosetta mission: Philae comet lander pictures its target.

Texas’ highest criminal court strikes down ‘improper photography’ statute

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The court’s opinion is a victory for the right to take photographs in public — even when a statute barring such photograph is limited to photography of people without their consent and “with intent to arouse or gratify … sexual desire,” but of course equally when the photographs lack such an intention. The court struck down the Texas “improper photography” statute, which read….

via Texas’ highest criminal court strikes down ‘improper photography’ statute – The Washington Post.

Texas court tosses out ‘improper photography’ law

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The state’s highest criminal court on Wednesday tossed out a state law banning “improper photography” — photos or videos taken in a public place without consent and with the purpose of sexual gratification — as a violation of free-speech rights.

In an 8-1 ruling, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals said photos, much like paintings and films, are “inherently expressive” and therefore protected by the First Amendment.

via Texas court tosses out ‘improper photography’ law | www.statesman.com.