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Steven Spielberg to Direct Jennifer Lawrence in Biopic About War Photog Lynsey Addario

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If you’re a fan of both photography and major Hollywood movies, there’s an upcoming film to add to your “must watch” list. Steven Spielberg has signed on to direct a war photographer biopic with actress Jennifer Lawrence as photojournalist Lynsey Addario.

The film will be based on Addario’s new memoir It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War.
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World Press Photo And Its Credibility Issue

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“World Press Photo is committed to supporting and advancing high standards in photojournalism and documentary photography worldwide.”

That’s what the “About The Foundation” page on the World Press Photo says. Now follow this timeline of recent events.
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Nikon Expanding Into Medical Devices with $400M Acquisition of Retinal Imaging Firm

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Last year Nikon announced that it had set aside $1.96 billion for mergers and acquisitions into new industries in order to diversity from the camera industry that had grown the 98-year-old company to greatness.

The Japanese company is now using a portion of that cash pile on its first major expansion purchase: a £259M (~$400M) acquisition of the Scottish retinal imaging firm Optos.
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Portraits of Rescued Dogs and the Tattooed Owners Who Saved Them

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Since 2012, photographer Brian Batista has been shooting an ongoing project titled Tattoos & Rescues. It’s a series of portraits that seeks to combat the negative stereotypes surrounding both rescue dogs and tattooed people. The photos are meant to show that looks can be deceiving, and you should get to know both dogs and people before judging them based on outward appearances.
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Photographer Captures Weasel Riding on the Back of a Flying Woodpecker

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A photographer and birdwatcher in London has captured a strange and rare photo that has the Internet abuzz: an image showing a weasel riding on the back of a woodpecker as it flies through the air.
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The First Ever Photo Showing Light as Both a Particle and a Wave

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One of the strange properties of light is that it behaves as both a wave and a particle. Experiments over the years have confirmed both aspects, but none have succeeded in directly observing both natures at exactly the same time… until now.

Scientists in Switzerland have successfully captured the world’s first photograph showing light behaving simultaneously as both a particle and as a wave. In the image above, the top “slice” shows light behaving as a wave, while the particles can be seen in the slice below.
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Chinese Company Launches a $64 Competitor to the GoPro Hero with Beefier Specs

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If GoPro camera prices drop far below $100 in the future, you may have a Chinese company called Xiaomi to thank. Known for its popular smartphones that dominate the Chinese market, the company has launched a new product called the Yi Action Camera that aims to become the GoPro of China while costing just a fraction of the price.
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Lowepro Launches a High-End Collection of Camera Gear Luggage Called ‘Echelon’

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Lowepro is known for its extensive collection of sporty and durable camera bags, but one word that probably doesn’t come to mind when you think of the company is “luxury.” It wants to change that. Today Lowepro unleashed a new line of photo equipment luggage that “brings trusted protection to the discerning” photographer. It’s called Echelon.
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World Press Photo Stands By Its Decision for Award Despite Town’s Protests

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We shared last week that the Belgian town of Charleroi was protesting after a series of photos casting it in a bad light was awarded 1st prize at the prestigious World Press Photo contest. According to the town’s mayor, Italian photographer Giovanni Troilo had gone out of his way to stage shots for the purpose of painting the city as “The Dark Heart of Europe.”

Today, after investigating the claims against the photographer, World Press Photo announced that it will be sticking by its decision on the controversial award.
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Profoto B2: The World’s First Off-Camera Flash That Can Also Be Used On-Camera

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After shaking up the lighting industry with the B1 flash system back in 2013, Profoto is back today with another “game changing” product: the Profoto B2. It’s a small and lightweight off-camera flash system that’s designed for easy and fast on-location shoots.

The B2 is a new ultra-portable counterpart to the B1 flash. It’s so small and light that it can be mounted to the top of a camera, making it — according to Profoto, at least — the world’s first off-camera flash that can also be used on-camera.
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