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Nathan Olivarez-Giles


Jeff Bridges is famous for what he does in front of a camera, acting in iconic roles such as Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski in The Big Lebowski. But the Oscar winner is a masterful still photographer as well. The International Center of Photography recognized Bridges' work behind the camera, this week at its 29th annual Infinity Awards, and The New York Times spoke to the actor about the honor.

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Martin Parr

Terry Richardson

Nan Goldin

When we first saw the line up for the new photo show opening tomorrow at the Aperture Foundation Gallery, simply titled Photography, we fell out of our chairs. The show features new (new!) work from William Eggleston, Nan Goldin, Ryan McGinley, Martin Parr, Terry Richardson, and Stephen Shore. You don’t have to be a photo nerd to know that this selection of artists are some of the most important photographers making work today. To have new work by them all in one room is crazy. We decided we had to sit down with Ken Miller, the curator of the show, to figure out how he pulled it off. Turns out it was pretty simple.

VICE: What’s up, Ken? How did this project start?
Ken Miller: It started with a sort of unrelated exhibition of abstract photography that I did in Tokyo about a year and a half ago. That was kind of a weird way for it to begin. It was a show with Sam Falls, Marcelo Gomes, Mariah Robertson, and this Japanese photographer named Taisuke Koyama. Somebody from Fujifilm came by and I guess they liked the show, so they got in touch. They took me out to drinks and showed me these cameras they were coming out with and were like “Do you think you could get photographers to use these?” The cameras were really nice, so I was like, “Yeah probably, it’s a free camera.”

We started putting a list of photographers together. I was initially thinking of people I’d worked with before, who seemed easy to approach. Then I thought, Fuck it. I’ll just ask ambitiously and worst comes to worst, they’ll say no. And amazingly, basically everybody said yes. Of the initial people we asked, only two passed for different reasons. It was remarkably easy.

That’s pretty amazing.
I don’t want to sound like an advertisement for the camera, but it’s a digital SLR that works like the camera you studied in college. It has a lot of manual functions. So, I think there’s a certain nostalgia for a lot of these photographers who think “Oh, this works like a classic point-shoot Nikon” and they were psyched about that. You sort of forget photographers are camera nerds too, so they wanted to try it out.


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Google Tech Talk January 4, 2013 (expand for more info) Presented by Tim Conway ABSTRACT GoPano plus uses a specially curved mirror. Its shape gathers light from all directions and reflects it into the lens of your camera. This single image/video shows everything in a 360° ring around the GoPano plus. On your computer, this warped image is transformed ("unwarped") into an interactive scene where anyone can control the view. Once you have the raw photos and/or videos, you'll need software to edit them. We provide PhotoWarp (for images) and VideoWarp Director (for 360° videos). Whether you're shooting 360° stills, panoramic videos, or both, we've got you covered. The GoPano plus has a standard 67mm photographic filter thread base which can be easily adapted to fit almost all the digital cameras, DSLR lenses, and camcorders. GoPano Step Rings can adapt any camera or lens with a filter thread to connect directly to the GoPano plus. SPEAKER INFO: Tim Conway ( Not to be confused with actor in the Dorf videos, Tim Conway has been creating, supervising, and creating unique technology in the field of Visual Effects and Post Production since 1997. His latest endeavor is a camera lens with an attached mirror which allows you to take 360 degree panoramic still images or video. This Tech Talk was presented at Google's LA office.

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Ion Air Pro Side

Since the revolutionary GoPro camera came on the scene in 2004, it has developed into a massive success.

Everyone from surfers to cyclists, to race-car drivers and all- around adventurers have taken to the device as the go-to camera for that hard-to-get shot.

Last year the company sold roughly 800,000 cameras at $300 each and did $250 million in revenue. Its closest competitor, Contour, brought in $15.1 million in revenue in 2011. Since it created the wearable-camera space, GoPro has essentially been running away with the market.

But one company is hoping to change that.

World Wide Licenses, the makers of the new ION Air Pro camera, have just launched their new mountable camera that they hope will make a big dent in the adventure camera space.

The ION Air Pro costs $229, and its deluxe package that includes the camera, a wifi port, and a variety mounts and accessories comes up to $349.

We just received one to do some testing of our own. But before we hit the outdoors, we thought we'd give you a look at what the ION Air Pro looks like and what you can expect from this new, promising adventure camera.

The Air Pro is available in 5 different packages. This is the Wifi kit, the most deluxe package, which retails for $349.99 . It gives users the ability to wirelessly preview and upload footage to social networks via smart phone or tablet devices.

Unlike GoPro, the ION Air Pro comes in a reusable tin box, which can come in handy when trying to transport the various mounts and parts.

The Air Pro records in full 1080p, is lighter than 4.5 ounces and does not require additional housing for underwater shooting.

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Samsung has said that it's going to put more of a focus on its interchangeable lens cameras, and the company has just shown us its refreshed NX series: the DSLR-like NX20, the rangefinder-styled NX210, and the diminutive NX1000. All three of the cameras now feature 8fps continuous shooting and a maximum ISO of 12,800, and they all share the same Samsung-developed and Samsung-built 20.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor. That sensor is similar to what you'd see in a prosumer DSLR or Sony's NEX series of cameras, and the latter is the Samsung NX series' primary competition — both are trying to present compelling arguments to customers who are looking for more than a smartphone camera (something that's now replacing many point-and-shoots) and...

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