The infamous winning photo of the World Press Photo Award 2017


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Burhan Ozbilici /AP /World Press Photo

Every year the Press Photo of the Year receives the World Press Photo Award. It’s not unusual that this particular award has stirred up some controversy.

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SIGMA searching for structure – Contest


SIGMA Germany has started this sunny week with a call on Facebook. Those of you who submit their nicest and most special favorite photo of a structure until this Monday, 20 Feb 2017, 6:00 p.m., can win even twice: According to the advertisement every photo will be published on the Facebook page and can be seen there many, many times. On the other hand the best photo will be awarded a great prize – the SIGMA 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Contemporary lens.

Here you can learn more about your prize made of glass.
By the way, you won’t find a lot of inspiration on the internet only. If you focus more on this topic, you’ll discover the most beautiful structures even in your everyday routine, on the street, while taking a walk in the city or in nature and even within your own four walls. So open your eyes and your lens cap – and shoot!

Here you can check the official call: https://www.facebook.com/SIGMAFoto/photos/a.112233122161079.17004.112043995513325/1377935508924161/?type=3&theater

A chance I surely don’t want to miss – and I hope neither do you! 😉 I wish you all good luck!

 

Westlicht Wien Hungary 56 – Pictures of a Revolution


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In 2015 refugees were a big issue in Europe. In border areas in particular the agitation and the stream of people seeking refuge could be noticed. Hungary and the train station in Budapest were affected quite a lot as well. Thousands of refugees kept waiting there for transit permits, gathering on the spot. These events were covered by a lot of media and resulted in some impressive photographic creations. The works created by contemporary photographers are now displayed in Vienna’s Galerie Westlicht, showing images of the things that happened at the Austro-Hungarian border in autumn 2015.

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Peter Lindbergh


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They claim that it was him who invented top models. That may be a bit exaggerated. However, nobody can deny that the photo taken by Peter Lindbergh showing a group of stunningly beautiful young ladies strolling through the streets of New York changed the fashion world and started a new era of top models. Because these ladies weren’t any ordinary women but Linda Evangelista, Tatjana Patitz, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell and Christy Turlington. In the early 1990s this very image appeared on the cover of the British “Vogue”. Until today it’s maintained its cult status, with Peter Lindbergh ranging among the most popular photographers of our time. For decades you can find his photos in every important fashion magazine. He’s been working for a number of famous fashion houses and his pictures have become an essential part of the fashion universe.

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SIGMA NEWS


As always the world of photography has become calmer after the Photokina. After all big manufacturers have presented their new products and revealed the great surprises there’s now much less news to report about.  As all of you know already some new SIGMA lenses have been released on the market and of course we’re aching to test them.

In today’s news article I’d like to present some events where SIGMA will be present in the next couple of weeks. SIGMA is going to announce to the visitors of these events their latest products at the exhibitions of the photo community.

An example of an event that will take place very soon is the house fair Foto Lambertin in Cologne, Germany. It lasts from 28 Oct until 29 Oct 2016 An der Rechtschule 1 in Cologne. Lambertin belongs to the photo retailers that are very popular in this city.

The International Nature Photography Festival, organized by the Society of German Animal Photographers, takes place from 29 Oct until 30 Oct 2016 in Lünen, Germany. Besides a prestigious exhibition visitors can also enjoy a full program including a photography flea market.

SIGMA will also take part at the Fernweh Festival, which takes place from 17 Nov to 20 Nov 2016 in Erlangen, Germany. In these four days visitors are invited to join a thrilling tour around the world. They will see fascinating pictures displayed on a 12m screen and besides that they can get information on the topics outdoor, traveling and photography at more than 50 exhibition stands.

A glimpse at SIGMA’S event calendar for further information on the events, exhibits or shows is always a good hint.

Instagram is art!


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The Belvedere Museum in Vienna is among the most important art museums in the world. The prestigious house owns the greatest collection of Austrian art, among which there is the world’s largest collection of paintings by Gustav Klimt.

It’s quite an honor that a prestigious house like that dedicates an exhibition to a phenomenon that is so new, so far less glamorous and still, such an influence to the contemporary photography scene. I’m talking, of course, about Instagram.
The Social Media platform has like nothing before awoken so many peoples interest in photography. If all of the 95 million photos uploaded every single day are good or do even have artistic value, is something that can be argued about. Nevertheless, fact is that Instagram moved up into the world of fine art. The exhibition “Instagram Now” that is displayed in the course of the “Eyes On – Month of photography Vienna” is also proof of that. The Belvedere museum aims to have a closer look at the phenomenon Instagram and the way it influences contemporary photography.

For me, a devoted Instagram fan, it’s a must go to.

The exhibition takes place from the 20th of October till the 30th of November 2016 at the Spitzhof of the Lower Belvedere in Vienna. Admission is free.

 

Lens Review Sigma 85mm F1.4 DG HSM Art


Just after arriving at the Photokina there were quite a lot of things to discover for a curious guy like me. Besides numerous innovations regarding print technology in photography and many fantastic exhibitions of pictures from all over the world, I was particularly fascinated by the recently announced lenses. Of course, Sigma’s optics attracted me and besides the SIGMA ultra-wide-angle 12-24mm F4 DG HSM and the fixed focal length Sigma 500mm F4 DG OS HSM I came across the Sigma 85 F1.4 DG HSM of the Art series. I already know the big aperture from my experiences with the 20mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens with which I already had the chance to take some amazing pictures.

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Photokina – Imaging Unlimited


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We’ve already written about this topic once – but now the time’s come! In the scene it is THE big event – the Photokina. Photographers from all around the world travel to Cologne end of September to visit the exhibition. It’s always highly anticipated because camera and lens manufacturers like to use it as a platform to announce their new products to the public for the first time. In 2008, for example, the Leica S System was announced, or at the last Photokina in 2014 the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-RX1, a mirrorless digital compact camera with a full frame sensor, was presented, or SIGMA’s high-resolution digital cameras DP1 and DP2 Merrill with a Foveon X3 sensor.

The target groups at the Photokina are very broad as you can quickly notice on the homepage: They address pros but also young “smartphoners”. No surprise – because the presentations and discussions offered are as diverse as the numerous international exhibitors.

This year, among other things, the event covers the following focus topics: The popular photo competition BLENDE will take place where everyone can prove their abilities and talents. Besides that there will be a stronger focus on blogging, on the internet and social media as well as on video and light painting. You’ll get the chance to try out virtual reality headsets as well as 360° videos and images. Fun, thrill and a wonderful innovative experience in this branch in technology will be guaranteed to every visitor.

 The Photokina takes place at the Messegelände Köln from 20 to 25 September 2016 daily from 10 am to 6 pm.

FacesbehindVoices – An inspiring project by an inspiring person.


An autodidact, who, instead of telling his date of birth, rather tells that he loves Spaghetti since 1977. A guy, that went to Berlin for a couple of years, just to give it a try and who is now able to pride himself with collaborations with PhaseOne and Broncolor.

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Portrait of the photographer

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Recommendation – “Inspiration Photography – from Makart to Klimt“


To all Viennese and Vienna lovers among you –the stunning Belvedere Palace in the Austrian capital currently houses an exhibition called “Inspiration Photography – from Makart to Klimt”. It was opened on June 17 and will last until October 30, 2016, located in the Orangerie in the Lower Belvedere.

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