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Shooting the Past

From Stephen Poliakoff’s movie, Shooting The Past, set around an image library

7 Days of image news in one minute. This week photography and cinema, Annie Leibovitz and Les Miserables, and a Polar Bear who would like nothing more than to snack on a photographer

Who would commission a work whose hero is a parole breaker and whose title is roughly translated as The Miserable Ones? “Don’t harsh my buzz!” as the kids might say, but the recently released film version of Les Miserables got eight nominations and logged record-breaking weekends in UK and New  Zealand along with worldwide Box Office of $233.8 million.  The film’s nominations included Production Design and Costumes, but the question for photographers and advertisers is how much ‘rebel chic’ will play into 2013 advertising. The colour palettes for this Annie Liebovitz/Vanity Fair Les Miserables shoot suggest something painterly in the zeitgeist.

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Photographers feature in The Oscars and the BAFTA shortlists. Oscar-nominated 5 Broken Cameras is directed by Palestinian Emad Burnat and edited by Jewish-Israeli filmmaker Guy Davidi, about Burnat documenting the turmoil in his village on the West Bank.

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While McCullin, shortlisted for a BAFTA celebrates the life and work of British photojournalist Don McCullin.

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Photography in cinema is the subject of Rick Poynor’s reflections over at the Design Observer, where Poynor recalls Stephen Poliakoff’s Shooting The Past, set in the fictitious Fallon photo Library, where the database is the memory of the archivist. “If you love photography and you haven’t seen it,” writes Poynor, “then this is a film you need in your life. For 194 minutes, Shooting the Past dwells on the often ineffable mystery, beauty and power of the static photograph.” [US DVD, UK DVD]

Screenshot from Shooting The Past

Screenshot from Shooting The Past

More history as National Geographic magazine’s 125th birthday is celebrated by The Guardian in London with this sequence of majestic, humorous and moving images.

Caribou on the Alaska Highway, National Geographic RM

Caribou on the Alaska Highway, National Geographic RM

Finally, Scottish wildlife photographer and cameraman Gordon Buchanan just manages to avoid being lunch for a Polar Bear for BBC TV.  He spent 45 minutes in a glass tank as the Polar Bear tried to break in, which just confirms the insane dedication of the professional photographer.

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