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SHORTS AND BRIEFS: June 19

A concise round-up of new product updates, international snippets and other interesting stuff from the wonderful world of photography: BIFB free portfolio reviews… Nikon flags ‘D5 mirrorless’… New Datacolor SpyderX Tool Kits… NGV Darren Sylvester large-scale exhibition.

BIFB free portfolio reviews
The Ballarat International Foto Biennale has opened applications for its free portfolio reviews, with 38 selected photographers to meet with three curators to have their work critiqued.

Over the full day photographers will have in-depth discussions about their practice to gain valuable critical insights into work and further develop their professional network.

The portfolio reviews are part of the In Focus Curators Forum, running August 26 – 29, with 15 local and international curators participating in the event.

Portfolio review submissions are open to all photographers around the world, with applications closing June 30. Photographers are required to provide a biography and CV, and examples of two bodies of work.

The full list of curators hasn’t been revealed. So far the In Focus Curators Forum has confirmed six curators who specialise a range of artistic mediums.

The In Focus Curators Forum, supported by the Ian Potter Foundation, also includes a range of free workshops open to 15 mid-career curators or photo artists.

Click here for more info.


Nikon flags ‘D5 mirrorless’
Nikon’s CEO Toshikazu Umatate has told Japanese business publication Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun the company is developing a D5 ‘equivalent’ mirrorless camera.

Nikon D5
The Nikon D5.

He didn’t provide any details regarding specs or when it will be released. Here’s the poorly translated quote from Nikkan, ‘Top-end model of the digital single-lens reflex camera “D5.”’

If it’s anything like the much-loved D5, Nikon’s mirrorless equivalent will be a high-speed shooting camera geared toward photojournalists and sports photographers. Or Nikon’s attempt to rival the Sony a9.


New Datacolor SpyderX Tool Kits
Datacolor has launched two product bundles for photographers to manage their colour workflow: SpyderX Capture Pro and SpyderX Studio.

The SpyderX Capture Pro bundle.

Both include the recently launched SpyderX colour calibrator for monitors, which Datacolor claims is the most accurate, fastest and easiest-to-use Spyder. Ever.

SpyderX Capture Pro provides colour management tools for image capture and editing:
– Spyder LensCal to calibrate cameras, lenses and DSLR components;
– Spyder Cube to set white balance and RAW conversion;
– Spyder Checkr for camera colour calibration;
– SpyderX Elite for professional monitor calibration.

SpyderX Studio is an all-in-one photographic workflow solution from capture through to printing:
– Spyder Cube to set white balance and RAW conversion;
– SpyderX Elite for professional monitor calibration;
– Spyder Print for print profiling for any printer, ink or paper combination.

Datacolor has listed the international pricing as US$400 for the SpyderX Capture Pro and US$500 for the SpyderX Studio.


NGV Darren Sylvester large-scale exhibition
Darren Sylvester: Carve a Future, Devour Everything, Become Something is the Melbourne-based contemporary artist’s first large-scale solo exhibition at a public institution.

Darren Sylvester: Carve A Future, Devour Everything, Become Something, installation view, 2019, The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Melbourne. Photo: Tom Ross.

The multidisciplinary artist works across photography, sculpture, video, music, installation and performance. While photos are Sylvester’s most well-known work and the focal point of the exhibition, the large-scale exhibition is complimented by other installations to create an immersive trip.

Bringing together works spanning the entire 20 years of his career, this exhibition is an opportunity to review Sylvester’s practice and reveals his continued discussions on desirability, authenticity, mortality, and how every day life is shaped by branding. Expect colour, glam, sheen, and a thumping dance floor.

‘Your first love is your last love’, 2005, digital type C print, 120 x 160 cm, Collection of the artist, Melbourne. Photo: Darren Sylvester.

Closes June 30 at the National Gallery of Victoria’s Ian Potter Centre.


 

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