December 19, 2007

Capture One 4 Raw workflow software

Phase One Delivers Capture One 4 - It Next-Generation RAW Workflow Software Built on a new architecture, the successor to Phase One’s entry-level Capture One LE offers photographers – pros and enthusiasts alike – a RAW workflow solution for superior image quality. A newly designed user interface offers high fidelity color and detail reproduction, plus new timesaving workflow features. Capture One 4 supports medium-format digital backs and a wide range of DSLR cameras. “Our recent survey of professional photographers shows that pros have fully adopted digital and RAW format, with 89 percent of total images now being captured digitally and over 50 percent of them in RAW format,” said Ed Lee, Director at InfoTrends. “Capture One excels at RAW workflow,” said Jan H. Christiansen, marketing director for Phase One. “Today, it is no less an art to develop digital images than to process film in the darkroom. Ours is not an ‘end-to-end’ solution, but devoted to helping photographers achieve the highest quality from the images they have captured.” - Capture One 4 invokes more consistent use of shortcuts, tools and naming. - It is compatible with many other popular applications; for example, users can have a seamless workflow with Capture One to process RAW files and Adobe Photoshop to post process images. - New user interface offers maximum space for the images. - Images, not sliders and controls, are the focus. - A darker background permits easier image viewing and enhancements. - As with previous generations of Capture One, a guided workflow is available to assist the photographer in the image enhancement process; - View and work with up to 12 images simultaneously at full resolution; - Multiple Variants of a single RAW image can be made with virtually no disk and performance overhead; - Manage and transfer license codes, so Capture One 4 can be used on one computer one day and on another computer the next. - Recover details in highlights and shadows with high dynamic range control; - Import and export images in DNG format, for more options to share and archive; - Powerful new shortcut architecture allows faster image import, adjustment and processing Capture One 4 is available for 129 USD and 99 EUR.

Kodak Wins Three 2008 CES Innovations Awards

Honors Awarded to Kodak All-in-One Inkjet Printer and Two Digital Cameras
Kodak Company’s innovation was highlighted at the recent International Consumer Electronics Show Press Preview, where the company’s products and services won three prestigious Innovations 2008 Design and Engineering Awards.
The Kodak Easyshare 5300 All-in-One Printer was awarded an Innovation honor in the Computer Peripherals category, while the Kodak Easyshare V1253 garnered Innovations honors in the Digital Imaging category and the Kodak Easyshare ZD710 received accolades for its energy efficient design in the Eco-Design and Sustainable Technology category.
The Innovations 2008 Design and Engineering Awards, sponsored by the Consumer Electronics Association and endorsed by the Industrial Designers Society of America, honors superior design and engineering among the year’s most technologically advanced products. Chosen for the honor by a panel of independent industry designers, engineers and journalists, the Kodak Products will be on display at the 2008 International CES in Las Vegas from January 7-10, 2008 in the Kodak booth, Las Vegas Convention Center.

Firmware Zuiko Tele Converter EC-20

December 12, 2007

Spencer Finch, In Praise of Shadows at Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin

Spencer Finch, In Praise of Shadows
Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin
December 1, 2007 - January 26, 2008

Galerie Nordenhake in Berlin presents an exhibition with new works by american artist SPENCER FINCH: In Praise of Shadows. Shadows are an always present element of Spencer Finch’s artistic exploration of the psychological and physiological aspects of perception and its limits. His current show at MASS MoCA exemplifies the wide range of ideas and visual modes with which Spencer Finch approaches the paradoxical nature of light and colour. The show “In Praise of Shadows”, however, is specifically devoted to the complex world of shadows. The title derives from Jun’ichiro Tanizaki’s short 1933 treatise, a meditation on the aesthetics of shadows in Japanese culture, threatened by the omnipresence of electric light: “Were it not for shadows, there would be no beauty”, Tanazaki states. Spencer Finch’s exhibition can be seen as a small visual anthology of shadows. A drawing from 1995 is exhibited alongside new watercolours, photographs, light installations, and smaller experimental installations that explore the diverse aspects of shadows.

One of the narrow walls alongside the large gallery window is painted in a monochrome grey colour, transporting the viewer to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s house in Weimar. The grey is an accurate chromatic replica of the colour of the shadow cast on a November day in the house where Goethe wrote his “Theory of Colour“ (1810), and where he most likely performed his experiments on coloured shadows. Goethe defined colour as the result of a dynamic interplay between light and darkness. Although Goethe’s theory was rejected in favour of Newton’s purely physical explanation, Goethe’s observations laid the groundwork for colour psychology.

A sequence of 12 photographs captures the transient shadows cast by a lemon tree over the course of a day. The artist travelled to Spain and took the photos at equal intervals from dawn till dusk to record the revolution of the sun around the tree. The work is inspired by a poem about a barren orange tree, written by Federico García Lorca, which adds a melancholic tone to the delicate photographic renderings and points to the long tradition of ascribing shadows deeper psychological meanings. Lorca’s orange tree invokes a woodcutter to cut away his shadow because it can’t stand the torment of seeing itself in its fruitless silhouette. 

Eugène Atget, master of the photographic conservation of old Paris, is honoured in a light installation in the second room of the gallery. Spencer Finch uses colour filters and fluorescent lights to re-create the exact darkness of the shadows cast in the Parisian alleyways that were photographed by Eugène Atget around 100 years ago. 

What remains constant in Spencer Finch’s work is that he merges dry, scientific methods of measurement and documentation with his subjective creative expression, here demonstrating that shadows are far more than regions of darkness where light is blocked. Rather, they are optical shapes that beckon towards a subjective sublime, reflecting the human condition of never being able to completely know what exists in nature, waiting in the shadows for a stroke of lightning.

NORDENHAKE Berlin, Germany
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December 10, 2007

Real Photography Award Finalists


In a further round of judging, the five member international jury has narrowed down the nominees for the REAL Photography Award to six finalists:

Julian Faulhaber, b. 1975, Germany
Abelardo Morell, b. 1948, US
Hans-Christian Schink, b. 1961, Germany
Livia Corona Velazquez, b. 1975, Mexico
Thomas Weinberger, b. 1964, Germany
Danwen Xing, b. 1967, China

Commenting on the selection Roger Hargreaves, Chairman of the REAL Photography Award Jury, said "Photography it seems has never been livelier, more inventive and more creative. Some photographs were always destined for the final selection. As a group, the jury was conscious of wanting to produce not just a selection of the best, but a coherent exhibition that would serve as a benchmark of contemporary photography's engagement with the shifting metropolis and the ever more delicate balance of the environment. We also wanted to reflect the breadth of the submissions and acknowledge interests that recurred across a range of entrants".

The final phase of judging and the announcement of the overall winner will take place on 20 March 2008, the opening day of the REAL Photography Award exhibition incorporating the photographs of all 30 award nominees. The venue of the exhibition will be the Las Palmas II Art Exhibition Centre in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. A colour catalogue of all thirty entries will be available at the travelling exhibition.

Wanafoto previous post about this event: Real Photography Award

December 6, 2007

DIFC Supports Dubai International Film Festival


The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) announced that the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) has become the festival's sole 'Supported By' sponsor.

His Excellency Dr Omar Bin Sulaiman, Governor of the DIFC commented: "Our ambition is for DIFC to highlight Dubai's reputation, not just as a hub for business and finance, but as a centre for excellence and innovation across the board. Whilst the DIFC is driving the growth of the region's financial sector, it is also stimulating Dubai's expansion into other areas, such as art and culture. By supporting DIFF, we are supporting the development of regional talent."

DIFF Chairman Abdulhamid Juma said: "We are pleased to enjoy the support of the Dubai International Financial Centre, which is far-sighted enough to see the importance of culture and the arts to Dubai's development as a true regional hub. Our areas of activity may seem far removed, but in fact are united in the purpose to raise Dubai's reputation globally and to continue to guide its development as a community with much to offer both residents and visitors alike."

DIFF 2007 run from December 9 to 16, and show top films and talent from the West, East and the Arab world gather in Dubai. 

Finalists of Independent Games Festival 2007


The Independent Games Festival (IGF) has named the main competition finalists for its historic tenth annual set of awards, celebrating the creations of the independent game community this year.

From a record field of 173 entries, nominations were led by 2D Boy's physics construction game World of Goo and Invisible Handlebar's music-adapting puzzle racer Audiosurf. Games were adjudicated by a panel made up of the creators of previous IGF honorees Aquaria, Braid, Cloud and N; industry veterans from studios including Foundation 9, Crytek, Electronic Arts, Big Huge Games and Midway; and noted journalists from Newsweek, Games For Windows Magazine, Joystiq, Wired, Kotaku, MTV News, and more.

World of Goo and Audiosurf were both nominated for three prizes, including the $20,000 Seumas McNally Grand Prize category; other multiple nominees include 2D/3D platform title Fez, physics-heavy steampunk flying combat title Hammerfall, and Guitar Hero controller-using action game Fret Nice. Other notable nominees for the 10th Annual IGF Awards include stylish 2D pixel action title Noitu Love 2: Devolution, design-nominated bird-watching casual title Snapshot Adventures: Secret Of Bird Island, and evocative art-game The Path.

In addition, an initial set of sponsors for the 2008 Independent Games Festival have been announced. Wizards of the Coast's is 2008 Platinum Sponsor, alongside Sony and Microsoft as Silver Sponsors and DigiPen as Platinum Student Showcase Sponsor.

The finalists for the 2007 Independent Games Festival are:

     Seumas McNally Grand Prize

     * Audiosurf, by Invisible Handlebar, LLC
     * Crayon Physics Deluxe, by Kloonigames
     * Hammerfall, by GKosh
     * Noitu Love 2: Devolution, by Konjak
     * World of Goo, by 2D Boy, LLC

     Best Web Browser Game

     *, by GlobZ
     * Iron Dukes, by One Ton Ghost
     * Tri-Achnid, by TriAchnid Inc

     Design Innovation Award

     * Battleships Forever, by WYRDSYM Games
     * Fez, by Kokoromi
     * Fret Nice, by Bits & Pieces Interactive
     * Snapshot Adventures: Secret Of Bird Island, by Large Animal Games
     * World Of Goo, by 2D Boy, LLC

     Excellence in Visual Art

     * Clean Asia!, by Cactus?
     * Fez, by Kokoromi
     * Hammerfall, by GKosh
     * Synaesthete, by DigiPen Institute of Technology
     * The Path, by Tale of Tales

     Excellence in Audio

     * Cinnamon Beats, by Secret Exit
     * Fret Nice, by Bits & Pieces Interactive
     * Audiosurf, by Invisible Handlebar, LLC
     * Clean Asia!, by Cactus?
     * OokiBloks, by Studio Work3 / Hermit Games

     Technical Excellence

     * World of Goo, by 2D Boy, LLC
     * Audiosurf, by Invisible Handlebar, LLC
     * Goo!, by PillowFort
     * Axiom: Overdrive, by Reflexive Entertainment
     * Gumboy Tournament, by CINEMAX, s.r.o.

The IGF was established in 1998 by the CMP Game Group to encourage innovation in game development and to recognize the best independent game developers, in the way that the Sundance Film Festival honors the independent film community. A separate set of finalists, for the Student Showcase award, will be announced December 17. The finalists will compete for more than $50,000 in prizes. Nominated games will be exhibited at the IGF Pavilion, February 20-22, and announced at the IGF Awards Ceremony on February 20, at CMP's Game Developers Conference (GDC).

December 1, 2007

The New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) Art Fair 2007 Miami




The New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) presents the 5th edition of the NADA Art Fair in Miami. Featuring 86 emerging art galleries from 20 countries, the NADA Art Fair is renowned for its diverse, high quality group of exhibitors as well as its unique atmosphere in the vast sound stages and gardens of the Ice Palace Studios, where the fair has been held since it made the pioneering move in 2004. The fair is open and free to the public from Wednesday, December 5 to Saturday, December 8, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday, December 9, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Shuttle service will be available from South Beach to the Ice Palace for the duration of the fair and the Opening Night Preview.

Schedule begins on Tuesday, December 4th at 4 pm, with a first look preview that will again benefit The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York. This event is further a celebration of the December 1st public opening of the New Museum’s new building by cutting-edge, Tokyo-based architects Sejima + Nishizawa/SANAA at 235 Bowery, New York. Join us at the preview for a first look at the some of the most exciting emerging art being made today and a complimentary Grolsch Swingtop beer.

Directly following the fair’s preview at 8:30 pm, gallery.sora. in conjunction with the New Museum and NADA, will present a very special live performance by artist Ken Kagami and the avant-garde, musical group, Deerhoof. Having toured with bands including Radiohead and Wilco, Deerhoof is renowned for their innovative sound, acclaimed by Rolling Stone Magazine as “magical art rock.”

Maintaining NADA’s commitment to showing the freshest and most exciting emerging artists, one third of this year’s exhibitors are new to the fair including Ancient & Modern from London, Rodeo Gallery from Istanbul, Hunt Kastner Artworks from Prague and James Fuentes from New York. The 2007 fair will also be distinguished by the extensive number of solo artist booths such as Laura Lancaster with Workplace Gallery, Gateshead, UK; Soju Tao with Take Ninagawa, Tokyo; Matthew Day Jackson with Ballroom Marfa, Marfa TX; Wilfredo Prieto with Galerie Martin Van Zomeren, Amsterdam; Swetlana Heger with Galerie Frank Elbaz, Paris; Amanda Ross-Ho with Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles; Ahmet Ogüt with Rodeo Gallery, Istanbul; and from New York: Olga Chernysheva with Foxy Production; Kamrooz Aram with Oliver Kamm/5BE Gallery; Chris Lipomi with Renwick Gallery; Michael Jones McKean with Sunday L.E.S.; and Mike Womack with ZieherSmith.

For the first time, the outdoor area of the NADA Art Fair will feature a tent housing an expanded publication section, including an array of art periodicals as well as emerging presses, editions, and journals. See below for complete list of exhibitors and publications.

The tented area will also feature Blank Canvas: The Art Exhibit, presented by 7 For All Mankind, the leader in luxury denim in partnership with Condé Nast Media Group and the New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA). This distinctive collaboration between the denim brand and a group of artists from around the world will be unveiled for the first time at the NADA Art Fair. The curator of this exhibit is NADA member Sarah Gavlak, owner of the Gavlak Gallery in West Palm Beach. Gavlak selected a talented assemblage of contemporary artists including Lisa Anne Auerbach, Carolyn Carr, Jim Drain, Philip Estlund, Ruth Laskey, Dean Sameshima, and Shinique Smith. Each artist has merged the fashion and functionality of denim with their chosen artistic medium, creating something unexpectedly fresh and cutting edge.


The New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) 2007 – Exhibitor List

* indicates first time exhibiting at the NADA Art Fair


Ancient & Modern, London*
The Apartment, Athens
ATM Gallery, New York
Ballroom Marfa, Marfa*
Bellwether Gallery, New York
Joseé Bienvenu Gallery, New York
Blow de la Barra, London
Brown, London*
Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago
CANADA, New York
Atelier Cardenas Bellanger, Paris
Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles
Galerie Chez Valentin, Paris
Clementine Gallery, New York
Cohan and Leslie, New York
Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York
Dicksmith Gallery, London
Elastic, Malmö
Galerie Frank Elbaz, Paris*
Eleven Rivington, New York*
Derek Eller Gallery, New York
Evergreene, Geneva
Jonathan Viner/Fortescue Avenue, London
Foxy Production, New York
Carl Freedman Gallery, London
Freymond-Guth & Co. Fine Arts, Zurich*
James Fuentes, New York*
Greed on Red, Dublin
Andreas Grimm, New York/Munich
Guild & Greyshkul, New York
Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago/Leipzig
Hunt Kastner, Prague*
Galerie Juliette Jongma, Amsterdam
Iris Kadel, Karlsruhe
Oliver Kamm/5BE Gallery, New York
Karma International, Zurich*
Galerie Ben Kaufmann, Berlin/Munich
Galerie Parisa Kind, Frankfurt*
Kirkhoff, Copenhagen
Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York
Klaus Von Nichtssagend Gallery, Brooklyn*
Klemm’s, Berlin*
KS Art, New York
Lokal_30, Warsaw*
Linn Lühn, Cologne
Mary Mary, Glasgow
Andreiana Mihail Gallery, Bucharest*
Momenta Art, Brooklyn
Monitor Video & Contemporary Art, Rome*
Mother’s Tankstation, Dublin
Murray Guy, New York
Museum 52, London
Myto, Mexico City*
Nogueras Blanchard, Barcelona
Neue Alte Brücke, Frankfurt*
Lizabeth Oliveria, Los Angeles
Ratio 3, San Francisco
Redling Fine Art, Los Angeles*
Daniel Reich Gallery, New York
Renwick Gallery, New York*
Ritter/Zamet, London
Rivington Arms, New York
Rodeo, Istanbul*
Roebling Hall, New York
Samson Projects, Boston
Galerie Micky Schubert, Berlin*
Sister, Los Angeles
Small A Projects, Portland*
Smith-Stewart, New York*
gallery.sora., Tokyo
Nils Staerk Contemporary Art, Copenhagen
Sunday L.E.S., New York*
Take Ninagawa, Tokyo*
Uplands Gallery, Melbourne*
Upstream Gallery, Amsterdam
Vacio 9, Madrid
Van Horn, Düsseldorf*
Martin Van Zomeren/gmvz, Amsterdam
Wallspace, New York
Galerie Jan Wentrup, Berlin*
White Columns, New York
Jan Winkelmann, Berlin
Workplace Gallery, Gateshead
ZieherSmith, New York
Zinger Presents, Amsterdam



Aesthetica Magazine LTD, York
Afterall, Valencia
ANP Quarterly, Costa Mesa
Art Forum, New York
Art in America, New York
Art on Paper, New York
Art World Magazine, Kent
Article: Art and the Imaginative Promise, Oakland
ArtReview:, London
Aspect: The Chronicle of New Media Art, Boston
Beautiful/Decay, Los Angeles
BOMB Magazine, Brooklyn
Cerealart, Philadelphia
Eyemazing Magazine, Amsterdam
GLARE Quarterly, Portland
Imperfect Articles, Chicago
the journal, New York

Me Magazine, White Plains
North Drive Press, Brooklyn
Ooga Booga, Los Angeles
Paperback Magazine, London
Picture Box, Brooklyn
Pork Salad Press, Copenhagen
Revisionaries, New York
Sherbert Magazine, Brooklyn
Sienese Shredder Editions, New York
sitemagazin, Düsseldorf
SLP Art Culture Commerce, New York
Studio Voltaire, London
TOKION, New York
USELESS magazine/projects, London
Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art, New York
Wynwood Magazine, Miami


December 5-8, 2007; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
December 9, 2007; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Opening Night Preview
to benefit
The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

@ The Ice Palace
1400 North Miami Avenue, Miami, FL 33136
(Corner of North Miami Avenue and NW 14th Street)