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Fujifilm X-Photographers website update

The Fujifilm X-Photographers website has been updated. We’ve added new galleries for Ben Cherry, Dave Wall, Jamie Stoker and our first female UK X-Photographer, Kerry Hendry.

Visit the X-Photographers website

bencherryBen Cherry

Ben is a 22-year-old Zoology student who combines his love of nature with photography. Focusing on capturing moments, Ben has travelled the world through these two passions discovering new cultures and visiting some of nature’s wonders; from the Great Barrier Reef, the Victoria Falls, Simian Mountains of Ethiopia, and the rainforests of Borneo. He has won photographic competitions with National Geographic and the Rotary Foundation as well as being highly commended in Travel Photographer of the Year and finalised in BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

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Visit Ben Cherry’s website

davewallDave Wall

Dave Wall is not just an Award Winning Commercial Photographer, but professional retoucher and highly regarded trainer traveling the globe teaching both Adobe Photoshop & Lightroom. His most recent accolades include winning The SWPP Commercial Photographer of the Year award, not once but twice in consecutive years.

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Visit Dave Wall’s website

jamiestokerJamie Stoker

Jamie is a freelance photographer based in his home city of London. He honed his craft at the London College of Communication and University of Brighton and now shoots a mixture of fashion and portrait commissions alongside personal work. He has photographed editorial assignments for Dazed & Confused, Port Magazine and The Fader and has recent commercial clients that include Nike and Warner Music.

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Visit Jamie Stoker’s website

kerryhendryKerry Hendry

Kerry is an outdoor photographer who is passionate about landscape photography, alongside fine art equestrian commissions and adventures. Her equine images have been widely published in national media and sell worldwide. A keen rider from a very young age, Kerry combines her three main passions in life – horses, photography and travel.

Visit Kerry’s Love The Image website
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Interview with Tom Lazar – Street Photographer

Photographer Tomasz Lazar finds that the Fujifilm X100S is the best choice for his brand of street photography

Tomasz Lazar is a photographer from Poland and a graduate of the West Pomeranian University of Technology. His black & white documentary images of street culture have won numerous accolades, including placing in the Sony World Photography Awards and the International Photography Awards. “I also took second place in ‘People in the News’ category of the 2012 World Press Photo contest and received Picture of the Year at BZ WBK Press Foto 2012,” he tells X Magazine.

X100S Lens: fixed 23mm Exposure: 1/15 sec  ISO: 400
X100S Lens: fixed 23mm Exposure: 1/15 sec
ISO: 400

 While Tomasz was still at university he planned a trip to Spain with his girlfriend, but didn’t own a camera. “I was given [a camera] by my parents, a Nikon D50 – and that’s how it all started,” he said. “After coming back from Spain I wanted to learn more about photography. I read books, looked at photo albums, talked to people about it – and I still remember the first photography book I bought, by Jeanloup Sieff. I really felt that photography was what I loved and what I would like to do in the future. I’ve always liked to talk to people and listen to their stories, but photography also enabled me to capture their stories.”

Street life

After a year living in Warsaw, Tomasz is now based in Szczecin, and tries to constantly be on the move. “I travel around Poland and Europe, and try to visit New York at least once a year,” he explains. As a long-time member of the un-posed photography group, which focuses on street photography, Tomasz devotes most of his time to taking pictures. To Tomasz, the street is an almost magnetic place, which he describes as being like a ‘living organism’. “Everything is constantly changing,” he says. “Street photography gives you a kind of freedom but also allows you to converse with people and observe situations.” He also points out that despite the name, you don’t have to be on a street to take street photography. “Street is a combination of factors that are relevant to each other – moments that together, give you this kind of mood.”

Whether on the street or not, Tomasz is always searching for images that, in his words, ‘enchant reality’. “The photographer Ernst Haas said of photographs, ‘the less information, the more allusion; the less prose, the more poetry’, which works to stimulate the imagination,” Tomasz explains. “This is what I’m really looking for. Some people say that I’ve got my own black & white style in photography, but I think that I can try different approaches to develop my consciousness. With my pictures I like to tell stories about places and people or try to show the mood.

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Question time

Tomasz has come to the conclusion that there are two kinds of photo projects: “One kind answers questions, but the other aims to force the viewer to think, and actually asks questions. My Theatre of Life is such a project – its point is to raise questions and make the viewers consider what to do next, what impact is had on our lives by technological development and the media.” Theatre of Life is a project that Tomasz has been working on since 2008, an exploration of surrealism. “It’s an essay on my experiences and thoughts about what surrounds me,” he says. “As a result of fast-changing technological developments, many people seem to feel disconnected from the world. Some seek refuge and create alternative realities: some dress in costumes, play role-playing games or pretend to be heroes from movies or Japanese anime. We all find our ways to cope, but these ‘off’ moments are what interest me.”

Tomasz frequently works in black & white, enjoying the dark and mysterious perception that people have of monochromatic pictures. “I also like to use natural light mixed with a flashlight,” he says. “I’ve learned a lot of my black & white technique from the classical darkroom – such as how to develop and work on the images. I like to work on all the details to make the picture better. To make really good black & white, everything is important: composition, light, people’s faces – and that’s why I like monochrome images.”

Tomasz often works with the Fujifilm X100S and has high praise for the camera’s capability at delivering black & white images. But it’s not just the inner workings of the cameras that Tomasz enjoys: he loves their style and size as well. “I like the way they are built. When I’m going on assignments for The New York Times I take the X100S: it is small, but the quality of the images, even set to high ISO, is very good. That’s why I like to work with it on the streets and during my journalism work.”

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Trying the X-E2

During a series of workshops run by Fujifilm Poland Tomasz was able to spend some time with the new X-E2. “Last year I was working on Beer Project, a collection of images about beer culture in Prague for Fujifilm using the X-E1, and for me it was a very good camera – but after holding the X-E2 I can tell it is even better. For me, lenses and cameras are like kitchen knives, pots and pans for cooking: different projects mean I’ll choose different cameras and lenses.”

Along with a decent camera in his pocket, Tomasz recommends any keen street photographers find themselves a good pair of walking shoes – “because sometimes you can spend more than eight hours shooting” – and also advises that in order to be as creative as possible photographers shouldn’t close their minds to other genres. “I’ve tried many types of photography – I share the view of Alec Soth from the Magnum agency that you should try everything, because you never know when you might need this kind of skill,” he says. “Besides, this opens up your mind and makes it easier to become a ‘humanist’”.

VISIT TOMASZ’S WEBSITE HERE

X Magazine Issue 3This interview was first published in issue 3 of the Fujifilm X Magazine. Click here to read it for FREE.

And now for something completely different…

Fujifilm UK has just officially announced the launch of its new Fujifillm X Signature customisation service.

Users of Fujifilm X cameras can now choose to have their camera re-skinned to one of many different colours and textures by a trained Fujifilm techhnician.

Orders can be placed at Fujifilm’s X Signature website and there is a 2 week turnaround on orders. The process involves sending your camera to Fujifilm in pre-paid packaging that will be sent to you. This will not affect your warranty as the service is carried out by Fujifilm’s Service Centre, and you will have the added benefit of a free check and clean of your product. It’ll be returned in an X Signature box with your chosen skin applied.

This service is also available on new cameras. The cost is £129.99 to re-skin your existing camera, or £99.99 if you order a new camera in an X Signature colour.

Click here to read the press release
Click here to visit the Fujifilm X Signature microsite

Here’s a couple of example skins that are now available:

We’d love to hear your thoughts on this service. Please leave a comment below or send a Tweet to @Fujifilm_UK and include the hashtag #XSignature

Fujifilm at The Photography Show at the NEC in Birmingham

So today marked a big day for the photography industry in the UK. It was the first day of the inaugural Photography Show held at the NEC in Birmingham.

Last year when everyone heard the news that Focus on Imaging was to end, everyone’s hearts were heavy and no-one was quite sure if this was a sign that the imaging industry might be on the decline. However, when it was announced that The Photography Show would take it’s place, optimism was restored and we’ve been looking forward to this event ever since.

Here’s a few images I shot throughout the day. If you can’t make it, hopefully this will give you a bit of an insight into what you are missing.

Here's the stand yesterday afternoon. Built but not furnished.
Here’s our stand yesterday afternoon. Built but not furnished…
The Fujifilm stand. X certainly marks the spot
… and here it is, ready to go this morning. X certainly marks the spot!
The gates open, the stampede begins
The gates open, the stampede begins.
As anticipated, the X-T1 drew a huge crowd of people that wanted to get their hands on one.
As anticipated, the X-T1 drew a huge crowd of people that wanted to get their hands on one.
And here's the two most popular items on the Fujifilm stand. The X-T1 and the XF56mmF1.2 lens
Here’s the two most popular items on the Fujifilm stand: the X-T1 and the XF56mmF1.2 lens.
As Fujifilm is celebrating 80 years in photography, we thought we'd make a wee mention of it on our stand
As Fujifilm is celebrating 80 years in photography, we thought we’d make a wee mention of it on our stand
Later in the afternoon when the crowd subsided a bit, these visitors finally get their hands on the X-T1 for the first time
Later in the afternoon when the crowd subsided a bit, these visitors finally get their hands on the X-T1 for the first time.
Here's our man Nathan talking about the X-T2. If it's possible, he's even more in love with it than I am!
Here’s our man Nathan talking about the X-T1. If it’s possible, he’s even more in love with it than I am!
The Fujifilm X Signature service will launch very soon. Here's a few sample cameras showing off some of the unique colours you will soon be able to have.
The Fujifilm X Signature service will launch very soon. Here’s a few sample cameras showing off some of the unique colours you will soon be able to have.

Meanwhile, away from the Fujifilm stand…

Calumet are one of the retailers that are here at The Photography Show and selling Fujifilm products
Calumet are one of the retailers that are here at The Photography Show and selling Fujifilm products
Camera World are another...
Camera World are another…
International Garden Photographer of the Year had this awesome garden. Here I'm spotted by a fellow X100S user while trying to shoot people shooting flowers (mind, blown)
International Garden Photographer of the Year had this awesome garden. Here I’m spotted by a fellow X100S user while trying to shoot people shooting flowers (mind, blown)
Could this be a clever nod to previous photography events at the NEC?
Could this be a clever nod to previous photography events at the NEC?
There's a live stage with various talkers covering various different subjects
There’s a live stage with various talkers covering various different subjects.
Fujifilm's Adam getting photobombed. Or Fujifilm's Adam photobombing someone else. You choose
Fujifilm’s Adam getting photobombed. Or Fujifilm’s Adam photobombing someone else. You choose.

Thanks for checking out this blog. Any questions, fill in a comment below or get in touch on Twitter @marchorner or @Fujifilm_UK. You can also keep up to date in real time on Instagram – http://instagram.com/fujifilm_uk

If you do come to the show over the next few days, be sure to come and say hello.

Marc