Masterpieces – The Little Black Gallery 17th February – 10th April 2010

The Little Black Gallery is proud to announce MASTERPIECES, an exhibition of iconic fashion photographs by legendary British photographers Terence Donovan, Patrick Lichfield and Norman Parkinson.

Cindy Crawford, 1988, by Terence Donovan

Terence Donovan (1936-1996) came to prominence in the 1960s as part of the ‘swinging sixties’ with David Bailey and Brian Duffy and revolutionised the world of magazine and newspaper photography. Shooting mainly in black and white his informal, intelligent style set him apart. Photography was his life and he is considered one of this country’s greatest photographers.

Nassau, Bahamas, 1970, by Patrick Lichfield

Patrick Lichfield (1939-2005), unlike Donovan, came from a privileged background as a cousin of the Queen. This never hindered his career and his work became synonymous with the life of the glamorous, rich and famous. He was contracted by Diana Vreeland, doyenne of fashion editors with American Vogue, giving him an opportunity to create some of the defining images of the Sixties and Seventies.

Cardin Hat Over Paris, Queen Magazine, 1960, by Norman Parkinson © Norman Parkinson Archive
Cardin Hat Over Paris, Queen Magazine, 1960, by Norman Parkinson © Norman Parkinson Archive

Norman Parkinson (1913-1990) was the quintessential British gentleman photographer. He dazzled the world over seven decades with his sparkling inventiveness and has become one of the most famous and collectable British photographers. His long association with Vogue, and other numerous magazines, brought him worldwide recognition. His innovative style transformed the static, posed approach to fashion photography, while his enchanting, idiosyncratic persona charmed his sitters and projected an alluring and glamorous public image.

Further information at:
The Little Black Gallery

How to Pick Up Expert Lighting Technique Tutorials Free of Charge (Bowens Press Release)

Bowens, the award-winning professional lighting company, has launched an exclusive programme of online video tutorials that can be accessed completely free of charge on its website.

The new “bite size” videos reveal lighting techniques favoured by leading photographers Christian Hough and Chris Reeve and will build into a comprehensive “lesson bank” for photographers over coming months.

Robert Cook, Bowens marketing director explained: “We believe that once our customers have invested in Bowens lighting equipment they shouldn’t have to pay again to learn how to use it.

Each video is five minutes long and will feature all new, completely original content. The brief to our expert photographers is to produce compelling and entertaining material – rather than just having someone explaining unit controls.

He added: “This idea is a natural progression of our supremely popular Litebook magazine which is available both online and in a printed version. Now visitors to our site can read the magazine online and/or simply click to watch a selection of these fast-paced videos.

We aim to have five tutorials – based on earlier “Hough To” articles written by Christian, in Litebook – online by early March. That’s 25 minutes of free tutorials available before Focus at the NEC.

Christian Hough said: “Bowens are providing exceptional added value with this programme. We will be giving photographers some really cool ideas on how to add new dimensions to their shoots and all within five minute video snapshots.

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Ricoh Announces the CX3 (Press Release)

Ricoh CX3 28-300 mm High-Magnification Wide-Angle Digital Camera with a Back-Illuminated CMOS Image Sensor for Greater Sensitivity

Tokyo, Japan, February 3, 2010—Ricoh Co., Ltd. (president and CEO: Shiro Kondo) today announced the development and release of the CX3, a new digital camera featuring a high magnification 10.7x (28-300 mm) optical wide-angle zoom lens, a back-illuminated CMOS sensor, and an enhanced noise reduction function.

With a back-illuminated CMOS sensor and a noise reduction function incorporating the algorithm used on the GR DIGITAL III (introduced August 2009), the new CX3 has dramatically improved image quality performance when shooting low-light scenes.

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Lastolite Reflector Dish For RayD8 c5600

The existing RayD8 c5600 continuous lighting kit now features a new reflector dish assembly. To assist in shipping and storage of the kit a new extension tube allows the use of a more compact reflector.

This kit is now shipped in a single box.

This change will take effect immediately.

JP Code – 192153
LAS Code – 8035
SRP – £287.00 Inc VAT

Come visit us at Focus On Imaging on Stand B1 to see the new Lastolite range.

For more information please contact JP Distribution:
Tel: 01782 753300

Billingham Launch New f/stop Bags

JP Distribution is pleased to announce the f/stop range of camera bags from M Billingham & Co.

The new f/stop range embodies that unique combination of tradition and innovation – the hallmark of a Billingham camera bag. The latest addition to the range has been designed for those occasions when you want to travel light – but without compromise. The f/stop bags provide you with the level of protection, style and craftsmanship you would expect from a Billingham, but in compact form that allows you to adapt them – inside and out, to suit your specific needs. These surprisingly spacious bags are ideally suited for modern digital or film equipment – from compacts to SLRs – even with their lenses attached.

The f/stops come in two sizes; the f/2.8 and – in keeping with lens f/stop convention – the longer f/1.4. Both are available in Black FibreNyte with black leather trim and nickel plated brass fittings or their most recent combination; Khaki FibreNyte with chocolate leather trim.

Naturally, the f/stops provide the same high levels of protection as Billinghams’ other products courtesy of a 25mm thick reinforced foam base and wrap-around side padding.

Model Internal Dimensions (cm) External Dimensions (cm)
f/1.4 Camera Bag H18 x W32 x D11 H25 x W35 x D17
f/ 2.8 Camera Bag H18 x W26 x D11 H25 x W30 x D17


f/1.4 – £159.99 Inc vat

f/2.8 – £149.99 Inc vat