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Getty Photographers And The HTC One Smartphone - Stuart Fawcett checks out the HTC One Getty Photographers gallery.
OK so phones take pictures but do they take good pictures? Well take a bunch of Getty photographers, give then a phone and the subject of street football and lets really see if the new camera phone Kicks?
An exhibition in a truly down to earth location in an old PC repair shop in east London sees a collection of some super street football photographs. Getty photographers sent to Europe, the middle East and Africa came back with over 100 shots of the beautiful game played locally by real people, about 30 of these shots are on Display in London and the rest are online for you to see for yourself at htc.com/uk/.
Being a football centred event you do need some football talent, so Ledley King who played for both England and Tottenham Hotspur came along to meet guests and interviewers alike. He continues to represent Tottenham at an ambassadorial level and was known for being ale to play a great game with little formal training. Whether the HTC One phone lets you shoot a great shot with little formal training is perhaps one for answering personally.
So with a sleek aluminium body and a large 4.7 inch screen the HTC One has a surprisingly low 4-megapixel UltraPixel sensor, but the Ultrapixel design is said to be able to capture 3 times more light with its bigger pixels than other camera phones, so low light performance should be great with the f/2 aperture lens. That fact alone impresses me.
HTC has partnered with the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europe League to bring urban images of the grass roots of football from 10 cities across the globe.
One of my favourite images and the one the exhibition designer chose to centre all the images around on one wall is of Michel Causse in Paris who still kicks the ball about every Sunday morning in Montmartre.
The exhibition in London is hosted at Top Office Machines, 133-135 Bethnal Green Road, E2 7DG. It's well worth a look if you are in the area, but be quick, it's only on between Friday 24th to Tuesday 28th May.
The exhibition space is managed and being transformed by Edward Saperia and his team from Original Content London who themselves are a very interesting organisation and are likely to be hosting more unique experiences to come: originalcontentlondon.com.
Article by Stuart Fawcett, JackAllTog.