Street Photographer Turns His City Into a Free-Art Gallery


Street Photographer Turns His City Into a Free-Art Gallery

Auckland, New Zealand-based street photographer Sim Ahmed of Aucklandia recently decided to spread the love of photography by displaying and offering his work for free on the streets of his city. After printing out 500 digital prints for 9 cents each three weeks ago, he began framing them, revisiting the locations where they were shot, and sticking them on buildings there.

The prints are placed into cheap frames Ahmed purchased from The Warehouse (New Zealand’s largest department store retailer. Their version of Wal-Mart), which sells 4×6 frames for as little as $1.50 each. Since the stores don’t stock many of these cheap frames at one time, Ahmed had to go around to Warehouse stores in various suburbs to pick up the quantity of frames he needed.

Street Photographer Turns His City Into a Free-Art Gallery

The back of each frame is signed and numbered, and contains a short message inviting passersby to take the photos home with them.


I’m a photograph. I was put here by someone impersonating an artist. Please rescue me and in return I promise to look damn good on your wall.

Yours sincerely,


A nice idea to borrow! :)

(via PetaPixel)

Cameras in Phones Are Now Better Than Compact Cameras from 5 Years Ago

Camera-phones today are evolving quickly and they are used a lot.

Camera equipment rating service DxOMark announced today that it will be expanding its tests to cover the cameras found in mobile devices (e.g. cellphones, smartphones, and tablets). In its initial “first glance” of the industry published today, the service makes an interesting claim: that “mobile image quality is now superior to that of 5-year-old compact cameras” (so we were off by around 5 years).

Here’s what they wrote in a press release sent out today:

Mobile phone cameras have become a key feature for a large number of consumers: in 2011, more than one quarter of all photos were taken with a mobile phone. This trend has accelerated in 2012 – which may end up being the year when mobile photography surpasses traditional amateur compact camera photography.

Mobile phone image quality has also made considerable progress – for example, the image quality of the Nokia 808 PureView, in first place in the DxOMark Mobile rankings for still photos, is superior to that of a 5-year-old compact camera. And as for video, the best mobile tested in this category, the Samsung Galaxy SIII, outperforms the Canon Powershot 100.

As you can see from the chart above, though, cameraphones still have a ways to go before they can match the quality of the latest digital cameras on the market.

(via DxOMark via PetaPixel)