Friday, July 08, 2011
War photographers using iPhone 'Polaroids' instead of cameras
Two experienced war photographers are using an iPhone and a simple app as their camera of choice to take stunning images in Afghanistan.
The app, called Hipstamatic, lets users take "Polaroid" type pictures and, combined with the iPhones, is perfect for use in the harsh environment of Afghanistan, they say.
Photojournalists Teru Kuwayama and Balazs Gardi were last year embedded with a battalion of US Marines. They tried several cameras, lenses and video recorders but found that the Apple iPhone was the "ideal, rugged piece of gear for southern Afghanistan".
"Before, I would have three cameras hanging off me," Gardi told the Guardian. "Using the iPhone allowed me to move much more easily."
HIPSTAMATIC APP FOR IPHONE