Amateur Photographer

From the archive

Nigel Atherton looks back at past AP issues

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25 July 1998

The cover of the 1998 Summer Special answered so many questions you didn’t even know you wanted to ask. Which is the world’s most visited beach? (Coney Island, New York, apparently.) And how many times were you photograph­ed by CCTV today? That question was one that I investigat­ed myself when AP decided that surveillan­ce cameras were one kind of camera that we did not want to see more of. On my daily 45-minute commute to the AP of ce I was captured by at least 78 CCTV cameras that I was aware of. Remember this was 23 years ago – I think it’s fair to say that AP lost that battle! On the other hand we were quite happy to see more APS cameras in the world, and we did our bit by giving away ten Minolta GX-4 underwater cameras worth £700. If you weren’t a fan of APS (few people were) then perhaps one of the 500 free rolls of 35mm Dixons

lm was more up your street. AP was clearly in a generous mood that week – so much so that it sent wildlife tog David Hosking to the Galapagos Islands to put the Pentax 645N through a 1000 frame test. Meanwhile a major RPS show called ‘Exposure!’ included images by ‘some of the world’s most famous photograph­ers, who have been made Honorary Fellows: Eve Arnold, Lord Snowdon, David Bailey, Lord Lich eld and John Swannell’ were featured, along with, er… Koo Stark, who wasn’t really famous for her photograph­y but her image was still one of AP’s favourites. Meanwhile Week 29 of our Pictures of the Century series told the story behind a classic Bert Hardy image.

 ??  ?? Bert Hardy’s
Maidens-in-Waiting: one of AP’s 100 best pictures of the 20th century
Bert Hardy’s Maidens-in-Waiting: one of AP’s 100 best pictures of the 20th century
 ??  ?? AP reveals that Britain is the CCTV capital of the world – but nobody seems to mind
AP reveals that Britain is the CCTV capital of the world – but nobody seems to mind
 ??  ?? An intriguing image from Koo Stark, who featured in the RPS’s
Exposure! exhibition
An intriguing image from Koo Stark, who featured in the RPS’s Exposure! exhibition
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