Lartigue's life in colour

Sylvia Empain, Juan-les-Pins, August 1961 Image copyright Jacques Henri Lartigue © Ministere de la Culture

Jacques Henri Lartigue has been described as the best known amateur in the history of photography.

Through his black-and-white photographs, he captured the world around him, primarily in his native France, and was one of a handful of photographers who helped define what is now called street photography.

Yet until his 60s he was unknown, simply taking pictures for his own pleasure.

His affluent background allowed him to pursue his hobbies and indulge his passion for motorcars and sport, recording the modern age with his camera.

His photographs exude an air of freedom and are seemingly composed with little effort, each frame spontaneously conveying the emotion of the moment.

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Glasgow-based artists' postcards from home

Postcard from Romania by Alexandra Badea Image copyright Alexandra Badea

A small bundle of postcards landed on my desk recently, comprising views from a number of countries.

The pictures were part of a project called Postcards from Home, run by Kotryna Ula Kiliulyte, which features nine Glasgow-based artists' photographs of their homeland.

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Photo students get to the heart of the matter

In The Forest Of Things is the title of this year's final show by students on the MA Documentary Photography and Photojournalism course at the London College of Communication.

The title is derived from a quote by Polish journalist and author Ryszard Kapuscinski, who called for the telling of authentic stories by being part of them and also to penetrate to the heart of the issue.

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Brighter later: Looking out to sea

Ayr Image copyright Brian David Stevens

Photographs are usually defined by their content, yet Brian David Stevens's latest work seems to me to be about absence, a space in which we can project our own thoughts.

Brighter Later is a collection of diptychs taken on the shores of Britain, looking out to sea.

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Getty Images year in focus

Hugh Pinney is vice-president of News for Europe, Middle East and Africa at Getty Images and has picked out one photograph for each month from 2015.

Pinney had plenty to choose from with his photographers covering more than 130,000 events around the world.

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The best images of 2015 by Press Association photographers

Press Association group picture editor Martin Keene has picked out some of the most powerful images of the year.

Image copyright Yui Mok / PA

Yui Mok's picture of Madonna taking a tumble down stairs while performing on stage was one of the standout moments of the carefully choreographed 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.

Image copyright Stefan Rousseau / PA

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Picture power: Eight photographers on their best image of 2015

As 2015 draws to a close, photographers working for Reuters tell the story behind a number of their most powerful pictures.

Bernadette Szabo on the Syrian refugee crisis

Image copyright Bernadett Szabo / Reuters

Bernadett Szabo was assigned to document the movement of refugees from Syria making their way to Europe. Her picture was taken on the border between Hungary and Serbia as people attempted to make their way through newly-laid razor wire while avoiding the police.

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Hairdressing, Shanghai style

Wenfeng Hair and Beauty Salon hairdressers in Shanghai Image copyright Jonathan Browning

Photographer Jonathan Browning has been based in China since 2007, and his latest work shows staff at High Street favourite Wenfeng being trained in the art of hairdressing and beauty treatments.

"Hair salons are abundant in China," says Browning. "They are inexpensive and include perks like shampoo wash, blow dry and head massage as basic, all for just $5 [£3]."

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Up West by David Solomons

Street photographer David Solomons's latest project centres on the West End of London. Entitled Up West, the work captures offbeat moments in the bustling capital city, and here Solomon's outlines how he manages to photograph these engaging scenes.

When I first started shooting in the West End, like a lot of people I was drawn towards the busiest parts of town like Oxford Street as it offered the most obvious opportunities to create these chaotic looking crowd scenes that is the bread and butter of many street photographers.

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Hackney Studio

Fred Butler, Accessories designer Image copyright Jenny Lewis
Image caption Fred Butler in her studio

Jenny Lewis has been photographing artists who live and work in Hackney - but rather than setting out with a list of names, she asks each sitter to suggest the next person in the chain.

This gives the project a vitality that sees her moving from established names to those on the first rung of the ladder, and back again.

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