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Photos of the day - September 19, 2014

People wait to buy the new Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus devices, outside an Apple store in Hong Kong, Alibaba founder Jack Ma poses for photographers outside the New York Stock Exchange and artists perform during the opening ceremony for the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea are some of the photos of the day. (AP/Reuters)

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Close up of Icelandic volcano

A fearless cameraman ventured within 15m of molten lava to capture these apocalyptic scenes from the recent Icelandic eruptions aftermath.

Despite the fast-flowing lava trickling down from the crater, Valdimar Leifsson, 61, risked his life to get the stunning close-ups. A giant burning mass of molten remains can be smouldering in the foreground as the lava continues to spurt from the crater behind. (Caters News)

Photography by Valdimar Leifsson

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'Saul Leiter: Early Black and White' photo exhibit opens in New York City

Saul Leiter will be presented by Howard Greenberg Gallery from September 18 – October 25, 2014. The exhibition represents the first solo show of the artist’s early black and white photography from the 1940s and 50s, and will focus on more than 40 images including many unique prints that have never before been exhibited.

The exhibition coincides with the publication of Saul Leiter: Early Black and White, a two-volume monograph published by Steidl / Howard Greenberg Library, a new imprint at Steidl. With text by Max Kozolff and an additional essay by Jane Livingston, the volumes show the impressive range of Leiter’s early photography. In No Great Hurry: 13 Lessons in Life with Saul Leiter, a documentary film directed by Tomas Leach, was released in 2013 to critical acclaim.

Leiter made an enormous and unique contribution to photography with a highly prolific period in New York City in the 1940s and 50s. His abstracted forms and radically innovative compositions have a painterly quality that stands out among the work of his New York School contemporaries. Well-known for his color work, Leiter’s earliest black and white photographs also show an extraordinary affinity for the medium. His distinctive imagery stems from his profound and touching response to the dynamic street life of New York City.

“He has a rapturous way with color, which stems from his love of the masters of modern art,” writes Max Kozloff in the introduction to Saul Leiter: Early Black and White. “But his black and white production is just as indebted to lessons he learned from those same masters.”

From the shoes of the shoeshine man to the detail of a young girl’s hair in a ponytail, Saul Leiter at Howard Greenberg Gallery will include the artist’s iconic street photography and intimate portraits of friends and family. (Howard Greenberg Gallery)

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Photos of the day - September 18, 2014

Pennsylvania State Police salute as they line the streets outside St. Peters’ Cathedral in Scranton, a firefighter of the Nepalese army cools off from by licking water from a leaking hose during a fire in central Kathmandu and Ryan Randall plays the bagpipes outside a polling station in Edinburgh, Scotland are some of the photos of the day. (AP/EPA/Getty/Reuters)

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Photographs in the waves

One talented photographer has managed to capture these jaw-dropping images that show off the beauty of the surf and the art hidden in the waves. Kenji Croman has a deep passion for bodyboarding and photography and was inspired to combine the two after growing up in Hawaii.

He uses a fisheye camera to snap amazing tropical scenes from inside the huge waves — using the water as a natural frame for the spectacular surf shots. Kenji first got into underwater photography when he struggled to explain to his family and friends the amazing waves he witnessed while swimming and boarding in the ocean. (Caters News)

Photography by Kenji Croman

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Photos of the day - September 17, 2014

An unfinished clay idol of Goddess Durga decorates a huge art installation as a makeshift ahead of the Durga Puja festival in Calcutta, lava cascades flow down the slope of restive Mayon Volcano as seen from Legazpi City, Philippines and Pope Francis waves to the faithful in Saint Peter’s Square, Vatican City are some of the photos of the day. (AP/EPA/Reuters)

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360 degrees views of abandoned buildings in Europe

These are the stunning 360 degree images of Europe’s abandoned buildings that will get your head in a spin. Sven Fennema, 33, captured the incredible shots, which include a forgotten villa and casino in northern Italy and abandoned churches in Poland.

The photographer, from Krefeld, near Dusseldorf, then transformed the stunning landmarks into eye-catching panoramic images. His images also include a panoramic view of a hotel ballroom belonging to an abandoned sanatorium in Germany and an old wintercircus in Belgium.

He said: “360 degree panoramas are dear to my heart because I am able to invite visitors to follow me interactively on one of my trips and to see where my works are created. “It is not possible to show these panoramic views as pictures in the classical way, because an interactive view is impossible.

Photography by Sven Fennema

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Tent tourist

A happy camper has shown he has the world at his feet by capturing a series of breath-taking mountain views from his tent. Russian Photographer Oleg Grigoriev, 35, travels with little more than a tent and his camera taking snaps of the mountainous terrain of central Asia and Eastern parts of Europe.

The adventurous lawyer, who lives in Ukraine, started camping in remote mountainous areas in 2007 but only came up with the concept of photographing views from his tent after a memorable trip to the Fann Mountains of Tajikistan. (Caters News)

Photography by Oleg Grigoriev

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Staten Island ship graveyard

Once of the largest marine scrap yards on the East Coast, the Witte Marine Scrap yard is located on Arthur Kill Road in Rossville. Now officially known as the Donjon Iron and Metal Scrap Processing Facility, the scrap yard was opened in 1964 by J. Arnold Witte, Sr.

The scrap yard is known for its large assortment of obsolete steam tugs, ferries, car floats, and other craft. Witte acquired them faster than he could break them up; the end result is dozens of vessels slowly rotting in the muck of the Arthur Kill.

A number of noteworthy vessels, including the New York City Fire Department fireboat Abram S. Hewitt, which was involved in the rescue of survivors of the 1904 General Slocum tragedy and was the last coal-burning fireboat in operation in the FDNY’s fleet, can be found here. (Wikipedia/Yahoo News)

Photography by Gordon Donovan

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Staten Island ship graveyard

Once of the largest marine scrap yards on the East Coast, the Witte Marine Scrap yard is located on Arthur Kill Road in Rossville. Now officially known as the Donjon Iron and Metal Scrap Processing Facility, the scrap yard was opened in 1964 by J. Arnold Witte, Sr.

The scrap yard is known for its large assortment of obsolete steam tugs, ferries, car floats, and other craft. Witte acquired them faster than he could break them up; the end result is dozens of vessels slowly rotting in the muck of the Arthur Kill.

A number of noteworthy vessels, including the New York City Fire Department fireboat Abram S. Hewitt, which was involved in the rescue of survivors of the 1904 General Slocum tragedy and was the last coal-burning fireboat in operation in the FDNY’s fleet, can be found here. (Wikipedia/Yahoo News)

Photography by Gordon Donovan

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