A suitcase full of photographic wonder

Buskers in London, 1952 Image copyright John Turner

It's not often you are sent a set of pictures that make you gasp, especially ones taken decades ago. Yet here they are, beautiful black and white pictures that have remained hidden, buried in a loft waiting to be brought out into the light.

These pictures were taken by John Turner, a property manager based in the centre of London, and were recently unearthed by his daughter and her husband, Liz and Martin Carroll.

Following John Turner's death in 1987 a suitcase was passed to them by his widow, Betty. A quick glance revealed family photos and other pictures taken for his camera club, and it was consigned to the loft for 30 odd years.

"Having a clearout last year, I started going through the case to weed out family photos worth saving," says Martin Carroll who used to work as a commercial industrial photographer. "To my astonishment, I found I was pulling out one great image after another."

It is believed the pictures were taken while Turner worked as a property manager, snatched as he travelled from one location to another.

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Ami Vitale: A life devoted to photography

Image copyright Ami Vitale

Ami Vitale is often described as a travel photographer, and given that she has worked in nearly 100 countries over the past 18 years you'd be forgiven for doing so. Yet though her pictures are exquisitely beautiful and come from many exotic locations they go far deeper than traditional travel pictures, connecting the viewer to issues that are dear to her and of importance to society as a whole.

"While I do travel and witness extraordinary things, it's not simply about jetting off to exotic places," says Vitale.

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Temples of stone: In the footsteps of George Rodger

Image copyright Stuart Franklin

Photographers rarely work in a vacuum, their work is usually inspired by - or a reflection of - what has come before.

At times that trigger is hard to define, but some projects use an existing body of work as the start point. Magnum Retold is one such series, where photographers take their cue from work by early members of Magnum Photos.

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Picture power: The drowning man

Man rescued in the Mediterranean Sea Image copyright Alessio Paduano

When the crew of Sea-Watch 3 received a distress call from an inflatable boat off the coast of Tripoli, photographer Alessio Paduano was on hand to record the event. Here he describes how he captured the moment a man crossing the Mediterranean Sea from Libya to Europe was plucked to safety.

"It was about 11.30 and we were 30 miles from Libya, so in international waters. After seeing a racing inflatable boat with migrants on board, Sea-Watch 3 launched two rescue boats - I was inside one of these.

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When is an apple not an apple?

Apple pinhole camera Image copyright Derek Man

Derek Man used apples as pinhole cameras to capture the harvest at some of the dwindling number of orchards in London.

He worked with The Orchard Project, which is committed to the restoration and celebration of community orchards.

Image copyright Derek Man
Image copyright Derek Man

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Koo Stark on both sides of the lens

Koo Stark in New York Image copyright © Norman Parkinson Ltd / courtesy Norman Parkinson

Around 30 years ago while browsing in a book shop in Shepherd's Bush, I picked up a copy of a small book called Contrasts by Koo Stark. It contained around 100 pictures taken by her, from portraits to landscapes, many showing a light-hearted touch.

For the first time in around two decades, a selection of those pictures are on show once more, alongside her photographs of actors and musicians, a few nudes and, of course, pictures of the model and photographer herself.

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Britain's part-time islands

Hilbre Island Cottages Image copyright Mikey Boardman

The coast of Britain has long drawn artists who look to capture the majesty of the sea or perhaps use the flat surface of the water as a metaphor. But others look to the shores to see how the tides shape the lives of those who live beside it.

Mikey Boardman, an aspiring British landscape photographer, currently studying for a degree in photography at Blackburn University, is one of those, taking as his theme the many tidal islands around the coast.

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The beauty of Beachy Head

Beachy Head Image copyright Brian David Stevens

The chalk cliffs at Beachy Head sit at the eastern end of the South Downs National Park on the south coast of England and offer wonderful views across the south coast to those walking the coastal path.

The cliffs have appeared in many films, from Quadrophenia to Harry Potter and of course Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

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24-year photo project reaches halfway mark

Fallen tree in woodland Image copyright Claudia Leisinger
Image caption 00:00 Claudia Leisinger : Remnants of the Great North Wood

This month sees the release of the latest set of 24 images from a group of photographers who document the first 24 hours of each year.

The original group of 24 met while studying at Central St Martins college of art and design in London and are now more than halfway through the project, which they hope to continue for 24 years. So that will be 24 sets of 24 images, 576 pictures.

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The eye behind the lens

England Uncensored by Peter Dench Image copyright Peter Dench

Photography is a visual medium that connects the viewer with the subject through the eyes of the photographer and that magic black box.

It's unique in many ways, but the power the photographer wields in how the subject is represented should not be underestimated and is what makes the stories of those behind the lens so fascinating.

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