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Nintendo Promotes 3DS Camera Feature With French Photo Exhibit

Nintendo has teamed up with prestigious photography co-operative Magnum to create a first-of-its-kind, glasses-free exhibition of 3D photography created using the Nintendo 3DS.
Nintendo has teamed up with prestigious photography co-operative Magnum to create a first-of-its-kind, glasses-free exhibition of 3D photography created using the Nintendo 3DS. The recently concluded exhibition, held in Paris' Magnum Gallery, featured 3DS units displaying slideshows of 30 stereoscopic photos each from three well-known Magnum photographers "that explore the world very differently and show the potential of 3D in photography," according to the description. In a video explanation of the project, Magnum photographer Martin Parr explains that he was pleasantly impressed by his first experience using a 3D camera. The stereoscopic effect in the photos is "good at bringing alive complex situations," Parr said, and "brings everything alive, makes everything more interesting... what in two dimensions would look quite flat, when you put it into 3D by walking into trees and bushes, becomes very exciting." The public may not have been as enamored with the result -- one reviewer said the exhibit's "lack of a guiding artistic thread puts the spotlight on the tool rather than the work" and that the photos were "nothing to write home about and disappointingly so, especially from Magnum Photos' best." Parr said he was also intrigued by the photographic possibilities introduced by hiding a camera in what looks, to an outside observer, like an ordinary game system. "Because it's a form of disguise, you can come in and photograph much closer in the public and the streets than perhaps you would do with an ordinary camera," he said. "So take advantage of that, and go in close, and be nosy, be pushy."

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