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April 6, 2010

Guardian reveals Eyewitness app for Apple iPad

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by Darren Allan

The Guardian has unveiled a free app for the iPad, although we will of course have to wait until the end of the month to see it in action.

It’s called Eyewitness, and it’s billed as a visual feast put together by the paper’s photographic team.

If you read the Guardian, you’ll be familiar with the Eyewitness double-page spread, a single striking photo rendered in high detail.

And these images will be available on the iPad via the specially developed app.

Head of Photography, Roger Tooth, says that the detailed images are designed to hold the reader’s attention for more than a couple of seconds.

“We want you to appreciate the work that the photographer has put into the image,” Tooth enthuses.

“We’ve been waiting for a chance to replicate the scale and impact of the newspaper’s Eyewitness spread series on the web – and I think this is it.”

The Guardian has produced the app in partnership with Canon, and it will make the most recent 100 Eyewitness photos available to be browsed through.

Every picture will be accompanied by an explanatory caption, and a tip detailing some element of the composition or technique that the photographer utilised in capturing the image.

We’re sure other papers will follow this lead, with The Sun almost certainly set to bring out its own highly detailed photography app. Although browsing through 100 images of that particular effort may turn your palms hairy.

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