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The finest photography from the nations most web-savvy newspaper

Guardian Eyewitness Review

by Chris Smith on June 27, 2010

One of the iPad’s reasons for being is the ability to showcase brilliant photography, thanks to the wonderful screen resolution and fantastic touchscreen interface.

Enter the Guardian, with its Eyewitness application that features photographs the left-leaning newspaper deems worthy enough to spread across two of its broad-sheet pages.

This was only made possible originally by the invention of new printing presses, so it’s apt that this new medium brings the newspaper’s favourite photos to live in a digital format for the first time.

The newspaper wants you to really study them rather than see them simply as an accessory to the written word and the iPad provides the perfect means to do so.

Photos are organised by date, can be played as a (very fast) slideshow, shared via email, Facebook and Twitter and marked as favourites. As we mentioned The Guardian is very keen for us to study these photos so it seems strange that multitouch isn’t enabled to allow enthusiasts to get even closer to the action.

The app is sponsored by Canon, and for its part, the camera company has served up a “pro tip” on each photo, which can be switched with the picture’s caption. It’s not much more than a means of justifying the sponsorship.

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