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    Robyn Joins Global Photo Project: Team Aims To Capture The World In A Day

    Robyn is turning photographer, for a day.

    The Swedish pop singer is joining an anti-apartheid icon, a former Irish president and thousands of people around the world in an attempt to capture a day in the life of the planet.

    The project – aday.org – is inspired by the "Family of Man," a 1955 exhibition of international photography that became a multi-million-selling book.

    Since then, digital technology and the Internet have made millions of people published photographers, and the project's organizers hope to harness many of the estimated 1 billion digital cameras now in the hands of people around the world.

    Amateur and professional photographers are being encouraged to capture image of their home, family, travel or work on May 15. The uploaded images will be published on the Internet and compiled into a touring exhibition and a book.

    Organizer Jeppe Wikstrom hopes it will provide a record of our common humanity – and of the details of everyday life that photojournalism doesn't always capture.

    "Sensationalism has become more common in media, with celebrities and catastrophes and reality TV," said Wikstrom, a Swedish publisher and photographer who helped organize a similar 2003 project in his homeland, "A Day in the Life of Sweden."

    "A few months ago we were looking for everyday pictures of Paris from a major photo agency, the first thing we got was thousands and thousands of pictures of Paris Hilton," he said. "It's an indication of our time."

    Celebrity participants in the project, run by a Swedish charity, include Virgin boss Richard Branson, former Irish President Mary Robinson and South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who said the photos would help people connect with one another and "transcend the barriers of language, age, gender and culture."

    Wikstrom says those signed up to take part range from Andre Kuipers, an astronaut aboard the International Space Station, to scientists in Antarctica and climbers on Mount Everest.

    Robyn, who admitted being an infrequent photographer, said she plans to take pictures of her life in Stockholm on May 15.

    She said she was backing the project because, "I thought there was something very democratic about it, and modern."

    "It's about looking into the future and letting all kinds of people have their say," she said.

    It'll be wall-to-wall billionaires and bling at this week's Monaco nuptials of Prince Albert to Charlene: The royal wedding that puts Kate's in the shade!

    Good news for those who have been craving some more royal wedding glitter. There’s another one this weekend.
    It’s the event many thought would never happen: the marriage of Prince Albert of Monaco, the 53-year-old bachelor head of state of the tiny but rich principality on the Cote D’Azur, and Charlene Wittstock, a South African Olympic swimmer 20 years his junior.
    Glamour: Charlene Wittstock marries Prince Albert this week in a lavish wedding that is set to make Kate and William's look like a village fete in comparison
    The Grimaldi family has ruled Monaco for more than 800 years, and has featured on the global glamour map ever since Hollywood arrived in the form of the last bride to marry into the family, Prince Albert’s mother Grace Kelly.

    Prince Albert and South African former swimmer Charlene Wittstock in a picture released a year ago to mark their engagementThe state may be small, but the event will be extravagant. This being Monaco, a tax haven where you are practically imprisoned for understated dressing, chances are the guests’ jewellery and couture alone will make the Windsor effort look like the Middletons’ village fete.
    Guests are already docking their yachts in the harbour, and knocking back Cristal champagne on the decks. Those trying to book landing space for private jets at Nice airport have been denied permission unless they can prove they have been invited to the wedding.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/

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