Why I like Black & White   Leave a comment

There is something about a black & white photograph that often transcends those in color. It may be because as a kid with a Kodak Duflex black & white film was all I could afford. It may be because, again as a kid, I spent hours with my nose buried in those great pictorial magazines like Look, Life and the Saturday Evening Post. Or maybe it was when I was touched by the images of Edward Weston, Edward Steichen, Alfred Stieglitz, Yousuf Karsh, Arnold Newman, George Hurrell, Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, Margaret Bourke-White and the great Ansel Adams. Their black & white work was poignant, expressive and magnificent and touched me in a way that transcended most color images. (you can see bios of these photographers and others at http://www.masters-of-photography.com/summaries.html )

Todays photographers who are producing great black & white images include Clyde Butcher (www.clydebuthcer.com) and Art Wolfe (www.artwolfe.com) among others.

Long live black & white!

The above photo was shot in color with a Panasonic FZ35 and converted to black & white in Photoshop CS2


Posted November 21, 2011 by hwilliam in Photography

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