“We don’t see the world in black and white so this is probably why we are so attracted to it,” says Luca Desienna of Gomma, the publishing company behind MONO, a collection of books featuring the best in B&W photography. Think your splendorous shots can make it to print?
Last year, a London-based imprint called Gomma set out to find the most exciting new talent working in black and white photography today. Eight artists and a volume later, the search continues for the next book of the best black and white photographs.
“Since the first days of Gomma we’ve been always publishing black and white photography—it is and always will be one of the most extraordinary art forms that enables us to document the world we live in… and also what is beyond it or underneath it,” says Gomma founder, Luca Desienna.
This year’s winners of the MONO open call for entries are Daisuke Yokota, Maki, Tricia Lawless Murray, Francesco Merlini, Jan von Holleben, Jukka-pekka Jalovaara, Sofia Lopez Mañan and Stephane C. Their work will be featured in the first edition of MONO to be released this fall.
“Black and white photography, which is often associated with analogue photography, has become rarer and rarer,” said Desienna about photography in the digital age. "Agfa collapsed, and films and chemicals started disappearing, so as it happens with anything that gets near to extinction, it just becomes more valuable.”
At the same time, Desienna says great new digital, black-and-white photography has added to the exquisite and timeless world that monochrome images create. “We don’t see the world in black and white so this is probably why we are so attracted to it,” he says. “In addition I believe that black-and-white photography has the capability to show the inner moods of the photographers better than colors do.”
If you think your work should be featured in MONO, you still have 232 days left to submit your black and white portfolio for the next volume coming to print. If you think you need more practice, why don’t you get yourself the shiny new La Sardina Splendour?
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