Ever wondered about the magnificent photos taken back then? Some would say the photographer alone captures the essence of the subject as shown on film, but, there is another way round to it, even through analogue means.
Enter the darkroom – the place where the magic happens. Sounds cliché but it is arguably one of the best tools there were in enhancing the photographs back then. All of it was done in the confines of the dark and chemical filled corners of a pitch black room. As long time Magnum Photos big man Pablo Inirio shares, there is really more to a photograph than plain imagery.
Inirio has worked his masterful art in ensuring that the best comes out of every shot that comes into his workplace. The process itself is intricate as it is beautifully challenging. You really can’t cheat your way out. You need dedication and time – lots and lots of it.
His body of work includes adding mystery to the famous foggy James Dean shot in Times Square as well as bringing out the beauty in Audrey Hepburn’s face.
The intricate lines and markings fashioned in Inirio’s handiwork are quickly becoming good disappearing acts in the world of photography. Though many would still like to see the masters at work and the revival of analogue photography and post processing.
Times are ever changing just as digital goes into more territories only dreamed about during the earlier years of photography and yet there is something that it can’t replace. In an interview, he is quoted as saying, “Digital prints have their own kind of look, and it’s fine, but fiber prints have such richness and depth..”.
We’re with him on that part. Sometimes, nothing beats the original.
You can read more about the interview at The Literate Lens.