“Classic” photography is almost always associated with black & white photos. Some would even argue that the realm of fine art photography is confined to monochromatic prints. The exhibit American Pioneers of Color seeks to get rid of this stereotype.
Once ripe with controversy and looked down upon, color photography has in recent years finally broken free of the stigma of being too mundane to be considered as fine art. The realm of color back then was confined to amateur family snapshots that had no place being hung in a gallery. This was a fact that photographer Stephen Shore among others, simply didn’t want to accept.
American Pioneers of Color is a collection of modern and vintage prints by Stephen Shore, Joel Meyerowitz and William Eggleston, widely acknowledged as the early masters of color photography in the United States. Their pioneering use of color in the 1970s was a bold departure from the long established tradition of black and white photography, which had dominated the medium from its inception, and laid the foundations for contemporary photography today.
They say black-and-white is the soulmate of street photography, as it transcends the essence of the photographs in to works of art. Mexico-based photographer Moisés Rodríguez's geometrical urban collection is proof of his monochromatic mastery.
Not all photographs are meant to be seen in vibrant, saturated colors, and neither are they always suitable for in black and white. Lomography welcomes yet another innovation from KONO! The Reanimated Film. Without diminishing the aesthetic value of images, KONO! Donau 35mm Film casts a distinct blue tone to photos. It is ultra-low ISO film that is best used for long exposure shots. Check out this fine selection of uniquely tinted images.
Vincent Law, a Hong Kong industrial designer, loves to shoot with black and white film. In his work, there is almost always a combination of people and architecture. He recently shot a series of black and white photos with New Russar+ Lens. Let's take a look at his work.
Walk along the sandy shore, take a dip and splash around, and celebrate summer with the Lomo'Instant San Sebastián! Inspired by the Spanish surf town, this nifty newest edition of the Lomo'Instant is perfect to capture your colorful instant summer snaps!
Colors may be amped to look unreal, like nothing of this world. Shots may be doubled, cross-processed, post-processed, mixed up into collages. The possibilities are infinite, yet some photographers still prefer black and white. Even in 2016, it is an ode to classic values of precision and balance. Light and shadow must be one pleasing dance. And just like in a well-choreographed piece, forms are obvious or playing coy. It all depends on how you're looking.
A popular quote by photojournalist Ted Grant goes, "When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in black and white, you photograph their souls!" Indeed, the lack of vibrant color forces the viewer to see beyond what is on plain view and recognize the atmosphere surrounding a photograph. In this post, we've handpicked black and white shots taken in various situations and exhibit different moods.
Need a quick refresher on the LomoHomes and photographs that were on the spotlight this week? Curious as to what your fellow Lomographers have been up to on the Shoutbox? Or want the latest scoop on the most exciting Competitions? Find all these and more in this weekly recap!
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