“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.
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.
We teamed up with The Science Museum to offer you the chance to win tickets to the Fox Talbot Dawn of the Photograph Exhibition. We were astounded at the volume of wonderful analogue shots you submitted and choosing the final 3 winners proved to be quite a challenge. Find out if you won here.
Australia-based fiction writer and tai chi teacher Morgan Buchanan aims to bring Lomography's "Don't Think, Just Shoot" attitude not only to his photography, but also to his writing and tai chi practice.
If one can provide an image of modern romance, Japanese shooter Keiichi Kitayama mixes portraiture and street photography to write his own account of today's complicated affairs in love [Warning: NSFW].
What can be done with old printed photographs which no longer serve fascination in the digital age? Polish artist Weronika Gęsicka re-imagines these vintage prints in to new images and frames of passed time and emphasizes the importance of print in the matter of memory.
Sometimes it truly isn’t about the destination, but it’s more about the travels and sights that take your breath away along the way. Brandon Harman’s photos are timeless and capture the perfect connection between nature and people.