My last blog post was called "The Power of Color" and showed pictures that truly is best in color. Today I want to show some great black and white images by some amazing photographers. I will only make a few short comments since I think these images clearly shows the power of black and white, not better then color but each style and technique have it's time in photography. I often say, enjoy the difference to people thats going to travel, or about food and also photography. Hope you will enjoy the master pieces with links in this post.
Lo Olschner, Hamburg, 1954 Photographer: F.C. Gundlach Ocelot coat by Berger
I think black and white sometimes is the perfect retouch tool and take away things in color in the picture that will fight for attention. It gives it a great peaceful feeling. This image is from 1954 and I do not think black and white has gotten any better over time.
I think Herb Ritts is one of the greatest photographers of our time. It was so sad when he died in 2002.He was only 50 and died of complications from pneumonia. One of the high lights to me was to see a whole exhibition of beautiful black and whites photographed in Africa. I find black and white very powerful in graphic images like this one.
One of the greatest photographers today is London based Norwegian photographer Solve Sundsbo (age 42) an extreemly talented photographer with a great ability to choose color vs black and white at the rigth time. Here is a link to tons of his work in Google images.
I love this image by Arnold Newman of Igor Stravinsky, New York, 1946 Many years ago I was fortunate to spend some time with Arnold Newman and his wife. They invited me to come and visit them in New York, but sadly enough he died before I was in New York the next time. An amazing photographer with a great heart and love for our profession and so willing to shear. RIP Arnold Newman.
I miss Irving Penn so much, what a master of B/W! Penn did 158 covers for Vogue, yes it is right One Five Eight which of course had a great influence on photography. I'm posting my all time favorite cover. It's the Vogue April 1950 issue, model is his swedish born wife Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn who he married the same year.
Amazing Black and White Modern Architecture Photography - Wajid Drabu
I want to finish this blog post with a great modern image by Wajid Drabu. This image would never been as powerful in color with all the colors it would contain.
We are fortunate to live in a time where we can deside after we shoot if color or black and white works best. Digital is great but I love good film shots in black and white printed on great silver based paper.
It is so many more great photographers I should have shown work from in this post, photographers like Richard Avedon, George Hurrell, Karl Lagerfeld etc etc. If you click on thier names in this paragraph it will take you to previous blogs I have done on them.
PS. ALWAYS remember english is my second language so bear with me :-)