Black and white


Black and white photography, to my mind, is somewhat deceptive. I mean that it not infrequently happens such a thing as “image saving” by turning the color photo into monochrome one and, as a result, the quite moderate image becomes a great work. Opposite: photographers shoot any plot understanding in advance that it’ll be the black and white photo not often.

Moreover, I think that b&w is contradictory. There are her true fans who don’t recognizing the color one and think it’s just some kind of “consumer good” and, on the other hand, “only b&w is a real art”. There are no less people who don’t understand and don’t accept the black and white images…

As for me, I’m far from categorical evaluations. I love so much b&w (or monochrome) photos by Bruno Mercier, Nick Brandt and Gregory Colbert. At the same time, no less I appreciate and admire the color images by Gueorgui Pinkhassov and Steve McCurry.

Perhaps, I would compare photography with music. If color one is, for instance, progressive rock or symphonic music with all their richness and versatility of sound, b&w photography is minimalism with its accuracy and piercing sensuality…

P.S.: It’s better to see the photos below on their maximum size. To do so, you just need to click on the photo and then press on the “fullscreen” button below (third from left). :)

The Cloudy GiantОблачный великан (2012)
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