Why Black And White

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English [Auto] So why Blackham Why what is it about black and white images that captures our attention that makes us so enamored with them. Why does the photographic community and in particular the art photography community hold in such high esteem. Why is all the fuss about when we consider the history of black and white photography black and white was really the mainstay for much of its development. So photography was very much a black and white experience. Photographers saw and taught black and white photography. That was the fashionable thing to do color photography it was always an afterthought and development of color film. Always try old black and white so black and white photography maintain popularity for the 19th. For the first two thirds of the 20th century. Now historically it has been a bias towards black and white photography as the only form of photography and this sentiment prevailed amongst critics until a famous exhibit at the New York Museum of Modern Art started to sway the entrenched views of art photography. Critics say the color was acceptable in images that would be labeled as artistic. Now think about that for a moment. For color photography to be accepted by the community it had to be promoted as in quotes. Modern art. This is how ingrained the idea was that only black and white photography could be labeled as such a color. Was the poor cousin trying to sneak in the back door and steal some bread from the kitchen table. So inherent in the promotion of black and white photography in the photography community is a certain snobbery and that can still be found in some circles today. But we can just ignore that because black and white does not define photography but it is a beautiful medium to work in. There is an inherent beauty to black and white photography. Seeing tonal values in our images communicate something extra and this process of discovering tonality only arose because of development of black and white photography. So it's because of photography the black or white has become so popular. Now we have black and white prints in papers not really black and white photography enabled the appreciation of tonal value in our images. Move out that I doubt the love for black and white would ever have developed in the artistic community with out photography as its basis. And if the jump had been straight to color of talk we would have missed something quite magical and we would actually have missed the opportunity to create some beautiful images and to appreciate some beautiful images. So why does black and white work. What is it about it. We are so attracted to Blackham Why is simplicity itself. By removing hue and saturation and just using luminosity all we're left with a black and white times it doesn't get any simpler than that in terms of communicating an image. This means we are viewing the image at its most fundamental level. We are viewing it without the layer of color to distract our attention. And here is a little secret black and white photography is easier than color photography as you don't have to wear so many pairs of glasses. You don't have to have such a complex compositional frame to work in. So don't be daunted by black and white. Play with it. Learn how to use it. Take your images in color and I wouldn't recommend you actually take your muse in black and white and you'll see why later when it comes at things take them in color. Convert them to black and white. Play with them and you might be surprised that some of the results that you get.