Posts Tagged ‘blackandwhite’

Dramatic Black-and-White Studio Portraits of Goats and Sheep… Seriously

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Finish this sentence: “I want to take dramatic, black-and-white studio portraits of _____.” If you’re like most people, chances are good you named a person or group of people. If you’re Kevin Horan, a man with 30 years experience as an editorial photographer in Chicago, you would have said “sheep and goats.” Read more…

Is Black and White Photography a Gimmick?

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In an age where digital photography is ubiquitous, and post processing allows everyman to bump saturation levels and create hyper-real images, black and white photography seems like a curious anachronism.

Color film went mainstream in the 1930s with the introduction of Kodachrome, but black and white has stubbornly persisted not only in newspapers, but also as an expressive outlet for many photographers who choose to shoot photojournalism, weddings, portraits and more by converting color digital files to black and white.
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Candid Photographs of Circus Performers Captured Over the Course of a Decade

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For nearly a decade of her life, photographer Norma I. Quintana devoted every summer to a group of people few ever get to capture through a candid lens: circus performers. Every year from 1999 to 2007, every chance she got, she would go spend a couple of days with the one-ring Circus Chimera capturing black-and-white photographs with her medium format camera.

The images she returned with show a side of the circus that most people never get to see, and make up the photo series and now photo book Circus: A Traveling Life. Read more…

Photographer Revisits His 30-Year-Old Photographs of New York’s Chinatown

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Chinese New Year, 1984

Revisiting photographs you took 30 years ago can be an eye-opening experience, and not simply because of the sharp realization of just how much has changed.

For photographer Bud Glick, digging up, scanning and printing his photographs from New York City’s Chinatown in the 1980s has allowed him to discover images he once looked over, save images that were once unprintable, and revisit a fascinating time characterized by rapid social change. Read more…

CERN is Asking for Your Help in Figuring Out What These Archive Photos Show

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Scientists are all about recording data, facts and other information meticulously so that others can replicate their experiments. But, sometimes, even scientists can slip up. That, it seems, is what happened with the photography archive at CERN. Read more…

Beautiful Black and White Isle of Skye Time-Lapse Breaks with the Genre’s Saturated Status Quo

We’ve seen and shared some pretty great time-lapses. From last week’s unique ‘layer lapse,’ to the ‘flow-motion’ hyperlapse of Pyongyang in August, standing out in the genre has become a matter of doing something new and unique… something that will earn you headline words like ‘breathtaking’ and ‘jaw-dropping.’

But the team at Fourth Dimension Video took a very different approach with their latest landscape time-lapse. Shot this last June at Scotland’s Isle of Skye, it’s done entirely in black and white. Read more…

Photographer Pays Homage to Childhood by Inserting Star Wars Into Real World Snapshots

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If you were like many kids, you probably spent much of your childhood in a hybrid world where reality and imagination fused into an indistinguishable whole. Magical creatures walked the streets, everyday-objects transformed into priceless relics and your favorite movie characters walked down the street opposite you.

For photographer Thomas Dagg, this meant one thing and one thing only: Star Wars. And so for his recent series by the same name, he recreated this imaginary world by creatively inserting Star Wars characters and objects into the real world around him. Read more…

Rumor: Samsung Working on a Black-and-White Only ‘NX Achromatic’

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Black and white-only digital photography is, at this point, limited to those who own either a Leica M Monochrom or anybody brave enough to (literally) scrape the bayer array off of their digital sensor. But that might not be the case too much longer.

In July, we shared the rumor that Sony was working on a black-and-white sensor/camera, and now, rumors are beginning to swirl that Samsung is doing the same thing. Read more…

‘Gravity’ Takes Jumping Photography to Artistic New Heights, Captures the Joy of the Jump

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Lithuanian-born photographer Tomas Januska quite literally leaped into his final project as a photography student at the University of East London. It’s called Gravity, and it’s a photo series that captures and freezes joyful men and women as they float in the air mid-jump.

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Alienation: Strange Upside-Down Closeups Transform the Human Face Into Something Else

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The more you look at South-Africa based photographer Anelia Loubser‘s Alienation series, the more captivated you become. A simple idea on the surface — close-up, upside-down black-and-white portraits of people’s eyes and foreheads — the final images encourage you to dive deeper into each wrinkle and other so-called “imperfection” than almost any standard portrait might. Read more…