Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Black and White is Beautiful

Before there was color photography, there existed black and white photography. Magazines back then were printed with a few touch of color and all else was black and white.

Looking back at the history of photography, we can see the prevalent use of black and white films for practical reasons. Early on, color film, processing and printing was expensive and the quality of output was not that satisfactory due to poor processing techniques and lack of proper equipment. If not poor, it was outright lousy. The demand for color jobs was not that high since most of the printed photos and even television shows were in black and white.

The requirement for black and white films went downhill with the massive production of better color films and discovery of better processing methods all offered at much lower prices. Sale of black and white films took a backseat and there was a rapid decline in the number of commercial processors who could do a satisfactory job. Why, buying the film itself proved to be very difficult!

There is now a renewed interest in B&W printing and fortunate are the photographers who stayed with the old school through thick and thin. Many people are now giving further attention to the beauty of black and white. A black and white photograph can in many cases show much more emotion and mystery than its color counterpart. Quite often a color print of the same subject can just overpower the viewer with the sheer beauty of its color, while hiding all feeling of the scene. There is indeed a place where color is preferable - examples could be sunsets, or a colorful busy marketplace, etc. But take the example of an elderly fisherman, with deep wrinkled lines from years of exposure to the elements. Now imagine his face captured on a black and white photograph, seen from the many shades of grey through to black – a beautiful moment preserved in time.

A proper choice of subject will surely render a timeless work of art. Indeed, black and white is beautiful.

This article was created for the sole purpose of propagating information that may be related to rush postcard printing and other industries to which it may be of interest.

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