“Black & White Photography is a great way to learn about the photographic medium”
BLACK & WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY IS BACK
Photos by Ankur Mahmud
“Black and White Photography is essential for concepts of highlight, shadow detail, and image contrast’’
TODAY we live in a colorful world. But/However before there was color photography, there was Black and White Photography. For photo viewers even the color photo in newspapers are pretty good, the Color image in magazines, books, television and the internet too, are usually crisp and well-balanced. Previously, national magazines were published with nothing but color photos. They used to run a color photo sprinkled through the rest of the magazine. Everything else was black and white.
BLACK AND WHITE IS BACK
It is back because it’s a part of the power of photography. It is back in print advertising. In today’s saturated-color manipulated image world, Black and White feel real. To many, it looks fresh. This is true even though, as we’ll discuss in this series, it’s as easy to manipulate Black and White image digitally as color ones.
Black and White are back because it’s still a great way to learn about how the film sees light. That’s why good photo educators never avoid teaching beginners how to work with Black and White film and image.
That’s why we still teach how to expose the process and print Black and White Photographs.
The shiny and dark image Daguerre type was essentially a black and white image. So too were the brown and white album print, the muted tones of the calotype and even the murky image of tintypes. Most of the history of the first hundred-plus years of photography was etched in monochromatic tones photographs with a two-dimensional rendering of light and dark pictures that created a black and white likeness of a real-world scene.
As we mentioned earlier, Black and White Photography is a great way to learn about the photographic medium. Many would argue that it is essential. Concepts of highlight and shadow detail, image contrast, film and exposure latitude, and total range are all best understood by studying the black and white image. So it is wise to assume that the black and white Photography will revive the past and present with fruitful combinations in the future.