Black and White photography is where it all started. Interestingly enough, it is still the heart and soul of photography for many. I find it interesting that many people cannot name any contemporary photographer, yet many know the name and work of Ansel Adams, the famous landscape photographer from the mid 1900s. To really appreciate these early pioneers of black and white photography, you must understand their tremendous love and dedication to their art. These men and women hauled large, cumbersome equipment into primitive areas in the 1920s, to take their photographs. They then created these legendary prints truly by hand. To do this they had to master applied physics and chemistry. Then, within the confines of their darkrooms, using what would now be seen as primitive enlargers and primitive hand tools to ‘dodge’ and ‘burn’ their prints, they created art which has withstood the test of nearly 100 years in time. W. Eugene Smith once detailed his taking four days and nights to create the photograph Schweitzer at his Desk. And today these traditions continue in the work of those photographers with the talent and skill to continue the tradition of film photography. Amazing people.
The efforts of a digital photographer pales in comparison. Like all of my work, my black and whites satisfy me, and in some cases for the memories, which I cannot convey other than in their introduction.