October 19, 2009

Black & White

Many scenes only seem to work in B&W. The flat, greenish tone of fluorescent bulbs in a diner robs so much of the beauty and mood of the image. One can't imagine an Irving Penn or Avedon portrait in anything other than black and white. Have you ever seen Ansel Adam's color work? Neither has anybody else. There's a reason, it's lifeless.

Speaking of beautiful black and white images, my great friend, mentor, and gifted photographer Nemo Niemann has a wonderful book entitled Vanishing Ireland available through Blurb. One glance makes you want to hop the first plane to Dublin. A wonderful coffee table book.

Diner, around 168th street

Laundry, Chinatown

Snappin Liberty

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