Black And White Photography Years

January 29, 2019 9:18 am by columnblogger
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Black And White Photography Years

Iris Garden by John Cage and William Gedney, edited by Alec Soth ( Little Brown Mushroom)

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The history of various visual media has typically begun with black and white, and as technology improved, altered to color. However, there are exceptions to this rule, including black-and-white fine art photography and in motion pictures, many art films.

The Wizard of Oz (1939) is in color when Dorothy is in Oz, but in black-and-white when she is in Kansas, although the latter scenes were actually in sepia when the film was originally released. The British film A Matter of Life and Death (1946) depicts the other world in black-and-white (a character says “one is starved of Technicolor … up there”), and earthly events in color. Similarly, Wim Wenders’s film Wings of Desire (1987) uses sepia-tone black-and-white for the scenes shot from the angels’ perspective. When Damiel, the angel (the film’s main character), becomes a human the film changes to color, emphasising his new “real life” view of the world.

McDonald Lake, Glacier National Park, Montana – Ansel Adams – Taken between 1933 and 1942

I had to include this groovy stylish book by the unknown photographer Billy Monk. Monk’s rich and varied career included safecracker, smuggler and Woolworths model, and he also had a spell in prison. Monk was a bouncer at the notorious Catacombs nightclub in the rough dock area of Cape Town in the 1960s when he came up with a scam to photograph the eclectic mix of customers and sell them the images. What Monk produced is one of the finest and most honest documents of the nightclub scene. A table filled with half-full bottles of Coca-Cola, identically dressed bouffant-haired twins and a kissing couple sitting in the detritus of this grimy club interior are remarkably seductive. The images are cool, intimate and honest and have a raw beauty. Monk’s images were discovered years later but tragically Monk would never see his work exhibited. In 1982 he was fatally shot in the chest on the way to the gallery.

Images of Plademunt’s red blood cells follow portraits and landscapes. A giant snake’s head is followed by a car park filled with empty containers. An enormous dead fly sits opposite a slightly open door. The book has a sinister feel at times, the sequence of images often uncomfortable. It’s a book that pushes the boundaries of photographic tradition and practices, which kept me fascinated with each page I turned.

Most computers had monochrome (black-and-white, black and green, or black and amber) screens until the late 1980s, although some home computers could be connected to television screens to eliminate the extra cost of a monitor. These took advantage of NTSC or PAL encoding to offer a range of colors from as low as 4 (IBM CGA) to 128 (Atari 800) to 4096 (Commodore Amiga). Early videogame consoles such as the Atari 2600 supported both black-and-white and color modes via a switch, as did some of the early home computers; this was to accommodate black-and-white TV sets, which would display a color signal poorly. (Typically a different shading scheme would be used for the display in the black-and-white mode.)

I had often wondered why Alec Soth named his publishing house Little Brown Mushroom. John Cage, the composer, who died in 1992, was a keen mycologist and I learnt that Cage spent as much time identifying mushrooms as he did composing. This beautiful little book housed in a slipcase and sensitively edited by Soth combines 44 photos by William Gedney (1832-1989) and 22 of John Cage’s stories. Gedney’s archival images are intricately placed within the book with folds and layers indicative of the complexities of Cage’s music. Beautifully and thoughtfully designed, this book is an absolute delight. Since writing this Iris Garden has sold out, but find it if you can as it is a treat.

The films Pleasantville (1998), and Aro Tolbukhin. En la mente del asesino (2002), play with the concept of black-and-white as an anachronism, using it to selectively portray scenes and characters who are either more or less outdated or duller than the characters and scenes shot in full-color. This manipulation of color is utilized in the film Sin City (2005) and the occasional television commercial. The film American History X (1998) is told in a nonlinear narrative in which the portions of the plot that take place “in the past” are shown entirely in black and white, while the “present” storyline’s scenes are displayed in color. In the documentary film Night and Fog (1955) a mix of black-and-white documentary footage is contrasted with color film of the present.

See also[edit] dr5 chrome List of black-and-white films produced since 1970 Monochromatic color Selective color References[edit] Look up black-and-white in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Black and white.

Clare Strand is an artist who often works with everyday objects to produce complex conceptual imagery. Her latest book of table skirts works for me as I find in the evocative portraits both the sad and the comical. The staged images bring to mind a coffin, a table setting for the Last Supper or a magician’s table. I wonder what’s hidden beneath the skirts. The table skirts are shot from the same position, lit as icons. I can’t pretend to understand the complexity of the works but there is a dark resonance to the series that I find compelling.

Sergio Larrain – Vagabond Photographer (Thames & Hudson, £65)

Most early forms of motion pictures or film were black and white. Some color film processes, including hand coloring were experimented with, and in limited use, from the earliest days of motion pictures. The switch from most films being in black-and-white to most being in color was gradual, taking place from the 1930s to the 1960s. Even when most film studios had the capability to make color films, the technology’s popularity was limited, as using the Technicolor process was expensive and the process cumbersome. For many years, it was not possible for films in color to render realistic hues, thus its use was restricted to historical films or musicals until the 1950s, while many directors preferred to use black-and-white stock. For the years 1940–1966, a separate Academy Award for Best Art Direction was given for black-and-white movies along with one for color.

Black-and-white images are not usually starkly contrasted black and white. They combine black and white in a continuum producing a range of shades of gray. Further, many monochrome prints in still photography, especially those produced earlier in its development, were in sepia (mainly for archival stability), which yielded richer, subtler shading than reproductions in plain black-and-white.

I am completely blown away by this atlas of the surface of Mars. Who isn’t in awe of the universe? I still remember camping out the night of the first moonwalk. Xavier Barral has trawled through tens of thousands of images taken by the MRO probe Hirise camera that was launched into orbit by Nasa in 2005 to document the surface of this magical planet. Stunning, curious and abstract images of the planet’s surface reveal its three-billion-year history. Extraordinary images of the dunes of Noachis Terra and Velles Marineris canyons are breathtaking. This book is a perfect marriage of science and art. This is an extraordinary book, and takes photographs of the earth from above to a new level. This is a giant leap for a photo book and makes you wonder if perhaps there is someone out there photographing us.

However, black-and-white photography has continued to be a popular medium for art photography, as shown in the picture by the well-known photographer Ansel Adams. This can take the form of black-and-white film or digital conversion to grayscale, with optional digital image editing manipulation to enhance the results. For amateur use certain companies such as Kodak manufactured black-and-white disposable cameras until 2009. Also, certain films are produced today which give black-and-white images using the ubiquitous C41 color process.

The earliest television broadcasts were transmitted in black-and-white, and received and displayed by black-and-white only television sets.[1] Scottish inventor John Logie Baird demonstrated the world’s first color television transmission on July 3, 1928 using a mechanical process. Some color broadcasts in the U.S. began in the 1950s, with color becoming common in western industrialized nations during the late 1960s. In the United States, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) settled on a color NTSC standard in 1953, and the NBC network began broadcasting a limited color television schedule in January 1954. Color television became more widespread in the U.S. between 1963 and 1967, when major networks like CBS and ABC joined NBC in broadcasting full color schedules. Some TV stations (small and medium) in the US were still broadcasting in B&W until the late 80s to early 90s, depending on network. Canada began airing color television in 1966 while the United Kingdom began to use an entirely different color system from July 1967 known as PAL. The Republic of Ireland followed in 1970. New Zealand began color broadcasting in 1973, and Australia experimented with color television in 1967 but continued to broadcast in black-and-white until 1975, and New Zealand experimented with color broadcasting in 1973 but didn’t convert until 1975. In China, black-and-white television sets were the norm until as late as the 1990s, color TVs not outselling them until about 1989. In 1969, Japanese electronics manufacturers standardized the first format for industrial/non-broadcast videotape recorders (VTRs) called EIAJ-1, which initially offered only black-and-white video recording and playback. While seldom used professionally now, many consumer camcorders have the ability to record in black-and-white.

Some formal photo portraits still use black-and-white. Many visual-art photographers use black-and-white in their work.

The Absense of Myth by Tereza Zelenkova (self-published, £20)

I was having a coffee with the photo aficionado Sean O’Hagan and he suggested I rush to my computer and buy a copy of The Absence of Myth, a dinky self-published book by Tereza Zelenkova. Its arrival was a delight. This young photographer (an ex-MA student at the Royal College of Art) beautifully combines texts and pictures. Inspired in part by Georges Bataille’s writings on surrealism, The Absence of Myth, published in 1945, Zelenkova’s dark visual references, such as Sigmund Freud’s chair, are confusing and complex but also a pleasure to consume. I will take the next few months fathoming it out.

Throughout the 19th century, most photography was monochrome photography: images were either black-and-white or shades of sepia. Occasionally personal and/or commercial photographs might be hand tinted. Color photography was originally rare and expensive and again often containing inaccurate hues. Color photography became more common from the mid-20th century.

SECOND PRIZE – EDUARDO LÓPEZ MORENOEduardo wins a Fujifilm X100F.

This is Mars – Photographs by NADA/MRO, edited by Xavier Barral (Aperture, £50)

As a form of censorship when movies and TV series are aired on Philippine television, many gory scenes are shown in black-and-white. Sometimes the exposure of innards or other scenes too bloody or gruesome are also blurred, not just rendered in monochrome, in compliance with Philippine broadcasting standards.

Contemporary photo of a Galápagos tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra) on Santa Cruz Island

Some modern film directors will occasionally shoot movies in black-and-white as an artistic choice, though it is much less common for a major Hollywood production. The use of black-and-white in the mass media often connotes something “nostalgic” or historic. The film director Woody Allen has used black-and-white a number of times since Manhattan (1979), which also had a George Gershwin derived score. The makers of The Good German (2006) used camera lens from the 1940s, and other equipment from that era, so that their black-and-white film imitated the look of early noir.

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Printing is an ancient art, and color printing has been possible in some ways from the time colored inks were produced. In the modern era, for financial and other practical reasons, black-and-white printing has been very common through the 20th century. However with the technology of the 21st century, home color printers, which can produce color photographs, are common and relatively inexpensive, a technology relatively unimaginable in the mid-20th century.

In computing terminology, black-and-white is sometimes used to refer to a binary image consisting solely of pure black pixels and pure white pixels; what would normally be called a black-and-white image, that is, an image containing shades of gray, is referred to in this context as grayscale.[3]

In fact, monochrome film stock is now rarely used at the time of shooting, even if the films are intended to be presented theatrically in black-and-white. Movies such as John Boorman’s The General (1998) and Joel Coen’s The Man Who Wasn’t There (2001) were filmed in color despite being presented in black-and-white for artistic reasons. Raging Bull (1980) and Clerks (1994) are two of the few well-known modern films deliberately shot in black-and-white. In the case of Clerks, because of the extremely low budget, the production team could not afford the added costs of shooting in color. Although the difference in film stock price would have been slight, the store’s fluorescent lights could not have been used to light for color. By shooting in black-and-white, the filmmakers did not have to rent lighting equipment.

In black-and-white still photography, many photographers choose to shoot in solely black-and-white since the stark contrasts enhance the subject matter.

Pick up a copy of B+W212, our February issue, to see the winning pictures plus a selection of the judges’ favourites. Download the app edition of the magazine to see an additional 24 pages of fantastic images from the competition.

Black and white, often abbreviated B/W or B&W, and hyphenated black-and-white when used as an adjective, is any of several monochrome forms in visual arts.

From thousands of entries all over the world, the judges of the

Most American newspapers were black-and-white until the early 1980s; The New York Times and The Washington Post remained in black-and-white until the 1990s. Some claim that USA Today was the major impetus for the change to color. In the UK, color was only slowly introduced from the mid-1980s. Even today, many newspapers restrict color photographs to the front and other prominent pages since mass-producing photographs in black-and-white is considerably less expensive than color. Similarly, daily comic strips in newspapers were traditionally black-and-white with color reserved for Sunday strips.:Color printing is more expensive. Sometimes color is reserved for the cover. Magazines such as Jet magazine were either all or mostly black-and-white until the end of the 2000s when it became all-color. Manga (Japanese or Japanese-influenced comics) are typically published in black-and-white although now it is part of its image. Many school yearbooks are still entirely or mostly in black-and-white.

In a black and white pre-credits opening sequence in the 2006 Bond film, Casino Royale, a young James Bond (played by Daniel Craig) gains his licence to kill and status as a 00 agent by assassinating the traitorous MI6 section chief Dryden at the British Embassy in Prague, as well as his terrorist contact, Fisher, in a bathroom in Lahore. The remainder of the film starting with the opening credits is shown in color.

The movie Pi is filmed entirely in black-and-white, with a grainy effect until the end.

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Since the late 1960s, few mainstream films have been shot in black-and-white. The reasons are frequently commercial, as it is difficult to sell a film for television broadcasting if the film is not in color. 1961 was the last year in which the majority of Hollywood films were released in black and white.[2]

Black and White Photography books of the year Cheryl Newman chooses her favourite black and white photography books

1 Media 1.1 Motion pictures 1.2 Television 1.3 Photography 1.4 Printing 2 Films with a color/black-and-white mix 3 Contemporary use 4 Computing 5 See also 6 References

The pages of Spasibo, which means ‘thank you’ in Russian, is for me filled with ghosts. Davide Monteleone has travelled widely though the Caucasus since 2001 and clearly has a real understanding and connection to the region. This monograph examines the history of violence between Chechen separatists and Moscow and the impact it’s had on the structure of Chechnya both physically and emotionally. But the gloomy post conflict images are mixed with more upbeat moments of a new Chechnya, family parties, smart cars and portraits of beautiful young women on their wedding day. It’s a perfectly produced book filled with haunting, bleak images of darkness but it also shows the strength and endurance of these remarkable people.

See all the winners and a selection of other entries in the February

This is every photography lover’s book of the year. It’s a masterpiece. I can say no more.

I love the fact that not only is Sevincli’s book Good Dog made as a tribute to the legendary Daido Moryama’s 1971 image Stray Dog but it is also the locals’ nickname for the neighbourhood in Istanbul in which Sevincli lives. I love the scratched-up blown-out surface, the nearly dead cockroach, a punk’s shredded tights and a fly on a super-grainy window. It has stark, raw images with an aesthetic shared by Anders Peterson. The book is darkly seductive – even the paper surface is sexy to the touch – and has a dark narrative, which really drew me into its spell. The images are disquieting and I share Sevincli’s fears and questions of the environment he is photographing.

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Veins by Anders Petersen and Jacob Aue Sobol (Dewi Lewis, £28)

Defrosting of the crests of Inca Cit y © NASA/JPL/The University of Arizona/Éditions Xavier Barral

Jacob Aue Sobol’s iconic book Sabine, his documentary of his relationship with his Inuit girlfriend, is one of my favourite photo books of the past 10 years. In this new book the great Swedish photographer Petersen joins his protégé Sobol to produce a raw, gritty visual journey. Veins is split into two halves that share a grainy, stark, black and white, often grim reality. Both photographers share themes of nudity, animals, stark grimy interiors and the inhabitants from society’s fringe. This is a treat for lovers of a harsh aesthetic. Hats off to Dewi Lewis for publishing a genuinely important little book.

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