Agee, James Rufus
Allard, William Albert
Andersen, Thomas Folke
Anderson, Margaret C.
Asif, Usman B.
Auden, Wystan Hugh
A good color image is a good B&W image.
It violates too many of the decencies and the great privacy of the battlefield. In the photograph of war I can in a way dominate you through control of black and white. I can take the mood down to something so terrible that you don’t realise the work is not in colour. It is colour in your heart but not in your eye.
Color is very much about atmosphere and emotion and the feel of a place.
I often think of that rare fulfilling joy when you are in the presence of some wonderful alignment of events. Where the light, the colour, the shapes, and the balance all interlock so perfectly that I feel truly overwhelmed by the wonder of it.
Black and white photography is a perfect lie. We must not let colour destroy this image.
[cited in: Creative Camera April 1970, p. 118]
One very important difference between color and monochromatic photography is this: in black and white you suggest; in color you state. Much can be implied by suggestion, but statement demands certainty… absolute certainty.
[Julia Scully, “Seeing pictures”, Modern Photography, Oct. 1976, p. 8]
I often think of that rare fulfilling joy, when I am in the presence of some wonderful alignment of events. Where the light, the colour, the shapes and the balance all interlock so beautifully that I feel truly overwhelmed by the wonder of it.
…color is like dynamite – dangerous, unless you know how to use it.
editors of Esquire magazine, on photographs by Anton Bruehl
, 1000 Photo Icons by Anthony Bannon (Foreword), George Eastman House , ISBN: 3822820970 , Page: 566
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First and foremost, make it an obvious picture of color! Rather than looking for rocks, leaves, trees, waterfalls, birds, flowers, fire hydrants, starfish, boats, orchards, or bridges, focus your energy and vision on red, blue, yellow, orange, green, or violet. Color first, content second!
From the book: "Learning to See Creatively: Design, Color & Composition in Photography"
Black and white can show how something is. Color adds how it is, imbued with temperatures and humidities of experience.
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