Further exploration of the world of black and white as my interest has recently spiked upon receiving the book The Americans. This photography book by Robert Frank was released in 1959 and reviled upon publication for showing the “less glamourous” side of America. The body of work has since become the “book that changed photography”. Also, it seems to be the book in every street photographer’s collection.
To summarize, in the 1950s, Swiss-born photographer came to America and receives a fellowship from the Guggenheim to document his nearly two-year travel across the States. He shot 767 rolls of film or 27,000 frames. Another year was spent editing (print, select and layout) and ultimately 83 images were chosen to become The Americans which was released in 1959. A first edition for this once reviled book now list for $2750 on ebay. Robert Frank shot exclusively with a Leica.
As much as I like black and white photography, I’m not sure it translates well for the wErk that I do. It’s almost blasphemous to convert the brilliantly saturated colors of the early Porsches. I’m still trying to figure this out.
The two samples below, for me, are prefect examples that I would rather see in color.
However, since this is a white car with black graphics, here is an example of preferring the black and white.