Martin Chambi: The Trailblazing Peruvian Photographer Who Captured a Vanishing World

Martín Chambi, “Organist in the Capela de Tinta, Sicuani” (1935) Martin Chambi is most famous for his expressive, painterly portrayals of Peru’s diverse society, some of which are currently on view at São Paulo’s Instituto Moreira Salles in Face Andina – Fotografias de Martín Chambi. The exhibition builds on the museum’s recent acquisition of 88 of Chambi’s images and spans the breadth of […]

David Goldblatt: Photographing the Crossroads of Life and Death in South Africa

  Squatter camp on the fringe of the N1 highway, Woodstock, Cape Town, August 22, 2006 Beginning in the 1940s, South African photographer David Goldblatt documented the people and landscapes of his country in striking black and white. It was only after apartheid that he felt comfortable with color in his work. In Regarding Intersections, published this October by Steidl, Goldblatt’s photographs […]

Dorothea Lange’s 1936 iconic photograph of the Great Depression

MIGRANT MOTHER: Photographer Dorothea Lange, 1936   This iconic photo of the Migrant Mother taken in California by Dorothea Lange during the Great Depression, acknowledges the power of black and white photography to enter the national conference.  But this is also a story of the inequality between the photographer and the photographed: Yet it seems […]

The Downside of Photography Exhibit Going Viral

  Kristine Potter’s military photos (West Point) generated so much negative comment targeted at the military that she removed them from social media.   Another reminder of the emotional power of black and white photography.

London-based Photographer Sandi Ford showcases stunning maternity photos. London-based photographer Sandi Ford showcases the “sensual, sexy, attractive, and elegant” side of pregnant women through stunning maternity photos.   For me, the black and white photos are the most striking and evocative.

The Angelina Effect   The Angelina Effect represents Angelina Jolie in black and white on the cover of Time Magazine May 15, 2013, in which she announces her double mastectomy and raises awareness and dialogue about genetic testing for the Breast Cancer gene.  Why black and white? Because it has more impact than colour?

Robert Frank’s mid 1950s B/W Photos exhibited in Anna Leonowens Art Gallery Sept. 5 – 12 Robert Frank’s photos will appear as newsprint copies at the Anna Leonowens Art Gallery for just one week, beginning today, and will then be destroyed.   This is the landmark concept that caught my eye: “Robert Frank was the first artist to insist that photographs alone tell a story, though he did relent and […]

The Evidence is In: A Black and White Photo Soothes a Crying Baby

Art for Baby is an acclaimed book that was launched in Asia in 2011 with the exhibit at the Espace Louis Vuitton in Hong Kong. Excerpted from The Guardian, September 2008: A simple black and white image can soothe any crying baby: “It gives them something to concentrate on when they’re bombarded by so many different images […]

Nebraska is a b/w film exemplifying art for health

This excerpt from Skip Dine Young’s article on Movies and the  Mind in Psychology Today, 2014, draws out the impact of black and white photography in experiencing and empathizing with the aging process. This “addition by subtraction” is a silver (not ‘golden’) opportunity of a black and white film such as Nebraska. A family drama with […]