Film Work 1962-2000

                                 Black-and-white

 

This site represents highlights of the analog photography (I prefer the term "film photography") I did from the year 1962 when I was 25, to the year of the millennium when I turned 62.  Although I began taking pictures in a serious way years before, much of that earlier work is lost or fragmented (just

as well)  and so I somewhat arbitrarily begin in 1962. 

I worked mostly in black-and-white during that period of more than forty years. As Robert Frank said, there are two colors in photography: black and white. Actually, there is a whole spectrum of color shades between those two extremes, gray, greenish-gray, brownish gray, brown, yellowish brown, and so on. But Frank’s point was less literal and more evocative of the period: everyone in fine art photography made monochromatic images, and to work that way was as natural as carrying a camera. There were a few exceptions: Ernst Haas and Irving Penn both made a living in magazine and fashion color photography with images that occasionally would cross over to galleries and museums. But the real awareness of color began with William Eggleston and Bill Christenberry’s work in the late 70s, and once the apple cart was upset there was no turning back.

Then along came digital photography, color exploded, and monochromatic photography crept into the shadows although still practiced by a dwindling band of purists.   

In 1998, I purchased my first digital camera and by 2000 I was happily calling myself a color photographer.  Don’t get me wrong; I love back and white photography. But for me it was like leaving one medium, drawing, and exploring another, painting. I love both drawing and painting, and I feel the same way about the two chromatic extremes of photography although I have made very few black and white pictures in the last twenty years or so.

 

My digital work is available in my second website, markpowerdigital.com.

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