Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/09/04

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Old colour film stock and back to pictures.
From: Eric Welch <>
Date: Fri, 04 Sep 1998 07:23:07 -0500

At 10:22 AM 9/4/98 +0000, you wrote:

Actually, there was a process before Dufaychrome. It was done with
starches. Can't remember the name of the process this early in the morning,
but it was kind of like pointillistic painting in it's look.

>So, why do most people shots - either street or protraiture - look
>better in B&W rather than colour? Is it too much HCB in my diet
>affecting my tastes or is there a more rational reason. Or is most
>colour work crap?   

It doesn't necessarily. Look at the work of William Albert Allard.
Absolutely gorgeous. David Allen Harvey, Alex Webb, numerous other street
photographers. Color is harder to do right than black and white in some
ways. But when mastered, I find it more compelling.

That being said, this past year the Washington Post swept the portfolio
category of Pictures of the Year contest (biggest photojournalism contest
in the world) and all of their work was black and white. First time a
single newspaper has done that in over 50 years.
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Eric Welch
St. Joseph, MO

The world's full of apathy, and I don't care.