If you had the choice of seeing life in color or black and white, which would you pick?
Technicolor revolutionized the movie industry. They captured the natural reds, greens and blues and soaked them in their respective complimentary colors of cyan, magenta, and yellow, then ran them through a dye transfer process – thus creating the dreamy Technicolor image we all know and love (and if you don’t know, just watch any Hollywood movie from the 1920’s thru 1950’s and 60’s).
It was this combination of additive colors (Red, Green, and Blue) with their subtractive counterparts (Cyan, Magenta, and Yellow) which led to the revolution for color photography in the 1940’s, led by pioneer photographer, Jeannette Klute. Klute helped Eastman Kodak develop its own dye transfer process, and in the decades that followed, artists such as William Eggleston would go on to use this this film and create works of vibrant color that would almost jump off the page when you saw it. I am sure most people are familiar with the portrait of the Afghan Girl, shot on assignment for National Geographic by Steve McCurry, on delicious Kodachrome film stock (not too mention the gravure printing process adopted by National Geographic, which makes all the colors as deep as the Marion Trench).
Color is light, and light is life. It is a physical force, powerful enough to move you psychologically. Color brings back memories, it helps to connect us, show the world in all its glory, and it can bring us closer to a deeper understanding of ourselves.
I have just launched my new website, showing a collection of my photographic work from the last 15 years of shooting in color. I would love to know what you guys think, and also feel free to share it around!