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It's there in black and white

Posted by David Mehegan  January 28, 2008 12:14 PM

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In my interview with photographer Robin Bowman, for my Saturday story about her book of photography, "It's Complicated," I asked her why she used black and white, rather than color, for her 419 photographs of American teenagers:

"I love black and white. I think it's timeless. You could pick this book up 10 years from now and not be able to put a date on it. I used to shoot weddings, and would say, 'We'll do color without a doubt, but we should also shoot a little black and white, because it will be timeless and you can look back at these photographs and they will be classic and beautiful.'

"Some of my strongest work is in color, and I feel that I understand color very well. I was always far more interested in black and white, I felt there is something richer, more interesting, more stable, less pop-art, more classic, important. One thing I know is that I see the world the same way in black and white as in color, and [my images] don't change much between color and black and white. I was always looking for the energy and connection, and the composition was very similar. Color can really rule a picture, and that should not be why a picture is successful."

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