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Notes and Thoughts on Black and White Photography and Fine Art Photography

What is Fine Art Photography?

"..creative art, especially visual art whose products are to be appreciated primarily or solely for their imaginative, aesthetic or intellectual content" according to the Oxford English Dictionary.

This black and white photography has no value outside that of the aesthetic and should be looked upon as stand alone entities, created purely for the indulgence of the viewer, and, lest we forget, the black and white photography enthusiast.

This portfolio is brought to you in digital format, though the real black and white photography prints are entirely different. All of the black and white photography is made by hand, from the start of the process to the end. The process starts with the capture of the image on the negative, to do this I use a variety of cameras, my favourate being a Mamiya 645 Super. I prefer manual cameras, in fact I don't own an automatic camera. The Mamiya does not have a light meter so I read the light for my photography with a Pentax V analogue spot meter which has a one degree viewing angle. For studio photography work I use a fairly basic flash meter.

The film rolls are processed by hand and then contact printed. The photographs which I think will come out well are then enlarged using an old Meopta black and white enlarger and a black and white photography paper which is suitable. As each black and white photography print is made manually with a degree of dodging and burning, no two photographs ever come out exactly the same, which gives individuality for each photograph. I like to print on fibre based black and white photography papers which are the traditional papers but the handling, washing and processing is very time consuming, so only the best photographs ever get printed in this method. The bulk of the black and white photography is rendered on resin coated paper. Every fine art or black and white photography purist has his or her own favourite papers and chemicals for producing what they regard as the best black and white fine art photograph possible. My own personal choice is Ilford black and white multi-grade developer and  Kentmere Art Classic. My choice of film is Ilford Pan F - a fine grain slow film, or Kodak Technical Pan which has very fine grain indeed. I generally only indulge in black and white photography, finding colour photography a bit soulless, however some of the photographs were shot with a digital camera, which is lighter and smaller.

That said, I am enthusiastic for as many people as possible to start producing their own Black and White photography prints or Fine Art Photographs so I have produced and continue to update technical areas of the site, which include 'Introduction to black and white photography' and 'starting photography'. Over the next few months, I expect to add fine art printing and alternative processes.

I hope you enjoy looking through the site.

Dan Massey

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