The year of Digital Black and White

That’s the word on the street.

From the competition between the printer manufacturers to reproduce the most classic full tonal range black and white prints , to the announcement yesterday of Photoshop CS3 with one of it’s key improvements being it’s ability to work better specifically with RAW images and converting them to Black and White. (and faster on Intel based Macs, thank you very much)

As we run headlong into better, faster,bigger file size digital images, software than can make our digital darkroom in the light, capable of anything that was possible in the dark and way more, isn’t it time you considered black and white again?

Check out what one of the current masters of digital Black and White ,Vincent Versace ,can achieve:

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© Vincent Versace 2006

or this:

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© Vincent Versace 2006

And we know he prints on an Epson .

The hours spent in the darkroom, hand dodging, rubbing, and otherwise crafting a print, were good times.

But look what we can do now.

You see, there is a reason that the higher end printers come with such a variety of black inks. Yes, they of course affect your color prints.Now get the full potential.

Time to start thinking again about the old grey scale. And getting schooled in the new CS3.

Cheers!
Damon Webster

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  • Feb. 27-March 6, 2014
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  • APRIL 10-13, 2014
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Current Exhibitions

  • Annenberg Space For Photography
  • “The Power of Photography: National Geographic 125 Years”
  • Current to April 27th, 2014
  • 2000 Avenue of the Stars, #10
  • Century City, CA. 90067
  • Tel: 213.403.3000
  • ICP
  • Capa in Color
  • January 31–May 4, 2014
  • 1133 Avenue of the Americas at 43rd Street
  • New York, NY 10036
  • Phone: 212.857.0000
  • Getty Center
  • A Royal Passion: Queen Victoria and Photography
  • February 4–June 8, 2014
  • 1200 Getty Center Drive
  • Los Angeles, CA. 90049
  • Tel: 310-440-7300
  • Yossi Milo Gallery
  • David Goldes, Electro-graphs
  • January 30–March 8, 2014
  • 245 Tenth Avenue
  • New York,NY 10001
  • Tel: 212-414-0370
  • Howard Greenberg Gallery
  • Bernice Abbott and Charles Marville
  • February 27-April 12,2014
  • 41 East 57th Street, Suite 1406
  • New York,NY 10022
  • Tel: 212-334-0100
  • Staley-Wise Gallery
  • Real and Surreal
  • Feb. 27-April 19th, 2014
  • 560 Broadway
  • New York,NY
  • 10012
  • Phone: 1-212-966-6223
  • Museum of Modern Art
  • A World of Its Own: Photographic Practices in the Studio
  • February 8–October 5, 2014
  • 11 West 53rd Street
  • NYC,NY
  • 10019-5497
  • (212) 708-9400
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris
  • January 29–May 4, 2014
  • 1000 Fifth Avenue (at 82nd Street)
  • New York, NY 10028
  • Phone: 212-535-7710

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