An autobiographical collection of black and white 35mm nude photographs presented by New York photographer Henry Butz. In praise of the time-tested method, this book re-visits the quest for the perfect image using conventional photography. A quote from the book, "It is the craft which brings humanity to the method and the method which transforms the paper into art. Black and white photography is less of what the image is about and more of why it exists."
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During the "wet" process, a photographer imparts his style, his soul onto the photograph through his craft. No computers are involved. Just a clock on the wall ticks off seconds to time the process. It is a romance, the solace of a dark room dimly lit by a soft amber light where photographs are brought into existence, imparting our humanity onto paper. No mathematical formulas, no Bayer pattern interpolation, clone stamp, history brush, or unsharp masking; but, something much more basic, akin to a gold fountain pen with black-silver ink scraping against fine, white sheepskin parchment.
It is the craft which brings humanity to the method and the method which transforms the paper into art. Black and white photography is less of what the image is about and more of why it exists. The essence of a hand-crafted black and white photograph must be experienced in person while it hangs on a wall of a gallery, while a digital image doesn't really exist at all. A computer can model or simulate real life through its cold bits of 1's and 0's, but a real photograph carries an imprint of its creator, just as a gourmet meal honors the chef.
For all our technology, we do not come close to digitally reproducing film characteristics - either in resolution or exposure latitude. Anyone who tells you differently is trying to sell you something. Digital photography has always been a lie, a cheat, a way to sell more expensive camera equipment to amateur photographers. A 35mm film camera can produce an image of much finer detail, deep richness of quality, and at a fraction of the cost.
This book is an autobiographical collection of my earliest black and white 35mm nudes. I compose my shot and I turn my dials until my film has enough light to capture the image, then press the shutter. The real work does not begin until I flick on the 15 watt amber safelight in my darkroom. The camera provides my image, but a photograph cannot be called "art" until I get my hands wet from the chemical process.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
Nude photography has manifested itself in my life through a combination of factors, the first has been a hunger for an image which captures the female form in a manner to convey contrast, curves, texture, grain, and depth - all of which can best be accomplished with conventional black and white film. There is a serious lack of black and white nude photography because the medium as well as the theme are both deficient in commercial value.
When you step off the elevators of sixteen floor hotel, there might be a photograph hanging on the wall. This photograph will have two properties. It will be color and it will not be of a nude. Reflect on this statement for a moment, since most of the art marketing world is based on this premise. If you are the art buyer for a hotel, hospital, church, or synagogue, you have the daunting task of filling every room, hallway, lobby and meeting room with images which are not controversial, are unoffensive to any race or faith and provide a colorful distraction from the bleak straight lines of large rooms and long hallways.
A black and white nude photograph is about the last thing an art buyer would consider to grace the walls of any public structure. We would rather see classical paintings, colorful landscapes and oh so many photographs of flowers. While color digital photographs of flowers certainly have their place, that is not why I am writing this book.
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Book Description Lulu.com. Spiral-bound. Book Condition: Brand New. 100 pages. 10.50x8.25x0.23 inches. This item is printed on demand. Bookseller Inventory # zk1411650948