“Anyone can print black – just put a piece of photo paper under the enlarger, turn the enlarger light on and leave it on. But light values… ahhh… light values… they are the soul of the black and white photograph. Not everyone can print white and have it sing.” So said one of my great photo teachers, Neil Rappaport. I took that advice to heart, but it was a visit to the Photography Study Room at the Art Institute of Chicago where I really learned the truth behind those words as I viewed Paul Strand’s photograph Mr. Bennett, Vermont, 1944.
Links for this Episode:
- The History of Photography Class in the Photo Study Room at the Art Institute of Chicago
- Camera Position on Facebook – Share your images
- Camera Position on Flickr – Share your images
- Jeff’s Photograph Italy Workshops – A few spots remain for Puglia and Rome