One of the minds behind the \"Black Is Beautiful\" movement, Kwame Brathwaite has long deployed his photography as an agent of social change. This exploration of his work features 40 stunning studio portraits and behind-the-scenes images of Harlem's artistic community.
These are the questions that Dr. Yaba Blay and photographer Noelle Théard encourage us to wrestle with in (1)ne Drop: Shifting the Lens on Race. Featuring the perspectives of 58 people who identify as part of the larger \"racial, cultural, and social group generally referred to and known as Black,\" the book combines candid memoirs and striking portraits to explore the complexities of Black identity and celebrate an individual's right to self-identify.
\"I think the context that we live in shapes the way you identify yourself, and the way others identify you,\" says Dr. Blay. And therein lies the power of (1)ne Drop. From Zun Lee, a man who has always identified as Black despite being phenotypically Asian, to Sembene McFarland, a woman whose vitiligo bizarrely blurs other people's perception of her race, to James Bartlett, a man who is mistaken for Italian, Arab or Hispanic depending on what U.S. city he's in, (1)ne Drop narrates a story of blackness that is not bound by looks, but that is fluid and empowered by the act of self-identification.
Personally, I like shooting at 70mm and beyond. The longer the lens, the greater the compression effect, which in turn creates better background blur (i.e., bokeh). Most of my portraits are done between 120mm and 200mm.
Stage Light makes the background completely black (as if the subject was standing under a spotlight on a stage). Stage Light Mono is the same as Stage Light, but it turns your photo black and white.
In the late 1950s and throughout the 1960s, Kwame Brathwaite used his photography to popularize the political slogan \"Black Is Beautiful.\" This monograph-the first ever dedicated to Brathwaite's remarkable career-tells the story of a key, but under-recognized, figure of the second Harlem Renaissance.Inspired by the writings of activist and black nationalist Marcus Garvey, Brathwaite, along with his older brother, Elombe Brath, founded the African Jazz Arts Society and Studios (AJASS) and the Grandassa Models (1962). AJASS was a collective of artists, playwrights, designers, and dancers; Grandassa Models was a modeling agency for black women, founded to challenge white beauty standards. From stunning studio portraits of the Grandassa Models to behind-the-scenes images of Harlem's artistic community, including Max Roach, Abbey Lincoln, and Miles Davis, this book offers a long-overdue exploration of Brathwaite's life and work.
A portrait photographer who shoots black and white photos understands the powerful emotion and mood a monochrome image can portray. Although the setup and environment may be similar, the techniques to create a powerful black and white portrait may be different for each photographer.
All images submitted must be converted to black and white. Make sure that your photos show well once converted. Each submission is a maximum of 8 photos, with additional submission having an extra fee.
We asked a group of talented artists about how they create timeless monochrome images using Photoshop, Lightroom, and similar editing apps. Below, they tell us the most common mistakes photographers make when it comes to black and white editing, and they also share their best tricks for avoiding them.
When you convert an image to black and white, various hues in the frame will be allocated to different shades of gray. These shades will change as we adjust our white balance, and the contrast of the image will, in turn, also change.
All of these black and white photos you see here were done using film and almost all, at some point, were printed the old fashioned way. The images were scanned directly from film negatives and the only processing done to them was to remove dust and scratches.
We can surmise a lot about the origin of black holes from their size. Scientists know how some types of black holes form, yet the formation of others is a mystery. There are three different types of black holes, categorized by their size: stellar-mass, intermediate-mass, and supermassive black holes.
Stellar-mass black holes are found throughout our Milky Way galaxy and have masses less than about 100 times that of our Sun. They comprise one of the possible endpoints of the lives of high-mass stars. Stars are fueled by the nuclear fusion of hydrogen, which forms helium and other elements deep in their interiors. The outflow of energy from the central regions of the star provides the pressure necessary to keep the star from collapsing under its own weight.
Supermassive black holes contain between a million and a billion times as much mass as a stellar-mass black hole. Scientists are uncertain how supermassive black holes form, but one theory is that they result from the combining of stellar-mass black holes.
Black holes hold allure for everyone from young children to professional astronomers. For astronomers, in particular, learning about Sagittarius A* is important because it provides insights into the formation of our galaxy and black holes themselves.
Black holes, though invisible to the human eye, can be detected by observing their effects on nearby space and matter. As a result of their enormous mass, black holes have extremely high gravity, which pulls in surrounding material at rapid speeds, causing this material to become very hot and emit X-rays.
To directly image the matter surrounding a black hole, thus revealing the silhouette of the black hole itself, scientists from around the world collaborated to create the Event Horizon Telescope. The Event Horizon Telescope harnesses the combined power of numerous telescopes around the world that can detect radio-wave emissions from the sky to create a virtual telescope the size of Earth.
In 2019, the team released the first image of a black hole's silhouette when they captured the glowing gasses surrounding the M87* galactic black hole nearly 53 million light-years (318 quintillion miles) away from Earth. The team then announced that one of their next endeavors was to image Sagittarius A*.
As a local black historian in High Point, NC, I live to find precious finds like these that truly document our history. I am always pleading with High Pointers to share any pictures or documents that I can use in my column or my books but there is a lack of interest in our local black history. Sad!
Laurie stands out as one of the best Chicago boudoir photographers for her minimalist, elegant portraits. She keeps background distraction out of her shots, focusing on the beauty of your form, marking her work as fine art. We also love how she has her own all-female team. Together, they enhance your existing beauty, acting as your personal cheerleaders for an amazing boudoir experience.
Laura Coyle: This book includes a broad range of photographers: black and white, male and female, amateur and professional, established in studios and itinerant. Photography arrived in the United States in 1839, the same year it was invented, and within a year, the first studios opened in America. As the technology quickly improved, the demand for portrait photographs increased rapidly.
Our book shows that black and white photographers were capable of making sympathetic photographs of African Americans. However, African American photographers and sitters shared a special bond and a personal stake in portraying black subjects respectfully. They realized that with the images they created and commissioned, they were not only affirming the worth of particular people but also of the entire race within a larger society that often denigrated them.
MGM: Frederick Douglass was among the first to recognize the power of photography, and he shared his ideas in his speeches as well as his actions. Douglass is the most photographed man of the 19th century, having sat for more than 150 portraits [see page 25]. Recognizing the import of images, he took the opportunity as frequently as possible to document his own image as a dignified, self-determined black man.
Another challenge was deciding how to organize the photographs in the book. From the beginning, we knew that we wanted to explore the roles photographs played in black life, but the roles turned out to be as complicated and messy as life itself. In the end, we settled on six themes that exemplify the use of photographs in this early period. Many photographs were used in a variety of ways, but for each photograph in the book, we chose a single way it was used to illustrate one theme.
MGM: One of our biggest challenges was how to deal with really difficult images: demeaning photographs that reinforced stereotypes and photographs documenting violence against African Americans. We considered leaving them out, but after discussing our options with our director, Lonnie Bunch, we decided that we had to include them because they represent painful aspects of American history that are often ignored, forgotten, or denied. While overall the book celebrates black life and achievement, and the power African Americans gained in creating and commissioning their own images, we also wanted to be honest about the challenges African Americans faced and how photography was often used against them.
Even 25 years after her death, new photos of the Princess continue to emerge: on March 4, two white-gloved curators hung a rarely-seen portrait of the late Princess Diana, by David Bailey, on the walls of Kensington Palace. The black-and-white portrait is striking in its minimalism, showing simply the profile of Diana staring steadfastly ahead. A new view of the Princess, added to the cultural canon.
Not every photo processing store can develop 35mm film. The majority of stores just print digital photographs. But, there are usually one or two stores that develop 35mm film near you.How much