I love that another one of my Pandemic Shadow photos is being exhibited in Europe. The international exhibition, Monochrome, at the PH 21 Gallery in Budapest runs from June 3- June 26 2921. It’s beautifully curated by Zsolt Bátori.
Monochrome photography is usually associated with black and white images. However, in the history of photography other hues, such as sepia and cyan were also used, and today there are countless examples of monochromatic images whose photographic qualities are based on the tonal range of various other colours. While monochromacity used to be a technological limitation for a long time, today it is more of an artistic choice. Photographers may opt for working with the shades of just one colour for compositional reasons or for reasons related to the expressive content of their images, and therefore their decision is to be interpreted. Our appreciation of contemporary monochromatic images is also rooted in the knowledge that the lack of colour range is significant and meaningful, not merely a technological limitation.
I’m an artist who works mostly in black and white and uses color only very occasionally. His statement that monochrome photography is rooted in the knowledge that the lack of colour range is significant and meaningful, not merely a technological limitation is very reflective of my own aesthetic sense.
And I like the way Zsolt expands the definition of monochrome beyond “black & white, ” sepia, etc. into a much broader range that includes 21st century techniques. The exhibition is fascinating – check it out.
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