NPR: The Crusade For Color Photography

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Life is in color. So it seems pretty obvious to photograph in color, especially nowadays when black-and-white photography seems “classic” — i.e., hopelessly retro. But that wasn’t always the case. Back in the ’60s and ’70s — at least in the art world — color photography was a source of major contention. In the spirit of revolt, or individuality, or just plain curiosity, a few photographers were on a crusade to permit the polychrome. The images below are from a Cincinnati exhibition that reexamines that period in photography.// It’s not that color photography was unheard of. It populated the pages of magazines and filled picture frames and wallets. But those were snapshots, not art — so said the critics. Color, on the whole, was deemed kitschy, garish and vulgar. A few small color exhibitions appeared in the early ’70s, but the real departure came in 1976, when William Eggleston showed his color work at the Museum of Modern Art. It was the first time the museum had dedicated a solo show to color photography — and it did not go over well. READ ALL

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s