Color Work - lawrencebraunstein

Arguably, no one has profited as much from the digital revolution as the color photographer. Working in color during the film era was not for the faint-hearted. Demands on film and print development were infinitely greater then with monochromatic materials. The procedures were time consuming, the materials expensive, and the results often quite disappointing. With few exceptions, the longevity of most printing papers was relatively short, often falling far beneath that of the gelatin silver print which, if processed properly, was able to achieve a high degree of archival permanence. Today, digital capture and post-processing fundamentally offer the same interpretive options for both color and black & white photography.

Most all of the work I did with film was monochromatic. Having said this, I always had at least a few sheets of 4x5” color transparency film on hand ‘just in case’. One of the curious surprises I had during this project was realizing how little color work I actually produced despite all the years I had devoted to large format photography. Quite frankly, exceptions notwithstanding, I feel a large portion of this work is not very good. Many years later, after I began working with a digital camera, I became aware of the substantial deficit I had working with color. It was, however, a challenge which I humbly accepted and I now produce more color work than I do black & white! The photographs in this gallery are a few of those ‘exceptions’, at least in the interpretive sense. Technically, they can not compare with what a modern digital camera (and printer) can produce. However, despite their technical shortcomings, they do have artistic value and represent fairly well the visualization I had at the time of capture. Because of this, I have decided to include them in their own gallery.