Classic black and white
film photography


Nothing beats black and white film photography. Not color. Not digital. Drama. Impact. Intensity.

Nothing beats the mystery of the darkroom. The smell of the chemicals. The magic of emerging images. Nothing beats cameras that are just cameras. Meter. Focus. Shoot. No computer delays. Speed and simplicity perfected.

In Vancouver, Washington, it has become the underground medium for high school photography students. Black and white analog photography is the retrorevolution.

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"Family Day" won Second Prize in the intermediate category in the Art in City Hall contest for Philadelphia City employees in December 2006. The competition was sponsored by the National Arts Program Foundation. I took the photograph in June 2006 with my Leica M2 camera, using Ilford HP5 black and white film. This camera, manufactured in 1960, is razor sharp. Sundays are family day in the Chinatown neighborhood of Philadelphia.

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"Last Trolleys at Luzerne" won Honorable Mention in the intermediate category in the Art in City Hall contest for Philadelphia City employees in December 2003. The competition was sponsored by the National Arts Program Foundation. I took the photograph in with my Leica M2 camera, using Ilford HP5 black and white film.
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