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Arrangements in Black and Grey – an exhibition at the Fox Talbot Museum
- Published 27th April 2013
Is Black and White photography still relevant today? The question is being posed by the National Trust in a new exhibition at the Fox Talbot Museum in Lacock which features six present day photographers who still use black and white.
From working with the traditional pinhole camera through to one photographer who takes all her black and white photos on an iPhone, the exhibition will show the wide range of techniques and styles used today.
While every day people are bombarded with colourful digital images, the Fox Talbot Museum is toning it down for the show Arrangements in Black and Grey which opens on 12 April 2013 and runs until 22 September 2013.
Visitors will be invited to decide for themselves if black and white photography in the 21st century is still relevant by seeing the collection of beautiful images from six British artists; Anthony Jones, Deborah Parkin, Trevor Ashby, Nettie Edwards, Mark Voce and Katie Cooke.
Each approaches and uses monochrome differently, from the patient process of using the very simple and traditional pinhole camera to more modern equipment, the photographs have much to show.
Roger Watson, the curator at the Fox Talbot Museum said black and white photographs focus on texture, line and shape. By taking away the distraction of colour the viewers is forced to look at the picture in a different way. The importance of light moves into the foreground and it gives an understanding of the world in subtle tones rather than bold colour.
“The 21st century has brought us digital photography and with it the ease of printing and colour, which has taken a strong hold of art photography,” said Roger. “In the 19th century it was entirely monochrome and, although there was some use of colour, the 20th century was also dedicated to the use of black and white. With this exhibition we wanted to explore where black and white stands in this modern, digital world of photography and if it is still relevant.”
The methods of making the images vary with the artist. Some shoot on film and some digital. Some of the images on show are semi-abstract, some dream-like but all have subtle elegance.
“Black and white photography is the little black dress of the art world, it never really goes out of fashion with its simple elegance.”
Normal admission charges apply. NT members and under 5s free. For opening times and further information please call 01249 730 450 or see www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lacock.
‘Arrangements in Black and Grey’ is supported by Black and White Magazine.