NECCC (New England Camera Club Convention)

Experiencing all of the Colors of Black and White

We tend to think of photography without color as somewhat of a historical artifact, as photography was invented as a tool with the limited palette of simply darker and lighter shades of gray. However, even though the process of capturing and imaging in color dates to 1855, we have witnessed the survival of the black and white image to this very day.

What makes the image without color compelling even today? Why do we still create and enjoy this palette even though color is all around us? Can there be a deeper reason than simply we used to create these images in the darkroom?

This class will explore these concepts, and our continued quest for the impact of black and white. We will also both delve into the use of how color filtration enhanced our black and white film capture, and how filtration in post replicates this utility.

This class takes place at the New England Camera Club Convention, held at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, July 14, 15, and 16, 2017. For information about the convention, see: