A Fotografia a preto-e-branco é a manifestação mais nobre da 8ª Arte. Uma imagem vale por si, pelo que contém e pelo que comunica. Todos os elementos acessórios são expurgados (começando pela cor) a ponto de não se sentir a sua falta.

Este singelo blogue pretende celebrar a Fotografia a preto-e-branco, relevando o papel dos Fotógrafos que, em nossa opinião, mais contribuiram para esta Arte.
Em complemento, os Autores do blogue irão trazer aqui algumas das suas próprias criações a preto-e-branco. Consoante a época em que foram produzidas (de 1960 até à actualidade) utilizaram-se múltiplos procedimentos na elaboração destas imagens.

Os detalhes técnicos de cada fotografia são deliberadamente escassos. Como se pretende, as imagens valem por si e as particularidades do processamento são quase sempre irrelevantes.

As imagens dos Grandes Mestres frequentemente retratam lugares, pessoas ou acontecimentos do conhecimento público. Do mesmo modo, considerou-se pouco relevante a sua legendagem quando o que se pretende é despertar a atenção do visitante para o portfolio dos Mestres, suscitando a vontade de melhor os conhecer.

** Ansel Adams ** (1902-1984)

Ansel Adams was an American photographer and environmentalist, best known for his black-and-white photographs of the American West, especially in Yosemite National Park. One of his most famous photographs was Moon and Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, California.

With Fred Archer, Adams developed the Zone System as a way to determine proper exposure and adjust the contrast of the final print. The resulting clarity and depth characterized his photographs and the work of those to whom he taught the system. Adams primarily used large-format cameras despite their size, weight, setup time, and film cost, because their high resolution helped ensure sharpness in his images.

Adams founded the Group f/64 along with fellow photographers Edward Weston and Imogen Cunningham, which in turn created the Museum of Modern Art's department of photography. Adams's photographs are reproduced on calendars, posters, and in books, making his photographs widely distributed. (Wikipedia)

** Elliott Erwitt ** (1928- )

Elliott Erwitt (b. Paris, France, of Jewish-Russian immigrant parents) is an advertising and documentary photographer known for his black and white candid shots of ironic and absurd situations within everyday settings.

Erwitt served as a photographer's assistant in the 1950's in the United States Army while stationed in France and Germany.   He was influenced by his meetings with the famous photographers Edward Steichen, Robert Capa and Roy Stryker.   Stryker, the former Director of the Farm Security Administration's photography department, hired Erwitt to work on a photography project for the Standard Oil Company.   Erwitt then began a freelance photographer career and produced work for Collier's, LOOK, LIFE and Holiday magazines.   Joining the Magnum Photos agency in 1953 allowed Erwitt to shoot photography projects around the world. (Wikipedia)

** Weegee ** (1899-1968)

Weegee was the pseudonym of Arthur Fellig, a photographer and photojournalist, known for his stark black and white street photography.
Weegee (born in Zolochiv, Ukraine) worked in the Lower East Side of New York City as a press photographer during the 1930s and '40s, and he developed his signature style by following the city's emergency services and documenting their activity. Much of his work depicted unflinchingly realistic scenes of urban life, crime, injury and death.

Fellig's nickname was a phonetic rendering of Ouija, due to his frequent, seemingly prescient arrivals at scenes only minutes after crimes, fires or other emergencies were reported to authorities. In 1938, Fellig was the only New York newspaper reporter with a permit to have a portable police-band shortwave radio. He maintained a complete darkroom in the trunk of his car, to expedite getting his free-lance product to the newspapers. Weegee worked mostly at nightclubs; he listened closely to broadcasts and often beat authorities to the scene. (Wikipedia)