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The Art of Black and White Photography, 2nd Edition by Torsten Andreas Hoffmann

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10 The Poetry of Melancholy Moods

In our contemporary society, which is characterized by suppression, melancholy is often frowned upon. Yet, what would art or the world of photographic images be without the special poetry of melancholy moods?

Although in today’s fun-loving society a melancholic person is seen as a spoilsport, Leonardo da Vinci saw melancholia as a special quality that was an important prerequisite of the artistic personality. However, in former times melancholia was not linked mainly to taking everything seriously; rather, it was defined as an impulse to seek out the depth and true nature of things in a quest to turn away from life’s superficialities. If you carefully read about the lives of numerous composers, writers, or visual ...

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