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

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27 Interesting Irritations

Reality is often full of things that resist being incorporated into a harmonic pictorial composition. Such things break up a photo and may be precisely what make the image interesting.

The depiction of a harmonic, magical, and unified world was one objective that the famous photographer Ansel Adams pursued in his images. The world he showed in his images had no breaks; all the pictorial elements and means of composition he applied had only one objective, to magically translate the unbroken enchantment of the landscape into a black and white photograph.

Is it still possible to photograph our world in this way? This is an almost philosophical question. Yet, one thing is certain: The world surely has more breaks now than ...

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