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Awakenings: Timeless B&W Photography

on August 25, 2013

See on Scoop.itAwakenings: America & Beyond


A continuous range of spectral colors engulfs the Earth, sometimes pastel, oftentimes bright and bold, but such is not true for the beginning of photography. Yet, the images captured are nothing short of spectacular – delicate, pure and detailed – and that is simply the black and white (B&W) of it!

During the 1890s, black and white photographs became commonplace in seed and nursery catalogs shortly after Kodak introduced the first handheld camera in 1888.

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

Visit Awakenings for the video The Photography of Timothy H. O’Sullivan: After his start capturing the horrors of the Civil War for Mathew Brady’s studio, 19th century photographer Timothy H. O’Sullivan uncovered the beauty of the great expanses of the American west.

Guest Photographer: Marilyn Armstrong @Serendipity

9 responses to “Awakenings: Timeless B&W Photography

  1. Teepee12 says:

    It’s been a long day … just got home. I’ll be more wordy tomorrow. Right now, I’m just hungry, thirsty and tired. Life. When it gets too much, remember the alternative.

  2. Mary Firmin says:

    What a fascinating subject. I am a great admirer of old photographs and how complicated it was to take them. Now, with our magic cell phones we can do so much. I called my grandson tonight who is 2 years old and he said, “I can’t see you Nanna on FaceTime.” It just blew me away. I read an article this week that stated we take more pictures in two minutes now, today, than they did in the whole nineteenth century. How far we have come. Or have we? Great post, Sharla, Mary Firmin, DEADLY PLEASURES.

    • catnipoflife says:

      Hi, Mary! So glad you stopped by for a visit. I do hope you stopped over at Awakenings. The video of Timothy O’Sullivan is really quite interesting. The quality of those ol’ B&Ws is truly amazing!

  3. tkmorin says:

    Wow! Beautiful!

  4. Micki Peluso says:

    Raging, moving beauty needs no color. I love black and white pictures and sepia. Color is great but there a reality to black and white/sepia that color often misses.

  5. laurie27wsmith says:

    Thanks for dropping by my blog and commenting Sharla, much appreciated. I love B&W photos, coloured film was for rich people when I was a boy.

  6. Raani York says:


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