B&W can look more interesting than life

I have just watched the 1983 BBC Master Photographers interview with Andreas Feininger in which he talks about the ability of b&w photography to handle much higher levels of contrast than colour and to make things look different – and therefore more interesting – than they do in real life.

He also explained how he made some of his urban images like this one of crowds and traffic on 5th Avenue: he found that using a telephoto lens from some distance away gives a better sense of scale than can be achieved at close range. A very interesting tip that I intend to try out myself when an appropriate opportunity arises.

Andreas Feininger: Traffic on 5th Avenue (1948)

References and resources

BBC 2 (1983) Master Photographers: Andreas Feininger