“It is the norm for street photography to be in black and white. People almost expect it to be in black and white. Personally however, I much prefer to shoot in colour and very rarely put out black and white images.”
–Chris Gouge from his new Street Photography Magazine piece, “Why I Shoot in Colour.”
I love this article (you can access it with the entire current issue for $4.99 here at the Newsstand: http://streetphotographymagazine.com/newsstand/ ) because I’ve thought about this a lot. I LOVE black and white images. I began shooting and processing in black & white as a teenager and have spent many very happy hours in the darkroom immersed in the magic of bringing the classic beauty of a black and white image to life, looking for the black blacks and white whites and gorgeous textures. Maybe because we see the world in color, the black and white world calls to us in a unique way.
But I do agree that excellence in Street Photography shouldn’t be defined or constrained by color.
It’s an interesting question and I’m always looking at images to see how they are best portrayed, such as these street photos from Paris. What’s your preference and philosophy? I’m interested to know.