When I first picked up a camera I began with Kodachrome film. I very quickly realized that there were many images which I perceived as being more powerful in black and white than in color. Much of this realization came from the pages of Life Magazine, particularly through the work of photographers such as W Eugene Smith and Henri Cartier -Bresson whose work I have admired from the first moment I saw it and continue to do so to this day. The subject of my 1st book, Stonehenge felt to me to most certainly be a subject for fine black-and-white photography. In the book, The Enigma of Stonehenge, we did insert 16 pages of color when color seemed important to the image. But the power and immensity of the subject, as in many instances since cried out for black and white.
Many bodies of work since then have been pre-visualized in camera as they would appear in black and white. Most of the images in this portfolio can be seen elsewhere on the website in the expanded versions. I wanted to include in this series a cross-section of the graphic beauty inherent in black and white imagery.