Experimentation with color photography really began in the 1840s. Many photographers did not print their photos in color, however, until much later. Thinking about this, I realized that all of the historic photographs I have researched or learned about are in black and white. Of course the people who witnessed and lived previous times saw everything in color, but us as historians and researchers have never gotten the full meaning of certain pictures due to their lack of color. Does this mean that these photos are less real for us? Do we obtain a different meaning through these photos because they are black and white?
When browsing through the "Real" World Magazine, the article which intrigued me was the one which brought color to some famous photographs throughout history. When looking through these pictures I realized how much more realistic they were in color. Each detail was so prominent it made me really examine each situation more in depth. In each photographs black and white state, I guess I just accepted the emotions being portrayed. With color, on the other hand, it gave the picture more meaning.
So, how does color affect how you look at each picture? Does color make a photograph more “real," or is it the opposite way around? Does the aspect of color depend on what is being displayed?
Below are photographs which I think portray these ideas more simply, but just as effective.