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"I've been 40 years discovering that the queen of all colors was black." Auguste Renoir


I was 3,5 years old the first time I saw a camera. It was in the hands of a German officer during the Second WW and was probably a Voigtlander or Contax.

Many years have passed since then; I became a professional artist and graphic-designer and have even managed to grow old. In my work, I have often needed to use a professional photographer, yet strangely, I never had the desire to become one myself.

During last decades digital technology revolutionized photography giving strong photo toolkit millions of people to feel the possibility and assurance to participate in the art form like a pro.
Of course itís big misapprehension. Any way it was my start. Although I knew that I would never become a professional, I realized that. But even as an amateur, I believed that I could achieve maximal results. I first purchased a Canon EOS Rebel XT and later, a Canon EOS 5D with two lenses: a Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 and a Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L. I also familiarized myself with the digital photo technology and the newest toolkits to post-process my images.

Posting my photos on various photo sites and more deeply studying history of a photo quickly enough I have found out that the commercial color photography is not for me. Moreover color in general starts to irritate me. Yet, I have come to realize that art of a photo can not depend on nice camera or the height technology. Itís because art is always above high-tech.

Therefore, I have come to the conclusion that my efforts should be concentrated in black and white photography. Only in b-w photo there is that special magic, special drama which you can not find out in any other color space. Here is particular sense of lightning, perspective and composition as a whole. B-W does much more to excite an emotion and aesthetic pleasure. Itís great substance through which anything can be transmitted including documentary, genre and fine art forms. Therefore itís my choice.


Alexander Mak