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Walker Evans Quote About Color Photography

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Kodachrome by Walker Evans

“Many photographers are apt to confuse color with noise and to congratulate themselves when they have almost blown you down with screeching hues alone – a bebop of electric blues, furious reds, and poison greens.”

Walker Evans, Fortune magazine, July 1954 issue, page 77.

As photographers explored color 50 years ago, they struggled with a balance of artistic expression and demand for exaggerated color by the public. They same is true today as we push the boundaries of digital technology. Look at the difference between the cover of Outdoor Photographer magazine (US 2010) and Outdoor Photography magazine (UK 2004), pictured below. In just a few short years, you can see how much more saturated colors have become. Compare the skies and greenery. The shift in public taste is obvious. To stay in business, magazines have to cater to the aesthetics of the public.

Cover of the Outdoor Photography magazine (UK) from 2004

The cover of Outdoor Photographer magazine (US) 2010

How do you balance your fine art vs. commercial images? What are your thoughts on this topic?


About Gina Genis

Hi Friends, I'm a photographer and artist who lives in Washington DC. I have two blogs. The Gina Genis Blog is about art and photography. My new blog, DC Discoveries is dedicated to showing you everything from fashion to art, food to entertainment in all sections of the District. I hope you will take the journey with me. I exhibit my work in museums and galleries across the U.S. I'm included in the permanent collections of the Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, the Otto G. Richter Library Special Collections Division of the University of Miami, Hard Rock Casino, Orange County Transit District, IBM, and the Sarah and Adam Markman Collection among others. My series "Window Peeping" was included in OsCene 2010 at the Laguna Art Museum, Truman State University, Fellows of Contemporary Art, Biola University, and solo shows at Gallery 825 and Cypress College. The "June Gloom" series was exhibited in a solo show at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. The "Kala" series has been exhibited at MPLS Photo Center, Cypress College, and Gallery 825. "Economy Portraits" was created as an Artist In Residence project at the Huntington Beach Art Center, and was awarded "Best Art Show of 2011" by the OC Weekly. I curated Wide Angle View, an exhibit of 16 international, award-winning photo and multi-media journalists at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art to much critical acclaim. Recent reviews of my work have appeared in the Huffington Post, Art Scene, OC Weekly, Orange County Register, New University, Riviera Magazine, Coast Magazine, Huntington Beach Independent, and appeared on CNN, NBC, ABC, and more. I lead the Gina Genis Photo Workshops where I show beginning and intermediate photographers how to jump to the next level with their work. I also teach online photography courses through The Compelling Image.

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