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