The Artistry of Black & White

I shot my first roll of black and white 35mm film as a teenager in 1977 and although I use colour film from time to time, I have remained faithful to black and white. Over the years I have never strayed into the digital photography arena and have maintained a full laboratory and darkroom facility with professional enlargers and associated equipment. I work in three film sizes 35mm, 6 cm x 6 cm and 4x5 inch. My preferred medium is medium format or 6x6, that’s 2.25x2.25 inch.
   
I have a large collection of cameras and each has its uses, I tend to shy away from any automatic settings or predetermined settings and still use a light meter. I prefer heavy indestructible bodies and lenses and hate plastic. I have a collection of twelve 35mm bodies and twenty-six lenses; on the medium format side I have six camera bodies and twenty unique Carl Zeiss and several ancient and beautiful Russian lenses. My range extends from 15mm right through to 1000mm. On odd occasions I bring out my 4x5 camera, however it is far from portable! My cameras are film loaded and fitted with different lenses for every project, studio or otherwise.
  
I shoot film from a range of manufacturers; these include Kodak, Ilford, Fuji and Foma. Unfortunately some of the film I loved is no longer produced, I had my favourites from Efke and Agfa, where I could shoot at 25 ASA. Now my film speeds range from 100 ASA to 400 ASA and as I process my own I can speed up or slow down these as required, generally speaking I stick with the standards however when shooting in available dark I have pushed my film to 3200 ASA!
   
So despite the march of the digital revolution where many professional photographers have become machine operators guided by an assistant with a laptop, I have stuck with my craft, which extends to printing my work in a range of sizes on genuine silver-gelatin paper stock. I tend to print from 8x10 up to 20x24 inches and again I source my paper from far and wide, having favourites from Germany, England, Japan and the Czech Republic.
   
Why stick with film, paper and chemistry? I am in full control of my artistic output; the quality and results are mine. I have lovely tangible and tactile things like negatives and not potentially unreliable hard drives, memory sticks or discs. And best of all I have to wait to see the results, sorry no instant gratification here!

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The Artistry of Nicholas Price
Nicholas Price looks through his black and white fine art prints

Artist Biography

Nicholas A. Price - Master Fine Art Film Photographer

With over 30 years’ experience, Nicholas has spent the past 17 years documenting the American people, culture, economic, engineering and other achievements and its trials and tribulations using his unique style and highly technical skills all through the lens of his manual film cameras. Some of the most important photographic commissions and projects that were created on film in this single artist's style have never or have rarely been, duplicated by another single photographer.
Nicholas describes his methods simply; "It is not that I don't embrace technology, I love science and our progress forward as human beings in so many ways, it is just that the technology in my field of creativity does not embrace me, my vision for perfection, something precious and a true story, the wonderful tangibility of film and traditional process still remains both exciting and unique, the quality and beauty of the finished work incomparable to any other method".
His most personal work includes people photography within a huge range of themes and subjects that include Entertainment, Urban Themes, Aviation, Conservation, Portraiture Studies, Animal interaction Fine Art Human Forms and Classical Dance. These photographs depict a certain humble and inspiring perspective of this artist and photographer - the Nicholas Price style of photography is truthful, objective and usually candid.

Price is also a successful sculptor, writer and poet with an impressive list of public art commissions; four published books of poetry, children's short stories and several fiction books in the genres of crime, thriller and comedy.


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20/20: A Retrospective by Nicholas A. Price, 20 years photographing America
 
 
 
 
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