Digital Photo Pro USA - 2020 January-February

Digital Photo Pro USA - 2020 January-February
2020 January-February
Digital Photo Pro is the professional's guide to the latest DSLRs, digital photo technology and professional photo technique.
Digital Photo Pro is the serious digital photography enthusiast and professional’s guide to advanced technology and creativity. Each issue showcases the very best in photography, and helps readers navigate the sea of equipment, storage methods, electronics and more, so they can make better decisions and take better photos.
  When I think about black-and-white photography, I wonder if the next generation will be as excited about the topic as I've been and continue to be.
  Personally, I believe working in black and white helped me develop my artistic vision as I was shooting, developing and enlarging my own images since I was 11 or 12 years old. I then continued to do so through high school and college. Such a hands-on approach gave me  insight into the great masters of the past as well as photographers working in the present day. I also learned valuable lessons on how to set the proper exposure for specific effects and how to frame my composition in-camera so I could enlarge it to produce a more compelling image. I even experimented with solarizing, dodging and burning to manipulate the print. (And you’ll think of this when you read the stories on both Michael Kenna’s and Russell Hart’s work in this issue!)
  However, in this age of digital photography, I wondered if there was any interest left in black-and-white photography as well as photos shot on film. Do millennials or those in Generation Z care as much as this Gen Xer?
  Then, this past summer, a press release from Fujifilm answered my question, at least to a degree. The news story, entitled “Fujifilm Announces the Return of Black And White Film with the Introduction of Neopan 100 ACROS II,” indicated that the revival film stock would be available in 35mm and 120 formats (first in Japan, with other markets to follow, based upon demand). The press release also noted that the company was responding, in particular, to younger photographers: “Thanks to consumer feedback, particularly from millennials and Gen Zs,
who have become the new film enthusiasts, the market is changing once again. To meet the needs of this new market, Fujifilm is reviving ‘ACROS II.’” 
 So, yes, as Bruce Springsteen once sang, “Everything dies, baby, that's a fact, but maybe everything that dies someday comes back.” Perhaps even black-and-white film! Enjoy!

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