[real art history] Ansel Adams gave up on color photography because printing in that day was too dificult to master. The only person who could routinely produce fine-art quality color prints was Christopher Burkett.

From: Jeff Fenske

There is a common misnomer that black and white printing is somehow more artistic, because this is the format that Ansel Adams and most of the classic fine-art photographers chose.

But Miles Hecker describes in this interview that Ansel Adams and most of the other fine-art photographers gave up on color printing because the process was too difficult to master until digital printing came on the scene.

The only exception that Hecker knows of is Christopher Burkett, of whom he says this:

“In his era, the only person that I knew that could routinely produce fine-art quality, color prints was Christopher Burkett. … He managed to do it and became a legend.

But literally, before the era of digital printing, he’s the only person I can think of that was capable of pulling it off. He must have prayed hard and had secrets unknown to all of us, because he did it.”

Hecker also points out that in the early days, color prints had a much lower archival life, which is no longer the case with modern pigment inks.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhvRsYOnBLQ]#37 Fine Art Photography Weekly: Pentax 645D Review with Miles Hecker

Uploaded by on May 3, 2011

Guest, Miles Hecker shares with Peter his insights into the new Pentax 645D and some images. They talk about Miles’ background in photography and his new project ‘The Teton Photoguide’.

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