Super black and white photos by super photographers

These were at the Haster Kraeutler gallery in Chelsea. The first 2 are by Richard Avedon; one of these had sold for $70,000. The cowboy is by Robert Frank, no listed price. There’s just something about photos shot with film, and in black and white, that you don’t get with digital, in color. You don’t really see it here, in these digital photos, but the real things are stunning.

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

3 Responses to Super black and white photos by super photographers

  1. Hey Lloyd – Loving sharing your trip to NYC vicariously. And I actually LIVE in NY! It's great to see it through your voracious, absorbing eyes. You have somehow retained the qualities of an incredibly inquisitive puppy -admirable.

    A couple of comments on some of your recent posts: first, the basketball player above (Lew Alcindor, later Kareem Abdul Jabbar) was photographed by RIchard Avedon. And earlier, the sculptor doing the car wreck work is John Chamberlain.

    Be well, and keep it flowing, no matter what coast you're on!

    Jon-Marc Seimon
    (one member of what I'm convinced is a small army of followers and admirers of your blog)

  2. Having grown up in NY befre moving west. I am lovin the trip down memory lane. As for the photography. COOL> Black and white and film give results that are far more astonishing than digital.. A piece of me still resides in film. On another note having found an old Sony walkman with original Sony headphones is providing even better sound quality that the ipod. It is bringing new life to my old cassettes.

  3. Jon-Marc,
    Thank you! It's thrill to connect like this. And from a New Yorker! And I love the inquisitive puppy image. That's how I feel, blundering along, eyes wide open, seeing the world in wonder.

    You've hit a note that I'm thinking of writing about. Lesley said a few weeks ago, "The old is new again." Rice tastes way better cooked on a wood stove than an electric stove. There's a quality to vinyl records that gets lost in a CD, as there is to old black and white photography vs. etc. I do my book layout by hand before it goes to the Mac. There's something to finding that balance between the old and the new, not slavishly adhering to one or the other.

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