Only black and white

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Wildlife pho­tog­ra­phy has a rich her­itage, mainly in colour. Yet David’s books and ex­hi­bi­tions al­most ex­clu­sively fea­ture black and white photos. Why the de­vi­a­tion? He has his rea­sons…

Why are all of your prints in black and white?

Black and white is an ab­strac­tion, not re­al­ity, and I like that. The best­selling pic­tures are usu­ally black and white as the for­mat is timeless, and in­volves a blend of per­cep­tion and re­al­ity. Plus I’m not a Na­tional

Ge­o­graphic pho­tog­ra­pher, I’m a fine art pho­tog­ra­pher. Just imag­ine a colour por­trait of a man wear­ing red trousers and a green jumper. His colour­ful clothes would di­vert at­ten­tion away from his face and the story. Colour can dis­tract as much as it can in­form. No won­der Andy Warhol once fa­mously said that his favourite colour was black and his other favourite colour was white. Matisse said that it took him 40 years to dis­cover that the most bril­liant colour is black. Gior­gio Ar­mani and Tom Ford would pre­sum­ably agree.

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