We’ve debated the ethics of the colorizing of black and white photographs recently—so I was interested when my friend Martin Bounds pointed to the fact that the New York Times chose to use a black and white photograph on its November 22nd cover commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination.
Both color and black and white film was in wide use by November of 1963 (obviously) but very few newspapers had the presses for or inclination to print color. In fact, you might be surprised to recall that the New York Times didn’t print a color image on its frontpage until 1997.
All this got me wondering how other newspapers handled their coverage of the anniversary and whether they chose to use color or black and white. Here’s a sampling and some further discussion. The photograph is credited to Cecil Stoughton,