A black and white photograph shot using a large-format camera often has a depth and stillness to it that is nearly indescribable. Some images are so sharp, the people so real, I fool myself into thinking I can sense what it would be like to be there—like a time machine.
Shorpy.com is one of my all-time favorite websites. It is a photo archive, founded and maintained by Ken Booth and David Hall, named for a child worker photographed by Lewis Wickes Hine in 1910— Shorpy Higginbotham. It includes thousands of images, many of which are reproduced and cleaned up from large format camera negatives. For example, look at the inset detail of the image above—click here to see the original in all its glory.
More wonderful examples…
The challenge I pose to you is this: how can you and I apply this type of photographic storytelling to our design work?