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Black and White: From Snapshots to Great Shots by John Batdorff

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Introduction

I’ve been taking photographs for nearly my entire life. My passion began when my mother handed me my first Kodak Instamatic in 1977. What started out as a way to keep a young boy out of mischief blossomed into a lifelong pursuit of personal expression. I have taken tens of thousands of photos since then and have come to love black-and-white photography for its honest feel and the potential for a simple frame to become a piece of art. The medium has changed a lot over the years, and while I have clocked my share of hours in the darkroom, I’ve always been intrigued by new technology. Film will continue to hold a special place in my heart, but I’ll never regret the day I picked up a digital camera.

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