10TH ANNUAL BLACK AND WHITE SPIDER AWARDS HONORS
PHOTOGRAPHER RODERICK LYONS FROM THE UNITED STATES.
LOS ANGELES 12/3/15 – Professional photographer Roderick
Lyons was presented with the 10th Annual Black and White Spider
Awards Nominee title in the category of Photojournalism at a prestigious
Nomination and winners PhotoShow webcast Saturday, November 21 2015.
The live on-line gala was attended by more than 10,000
photography fans around the globe who logged on to watch the climax of the
industry’s most important event for black and white photography.
The 10th Annual jury members included captains of
the industry from Bonhams, Ramdom House, Aeroplastics Contemporary, Stockhlm
City Museum, Anneberg Foundation, Leo Burnatte, FTM Art Advisory, and Fratelli Alinary
who honored Spider Fellows with 505 coveted title awards and 931 nominees in 31
“It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the
best from the 7,686 entries we received this year, “ said Basil O’Brien, the
awards Creative Director. Roderick Lyons’ Gang Truce 1, an exceptional image
entered in the photojournalism category represents black and white photography
at its finest, and we are pleased to present him with the title of Nominee.”
Jury member Diane Ruggie from Velocebella agency added, “The gallery of winners
and runners up has true stopping power.”
BLACK AND WHITE SPIDER AWARDS is the leading international
award honoring excellence in black and white photography.This celebrated event shines a spotlight on
the best professional and amateur photographers worldwide and honors the finest
images with the highest achievement in black and white photography.
Talked to the class tonight about the fact that in my opinion the end game with serious photography should be a photographic print.
People are so used to looking a photographs on a computer or device screen, that it seem that the idea of making a print has faded away into the past. while the computer screen is great for quick editing and perusal of your images, nothing beats a high quality print for color reproduction, tonal range and depth.
And, while I hate to admit it, the larger the better.
that the battle has been lost. Digital photography is here to stay, I admit it.
I remember discussing this with my colleagues in the early 90s and saying that
this digital crap (not the word used at the time) will never be as good as
film. I also said that zoom lenses were just a passing fad, but that is for
another post. If you are wondering why it has taken me so long to come to this
conclusion I guess the short answer is that I have been doing traditional
photography for more that 30 years and I was finally beginning to get pretty
good at it.
sudden change of heart? I guess it is because I have come to accept some
undeniable truths about digital photography and in the long run I see it as a
good thing. These revelations include: 1. Digital image quality is at least equal
and sometimes better than that of film. 2. Digital photography is easier. This
semester for the first time I taught beginning digital photography and
beginning traditional photography. The digital photography students had a much
easier time of it. 3. Manufacturers are making printers that use pigment inks
which produce prints with archival quality. 4. Digital media (paper) such as
Epson’s Exhibition Fine Art are similar in look and feel to high quality
photographic papers but you don’t have to worry about fogging them. 5. Many
manufacturers of film products have gone bankrupt or shifted their priorities
to digital. It is becoming increasingly difficult to find supplies for
traditional photography. 6. And this is most important to me, DSLR
manufacturers are developing cameras the have ISOs of 6400 and higher without
noise (grain). This is probably the most revolutionary advancement since the
advent of digital images. It is clearly a game changer and it is something I
would never be able to do with film.
me wrong. I still think that doing digital photography is like asking a
formally trained master French chef to cook a meal in a microwave oven. And
looking at a digital print is like looking at a man with shaved legs—it looks
o.k., but you know that something ain’t right.
But I have
finally accepted that maybe there is a place for both digital and traditional
photography. Since 90% of my photography is black and white, I still like to
shoot Tri-X film and process it in Ilford ID 11 film developer. This is a
combination that has worked for me for a long, long time. I then scan the
negatives and process the images in PhotoShop. I have even shot color film
because of its expanded tonal range and converted these images to black and
white with some success (Disney Concert Hall portfolio).
I am over
feeling that I am selling out because I recognize I can’t fight “progress”. The
reality is that in the not to distance future, I won’t even be able to buy my
precious Tri-X (that is why I’m hoarding it) and even if I could I would
probably have to make my own ID11.
I have come
out of the darkroom and into the light. After all it is all about the image,
Right!? Maybe one day I will even accept color as a viable form of photography.
Rod Lyons is a Fine Art Photographer and an Associate Professor of Photography at Los Angeles Valley College. He began his photography career more than 40 years ago as a photographer for the U. S.
Air Force. In 1978, Lyons graduated from California State University, Long Beach, with a degree in journalism with an emphasis in photojournalism. Twenty years later he went back to the university to pursue a MFA with an emphasis on fine art photography. While he has produced a significant body of work over the years, Lyons feels that his fine art career is just beginning. “I have spent a long time just making photographs because that is and was where I found the most joy. Now I believe that the work is not complete until I can share it with others.” Lyons enjoys all types of photography but his subjects of choice are urban landscape and portraiture. Current projects include, “The Disney Concert Hall”, an impressionist view of the Frank Gehry work of art in downtown Los Angeles. There are also urban landscape portfolios of photographs made in Los Angeles, New York, and Paris, France. Lyons may be contacted through his website: www.rodericklyonsphotography.com