Today, I had the honor and pleasure of meeting Long Thanh, Vietnam's most famous photographer. His website: www.longthanhart.com Hundreds of images are on his site plus a bio.
Long Thanh says:
Black and white photography in 21st century is considered such a meticulous and respectful art. As we all know, traditional black and white darkroom is almost a lost art these days. However, great appeal of real photographic black and white prints is undeniable. Today, few photographers continue to master both the art of taking nice photographs, developing the films and the craft of printing their work manually.
People prefer and highly appreciate the effect of black and white photographs – “the minimised distraction, the emphasis on light, the simplicity of the images and the focus on line and form”. To produce a hand-made black and white photograph, the artist should take that photo by a manual camera with reel film. Then he brings it home for film developing, drying it out, printing by hand in his dark room. To say more, black and white papers are imported from UK with high expenses. Also, it takes much more time, effort, passion, talent as well as the wealth to order the black and white films and produce a perfect picture. Compared to the modern digital photographs these days, real hand-made black and white ones always reflect all every lines and details truthfully.