On January 2,
2005, I explored the Shouk, the traditional Arab shopping
mall inside the walled City of Jerusalem. After passing
textile stands, butcher shops, pharmacies and jewelry
stores, we saw three T-shirt stalls, almost next to each
other. In these stores, I saw only two personality
shirts---Jesus and Che. No rock stars. No Arafat. Nobody
else. Nearly 40 years after his death, Che endures..
Che is an omen. I used a 1960 Leica M-2 rangefinder camera.
A pure camera---no batteries, no electronics, no computers.
Korda used a Leica M-2 to shoot his iconic picture of
Che---the most published photograph ever taken. I used
Ilford HP-5 film, speed 400, black and white film and a
Gossen Luna Pro analog light meter.
Nothing beats black and white silver photographs. Not
color. Not digital. Think film noir. Humphrey Bogart and
Lauren Bacall, Dark Passage (1947). Drama, impact,
Black and white analog photography is the
retrorevolution. In Vancouver, Washington, it has become
the underground medium for high school photography
Forty years from now, black and white photography will
still be here, proclaiming in the words of Che, "Hasta la
victoria siempre." (Forever onward to victory!)