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“In Vibrant Color” at the National Portrait Gallery

Yes, black and white photography is, generally speaking, more “artistic”, but the giant benefit of color photography, especially color photography that dates from an era we don’t generally associate with color photographs (like, say, late Tsarist Russia) is that it reminds us that life a hundred years ago looked a lot like life today, if we ignore the differences in technology and fashion. The National Portrait Gallery has proof of this, in a way, up now currently in the form of In Vibrant Color, an exhibition of portraits from the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s by the Harry Warnecke Gallery. I mean, look over there. That’s Orson Welles. That’s what he looked like in 1937. (Louis Jacobson, Washington City Paper)

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