Contemporary Photographers

Third Edition, St. James Press, New York, Paris, Tokyo, 1995

I have always photographed in colour, and this, in retrospect, is probably due to the fact that I felt the black and white of contemporary masters such as Frank, Klein, Friedlander, and Winogrand would be too difficult to improve upon. Colour creates a new ball game, where the old rules don’t apply. One is gratuitously handed a “clean slate” and can work without the demon of History gawking over your shoulder. Colour also adds a complex dimension to the delicate act of balancing form and content. In the jumbled chaos of New York City where I usually work, I like my pictures to have the crisp, clean colour, the choreography and humour of a Disney cartoon.

Robert Walker