Suddenly the blood is red! Metinides had his first color photographs published in 1970. When the newspaper switched over to color printing.
How did it change the way Metinides saw the world.? The images are more rooted in a “real” world. Blood is red, dark and sticky, visceral and very different to the stylized rendering in a black and white photograph. The color is intense, poor over saturated color, cheaply printed. Not the careful color of his exhibition prints today, striving for balance. He shot slide film for the most part, not negative. “Look,” he says, holding up a recent image of a young man killed in the street, a stream of blood flowing from his head. “They would never have published a photograph like this in my day. It’s too gruesome. There is no dignity now, no artistry. Newspapers are full of the most horrific images, of beheadings and violence. In the past, when we took photographs with a lot of blood, the editor would have the art department remove the blood from the scene and make the photographs less gruesome. Today, it’s the opposite. People don’t like looking at photographs of a lot of blood–that hasn’t changed, but what is acceptable has.”
*For a larger compound of images from this period, please visit the Archive page within this website.