I was first made aware of the work of Jeff Ascough back in late 2008. As a Canon Ambassador, Jeff was one of the first people to get his hands on a Canon EOS 5D Mark II and put it through its paces. The images he got out of the camera using only available light were stunning and I was really inspired by his purist, photojournalistic approach to wedding photography – zero influence on the day’s proceedings with a focus on composition, lighting and true emotion. Really subtle, beautiful imagery with an emotional yet intelligent aesthetic that was very different to anything else I had seen till then.
Jeff’s work is characterised by his black and white imagery and he is a true master of the digital darkroom. As such, we were extremely flattered to learn that Jeff has recently adopted Exposure to breathe some more analogue soul into his digital files.
In this article, Jeff looks back at his career and provides insight into his search for visual perfection that has led him to using Exposure for his signature black and white prints.
“My love for black and white photography began some 25 years ago when I started working for my parents in their photographic studio. In those days I shot a great deal of black and white studio portraits and would spend many enjoyable hours in the darkroom processing all manner of medium and large format black and white film and making prints up to 30”. At this embryonic stage of my career I also attended a local college for two days a week where my tutors introduced me to commercial darkrooms and the photography of masters like Bresson, Capa, Frank, Klein and Winogrand. My interest in all things black and white was well and truly kindled leading to a passion which has stayed with me throughout my career. My colleagues at the time were into the latest advances in camera technology, whereas I would spend my time with the latest developers and the complexities of the Zone System.