Jack Halfon is most eminent as being the founder of Atlas Finance one of South Africa's leading micro finance companies. Jack Halfon accidently stumbled upon a new hobby photography whilst on one of his many global trips. This would later become a passion that would continue for more than 30 years. This birthed what some call the most passionate still photography collections of remote people and places from the far corners of the earth. This site is dedicated to Jack Halfon the photographer and his story.
In 1666 Sir Isaac Newton demonstrated that light is the source of colour. He used a prism to split sunlight into its constituent colours and another to recombine them to make white light. Then in 1826 J. Nicephore Niepce produced the first permanent image (Heliograph) using a camera obscura and white bitumen it required 8 hours to expose. 1839 Sir John Herschel Suggests fixing Talbot’s images in sodium thiosulphate and coined the terms “photography”, “negative” and “positive”. 1888 George Eastman Produced the first simplified camera system for the general public, The Kodak Number 1, and the first mass Developing and Processing service.
Faces and Places was published by Jack Halfon it is a 234-page book that covers some of his most interesting work from 1994 through 2011.
It is a hardcover coffee table book which features some of Jack Halfon’s finest photographs from his travels across Africa, Asia and America with a primary focus on people in some of the poorest and most unforgiving places on earth. The book know as Faces and Places introduces its audience to communities that face dire poverty, food and water shortages, and an oppressive standard of living that should not exist in todays times. For Jack Halfon, these photos are more than mere images of the world. Instead, they are meant to tell a powerful and impactful story of the lives of under-resourced and under-privileged individuals all around the world
To help alleviate these conditions on a local level, Jack Halfon has pledged the proceeds of Faces and Places to Stop Hunger Now South Africa, among other worthy charities. If you are looking to purchase a copy and make an impact on the world, you can purchase your copay here: jackhalfon.com. All proceeds of Faces and Places go towards charity. Remember, we make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. Make your impact today and begin telling their story. Remember, the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
The best monochrome conversions are made by editing raw files which have the full colour information.
Look for Contrast, Shape and Texture The complimentary and opposing colours that bring a colour image to life are all reduced to black and white or shades of grey in a monochrome image and you have to look for tonal contrast to make a shot stand out.
Try Long Exposure The Long exposure shots can work really well in monochrome photography, especially where there’s moving water or clouds.
Use Filters Graduated neutral density (AKA ND grad) and polarizing filters are just as useful in monochrome photography as they are in colour. In fact, because they manipulate image contrast they are arguably more useful.