Nonesuch Silver Prints Archive
Silver Prints archive contains the earliest photographs taken by Tony and Marion
Morrison. Uniquely, all the pictures were taken before 1970 and many are much
older so are unrepeatable. All are black and white shot on silver based film processed
Tony met Marion in Bolivia in 1963 he was making films for BBC TV and had been
taking photographs for ten years. His work had been published and he had gained
awards. But in the 1960s black and white photography was almost an art of the
past and colour was in demand for magazines, books and newspaper colour supplements.
British television changed from black and white to colour.
Right -Tony back in England after an eight month journey to the Middle East. Picture
taken on a Microflex
they met Tony and Marion's lives were devoted to making films for television and
writing books so black and white photography became something of a luxury - time
simply did not allow for getting the best lighting or adjusting the negative film
to match a subject - let alone for them to be concerned with the best chemistry
We kept taking black and white until 1971 and afterwards we used it for special
reasons such as some archaeological subjects. For us it was mostly shooting in
colour and that became simpler with the introduction of automatic metering - that
is the adjustment of the light to match film for, say, a moving subject.
came rapid wind-on picture taking with bursts of five shots a second - 'useful
perhaps for nature pictures or sports but at the same time affecting the way most
photographers worked. The rapid-wind led to hundreds of pictures to be edited
to select the best - and of course with digital it is even faster and produces
Left - Marion in La Paz, Bolivia - using Nikon F cameras and lenses. Picture on
a Nikon F
one shot - Tony remembers
my first professional job in the year before I met Marion I met a photographer
working for one of the great magazines of the time and he had just taken a picture
in Petra, the ancient rock city in Jordan. He had set up a picture for a sunrise
over a tomb and taken just one shot.... Just one shot.
at our earliest negatives I can't say there is just one shot of each subject but
except on rare occasions there are only one or two. Our Galleries are of those
pictures we like from our very modest collection of negatives. We were always
careful with our use of film.
mid -1990s and a return to Black and White
'In the mid-1990s I returned to black and white with several special journeys
to Bolivia but the digital era was on the doorstep and I shelved my idea of a
book - maybe we will add another gallery sometime when the pictures have matured.'
about Tony and Marion and the stories they have covered is on
Nonesuch Expeditions Colour is in the South American
Tony's earliest thoughts and efforts at silver printing are on this site in The
Art of Silver .