I can't recall who said "color photography is about color; black and white is about everything else," but since i've been concentrating on b&w film of late i've really taken these words to heart. now every time i see a color photograph i ask myself whether the color adds anything to the aesthetic value of the image and if not, why is this picture in color? i believe one consequence of the digital takeover is the complete shift in the default setting of the photographic paradigm from black and white to color, a shift which appears to have started in the 1970s with the advent of the instant lab for color negative film. nonetheless i fail to see why the above-quoted maxim is any less true today than it ever was. where the aesthetic value of an image is primarily or completely derived from a study of form, texture, geometry, etc., ought we not be asking of ourselves and of the photographer, why is this image in color?