Ann Rhoney – a photographer with painterly sensitivity to color and light.
In 1980 to overcome the expressive limitation of commercially produced colour film, the artist started to apply by hand thin layers of oil pigment on top of black and white gelatin silver prints. The result was works with great chromatic subtlety and un-real effect in the tradition of the Photo-Pictorialists during the early 20th century.
Ann Rhoney is the artist who coloured now iconic photograph of David Kirby used as ads by Benetton in 1992. The original photograph is black and white, taken by Therese Frare and published for the first time in LIFE magazine. Still the topic about the proper use of the photograph remains controversial, but none has disputed the amazing work of Ann Rhoney.