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Color photography has long been an interest of mine and I have addressed it at some length in several works, but William Ropp's color work is like nothing I have ever seen before, and I have no idea how he achieves it. He has brought to color photography something thrilling and fresh that is a perfect complement to his imagery, especially of children.
Loretta Lux, another contemporary master of color, has also produced strange, stark, and riveting work, but its strangeness is primarily a product of her cool and serene imagination. Ropp's color work is, on the other hand, a furious seizing of the real world which he jarringly frames in a glowing lushness, a rhapsody of color that often seems at odds with his subject matter. This carefully constructed tension he establishes between the unnerving content of his imagery and its inviting, seductive form presents an irresolvable dialectic. This very lack of any synthesis which we can arrive at is one of the most original and striking elements of his technique. He leaves us unable to walk away from one of his pictures feeling we that we "got it," that we have neatly summed it up, that we know exactly what he is saying to us. And so his very technique has mystery at its core ...
Prof. John Wood in the foreword