In last month’s Conference issue of the Ensign, (PDF complete–note it’s 6 MB) for the first time I can remember, the pictures were all in color. Not just the pictures of the speakers, but the candid shots of people in and around the Conference Center and Temple Square, and watching Conference in other parts of the world. I’ve always really enjoyed these candid pictures, and I appreciate the work of the photographers who I assume must take hundreds or thousands of pictures each April and October to be able to pull out and publish such fun and interesting ones. I’m going to miss the black and white format of the pictures, though. I don’t know the first thing about photography, but it does appear to me that black and white photographs can emphasize interesting patterns of light and dark in ways that are overwhelmed by different colors in color photographs.
So to bid a fond farewell to the era of black and white pictures in the Conference Ensign, here are a few of my favorites. (Unfortunately I couldn’t go back before 2001 because PDFs of those issues aren’t available online.) If you want to track down the issues in which any of these originally appeared, hover your cursor over it. The filename will pop up, and I included the year and month in the filename.