I’ve often wondered why Google Image searches for Street Photography always return pages of black and white street photography results with virtually no colour street images at all. It crossed my mind that historically Street Photography has been made in black and white for many more years than it has in colour and the results reflect this but in actual fact the results rarely feature historical old Street Photographs.
I look at a great deal of Street Photography online and the vast majority that I find is made in colour so why does Googles search ignore those colour images when returning results? I understand that the Google computer can’t ‘see’ photographs, it relies on meta data, adjacent text descriptions and alt texts to ‘know’ what they contain, I therefore can only assume that some dumb human at google has actively made this determination at some time in the past and we are doomed by it ever since.
Interestingly a normal web search for ‘Street Photography’ returns sites with a majority of colour Street Photographs so I believe a Google prejudice for black and white is unmasked here…it makes me wonder if Bruce Gilden is moonlighting at Google during the night.
If you have any other explanations of this I would love to hear them so please do leave them in the comments below.