(Also referred to as hand-tinting and hand-coloring)
There is a significant process in the way Ms. Patten turns her photographic negatives into positive images. Focusing on the African-American experience, too often buried in back pages, Patten’s camera focuses on street vendors selling to achieve as opposed to selling to survive; elders turning failures into dreams of success and adolescents marching proudly into maturity.
The hand-painted colors of her black and white photographs add a dimension that fully develop both content and image. Frequently exhibited throughout the country, the multi-awarded photographer and [book cover] designer has been cited in photographic bibliographies, registers and encyclopedias.
Adolph Dupree There is a World Through Our Eyes: Perceptions and Visions of the African-American Photographer