Black and white photography is more than just about shooting and then haphazardly turning some of your shots in black and white in post-production. It’s about contrasts, seeing the light, establishing a mood and tonal values.
I decided to put together this list of 15 inspiring photographers who do great black and white work. This should help give you some good inspiration and train your eye for the next time you decide to shoot something in black and white.
Yuri produces some stunning portraits and architectural work.
Franz & Sally Steiner
Beautiful sports/fitness/action portraits. Franz and Sally produce a lot of color work as well, but it’s worth following even just for the black and white and sepia-toned images.
A master of black and white, Jason’s work is simply out of this world.
Some very candid and raw images.
More very candid and moody images.
Michael creates beautiful black and white as well as color fashion and beauty images.
Some great black and white imagery from the city of angels.
Amazingly soft and serene black and white landscape photography.
Richard Koci Hernandez
Highly creative street photography shots.
Some vivid, raw and emotional portraits.
Alexander produces stunning black and white ballet photographs.
Some of the most amazing architecture photography.
A master at black and white wildlife photography.
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As I put the finishing touches to my new book (Rizzoli, September 2019), I felt drawn towards Scotland and specifically Glencoe and Glen Etive - as they are home to some of the most geologically raw visuals on earth. Despite being a proud Scot, I don’t give this part of the world as much attention as I should - which is an error given the unique drama of the topography. . There may not be alpha predators in the hood, but the stags in the autumn can be magnificent and the Highland cattle are amongst the most decorative in the world. The wild scenery is complemented perfectly by the wild look of the Highland cattle and for centuries the double act has attracted the painters’ brush - most notably George Turner's student Louis B Hurt. He was from Derbyshire, but his romanticist brush was manifestly focused on the North and he was knows as Derbyshire's John Constable. No one more than Hurt glorified the magnificence of nature in the Highlands. . Photography is all about access and thanks to the Fleming Family, I had that access to work this weekend - just down the glen from the famous closing scene in the Bond Film Skyfall. Sunday was a glorious spring day and the evening offered me every chance to work the two variables together and make them one. The local estate managers and stalkers suggested that this was probably the first time that someone had the chance to photograph the most decorative of cows on the shores of the stunning Lochan Urr, just to the west of Dalness. The image has an emphatic sense of place and that was always the intent. It smells of whisky, bonhomie and a barbarous past. . I want to thank The Flemings and the McAlpines for all their support with this assignment. Without their support and advice, this idea had - as they say in Scotland - “nae chance”.
Street photographer extraordinaire!
Black+White Photo Mag
This last one is not a photographer, but rather a magazine that you can follow on Instagram for all kinds of black and white photography works.
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Italian street photographer Giacomo Brunelli's distinctive film noir New York series features in our latest issue, 222. Over the next week he'll be taking over our feed to share some more of the series. @brunelligiacomo . Untitled (Woman's Shoes), 2017 . . . . . . . . . . . #gelatinsilverprint #newyork #newyorkshoes #highheelshoes #bwphotomag
With this dose of inspiration, you should be well equipped to go out and shoot with black and white in mind.
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