Black and White photography is versatile and suits most photography subjects ranging from portraits to landscapes. It works with all kinds of lighting from dark to light and portrays moods extremely well, and this post is stuffed full of some fantastic examples to inspire you. Throughout this post we are focusing primarily on the subject of black and white portraiture. If you are interested to find out more about the photographer behind a particular shot, simply click on that image and you will be redirected to more information.
This collection of amazingly detailed sketches have been created by Spanish illustrator Ricardo Martinez. Ricardo began his professional career towards the end of the seventies. Soon he was creating illustrations for publications, advertising agencies, and comic books. In 1981 he moved to Miami, where he worked at an ad agency, conceptualizing ads for Seven Up , Dr.Pepper, and American Express, and movie posters.
Rebecca Adams specializes in black and white portrait paintings, she uses acrylic paints on her creations and all are created on canvas. Rebecca has an upcoming exhibition in February 2015: Frida Kahlo Group Show, Gauntlet Gallery, San Francisco. CA. Her paintings focus on black and white portraiture referencing stylized and graphic photography and film. She transitioned into painting after school, utilizing her skills in photography and lighting to aid in her subject matter.
This collection of black and white architectural photography is by Mattia Mognetti, who in 2010 started using his creativity and experience in fine art to kick start his career in photography, retouching and digital art. Mattia is currently based in Milan, Italy working as a freelance photographer and is available globally for photography projects, art direction and fine art. His research, strongly influenced by his studies, focuses on experimenting with the perceptive reality, a border between the concrete and the abstract, as well as with the hidden realm of human psyche.
Peter Zeglis is a self taught Photographer from Gothenburg, Sweden. At first, photography was a substitute for painting. Soon, it became daily life. Throughout Peters portfolio, you will find beautiful black and white landscapes with perfect compositions that lead you to the focal point with interesting and detailed foregrounds. The high black and white contrast exaggerates all the tiny details and brings life to all the things I love about landscape photography.
This collection of monochrome animal photography is by photographer and graphic designer Lukas Holas, based in Czech Republic. Lukas takes all of his animal photographs at local zoo's and his dream is to take pictures of wild and exotic animals in their natural environment.
This photography project titled 'Geometrix' is by London based photographer Rupert Vandervell, who says he has always been obsessed with clean lines and the geometrical appearance of things. Via his website you can purchase the book of his 'Man on Earth' project and a 'Geometrix' book will be available soon. A combination of light, shade and human form that comes together in aesthetic harmony, creating a special geometric relationship. These pictures are about clean lines, angles, shapes and textures in the urban landscape and their abstract collaboration.
This gorgeous collection of high contrast black and white photography were taken in Iceland by Welsh Photographer Andy Lee. Iceland is volcanically active and the landscape consists mainly of sand and lava fields, mountains and glaciers making it the perfect place for keen landscape photographers to visit. What I like most about this collection is how atmospheric Andy has made each and every image, quite like how he has made a lot of his portfolio. Which by the way, I recommend taking a look at here.
The Dark Beach series of landscape photographs are an exploration of Balmedie beach in bad weather, during these times the beach is deserted, bleak and inhospitable. Whilst most coast and seaside photographs feature sunrise/sunsets or generally nice weather David Langdan prefers the beaches alter ego; when the weather is at its worst. I couldn't agree with him more.
Maria Stromvik, a Swedish photographer who for the second time now has found herself in our archives. We previously featured her stunning collection of black and white land and water scapes; here we are focusing on her underwater portraits, also in black and white. We've come across many underwater photography projects and this is unlike any of them!
This collection of portrait illustrations is by T.S. Abe, a few of her clients include; Nike, Landsec, TFL & Harrods. Her drawings have graced a multitude of mediums; from album covers to exhibition walls and a London bus. Previously exhibited at The Electric Blue Gallery, commissioned by Leo Burnett and featured in Dazed & Confused.
This collection of monochrome photography is by Nathan Wirth, he is a self-taught photographer, living in the US. He uses techniques such as long exposure and intentional camera movement “to express his unending wonder of the fundamental fact of existence.” Nathan is currently teaching English Composition at City College of San Francisco.
This incredibly stunning monochrome fine art photography is by Vassilis Tangoulis, a full time academic teacher-lecturer as well as a photographer. Generally, he believes that B&W photography has more color than color photography because the multiple variations of possible grays, if treated correctly, can reveal much more depth and drama than color can offer.
Independent visual artist Ada Muntean creates these astonishing visual art pieces, every piece is black and white, surreal and abstract. She is from Romania and has a masters degree in fine art. I conceive my works as movie frames, parts of a neverending movie- which is basically my life-with all its essence: doubts, fears, feelings and visions. I want to explore the dark sensitive side of things that mark our lives both on a counscious and subcounscious level.
Willy Ronis was a French Photographer who died in 2009 at the age of 99, he was the first French Photographer to work for 'LIFE Magazine'. I came across Willy Ronis's Photography years ago, the image titled ' Le Depart d'un Morutier, 1949' was the first I had ever came across and it is still one of my favourites to this day, the composition is perfect. Take a look if you want to be inspired. Interested in more photography from the 20th century? Browse our collection of articles that cover …