Black and white photography has a certain appeal to it. It’s classic, hearkening back to the early days of photography. It also has a way of capturing the distinct disparity between light and darkness in a way that color photography just can’t quite accomplish. There’s a personal element to black and white photography too. Just like a book without illustrations allows the reader to imagine the characters and setting for themselves, a photograph without color allows the viewer to imagine the coloration.
Most photographers have dabbled in black and white photography, but of course there are those who specialize in it. We have gathered six such photographers for you to explore and follow on Instagram.
1. Michael Kenna
Michael Kenna is known for his black and white landscape photography, and use of lighting to create other worldly images. His work has been displayed in museums and galleries around the world.
2. Shirren Lim
Known for her portraits and landscape photography, Shirren Lim focuses on using the black and white medium to capture the heart of humanity.
3. Lee Jeffries
As a street photographer, Lee Jeffries is known for his amazing black and white portraits, mostly of the homeless. His ambitions have taken him across the world, to document human emotion in a way that resembles exaggerated paintings more than mere photographs.
4. Matt Black
Also interested in portraying humanity through his photography, photojournalist Matt Black has traveled internationally to capture black and white images of natives, migrant workers, and poor or devastated communities.
5. Sebastiao Salgado
Brazilian photojournalist Sebastiao Salgado focuses on documenting social issues. His work has led him to become a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.
6. John Sexton
Professional photographer, speaker, and teacher John Sexton has an affinity for silver gelatin photographic print. This type of metal print brings a sheen to black and white photographs that give them an air of magic.
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