Black And White Photography

Written by Serena Berger
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Black and white photography is an art form often known for being classy and elegant. A black and white photograph has the ability to turn almost any subject into art. The subtleties of composition come alive in black and white photography, and details of form are highlighted by a gifted artist.

The Variety of Black and White Photography

The most famous black and white photographs feature all manner of subjects. Some people are awed by the classic Romanticism of Brassai's photographs of Paris at night. Others are moved more profoundly by Ansel Adams' American landscapes. Still others enjoy the artistic photographs of iconic celebrities by an artist like Herb Ritts.

The romantic black and white photography of Robert Doisneau is very popular. In fact, prints of The Kiss are among the most popular posters sold by many art print stores. Though this picture is his most famous, Doisneau has many other similarly nostalgic or passionate works, such as Musician in the Rain, Paris 1950, and Opera Kiss, all of which you might enjoy if you like the aura of The Kiss but don't want to have the same picture as quite so many other people.

There are also a number of black and white photographers who have done interesting studies of the human form or of natural objects. Sondra Wampler, for instance, has a series of shells and another of flowers, which are dramatic in their simplicity and add class and elegance to any interior where they are featured. There are also a number of art prints available that are copies of black and white photographs originally featured in magazines accompanying interviews of great figures in history and music; so if you have loved a particular black and white photograph you had occasion to see in reading or advertising, there's a good chance you can find a large print of it to hang in your home, especially if you look at any of the many poster sites online, which offer extensive collections.


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