Black and White Photography

About my black and white photography

Black and white photography has been my passion for as long as I can remember. I’ve been a black and white photographer since the mid-1980’s and I first began showcasing my photography online on my website starting in 1998. I’ve gotten much more serious about pursuing personal photography as an expressive medium since early 2017.

Pretty much all of my recent work falls into the street photography aesthetic of candid and spontaneous photographs made of found scenes within the urban landscape, and urban abstract photography.

About my black and white photography influences

Among my photography influences/inspirations are black and white photographer Lee Friedlander, black and white photographer Ray Metzker, Saul Leiter (both his black and white and colour work), and colour photographers William Eggleston and Harry Gruyaert, to name a few.

Please take the time to view my work in the photo galleries. My recent work can probably be best described as black and white street photography (with some colour street photography as well), urban black and white photography and black and white abstract photography.

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About Paul Politis

My work has appeared or been reviewed in several magazines internationally, including Shutterbug Magazine, Black & White Photography (UK), The American Muse, Black + White Photography Magazine, and PhotoEd Magazine. You can read more here.

Photography tutorials and Essays

I’ve written a few tutorials and short articles:
Night Photography Tutorial
Handmade Photo Book with Inkjet Prints: Making a Photo Chapbook
What is Street Photography?

More black and white photography at

My Black and White Photoblog.

A Clean Well-Lighted Place Photo Blog – My old photo blog of black and white and colour photography (no longer updated). All new black and white and colour work is posted to the new blog, and maybe eventually to the galleries.

Qualia Photography Magazine – my self-published magazine of black and white and colour photography.

Recent photographs

Qualia #11
Qualia #11
Qualia Magazine #11 features some photographs from a series I’m calling Nowhere Man, as well as various other random new photographs. As in Qualia #10, this entire issue (except the front cover) features photographs...
Qualia #10
Qualia #10
Qualia Magazine #10 features new photographs, mostly black and white. 48 pages. This entire issue features photographs made during my (ongoing) “5-block challenge”, (which I wrote a bit about here), and includes a bit...

Visit my black and white street photography galleries for more contemporary urban black and white photography and colour and black and white urban abstract photography. All content on this site, unless otherwise noted, is copyright black and white photographer Paul Politis.

“One should not only photograph things for what they are but for what else they are.”
— Minor White (more photography quotes)