Black and White Photography of Paul Politis

Black and white photography: The geometry of the mundane

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.

Much 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, with a strong affinity for what I think of as the geometry of the mundane. I tend toward abstract imagery.

About black and white photographer Paul Politis

In the past, my black and white photography 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.

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

About my photography influences

I’ve been inspired by countless artists and black and white photographers over the years as my tastes and interests have evolved. Among my photography influences/inspirations are black and white photographers Lee Friedlander, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Ray Metzker, Saul Leiter (both his black and white and colour work), and colour photographers William Eggleston and Harry Gruyaert, to name just a few.

Photography tutorials and essays

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

More black and white photography at

My Black and White Photoblog.

A Clean Well-Lighted Place Photo Blog – My old photo blog (no longer updated).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

Qualia Photography Magazine – my self-published magazine of my recent work.

Recent news and photographs

Perspective (black and white photograph)
Perspective (black and white photograph)
“Let’s go.” “We can’t.” “Why not?” “We’re waiting for Godot.” ― Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot “You go back, Jack, do it again. Wheel turnin’ ’round and ’round.” – Steely Dan, Do It Again...
Qualia #13
Qualia #13
Qualia Magazine #13 features (mostly black and white) street photography. Plenty of rain, shadows and reflections! 44 pages. “I am afraid that there are more people than I can imagine who can go no...

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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)

“Black and white is abstract; color is not. Looking at a black and white photograph, you are already looking at a strange world.”
– Joel Sternfeld

“I work in color sometimes, but I guess the images I most connect to, historically speaking, are in black and white. I see more in black and white – I like the abstraction of it.”
– Mary Ellen Mark