Black and White Photography of Paul Politis


Black and white photography

Black and white photography has been my love for as long as I can remember. A black and white photograph on the cover of a magazine back in 1987 or so, when I was 18, hit me between the eyes like nothing else ever had and, possibly, like nothing ever has since. Because of that brief moment of my youth in a bookstore in Montreal, I’ve been admiring the work of black and white photographers ever since, and attempting to make my own that could stand along with them.

It’s really only since 2017, though, that I’ve committed myself to my work, so hopefully over the coming years you’ll see the various projects that I’m working on, and those that still lay waiting in my future, realized on this website and as photo books.

Recent news and photographs

New Series: Fifty in Chicago
New Series: Fifty in Chicago
I took the fifty black and white photographs in this series between August 25 and August 28, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. I left Chicago and returned home from this short trip on August 29,...

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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, Ralph Gibson, Henri Cartier-Bresson, André Kertész, Ray Metzker, Saul Leiter (both his black and white and colour work), Minor White, Gerry Johansson, and colour photographers William Eggleston and Harry Gruyaert, to name just a few off the top of my head.

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

Night Photography Tutorial

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 and art quotes)

“If a man approaches a work of art with any desire to exercise authority over it and the artist, he approaches it in such a spirit that he cannot receive any artistic impression from it at all. The work of art is to dominate the spectator: the spectator is not to dominate the work of art. The spectator is to be receptive. He is to be the violin on which the master is to play. And the more completely he can suppress his own silly views, his own foolish prejudices, his own absurd ideas of what Art should be, or should not be, the more likely he is to understand and appreciate the work of art in question.”
— Oscar Wilde