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, a preoccupation with form. Often, my work leans toward the abstract.
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 contemplative 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, Ralph Gibson, 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
Qualia Photography Magazine – my self-published magazine of my recent work.
Recent news and photographs
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