Black and White Photography of Paul Politis


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. My work is realized in the form of photo books.

Recent news and photographs

Photo book with Japanese stab binding
Photo book with Japanese stab binding
I recently made my first stab bound photo book, with a basic 4-hole binding. Stab binding is one of the few binding methods I’ve learned about that works for single pages (i.e. that aren’t...

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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.

Much of my recent work falls into the street photography aesthetic of candid and spontaneous photographs, “straight” photography, 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 or quotidian. Often, my work leans toward the abstract.

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, 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

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). Selected new work is posted to the new blog, and eventually to the galleries.

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