About Paul Politis

“The object isn’t to make art, it’s to be in that wonderful state which makes art inevitable.”
— Robert Henri

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, but that are uniquely my own creations.

It’s really only since 2017, though, that I’ve committed myself fully to this passion, so hopefully the coming years will see the various ideas and themes that I’m working on, and those that still lay waiting in my future, realized on this website as finished projects and eventually as photo books.

My work is “straight” photography — made (mostly) of found scenes within the urban landscape. I don’t manipulate my photos (by adding or subtracting elements that were not there in reality) as, for me, much of the joy of the type of photography I do is rooted in the fact that what I isolate in the frame was actually there, in front of me, when I composed the shot.

My compositions are generally very preoccupied with the geometry of the scene, and often tend toward the surreal and abstract.

I live and take the vast majority of my photographs in Ottawa, Canada.

Ottawa street photography.


I’ve been showcasing my black and white photography on the web since 1998 (link is to the wayback machine, and my website in 2001!), and through www.paulpolitis.com, since 2001.