Black & white photography changes the way you look at photos.

Black & white photography has the tendency to spark up emotion. A lot of professional artists certainly think so. Here is a guide of the top 10 black and white photographers that discovered the magic of black and white photography.

In this blog, I will attempt to introduce to you the top ten photographers in regard to black & white photography. Altogether, these 10 incredible artists certainly did discover how captivating a black and white image can be. In my opinion, professional photographers are artists. Also, it takes true talent to capture a certain feeling or emotion into a photo. Equally, I honestly don’t think that anyone can make a stunning photo, it takes a sharp eye and years of practice.

Just take a look at these amazing black & white photography artists. You’ll see for yourself that this a way of viewing the world – hence calling it art. Do you already have a favourite black & white photographer in mind. In fact, there are plenty, ranging from the late 1800’s until today. Here is some food for thought. Do you know when the camera was invented?

An introduction to the first camera ever made

Yes, black &  white photography was possible back in the day! To sum up, some historians argue that the first ever camera was already in existence in 1816, by Nicephore Niepce. For the most part, it was very small device which used silver chloride. The only fault of this device was that the photos were not permanent. Of course, only after a couple of curious individuals kept experimenting, the first ever practical photo camera came around 1837 – the daguerreotype. More on the history of the photo camera later. Overall, the point that I was merely trying to make is that cameras were already in existence in the early 1800’s. People already became aware of the art of photography and its purpose of making moments last forever.

Top 10 black & white photographers

Let’s get back to the topic of black and white artists. I am sure you probably already have some names in mind. But for those of you who are not sure, I hope this list find you well and that you will learn something new about photography art.

Dorothea Lange (1895 – 1965)

Let’s start with my favourite! Remember that amazing National Geographic black and white photo from the Great Depression? She is the original person who took this photograph – it’s known as ’Migrant Mother’. If you are fan of Dorothea, you might also know ’Daughter of Migrant Tennessee Coal Minor’ and ’Jobless on the Edge of a Peafield’. As you can tell, her work is around the consequences of the Great Depression. Some people say that she was the most prolific and realistic photographer on the century – always capturing the darker side of reality. Well, what can you say, these were really hard times. We are lucky enough to experience it through Dorothea’s amazing photography.

Michael Kenna (1953 – present)

Michael Kenna still remains one of the world’s most famous photographers. He is quite minimalistic; and experts say that he is the father of long exposure black and white photography. No clue what this means? Typical photographs include bridges, seascapes, power plants. One of his most famous black and white photography series are the ’Power Station’ and the ’lone tress in the snow’.

Arnold Newman (1918 – 2006)

One of the world’s most famous expert in portraiture. His technique involves taking photos of the natural habitats of his subjects. For example, a portrait of Igor Stravinsky would include a wing of a beautiful grand piano. I wonder how he would create a portrait of myself.

Edward Weston (1886 – 1958)

Edward Weston is an honourable still life black and white photographer. His portrait of the ’Pepper’ or the ’Cabbage leaf’ brought him fame. This type of photography emphasises precision and proper exposure of the subject. So, if you have an item, what would you photograph? I think it would be my ring or some other piece of jewellery.

Yousuf Karash (1908 – 2002)

If you are a celebrity or a famous politician, this is the photographer of choice. He is one of the best editorial and portrait photographers of the century. His clients include: Audrey Hepburn, John F Kennedy and even Ernest Hemingway. Don’t believe me? Just take a look at his stunning portfolio of work.

Ansel Adams (1902 – 1984)

I think this has got to be America’s most famous and favourite black and white photographers of all time. He is responsible for shaping the way people perceive black and white photography. He found the term zone system, which is sort of like a manual for how black and white photos should look like. For the most part, you can find his teachings in his books such as ’The Camera’, ’The Negative’ and the ’Print’. Altogether, let’s call him the father of black and white photography.

Robert Capa (1913 – 1954)

If you love war photography and are a great fan of history, you’ll need to check out his photos. After all, he is famous for his disturbing and disruptive imagines. In fact, one of his most moving photos is that of the ’The Fallen Soldier’. To sum up, it captures the specific time when a solder is being shot -at his moment of death.

Henri Cartier Bresson ( 1908 – 2004)

Let’s lighten up a bit and move towards famous street black and white photography. Bresson found inspiration on many French or Italian streets, and I am not in the least surprised. Also, if you love Paris, his art is definitely for your walls at home.

Alfred Stieglitz (1864 – 1946)

Are you a fan of photo magazines? Well Alfred Stieglitz just happens to be the founder of the most beautiful photography magazine ever made – Camera Work. Notably, some experts refer to him as the founder of fine art photography. If you want to learn more about equivalents and reference points in a photograph, read his essays and study his astonishing work.

Edward Steichen (1872 – 1970)

This photographer is the creator of one of the most expensive photograph in the world – $3,000,000. In essence, the picture that did it was ’The Pond – Moonlight’.

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