Posts tagged: black and white photography

Photos Reveal An Imaginary World of Miniature Animals

Andrea Buzzichelli

Andrea Buzzichelli

Much of America’s population is probably pretty tired of snow, but I’ve been enjoying looking at these soft, snowy pictures by the Italian artist Andrea Buzzichelli. I always think photographs that play with scale and perspective are fun, but there’s also something really sad about these photos to me. 

Gripping Photos of Forensic Facial Reconstruction Sculptures of Suspected Murder Victims

Arne Svenson

© Arne Svenson. Courtesy Julie Saul Gallery, NYC.

Arne Svenson

© Arne Svenson. Courtesy Julie Saul Gallery, NYC.

At first glance, NYC-based photographer Arne Svenson’s stark portraits of sculpted heads are deceptively amusing. However, Unspeaking Likeness is a series of deeply unfunny photographs of forensic facial reconstruction sculptures of suspected murder victims. 

Available Light: Harold Feinstein’s Coney Island at Night


Over the years, the face of Coney Island has reflected waves of immigration and shifting neighborhoods. Here Orthodox Jews, African Americans, Italians, Russians, Puerto Ricans and folks from all over the world were drawn together by the lure of the surf, sand, boardwalks, side-shows, Nathan’s hot dogs, and the permission to leave go of all inhibitions.—Harold Feinstein

Photographer Harold Feinstein was born in Coney Island, Brooklyn in 1931. His legendary street photos, shots from the Korean War, portraits, nudes, and images from nature are all the result of a distinct talent and magical eye. But it’s the portraits of his birthplace—which he photographed for six decades—that really sing.
In these photos of Coney Island shot at night, Feinstein used his Rolleiflex and the play of dark and light to capture both the thrills and wonder of Coney Island with an intimacy all too often missing in street photography. Clearly, if a place can act as a muse, Feinstein found his next to the seaside in a corner of Brooklyn.


The Other Jersey Shore: A Photographer’s Intimate Portrait of a Community on the Rocks


This project inspired me to keep doing projects that are meaningful [to me] and hopefully to others. It [also] proved to me that it is possible to make a difference, even if it is a small one. As documentary photographers, we start with a strong belief in this, but many times feel the frustration of not always seeing this difference. After this work was published [on a larger scale], a beautiful woman named Susan from upstate New York contacted me offering her help. She bought sleeping bags and thermal material for them to use in the winter, that I [ended up] distributing. It was encouraging.—Ester Jové Soligue

Portraits of ‘People Facing their Birthday Cakes’


Argentinian, Brooklyn-based photographer Julio Grinblatt wouldn’t be the first to capture the classic ‘blow out your candles and make a wish’ moment so universal to us all. That’s just it—there is almost always someone to snap this shot, this ritualistic moment of passing from one age to the next. Grinblatt understands this in his series People Facing their Birthday Cakes, and it’s that ritual and the understood presence of the camera that he is interested in. Grinblatt once said about his work, “I have always been interested in moments of transition, of becoming.” Shot with a quarter-second exposure and a wide open lens, Grinblatt focuses on the candles, allowing for his subjects to fall into the darkness behind, lit only by the hope of what’s to come.

Rosalind Solomon’s Fascinating Portraits


Born in 1930, Rosalind Fox Solomon began shooting in the late 1960s focusing most of her work on life at her home in Tennessee. “I had very little knowledge of the history of photography. Early on, I saw articles about Diane Arbus and I knew the work of Henri Cartier Bresson and Ansel Adams, but otherwise I cannot remember knowing about any other photographers. I think if I had lived in New York rather than in Tennessee, I never would have come to where I am today. I am still cowed when I see some other photographers’ exhibitions. I feel that it is best for me to wear blinders and keep drawing from within myself. Painting, film, theater, dance, music and reading inform and nourish my photography.”

Stunning Photos of Freedivers Interacting with Sharks, Dolphins, Whales and Rays

Wayne-Levin underwater photography

Wayne Levin captures all things ocean—freedivers, surfers, whales, dolphins, seals, sharks, rays, and shipwrecks—and that’s just a short list of his exquisite subjects. Exploring the mysterious depths of the underwater world has been an ongoing passion for the Hawaii-based photographer for more than 20 years, and he has done so working with black-and-white, a detail that seems to enhance the beauty and secrets of the sea.

Photo du jour: The Final Days of an Oregon Printing Press


Thomas Patterson photographs the final days of an Oregon printing press.

Long Exposures Capture Three Years of New York City Life in One Image

Michael Wesley

When you hear the term “long exposure”, you probably don’t expect it to mean a long exposure process that takes 2-3 years to complete. But in the case of Berlin-based photographer Michael Wesely, a long exposure photo is quite a time commitment. With the help of different filters and an incredibly low aperture setting, Wesely captures the changing scenery of a city scape under construction. Open Shutter seem to literally capture time in these photos documenting the huge facelift undertaken on the MoMA between 2001 and 2004.

Photo du jour: ‘Illinois, 1971′ by Kenneth Josephson

Kenneth-JosephsonKenneth Josephson’s vintage black and white work will be on display at Gitterman Gallery in New York from January 11 through March 16, 2013.