“When you photograph people in colour, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in Black and White, you photograph their souls!”
― Ted Grant
This quote by Ted Grant is the best explanation of the difference between colour and B&W photography. The most amazing portraits I’ve ever seen were all in black & white. There is one exception though. The portrait of an Afghan girl shot by the NG photographer Steve McCurry. This is probably the most famous portrait.
Anyway, this post is about black and white photography only. So, let’s continue with the first portrait I’ve selected for you:
Robin Williams was a great actor. I will always remember his role in Good Morning, Vietnam from 1987. Amazing movie! The French photographer Nicolas Guerin has shot this interesting photo where there is a fish in front of Williams. I don’t know what was the original idea, but I really like the result!
The second black and white portrait was also shot by the Frenchman Nicolas Guerin. Tarantino is one of my favourite directors because of the extravagant movies he makes. Django Unchained was a masterpiece!
The third portrait is also of a male actor. Unfortunately, two of the three men so far are not among us anymore. Heath Ledger was brilliant as The Joker from The Dark Knight movie. In 2009 he won posthumously an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for playing The Joker.
This is my favourite b&w photo of Morgan Freeman. He is my all time favourite actor, too. I don’t know who shot this amazing photo, so it will be great, if you help me find out!
The last photo in my first post from the sequence “Best Black and White Portraits” is not of an actor. This is Ernest Hemingway – One of the best American authors. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. I couldn’t find who was the photographer that made this amazing photo. If you can help me, I will be more than grateful!
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