Best Black and White Portraits: Part 1

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 black and whit portrait with a fish

Robin Williams by the French photographer Nicolas Guerin

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!

black and white portrait of quentin tarantino

Quentin Tarantino by Nicolas Guerin

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!

heath ledger black and white photo

Heath Ledger as The Joker from The Dark Knight (Batman)

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.

morgan freeman black and white photo with cat

Morgan Freeman Black & White Portrait With a Black Kitten

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!

black & white portrait of ernest hemingway

Amazing Portrait of Ernest Hemingway

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!


You might like:

Black And White Photography by W. Eugene Smith

Black & White Photography: Part 3


National Geographic Cover Features Afghan Girl

Quotes About Black And White

French photographer: Nicolas Guerin

Ernest Hemingway


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