Black & White Portraiture
Black & White PortraitureAdam Green
My PhotographersYousuf KarshDavid BaileySebastio SalgadoElliott
#1 Yousuf KarshYousuf Karshs work includes portraits of
statesmen, artists, musicians, authors, scientists etc. He has an
extraordinary portfolio of black and white portrait
Photograph #1This is a photograph of Jean Sibelius. The subjects
eyes are closed. He has a concerned facial expression, and the fact
that it is a dark scene means that he could be in deep thought, or
be anxious about something. It was taken in 1949.
Photographer #2This is Ernest Hemingway. The photograph was
taken in 1957. The lighting is centered, making all of the shadow
symmetrical and consistent. He is not looking into the camera.
Photographer #3This is another black and white portrait
photograph. It was taken in 1948. The way that Einsteins hands are
positioned and the look in his eyes represent he is thinking.
#2 David BaileyDavid Bailey is a photographer from Eastern
London, and is a famous portrait photographer.He has spent his
career focusing on fashion and portrait photographs.
Photograph #1In this photograph, the model looks focused, and is
giving the audience an angry stare.The subject looks about 50 or 60
years old. He is wearing dark clothes.
Photograph #2This is a photograph of a famous musician. He is
looking into the camera with a straight face. Not much emotion is
conveyed from his face. His arms are crossed, so despite the fact
he has a straight face, we can establish he is trying to portrait
some serous emotion.
Photograph #3This photo is much different to any of the other
photographs that I have showcased of David Baileys. The contrast is
quite high and the brightness is quite low so the levels of the
shadows are even more visible. This adds to the sense of mystery,
as we are not quite sure what emotion he is trying to portray. We
can however see some fear in his eyes.
#3 Sebastio SalgadoBorn in 1944, Sebastiao Salgado is a famous
photographer. He focuses on black and white photography. I will be
looking at his black and white portrait photography.
Photograph #1There are three subjects in this photo, each one is
distanced from one another. It seems that they have face paint and
have clothing around their heads. The background suggests they are
in an area of poverty. The lighting is all natural.
Photograph #2This photograph was taken with a brownish tint
which makes the audience ask questions about the photograph. We see
a single child but we cannot see much background which adds to the
mystery. The eyes are very bright.
Photograph #3This photograph is of another child who has a dirty
face and messy hair. The contrast of the photo shows off quite dark
tones The subject looks quite murky, their face looks quite dirty
and due to the lack of context, this allows us to imagine why the
child is like this, perhaps she is a child laborer.
#4 Elliott ErwitElliott Erwit is another black and white
photographer, however I am going to be looking at Erwits black and
white photography worksHe has photographed a range of famous
people, including Churchill.
Photograph #1As you can see, the subject in this photograph has
a neutral expression, and is looking directly into the camera. He
is dressed smartly which evidences he is of a high level
profession. It is lit from one side, leaving shadows on the other
Photograph #2This photo is particularly controversial because of
the era it was taken in (judging from