10 Black And White Photographers To Follow On Instagram In 2023


Black and white photography is timeless and has always been popular among serious photographers. A good black and white photo is not about just converting a colour photo into black and white, but the photographer needs to use the right colours and look for a good tonal range, etc., to create powerful black and white images. You can gain ideas and get an understanding of how great black and white photos are captured by checking out the works of experienced and efficient photographers and studying them.

In this article, we have put together the works of 10 black and white photographers, whose work you can follow for some knowledge and inspiration.

1. Akihito Nagata

Akihito Nagata is a Japanese photographer who specialises in black and white photography. He mostly photographs architecture, streets, usually with wide-angle lenses. His work is usually high contrast and with a huge dynamic range. His cinematic photos can be a great source of inspiration if you are interested in street photography. Akihito occasionally shoots close-up portraits as well.

2. Nazaret Sanchez

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Nazaret Sachez specialises in black-and-white photography and her photos show a sense of scale. Her work mostly features human silhouettes in mesmerising, wide-open spaces. Her images have a poetic feel and portray a lot of emotions. Although minimal, she carefully composes the frames and her works can be great sources of inspiration for anyone who wishes to capture incredible black and white photographs.

3. Simon Chaudoir

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Simon Chaudoir is an accomplished director of photography based in London and his profile is filled with shots from various film sets – all in black and white. His photos tell humorous stories and are well composed. The props used are all movie gear and accessories and the lighting in the images are great as well.

4. Jason M. Peterson

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Jason Peterson is a black and white photographer who mainly captures urban cityscapes in black and white. He occasionally photographs people, landscapes and other genre as well. Jason shoots his images from unique perspectives and the composition is usually minimal. Another important point to note is that Jason mostly uses his iPhone to capture most of the images and if you are into mobile photography, his work can be a good place to check for some ideas and inspiration.

5. Jose Miguel

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Jose's profile is a photographer who focuses mostly on street photography. His works is a combination of black and white, monochrome and desaturated shots. highly stylish combination of b&w and desaturated shots of street scenes. His work also includes landscapes and urban spaces where he includes people to show scale or the vastness of a particular scene.

6. Sergio

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Sergio is a photographer whose works mostly use vanishing point as a compositional guideline and he composes his images using other powerful compositional guidelines as well. Leading lines and perspective are two important factors that he uses in most of his photographs to add depth and drama to his images. Sergio captures both urban and rural spaces and his photos make use of brilliant light in the frame.

7. Xiao Han

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Xiao is a photographer based in China and his photographs portray dreamy scenes. His choice of location, subject and compositional guidelines makes him a great photographer. He captures both colour and black and white images and hence can be an inspiration to anyone who enjoys shooting both genre. A lot of his photos have a very minimal composition and lend an artistic touch to his images.

8. Shirren Lim

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Shirren's profile is a photographer who captures a variety of genre that include streets, architecture and powerful studio portraits. Most of her works are in black and white, while she sometimes loves to also shoot in colour. The dynamic range in her images are great and there are emotions hugely portrayed in her works. Many of her street photos are shot in documentary style and tell very interesting stories.

9. Ryan Muirhead

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Ryan Muirhead is a photographer who specialises in capturing intimate and emotional portraits. His work is a combination of both colour and black and white photography. His work focuses mostly on portraits both indoors and outdoors and they have a fine art and storytelling character. He uses light brilliantly in his photography and his works can be of great inspiration to anyone looking to gain experience in shooting black and white portraits.

10. Sonia Szostak

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Sonia Szostak, is a photographer who specialises in editorial and fashion photography,. She shoots both black and white and colour, with the colour photos in a very soft desaturated mood. She has photographed a lot of celebrities and has had her works displayed in galleries.

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