black and white photography

Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen – Byker

Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen is a Finnish photographer who has worked in Britain since the 1960s. From 1969, Konttinen lived in Byker, a working class community in the east side of Newcastle upon Tyne. For over seven years, Konttinen photographed the residents of this area of terraced houses until her own house was demolished.
03 WH Douglas, Gents' Hairdresser, 1974, Byker, Si
Kendal Street, 1969, Byker, Sirkka-Liisa Kontti
05 Launch of World Unicorn, 1973, River Project, S
02 Heather playing piano,1971, Byker, Sirkka-Liisa
Tynemouth, 1978, Writing in the Sand, Sirkka-Li
Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen, ‘Jimmy Dodds (Byker)’ 1980, printed 2012
Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen, ‘Jean Barron with Parents (Byker)’ 1980, printed 2012
Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen, ‘Byker Park Dominoes Club (Byker)’ 1974, printed 2012
Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen, ‘Dogs Hairdressing, Shields Road (Byker)’ 1981, printed 2014
Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen, ‘Ragman’s Horse and Cart by Union Road (Byker)’ 1970, printed 2012
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Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen, ‘Girl on a Spacehopper (Byker)’ 1971, printed 2012
Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen, ‘Jimmy Dodds, Albion Row Allotments (Byker)’ 1980, printed 2014
Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen, ‘Making-up in Mason Street (Byker)’ 1971, printed 2012
Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen, ‘Man Gesturing in Demolished Street (Byker)’ 1971, printed 2012
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Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen, ‘Living Room Wall of Sidney Aubrey (Byker)’ 1975, printed 2014
Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen, ‘Old Kitt, St Peter’s Allotments (Byker)’ 1973, printed 2014
Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen, ‘John Hindmarsh & Son, Funeral Directors’, Raby Street (Byker)’ 1974, printed 2014

Cindy Sherman – Untitled Film Still

Cindy Sherman is an American photographer and film director, best known for her conceptual portraits.

Sherman’s “Untitled Film Stills” (1977-80) is a series of 69 black and white photographs of the artist herself enacting various generic female film characters from 1950s, and 60s Hollywood, film nior and European art-house films. Her aim is not to recreate the scenes but to re-examine women’s stereotypical roles in history and contemporary society.

Cindy Sherman, 'Untitled Film Still #17' 1978, reprinted 1998

Untitled Film Stills Cindy Sherman American Icons Studio 360

Cindy Sherman, 'Untitled Film Still #53' 1980, reprinted 1998

All images Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures. © Cindy Sherman




André Kertész was a Hungarian-born photographer known for his groundbreaking contributions to photographic composition and pioneer of the photo essay. He also made a major contribution to lyrical street photography.

Kertész was influenced by Constructivism and Surrealism, but his own style was an entirely personal blend of emotion and observation.

New York, 1975 - Andre Kertesz

The Circus, Budapest, 1920 - Andre Kertesz

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Meudon, France, 1928 - Andre Kertesz

Poughkeepsie, New York

The Heron, 1969 © André Kertész

André Kertész - Distortion #60, 1933 - Howard Greenberg Gallery

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Lee Friedlander

Lee Friedlander is an American photographer and artist. In the 1960s and 1970s Friedlander evolved an influential and often imitated visual language of urban “social landscape,” with many of his photographs including fragments of store-front reflections, structures framed by fences, posters and street signs.




















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The Solitude of Ravens- Masahisa Fukase

Masahisa Fukase was a Japanese photographer, celebrated for his deeply autobiographical work depicting his domestic life. Fukase’s career is often listed as two monomaniacally consistent phases: before his wife Yōko Wanibe left him, when he photographed nothing but her, and after the breakdown of his marriage, tormented by heartbreak, he photographed nothing but ravens.

The Solitude of Ravens was the last book Fukase personally made. The blurry, grainy black and white images are symbols of his grief and a personal statement of loss at the breakdown of his marriage to Yoko. The book was first published in 1986, just a few years before he plunged into a coma after tumbled down a flight of stairs at his favorite bar. He died in 2012 after lying for 20 years in a coma.


Nobaribetsu Hot Spring, 1977 16 x 20 inch Silver Gelatin Print

Karasu © Masahisa Fukase


Karasu © Masahisa Fukase

Karasu © Masahisa Fukase

Karasu © Masahisa Fukase


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Rock Punk Disco – Katsumi Watanabe

Fascinating photos by Tokyo street photographer Katsumi Watanabe, captured the rich subculture of the Shinjuku District.

Images from 1960s – 1980s including black and white photographs shot of underworld characters at night in dance and strip clubs in Shinjuku.

Katsumi Watanabe - Rock Punk Disco:

Japan [photo by: Katsumi Watanabe]

Watanabe Katsumi - Rock Punk Disco. Great new #photobook. Edition of 300 copies

Watanabe Katsumi - Rock Punk Disco. Great new #photobook. Edition of 300 copies




Capote’s Brooklyn: With the lost photographs of David Attie

In 1955, Truman Capote rented a basement apartment at 70 Willow Street in Brooklyn Heights. His short, autobiographical essay about living in the neighborhood was originally published in February 1959 in Holiday magazine. The essay was brought back into print more than fifty years after with sixty stunning, never-before-seen photos of Capote and his neighborhood by David Attie, originally commissioned for the article but never published–until now. 

(All Photos: © David Attie)

(All Photos: © David Attie)

(All Photos: © David Attie)

(All Photos: © David Attie)

(All Photos: © David Attie)

(All Photos: © David Attie)

(All Photos: © David Attie)

(All Photos: © David Attie)