Black and White Photography

My favorite black and white photographs have to be those of iconic celebrities.

One of my favorite things to do is find just the right artwork for a client’s home.  I’m always on the lookout for a sculpture, painter, or photographer whose work would be a perfect fit for a particular client or space.  There are certain types of works I seem to naturally gravitate toward, such as black and white photography.  The dramatic contrast of this medium is something I have always loved.

Zebra photo by Jenvanw at Deviant Art
Photo by Annie Leibovitz
Vintage dancer photo

My favorite black and white photographs, however, have to be those of iconic celebrities.  These instantly recognizable faces are legendary in their own right, but when captured in a black and white photo, whether it’s a posed shot or a spontaneous moment, the result is a fascinating piece of art.

Elvis Presley, a major music icon.
Sophia Loren, photographed in Rome by David “Chim” Seymour
Classic Audrey Hepburn from Breakfast at Tiffany’s
James Dean: Ultra sultry and one of my favorites!
The one and only Marilyn Monroe.
Another favorite of mine, Jackie Kennedy Onassis, photographed by Ron Galella.

Color Obsession: Black and White

The combination of black and white in both fashion and design is always very graphic.

The combination of black and white in both fashion and design is always very graphic.  You have two strong elements that are not at all subtle.  People shy away from using it in interiors, especially those clients with families, but a black and white color scheme makes for a striking environment.  On their own, each color evokes its own singular response (mysterious black, pure white) but when used together, the results are quite stunning.

1.  Painting by artist Renato Freitas

2.  Zebra Cube, Design Within Reach

3.  Oscar de la Renta

4.  Madeline Weinrib Carpet

5.  Black Satin from Benjamin Moore

6.  Alexander McQueen

7.  Platinum, Diamond and Onyx Ring from Tiffany & Co., circa 1925.

8.  Wallpaper by Osborne and Little

9.  Sorenson 18 Pendant from Remains

10.  Black and white foyer, design by Rob Southern