10 photographers you should follow in 2023
10 of the best photographers working in Black and White
Below is a list of 10 photographers you should follow in 2023, working in Black and White photography.
A personal list of some of my favorite photographers, in no particular order.
In my opinion, all legends.
The photographers on my list are truly special. Gifted some might say. Their work on a whole other level, so fine, so unique and mindblowingly beautiful, that it can make a grown man cry. Their work speak for itself. I am always blown away when I look at their work. I can sit for hours, looking at their photographs, loosing track of space and time. Looking at their work is like looking trough a portal into another dimension. Mezmerizing, nostalgic and timeless.
Their work touches me. Deeply.
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Matthew Genitempo is an American photographer and book publisher currently living and making work in Marfa Texas. His first monograph, Jasper, was short-listed for the 2018 Paris Photo/Aperture Foundation First PhotoBook Prize and awarded the Hariban Juror's Choice Award.
Kovi Konowiecki (b.1992) was born in Long Beach, California. He holds a BA in Media Communications from Wake Forest University and an MA in Photography from University of the Arts London. After playing professional soccer in Germany and Israel, he turned to photography as a way to document the things around him and shed light on different aspects of his identity. Kovi was shortlisted for the 2016 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, and was the first ever nominee to have two images shortlisted for the first place prize.
Bryan Schutmaat is a photographer based in Austin, Texas whose work has been widely exhibited and published. He has won numerous awards, including a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, the Aperture Portfolio Prize, and an Aaron Siskind Fellowship. Bryan’s prints are held in many collections, such as Baltimore Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Pier 24 Photography, Rijksmuseum, and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He co-founded the imprint, Trespasser.
Andrea Modica was born in New York City and lives in Philadelphia, where she works as a photographer and teaches at Drexel University. She is a Guggenheim Fellow, a Fulbright Scholar and the recipient of a Knight Award.
Her photographs have been featured in many magazines, including the New York Times Magazine, the New Yorker, Newsweek and American Photo.
Raymond Meeks (Ohio, 1963) has been recognized for his books and pictures centered on memory and place, the way in which a landscape can shape an individual and, in the abstract, how a place possesses you in its absence. His books have been described as a field or vertical plane for examining interior co-existences, as life moves in circles and moments and events—often years apart—unravel and overlap, informing new meanings.
Raymond Meeks lives and works in the Hudson Valley (New York). His work is represented in private and public collections including the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., Bibliotheque Nationale, France, and the George Eastman House, with recent solo exhibitions at Casemore Kirkeby in San Francisco and Wouter van Leeuwen in Amsterdam. Raymond Meeks is the sixth laureate of Immersion, a French-American photography commission sponsored by Fondation d’entreprise Hermès. He will be mentored by David Campany, artistic director of the ICP, and will carry out his residency in France in 2022.
Raymond Meeks is a 2020 recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in Photography and was awarded a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in 2022.
Thomas Boivin grew up mostly in Africa - Senegal - and moved back to France at the age of 14. He studied illustration, with the intention to become a comic book drawer. Meanwhile, towards the end of his studies, he became interested in photography. A couple of years after he graduated, he dropped the pen to become a photographer. That was around 2010, and since then he has been working part time - mostly a night job - and spending most of his days taking photographs of Paris, where he lives, and where he is now lucky enough to have a well equipped darkroom.
Allan Salas (b. 1993) is a photographer born and based in San José, Costa Rica. His work is a poetic exploration that revolves around introspection and self-analysis through the themes of mortality, the passage of time, and the relationship between nature and the self.
Donavon Smallwood b. 1994, lives and works in New York, N. He is a graduate of Hunter College. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently at Foam and Galerie Wouter van Leeuwen. His photographs are included in a handful of collections, including the Rijksmuseum. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2021 Aperture Portfolio Prize. Periodical features and editorial clients include The Atlantic, The New York Times, The New Yorker, and The Guardian. Languor, his first monograph, was released by Trespasser in winter 2021.
Amy Woodward is a photographic artist currently living and working on Kabi Kabi/Gubbi Gubbi Country (Sunshine Coast) Australia.
Intrigued by the quiet magnificence, fragility and fleeting nature of everyday life - and even moreso since birthing her first child - Amy approaches her practice with a deep sensitivity and reverence for all stages of life, but pays particular attention to the early motherhood experience and the whirring visual hum of domesticity. Using an honest and intimate storytelling approach, Amy works with a mixture of digital, medium format and 35mm film.
Born in country Victoria on Pangerang Country, she was drawn to the medium of photography from an early age as a way to catalogue the constant changes around her. Moving houses, schools and states was a regular occurrence during her childhood. In her mid teens, she began shooting street and documentary work, before moving to Melbourne to study her BA Photography at RMIT, graduating in 2016.
Angelika Kollin (b. 1976) is an Estonian Fine Art/Documentary photographer currently residing in Tampa, USA.
She is self-taught and engages with her passion for photography and art as a tool of exploration of interhuman connections and intimacy. The direction of her work is driven by the lifelong yearning to understand and gain a deeper perspective on human loneliness and suffering, as well as the role faith plays in overcoming it. Angelika's work's honesty and unapologetic directness is caringly softened by the aura of intimate emotions and gracious dignity. She has spent eight years living in African countries (Ghana, Namibia, and South Africa), where she explored the same topics in various cultures and economic conditions. It strengthened her belief that despite many circumstances in life, the one thing that shapes us the most is our relationship with our parents. Through intense artistic evolution, she has arrived at her current and ongoing projects - You Are My Mother/Father and the Song of Psalms.
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Great selection of BNW. Thanks for sharing
Love this list. Thank you for sharing.