I’m a huge fan of British Photographer Platon, his unmistakable wide angled aesthetic is simply divine. There’s also a great TV program about him which made me like him even more. Whilst not all of his work is mono – lots of it is.
I love both Saul Leiter’s street photography that bucked the trend an pioneered colour, but his black and white work was equally inspiring.
Sebastião Salgado is a breath taking contemporary black and white photographer and his style is also very distinctive with incredible silver tones. He is at the forefront of environmental issues and this video is a great watch.
Henri Cartier Bresson
For this colourful Frenchman, head to his foundation as a good start point and then watch this American interview in Paris.
Hungarian–American war photographer and photojournalist Robert Capa is considered to be one of the greatest combat and adventure photographers ever.
Elliott Erwitt was another candid and street photography master working in mono and capturing his own unique and often amusing view of the world.
Mapplethorpe was known for his mono work and sometimes for being the controversial bad boy of photography.
I adore Nick Brandt, he has reimagined a genre and that really resonates with me. Even if you’re not keen on wildlife photography, I suspect you’re in for a surprise. He uses his skills to generate awareness of environmental issues and you should certainly watch this video about him.
American portrait and fashion photographer Richard Avidon has shaped the pages of Vogue, Harpers, etc. and is absolutely worth an explore.
I think that contemporary British Photographer Micheal Kenna owns the long exposure and minimalist genre with exceptional compositions in every images.
No doubt that my loyal street photography students will have already come across Fan Ho, who makes the entire world look like a stage.