Salim Hasbini

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What makes black and white photography so important to you?

Black and white is important to me because of how it makes me work and think. It strips away all other elements, leaving me to work with what matters most: composition and subject. To me, those two qualities are vital to creating memorable, powerful photographs.… 

What inspires you to create photographs?

view myself as a tourist in this world. I walk through people’s lives, using their actions to find the moments where everything aligns: light, timing, subject and emotion, creating something greater than its parts. Finding those instances is addictive and it’s a huge thrill whenever I come across such scenes.… 

Why is black and white photography so important to our future in the art world?

Thanks to digital cameras and computers, photographers have more choices than ever when it comes to selecting the visual tone for their work. As a result, they can choose to draw on black and white’s reputation as having a “serious” look. This way, they can shape the way people view them as artists and how their work is interpreted by the audience

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