These Beautiful, High-Contrast, Black & White Street Photos are a Testament to Great Composition


Oftentimes it’s the simplest elements that make or break a photograph, setting it apart from the rest for either better or worse. Today, we have for you a case of the former in this striking series of black and white street photos by photographer Mahmoud Merjan.

The photographs — part of an ongoing project Merjan has dubbed Perfect Strangers — use minimal, yet powerful compositions and stark contrast to bring out the beauty in the everyday objects and people we might not look twice at:










If you’d like to keep up with Merjan and his work, you can do so by checking out his Behance profile or giving him a follow on Twitter and Flickr.

(via Photography Served)

Image credits: Photographs by Mahmoud Merjan and used in accordance with Creative Commons licensing

  • jon

    All lovely photos, though the first and last images in this set are decidedly out of place with the rest (a bit too cliched and amateurish).

  • OtterMatt

    Good strong leading lines in a few, and I like the idea of the heavy shadow and highlight ones, but I don’t know if I’d go so far as to say that they bring out the beauty of strangers, whatever that means.

  • Jim Macias

    Reminds me of Ray K. Metzker.

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  • Steve Pellegrino

    Actually, those were a couple of my favorite images.

  • Jack B. Siegel

    And Harry Callahan

  • Joe Gunawan

    Rinzi Roco Ruiz also used Ray’s style, too. Look at his work.

  • Lois Bryan

    I’m really not a big fan of b&w .. but these are glorious!!! Well done all!!!

  • Tatiane Barauna

    Very nice!

  • Ionuţ Eduard Cîrstea

    Well done!

  • lexplex

    I don’t like the first, but the last was a favourite even if it wasn’t particularly unique. I like the tonal range in particular. Not too contrasty, not too grey. I suppose it’s all a matter of personal taste.

  • olafs_osh

    yes. cliche all over the place. wouldn’t call it as a “testament” to something.


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  • Fabrice Bacchella

    An over used style, nothing new. But at least unlike other cliché, the result is nice. Not like meal pictures at restaurant or selective color.

  • Smarten_Up

    It is Metzker!