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Rod Stewart Black and White Portrait 1970's
Located in Toronto, CA
Rod Stewart black and white portrait of him standing in front of a vintage floral background. Press Print, Size 8" x 10". London Features LTD, photographer unknown. This stunning p...
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1970s Modern Vintage Black And White Portraits

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Black and White

Brigitte Bardot 1959 Black and White Portrait
Located in Toronto, CA
Brigitte Bardot 1959 black and white portrait posing with white lingerie bottoms on while covering her bare chest with her arms. Press Print, Size 8" x 10". London Features Internati...
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1950s Modern Vintage Black And White Portraits

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Black and White

Lynn Koester, Paris – Albert Watson, black and white, Portrait, woman, model
By Albert Watson
Located in Zurich, CH
ALBERT WATSON (*1942, Scotland) Lynn Koester, Paris 1992/2015 Chromogenic print from a polaroid positive face mounted to acrylic (Diasec) Sheet 238 x 182,5 cm (93 3/4 x 71 7/8 in.) F...
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1990s Contemporary Vintage Black And White Portraits

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C Print

Paul Newman in the motion picture "Cool Hand Luke", black and white portrait
By Lawrence Schiller
Located in Palm Desert, CA
This black and white portrait of actor Paul Newman was taken by Lawrence Schiller in 1967 on the set of the movie "Cool Hand Luke". A silver gelatin photograph by Post War artist L...
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Mid-20th Century Post-War Vintage Black And White Portraits

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Silver Gelatin

Boy George 1984 Black and White Portrait
By Janet Gough
Located in Toronto, CA
Boy George arriving at LAX for a talk show and a recording session in July of 1984. Press Print, Size 8" x 10". London Features international LTD, photo by Janet Gough. This stunnin...
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1980s Modern Vintage Black And White Portraits

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Black and White

A Nation of Shopkeepers - Black and white, portrait photography
By Richard Heeps
Located in Cambridge, GB
This series of portraits were shot by Richard Heeps whilst he was studying Photography in Northwich. They beautifully capture a time of life. Here they have been compiled together fo...
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1980s Conceptual Vintage Black And White Portraits

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Photographic Paper, Black and White, C Print, Silver Gelatin

Raquel Welch Black and White Portrait from 1966
Located in Toronto, CA
The beautiful American actress and singer, Raquel Welch doing a photoshoot in 1966. Press Print, Size 7" x 9". Hollywood Press Syndicate, from Globe Photo Archives. This stunning pr...
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1960s Modern Vintage Black And White Portraits

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Black and White

Brigitte Bardot Black and White Portrait 1960's Press Print
Located in Toronto, CA
Brigitte Bardot portrait from the 1960's. Press Print, Size 8" x 10". London Features International LTD, photographer unknown. This stunning press print originates from editorial p...
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1960s Modern Vintage Black And White Portraits

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Black and White

Polish Kiosk Woman, Poland, Black and White Portrait Photography 1960s
By Ernst Haas
Located in New york, NY
Polish Kiosk Woman, 1961 by Ernst Haas, is a 14” x 11” gelatin silver print of a Marilyn Monroe lookalike blonde from 1960s Poland. The artist's copyright stamp (Ernst Haas Studio) ...
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1960s Contemporary Vintage Black And White Portraits

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Photographic Paper, Silver Gelatin, Photographic Film

Maya Plisetskaya, Russian Ballerina 1980s, Black and White Portrait Photography
By Roberta Fineberg
Located in New york, NY
Maya Plisetskaya, 1989 by Roberta Fineberg is a 14" x 11" gelatin silver photograph -- signed, matted, and framed for an exhibition in 2004 at the Empire State Building, New York Cit...
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1980s Contemporary Vintage Black And White Portraits

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Photographic Film, Photographic Paper, Silver Gelatin

Katharine Hepburn, Black and White Portrait Photography of Hollywood Star 1950s
By Burt Glinn
Located in New york, NY
Burt Glinn photographed the 1950s Hollywood actress and celebrity Katharine Hepburn during the filming of Tennessee William's "Suddenly Last Summer." The iconic Hepburn is captured j...
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1950s Contemporary Vintage Black And White Portraits

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Silver Gelatin, Photographic Film, Photographic Paper

Marilyn Monroe, Black and White Portrait Photography of Hollywood Actor 1950s
By Burt Glinn
Located in New york, NY
Marilyn Monroe, 1955 by Burt Glinn features actress and Hollywood star Marilyn Monroe with actor Mike Todd and film director John Huston. This is a gelatin silver press print with Bu...
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1950s Contemporary Vintage Black And White Portraits

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Photographic Film, Photographic Paper, Silver Gelatin

Friends, Paris, France, Black and White Portrait Photography Women French Cafe
By Roberta Fineberg
Located in New york, NY
A black-and-white photograph, a portrait of two women in France, a popular Parisian bar in the Marais, the contour of the one French woman, eyes wide open, facing her friend in silho...
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1980s Contemporary Vintage Black And White Portraits

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Photographic Film, Archival Paper, Silver Gelatin, Photographic Paper

Burroughs Family, Alabama, Black and White Portrait Photography, Edition 44/75
By Walker Evans
Located in New york, NY
Burroughs Family, Hale County, Alabama, 1936 is paper size: 11" x 11.25" and image size: 7.5" x 9.4" A silver gelatin print c.1978 in an edition 44/75. Inscribed in ink on front of p...
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1930s Contemporary Vintage Black And White Portraits

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Silver Gelatin, Photographic Film, Photographic Paper

"Woman with Kerchief" Black and White Portrait Edition 4 of 50
By Lois Fine
Located in Houston, TX
Black and white portrait of a woman with a kerchief. The work is signed, titled and editioned by the artist. It is framed in a black frame with a tan matte. Dimensions without frame:...
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20th Century Naturalistic Vintage Black And White Portraits

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Lithograph

Marilyn Monroe on Set, Black and White Portrait Photography Hollywood Stars 1960
By Ernst Haas
Located in New york, NY
A black and white photograph Marilyn Monroe on Set, 1960 by Ernst Haas, is a 14" x 11" gelatin silver print. Haas's copyright stamp is on verso (back of photo), with annotations and ...
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1960s Contemporary Vintage Black And White Portraits

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Photographic Film, Photographic Paper, Silver Gelatin

Jon Thor, Black and White Portrait Photography of Pop Culture Male Bodybuilder
By Robert Mapplethorpe
Located in New york, NY
Jon Thor, 1982 by Robert Mapplethorpe, 20" x 16", is a vintage gelatin silver, unique (1/1) print, signed recto (front of photo) lower right, with annotations on recto (dedication to...
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1980s Contemporary Vintage Black And White Portraits

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Photographic Film, Silver Gelatin, Photographic Paper

Two Women on the Subway, New York City, Black and White Portrait Photography
By Walker Evans
Located in New york, NY
A classic black and white photograph from the late 1930s to early 1940s, Two Women on The Subway in New York City is by a master of 20th century photography. In an edition of 75, the...
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1940s Contemporary Vintage Black And White Portraits

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Silver Gelatin, Photographic Film, Photographic Paper

Black and White Portrait of an Elderly Woman - Imogen Cunningham
By Imogen Cunningham
Located in Soquel, CA
Portrait of a seated elderly woman by Imogen Cunningham (American, 1883). Presented in a new white mat. Tag from the studio of Imogen Cunningham affixed to verso of mounting mat. ("N...
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1960s Photorealist Vintage Black And White Portraits

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Photographic Paper, Silver Gelatin

Black and White Portrait of an Elderly Gentleman - Imogen Cunningham
By Imogen Cunningham
Located in Soquel, CA
Portrait of a seated elderly man by Imogen Cunningham (American, 1883). Presented in a new white mat with black accent. Tag from the studio of Imogen Cunningham affixed to verso of m...
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1960s Photorealist Vintage Black And White Portraits

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Photographic Paper, Silver Gelatin

BREAD Signed Linocut, Black and White Portrait, Mexican Girl Braided Hair
By Elizabeth Catlett
Located in Union City, NJ
BREAD (Derecho Alimentarse) The Right To Eat, created by the African-American woman printmaker and sculptor, Elizabeth Catlett. BREAD is a realistic linoleum cut portrait depicting ...
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1960s Contemporary Vintage Black And White Portraits

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Linocut

Elizabeth Taylor, Black and White Portrait Photography of Hollywood Star 1950s
By Burt Glinn
Located in New york, NY
Elizabeth Taylor, 1959 by Burt Glinn is a black and white photograph of Elizabeth Taylor during the filming of the adaptation of Tennessee Williams' Suddenly Last Summer. This is a 1...
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1950s Contemporary Vintage Black And White Portraits

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Silver Gelatin, Photographic Film, Photographic Paper

New York City, 1956 - Elliott Erwitt (Black and White Portrait Photography)
By Elliott Erwitt
Located in London, GB
New York City, 1956 - Elliott Erwitt (Black and White Portrait Photography) Signed, inscribed with title and dated on accompanying artist’s label Silver gelatin print, printed later...
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20th Century Vintage Black And White Portraits

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Silver Gelatin

Portrait William S. Burroughs - black and white photograph
Located in Winterswijk, NL
Victor Bockris - "Portrait William S. Burroughs" Iconic photos by Victor Bockris: Portrait of the American novelist William S. Burroughs. Black and white photograph 1949, in good c...
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20th Century Modern Vintage Black And White Portraits

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Photographic Paper

Black and White Portrait of a Couple - Imogen Cunningham 1957
By Imogen Cunningham
Located in Soquel, CA
Portrait of a seated couple by Imogen Cunningham (American, 1883). Signed and dated "Imogen Cunnungham 1957" in the lower right corner below the photo. Information about subjects wr...
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1950s Photorealist Vintage Black And White Portraits

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Photographic Paper, Silver Gelatin

Snoop Dogg – Albert Watson, Photography, Portrait, Black and White, Celebrity
By Albert Watson
Located in Zurich, CH
Albert WATSON (*1942, Scotland) Snoop Dogg, New York City, 1992 Archival pigment print 142 x 107 cm (55 7/8 x 42 1/8 in.) Edition of 10, plus 2 AP Print only Albert Watson print of ...
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1990s Contemporary Vintage Black And White Portraits

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Archival Pigment

Elke Sommer Portrait 1965
Located in Toronto, CA
Black and white portrait of German actress Elke Sommer from June, 1965. Press Print, Size 9 3/4" x 7.5". Hollywood Press syndicate, from Globe Photo Archives. This stunning press pr...
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1960s Modern Vintage Black And White Portraits

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Black and White

Bruce Springsteen Backtage Portrait Circa 1980
Located in Toronto, CA
Black and white portrait candid portrait of Bruce Springsteen backstage, circa 1980's. Press Print, Size 8" x 6". Retna LTD, from Globe Photo Archives. This stunning press print ori...
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1980s Modern Vintage Black And White Portraits

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Black and White

Band Portrait of the Bee Gees 1970's
Located in Toronto, CA
Bee Gees black and white portrait of the band from the 1970's. Press Print, Size 8" x 10". Retna Pictures and London Features International LTD, photo by Michael Putland. This stun...
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1970s Modern Vintage Black And White Portraits

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Black and White

Tupac Shakur – Albert Watson, Photography, Portrait, Black & White, Celebrity
By Albert Watson
Located in Zurich, CH
Albert WATSON (*1942, Scotland) Tupac Shakur, New York City, 1991 Archival pigment print 107 x 142 cm (42 1/8 x 55 7/8 in.) Edition of 10, plus 2 AP Print only Albert Watson print o...
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1990s Contemporary Vintage Black And White Portraits

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Archival Pigment

Kennedy, John F. Portrait, Left Shoulder Front, Talking v2, 1959
By Mark Shaw
Located in New York, NY
John F. Kennedy Portrait, 006c. Image size is 22" x 22" (for 24" x 36" paper size). All Mark Shaw prints are made to order in limited editions on Hahnemuhle photo rag paper. Each pri...
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1950s Modern Vintage Black And White Portraits

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Giclée

Kennedy, John F. Portrait, Left Shoulder Front, Mouth Closed, 1959
By Mark Shaw
Located in New York, NY
John F. Kennedy Portrait, 006a. Image size is 22" x 22" (for 24" x 36" paper size). All Mark Shaw prints are made to order in limited editions on Hahnemuhle photo rag paper. Each pri...
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1950s Modern Vintage Black And White Portraits

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Giclée

Kennedy, John F. Portrait, Left Shoulder Front, Talking v2, 1959
By Mark Shaw
Located in New York, NY
John F. Kennedy Portrait, 006c. Image size is 10" x 10" (for 11" x 17" paper size). All Mark Shaw prints are made to order in limited editions on Hahnemuhle photo rag paper. Each pri...
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1950s Modern Vintage Black And White Portraits

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Giclée

Kennedy, John F. Portrait, Left Shoulder Front, Talking v1, 1959
By Mark Shaw
Located in New York, NY
John F. Kennedy Portrait, 006b. Image size is 16" x 16" (for 17" x 22" paper size). All Mark Shaw prints are made to order in limited editions on Hahnemuhle photo rag paper. Each pri...
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1950s Modern Vintage Black And White Portraits

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Giclée

Olivia Newton John Portrait of her Singing in 1972
Located in Toronto, CA
Black and white portrait Actress and singer Olivia Newton John singing in 1972. Press Print, Size 8" x 10". London Features International LTD, from Globe Photo Archives. This stunn...
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1970s Modern Vintage Black And White Portraits

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Black and White

Man Ray Black and White Portrait Photography of André Breton
By Man Ray
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Portrait of André Breton photographed by Man Ray, 1932. A posthumous print from the original negative in 1977 by Pierre Gassmann. Gelatin silver bromide. Born (Philadelphia,...
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1930s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Black And White Portraits

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Paper

Kennedy, John F. Portrait, Left Shoulder Front, Talking v2, 1959
By Mark Shaw
Located in New York, NY
John F. Kennedy Portrait, 006c. Image size is 16" x 16" (for 17" x 22" paper size). All Mark Shaw prints are made to order in limited editions on Hahnemuhle photo rag paper. Each pri...
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1950s Modern Vintage Black And White Portraits

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Giclée

Kennedy, John F. Portrait, Left Shoulder Front, Mouth Closed, 1959
By Mark Shaw
Located in New York, NY
John F. Kennedy Portrait, 006a. Image size is 16" x 16" (for 17" x 22" paper size). All Mark Shaw prints are made to order in limited editions on Hahnemuhle photo rag paper. Each pri...
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1950s Modern Vintage Black And White Portraits

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Giclée

Kennedy, John F. Portrait, Left Shoulder Front, Talking v1, 1959
By Mark Shaw
Located in New York, NY
John F. Kennedy Portrait, 006b. Image size is 22" x 22" (for 24" x 36" paper size). All Mark Shaw prints are made to order in limited editions on Hahnemuhle photo rag paper. Each pri...
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1950s Modern Vintage Black And White Portraits

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Giclée

Kennedy, John F. Portrait, Left Shoulder Front, Mouth Closed, 1959
By Mark Shaw
Located in New York, NY
John F. Kennedy Portrait, 006a. Image size is 10" x 10" (for 11" x 17" paper size). All Mark Shaw prints are made to order in limited editions on Hahnemuhle photo rag paper. Each pri...
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1950s Modern Vintage Black And White Portraits

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Giclée

Kennedy, John F. Portrait, Left Shoulder Front, Talking v1, 1959
By Mark Shaw
Located in New York, NY
John F. Kennedy Portrait, 006b. Image size is 10" x 10" (for 11" x 17" paper size). All Mark Shaw prints are made to order in limited editions on Hahnemuhle photo rag paper. Each pri...
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1950s Modern Vintage Black And White Portraits

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Giclée

Evander Holyfield, Contemporary, Celebrity, Photography, Portrait
By Greg Gorman
Located in Munich, DE
Combined Edition 10 Also available in 101 x 127 cm 40 x 50 inch and as combined Edition 25 in 40 x 50 cm / 16 x 20 inch 50 x 60 cm/ 20 x 24 inch Black and white Portrait of America...
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1990s Contemporary Vintage Black And White Portraits

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Archival Pigment

Christopher Reeve NYC, Contemporary, Celebrity, Photography, Portrait
By Greg Gorman
Located in Munich, DE
Printed later Combined Edition 10 Also available in 101 x 127 cm 40 x 50 inch and as combined Edition 25 in 40 x 50 cm / 16 x 20 inch 50 x 60 cm/ 20 x 24 inch Black and white Portr...
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1980s Contemporary Vintage Black And White Portraits

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Archival Pigment

William Holden Portrait, 1954
By Mark Shaw
Located in New York, NY
William Holden Portrait, 1954 -- This image of William Holden is an outtake from a photo shoot for the May 31, 1954 cover of LIFE. Holden was deemed the "Top Star of '54" and photogr...
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1950s Modern Vintage Black And White Portraits

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Giclée

Veronica Lake Iconic Glamour Portrait 24" x 20" Edition of 75
Located in Las Vegas, NV
This black and white portrait features American film, stage, and television actress Veronica Lake. Lake won both popular and critical acclaim for her role in Sullivan's Travels and f...
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1940s Contemporary Vintage Black And White Portraits

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Archival Paper

William Holden Portrait, 1954
By Mark Shaw
Located in New York, NY
William Holden Portrait, 1954 -- This image of William Holden is an outtake from a photo shoot for the May 31, 1954 cover of LIFE. Holden was deemed the "Top Star of '54" and photogr...
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1950s Modern Vintage Black And White Portraits

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Giclée

William Holden Portrait, 1954
By Mark Shaw
Located in New York, NY
William Holden Portrait, 1954 -- This image of William Holden is an outtake from a photo shoot for the May 31, 1954 cover of LIFE. Holden was deemed the "Top Star of '54" and photogr...
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1950s Modern Vintage Black And White Portraits

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Giclée

William Holden Portrait, 1954
By Mark Shaw
Located in New York, NY
William Holden Portrait, 1954 -- This image of William Holden is an outtake from a photo shoot for the May 31, 1954 cover of LIFE. Holden was deemed the "Top Star of '54" and photogr...
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1950s Modern Vintage Black And White Portraits

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Giclée

William Holden Portrait, 1954
By Mark Shaw
Located in New York, NY
William Holden Portrait, 1954 -- This image of William Holden is an outtake from a photo shoot for the May 31, 1954 cover of LIFE. Holden was deemed the "Top Star of '54" and photogr...
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1950s Modern Vintage Black And White Portraits

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Giclée

Veronica Lake Iconic Glamour Portrait 20" x 16" Edition of 125
Located in Las Vegas, NV
This black and white portrait features American film, stage, and television actress Veronica Lake. Lake won both popular and critical acclaim for her role in Sullivan's Travels and f...
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1940s Contemporary Vintage Black And White Portraits

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Archival Paper

Bette Midler, Contemporary, Celebrity, Photography, Portrait
By Greg Gorman
Located in Munich, DE
Combined Edition 10 Also available in 101 x 127 cm 40 x 50 inch and as combined Edition 25 in 40 x 50 cm / 16 x 20 inch 50 x 60 cm/ 20 x 24 inch Black and white Portrait of famous ...
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1980s Contemporary Vintage Black And White Portraits

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Archival Pigment

Robert Mitchum Portrait, 1988
By Timothy White
Located in New York, NY
Timothy White Fine Art Photography Print Limited Edition of 25 Signed by the photographer
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20th Century Contemporary Vintage Black And White Portraits

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Archival Pigment

Bandstand I, Eastbourne - Black and White Vintage Portrait Photography
By Samuel Field
Located in Cambridge, GB
Captured on a visit to Samuel Field's grandparents in Eastbourne, this collection is a beautiful reminder of days gone by. This artwork is a limited edition of 25, gloss photographi...
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1980s Post-War Vintage Black And White Portraits

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Photographic Paper, Black and White, C Print, Silver Gelatin

Girls in Harlem Street, Portrait Photography of African American Children 1960s
By Leonard Freed
Located in New york, NY
New York City, Harlem, 1963 by Leonard Freed is a signed gelatin silver RC print. This is a documentary black and white portrait photograph of three African American girls playing in...
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1960s Contemporary Vintage Black And White Portraits

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Photographic Film, Photographic Paper, Silver Gelatin

Bandstand III, Eastbourne - Black and White Vintage Portrait Photography
By Samuel Field
Located in Cambridge, GB
Captured on a visit to Samuel Field's grandparents in Eastbourne, this collection is a beautiful reminder of days gone by. This artwork is a limited edition of 25, gloss photographi...
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1980s Post-War Vintage Black And White Portraits

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Photographic Paper, Black and White, C Print, Silver Gelatin

Bandstand II, Eastbourne - Black and White Vintage Portrait Photography
By Samuel Field
Located in Cambridge, GB
Captured on a visit to Samuel Field's grandparents in Eastbourne, this collection is a beautiful reminder of days gone by. This artwork is a limited edition of 25, gloss photographi...
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1980s Post-War Vintage Black And White Portraits

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Photographic Paper, Black and White, C Print, Silver Gelatin

Dog: realist expressive black and white portrait drawing of pet dog in the sun
By Michele Zalopany
Located in New York, NY
This tenderly illustrated print depicts a black dog sitting comfortably on the lawn. A low fence and a bench can be seen in the background. Plants grow along the sides of the lawn, b...
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1980s Contemporary Vintage Black And White Portraits

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Lithograph

David Letterman, Contemporary, Celebrity, Photography, Portrait
By Greg Gorman
Located in Munich, DE
Combined Edition 25 Also available in 50 x 60 cm/ 20 x 24 inch and as combined Edition 10 in 76 x 101 cm / 30 x 40 inch 101 x 127 cm / 40 x 50 inch Portrait of American television ...
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1980s Contemporary Vintage Black And White Portraits

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Archival Pigment

Don King, Contemporary, Celebrity, Photography, Portrait
By Greg Gorman
Located in Munich, DE
Combined Edition 25 Also available in 50 x 60 cm/ 20 x 24 inch and as combined Edition 10 in 76 x 101 cm / 30 x 40 inch 101 x 127 cm / 40 x 50 inch Portrait of American boxing prom...
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1990s Contemporary Vintage Black And White Portraits

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Archival Pigment

Portrait of Monica Vitti - Vintage Black and White Photo - 1980s
Located in Roma, IT
Monica Vitti is a black and white Photo of the italian actress, taken in 1980s. Monica Vitti is born in Rome on November 3, 1931. Admitted in 1950 to the Academy of Dramatic Art (w...
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1980s Contemporary Vintage Black And White Portraits

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Photographic Paper

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Vintage Black And White Portraits For Sale on 1stDibs

An assortment of vintage black and white portraits is available on 1stDibs. Today, if you’re looking for Abstract editions of these works and are unable to find the perfect match for your home, our selection also includes Contemporary. These items have long been popular, with older editions for sale from the 20th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 20th Century. Vintage black and white portraits available on 1stDibs span a range of colors that includes black, gray, silver, brown and more. Mark Shaw, Jack Mitchell, Greg Gorman, Kevin Westenberg and Phillip Harrington took a thoughtful approach to this subject that are worth considering. Each of these unique pieces was handmade with extraordinary care, with artists most often working in paper, silver gelatin print and pigment print.

How Much are Vintage Black And White Portraits?

The average selling price for vintage black and white portraits we offer is $752, while they’re typically $43 on the low end and $120,445 for the highest priced.

Finding the Right Black and White Photography for You

There’s a lot to love about black and white photography.

The unique and timeless quality of a black and white photograph accentuates any room. Some might argue that we’re naturally drawn to color photography because it’s the world we know best. This is a shared belief, particularly in the era of camera-phone photography, editing apps and the frenetic immediacy of sharing photos on social media. But when we look at black and white photography, we experience deep, rich shadows and tonal properties in a way that transfixes us. Composition and textures are crisp and engaging. We’re immediately drawn to the subjects of vintage street photography and continue to feel the emotional impact of decades-old photojournalism. The silhouettes of mountains in black and white landscape photography are particularly pronounced, while portrait photography and the skylines of urban cityscapes come to life in monochrome prints.

When decorating with fine photography, keep in mind that some color photographs may not be suitable for every space. However, you can be more daring with black and white photos. The gray tones are classic, sophisticated and generally introduce elegance to any corner of your home, which renders black and white prints amazingly versatile.

Black and white photography adapts to its surroundings like a chameleon might. A single large-scale black and white photograph above the sofa in your living room is going to work with any furniture style, and as some homeowners and designers today are working to introduce more muted tones and neutral palettes to dining rooms and bedrooms, the integration of black and white photography — a hallmark of minimalist decor — is a particularly natural choice for such a setting.

Another advantage to bringing black and white photography into your home is that you can style walls and add depth and character without worrying about disrupting an existing color scheme. Black and white photographs actually harmonize well with accent colors such as yellow, red and green. Your provocative Memphis Group lighting and bold Pierre Paulin seating will pair nicely with the black and white fine nude photography you’ve curated over the years.

Black and white photography also complements a variety of other art. Black and white photos pair well with drawings and etchings in monochromatic hues. They can also form part of specific color schemes. For example, you can place black and white prints in colored picture frames for a pop of color. And while there are no hard and fast rules, it’s best to keep black and white prints separate from color photographs. Color prints stand out in a room more than black and white prints do. Pairing them may detract attention from your black and white photography. Instead, dedicate separate walls or spaces to each.

Once you’ve selected the photography that best fits your space, you’ll need to decide how to hang the images. If you want to hang multiple photos, it’s essential to know how to arrange wall art. A proper arrangement can significantly enhance a living space.

On 1stDibs, explore a vast collection of compelling black and white photography by artists such as Mark Shaw, Jack Mitchell (a photographer you should know), Berenice Abbott and David Yarrow.

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In Karen Knorr’s Sumptuous Photos, Exotic Animals Appear in Opulent Palaces

In Karen Knorr’s Sumptuous Photos, Exotic Animals Appear in Opulent Palaces

The Frankfurt-born, London-based American photographer has gone global with her popular "India Song" pieces, and, while her work has long featured figures lingering in lavish spaces, the species of her characters and underlying messages shift drastically from series to series.

Through Their Lens

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Alex Prager’s Cinematic Photos Freeze Time in Moments of Curious Action

Alex Prager’s Cinematic Photos Freeze Time in Moments of Curious Action

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David Yarrow Tells Us the Tales behind His Wild, Wild Photography

David Yarrow Tells Us the Tales behind His Wild, Wild Photography

To capture many of the cinematic images in his new show, the famed photographer traveled to the still-rugged parts of Alaska and the Rocky Mountains, shooting supermodels and carnivores alike.

Kali Is an Art World Sensation, 40 Years after She Hid Her Work Away

Kali Is an Art World Sensation, 40 Years after She Hid Her Work Away

A newly discovered trove of her kaleidoscopic works reveals that the enigmatic artist captured the zeitgeist of 1960s Southern California.

Lori Grinker’s Artful Photographs of a Young Mike Tyson Are a Knockout!

Lori Grinker’s Artful Photographs of a Young Mike Tyson Are a Knockout!

The New York photographer tells us how an encounter with the then-13-year-old boxer led to a decade-long project that saw them both go pro.

John Dolan’s Photographs Capture the Art and Soul of a Wedding Day

John Dolan’s Photographs Capture the Art and Soul of a Wedding Day

In a new book compiling 30 years' worth of images, the photographer reveals that it's the in-between moments that make a wedding special.

Sebastião Salgado Takes Us on a Close-Up Journey to Amazônia

Sebastião Salgado Takes Us on a Close-Up Journey to Amazônia

The famed Brazilian photographer tells us about the seven years he spent immersed in the Amazon rain forest.