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Dramatic Black and White Images Done in Intense Contrast Add Impression of Mystery and Intimacy

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French photographer Benoit Courti‘s work is enjoying a growing following on-line as more and more people see his straightforward, graceful and remarkable photographs. Courti‘s photography delves into various subjects, and prominent quality that comes forth in his pictures is a strong connection with his subjects, especially in portraits.

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He is a natural and is the prototypical fine arts photographer, at home with both black and white and color. However it is with the monochromatic medium where his work stands out exceptionally. It is raw, edgy, and beautiful.

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The dramatic black and white images done in intense contrast adds an impression of mystery and intimacy that turns traditional portraits into dark, brooding images that are artistically haunting.

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Their simplicity is a masterful display of minimalist elegance in photography. Courti achieves this with a command of lighting techniques as well as a sharp eye for composition. He is often daring, willing to try the offbeat shot, while at other times  he can be conservative, opting for the more classic look.

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Sub-categories in his website labeled Deep Black, Portraits, Black and White, and Colors display his command of the medium, and reveal an intrinsic artistry in his work. Not surprisingly, Courti is no stranger to the arts, although a relative newcomer to the camera.

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It may be with some amount of disbelief for other photographers to find out that such masterful work from Courti is possible, despite the fact that he took on professional photography a mere 3 years ago. Apparently, the consummate artist was immersed in other pursuits, particularly, music composition.

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He had an interest in photography since childhood, but that would have to wait for much later. Courti was a music composer for many years before changing his career to one in professional portrait and art photography in 2010. Being a latebloomer has certainly worked for Courti’s style and skill at the craft. His portfolio of images spans the gamut from enigmatic portraits to ethereal landscapes.

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See Courti’s natural flair with the camera in his work here.

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Patricia Ramos the author

I am a freelance photographer who is no stranger to smudged lenses, long hours in front of the computer, heavy camera bags (and the back aches that ensued) and missing lens caps. If you know what I'm talking about, you probably have as much love and passion for photography as I do.

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