The Lack of Color: The Monochrome Series by Abdullah Shakur

“Black and white are the colors of photography. To me they symbolize the alternatives of hope and despair to which mankind is forever subjected.” – Robert Frank

Photography in its purest form has the ability to transcend a particular time, place or subject matter and capture the humanity of the moment. Each image snapped by Abdullah Shakur, a photographer based in San Francisco, possesses a profound sense of beauty—and humanity—that poetically displays his distinct vision.

In Shakur’s photo series, “The Lack of Color”, he takes on the task to document his subject matter’s raw and meaningful human emotions in black and white images.

“I think a lot of these images are about finding isolation in a chaotic environment, “ Shakur stated. “If you look at the images, all of the subjects appear to be in their own world and I think shooting these in black and white helped to communicate the isolation. [Throughout the process], I started to notice the emotions of contemplation and meditation.”

Shakur’s monochrome series is captivating to witness, as he reveals intimate portrayals of the people he passes by on the street. Read budding photographer, Abdullah Shakur’s interview with SPEARR and scroll through to view his magnetic photo series.

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