Moisés Rodríguez: a Visual Composer of Monochromatic Photography


They say black-and-white is the soulmate of street photography, as it transcends the essence of the photographs in to works of art.

Mexico-based photographer Moisés Rodríguez’s geometrical urban collection is proof of his monochromatic mastery.

Coatl © Moisés Rodríguez

Geometry is often considered as the strict and stiff aesthetic, but Moisés’ oeuvre breaks this preconceived notion. An aficionado of black-and-white, he paints the city with it to create minimalist, subtle yet powerful shots of intimidating lines and shapes.

Narrowly Monochromatic © Moisés Rodríguez; Aequilibrium © Moisés Rodríguez

Though his monochromatic and geometric signature dominates, his photographic street narratives does not rely solely on these. Human presence, high contrast, back lighting and post-processing are necessary.

He also relies and uses public structures to create the shapes for him; shadows and light alike.

Tlaloc’s Speech © Moisés Rodríguez; Pst, Pst! © Moisés Rodríguez

However, his palette preference actually runs deep. It does not merely come from an aesthetic taste best paired with street photography, but from curiosity as well.

Moisés believes that the world is already in color; black and white is something that is needed to “create”.

Modern Slavery (Self Portrait) © Moisés Rodríguez; Among Diagonals © Moisés Rodríguez; Albus & Nigrum © Moisés Rodríguez

Watch out for our interview with Moisés soon here in Lomography. In the meantime, visit his portfolio, Instagram and Facebook for more of his works. All images used are with permission from Moisés Rodríguez.

written by Ciel Hernandez on 2016-08-14 #people #black-and-white #geometry #street-photography #symmetry #street-photographer #urban-photography #moises-rodriguez


  1. srcardoso
    srcardoso ·

    That's the kind of photography I'd like to be able to do someday.

  2. b2377
    b2377 ·

    @srcardoso Same. #Goals

  3. sirio174
    sirio174 ·

    A modern Rodchenko!… But the photo of the Russian artist is rich of meaning: the woman climbs the stairs with her child in a sure place, after the Revolution. See the scene of the Potemkin movie where the Cossachs attach unarmed civilians including women and children. You cannot fully understand the Rodchenko's masterpiece without seeing this movie.

  4. dziv
    dziv ·

    Great article!

  5. pan_dre
    pan_dre ·

    Love it!

  6. filmburner
    filmburner ·

    Incredible Eye!

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