Black and white photographs that uncover beauty in the simplicity of the ordinary

"The first thing that catches your eye is a glue sniffer inhaling deeply from a plastic bag, a man catching the subway breeze on an early New York morning, and a bodybuilder's sinewy trunk confronts us in majestic defiance."

Pogus Caesar's photographs unravel the simplicity of the ordinary and the mundane, offering a glimpse into the lives of the people he has encountered on his travels.

Caesar has spent his long career travelling the world photographing diverse communities in places such as South and North Africa, the USA, India, Albania and the West Indies. The straight-forward grainy images provide little more than tone and detail. "Simplicity is what I prefer, that random second between the past and the future", he explains. These photographs have been selected from 17,000 negatives spanning over three decades.

The title of the series: Schwarz Flaneur, lends itself to the unguarded moments that Caesar strives to capture. These images are signature to much of Caesar's work and his dedication to black and white film and an old 1980's Canon Sure Shot camera.

As a photographer and artist, Caesar has worked in countries including Spain, India, South America, Sweden, South Africa, the UK, Albania and Jamaica, documenting the lives of diverse communities. He has also photographed artists, musicians, poets, sportspeople and politicians. His photographs are in private and public collections such as the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; City Gallery, Leicester; Museums Sheffield; Wolverhampton Art Gallery and Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. To see more of his work, visit Caesar's Flickr page.

Via direct submission