1. The simplicity and beauty of the curves. I love the way the picture is divided equally with the natural curves of the wall and the row of pictures.... that may sound amateurish, but that really makes the picture very capturing.
  2. T he perspective presents a diminishing curve of pictures in a picture creating an illusion, almost Escherish (hee hee, i know that is streching it too far, but just wanted to sound more professional )
  3. Black and white and minimalistic.
  4. Nice work of true photographer.
  5. Very interesting capture with great light.
  6. Nice b/w job with a fine point of view.
  7. It captures the depth very well. The way the picture frames have been shot give it the extra depth.
  8. Also he has taken pains to ensure that reflection in the first picture frame comes out well though you see the light almost over-illuminating it
  9. Also one can see the relections of the photo frames gradually diminishing till it reaches where the men are standing. I find it appealing.

My Comments

In all, the general consensus is "Good lighting, Minimal artifacts, Use of lines". Here's my take on the picture and also some tips from the books regarding the techniques.

  1. Minimalism In many cases, "less is more". Most experts reiterate one concept - your picture should tell a story or you should be able to express the intent of the picture in one single sentence and make sure that's what you see there. In this case, for example, it can be as simple as "two people in an art gallery". The photographer has ensured that there is nothing else distracting in the picture that takes the viewer's eye off the main theme.
  2. Leading Lines This picture is a very nice use of a standard painting technique called "leading lines". All it means is that you use lines (natural or artificial) to lead the viewer into (or across) the picture. Lines can be effectively used to show a sense of depth, which the photographer has done here. It not only shows the depth, but also leads you to the subjects themselves. A line can also convey mood - straight lines convey stability whereas curved lines convey dynamism. I am not sure the photographer has used the dynamism part of a curve, but definitely a straight line would not have been as captivating.
  3. Black & White Photography As B&W pictures don't have color (duh!), they rely more heavily on tone, shape, and contrast to evoke a response from the user. This picture, IMO, has been very effective in this aspect. The contrast is great and the shapes are well-defined.
  4. 1/3rd Rule Last but not the least, the picture has also used the traditional 1/3rd rule of photography/painting. It basically states that you should divide your view in equal thirds (9 equal squares) and place the subject such that they are typically in the intersection of the lines. In this picture, the subject is placed near the bottom-right segment.

And finally, as Bads mentioned, I definitely agree with the lighting and the clever use of reflection.

About the Photographer