60 Inspiring Examples of Black and White Photography

Black and white photography has a way of letting the viewer really experience the image. Composition, light/shadow, texture and tonal qualities all become more obvious and important when color is absent.

Black and white portraits have an entirely different impact than color ones. When color is removed we are allowed to see into the subject, to really get a sense of emotion more so than if it were color.

Another way I look at it is if an image had a soul it would be black and white. Stripping away the window dressing (color) allows you to get down to the real essence of the image. (OK, that sounds a little out there but you know what I mean)

Can you tell I love black and white photography :)

Below are some excellent examples, Enjoy!

iNeedChemicalX

Stunning Examples of Black and White Photography


Arcius-Azrael

Stunning Examples of Black and White Photography


Osvaldo_Zoom

Stunning Examples of Black and White Photography


Elliott Erwitt

Stunning Examples of Black and White Photography


Shazeen Samad

Stunning Examples of Black and White Photography


Elle Arden

Stunning Examples of Black and White Photography


Joel Bedford

Stunning Examples of Black and White Photography


Ronald Koster

Stunning Examples of Black and White Photography


Orzz

Stunning Examples of Black and White Photography


Konstantin Kalishko

Stunning Examples of Black and White Photography


Chad Galloway

Stunning Examples of Black and White Photography


Toni Frissell

Stunning Examples of Black and White Photography


Brian Auer

Stunning Examples of Black and White Photography


fotouczniak

Stunning Examples of Black and White Photography


Jack Radcliffe

Stunning Examples of Black and White Photography


lucaspagnuoli

Stunning Examples of Black and White Photography


Sally Mann

Stunning Examples of Black and White Photography


Larry Louie

Stunning Examples of Black and White Photography


Roy Mckeown

Stunning Examples of Black and White Photography


berzerker-sk

Stunning Examples of Black and White Photography


Apri1

Stunning Examples of Black and White Photography


Mark Goff

Stunning Examples of Black and White Photography


MisterKey

Stunning Examples of Black and White Photography


Mitch Dobrowner

Stunning Examples of Black and White Photography


John Sloan

Stunning Examples of Black and White Photography


Robertino Nikolic

Stunning Examples of Black and White Photography


Wolfram Schubert

Stunning Examples of Black and White Photography


Claudio Ar

Stunning Examples of Black and White Photography


angelreich

Stunning Examples of Black and White Photography


Iris

Stunning Examples of Black and White Photography


Lauren

Stunning Examples of Black and White Photography


Mariusz Jankowski

Stunning Examples of Black and White Photography


Jana Stolzer

Stunning Examples of Black and White Photography


Rodney Smith

Stunning Examples of Black and White Photography


Vega Omer

Stunning Examples of Black and White Photography


Codrin Lupei

Stunning Examples of Black and White Photography


Rodney Smith

Stunning Examples of Black and White Photography


Yanire

Stunning Examples of Black and White Photography


Philipp Klinger

Stunning Examples of Black and White Photography


Mitch Dobrowner

Stunning Examples of Black and White Photography


Navid Baraty

Stunning Examples of Black and White Photography


Wazari

Stunning Examples of Black and White Photography


Ugurers

Stunning Examples of Black and White Photography


Scott Bush

Stunning Examples of Black and White Photography


WWWest

Stunning Examples of Black and White Photography


Sukanto Debnath

Stunning Examples of Black and White Photography


Maurizio Polese

Stunning Examples of Black and White Photography


Jim

Stunning Examples of Black and White Photography


Alin Ciortea

Stunning Examples of Black and White Photography


Filipo

Stunning Examples of Black and White Photography


Maurizio Polese

Stunning Examples of Black and White Photography


Lolla

Stunning Examples of Black and White Photography


Michele Clement

Stunning Examples of Black and White Photography


softspokenmc

Stunning Examples of Black and White Photography


soleildame

Stunning Examples of Black and White Photography


Zivko Risteski

Stunning Examples of Black and White Photography


Robert

Stunning Examples of Black and White Photography


Keith Foster

Stunning Examples of Black and White Photography


Ben Heine

Stunning Examples of Black and White Photography


Emir Ozsahin

Stunning Examples of Black and White Photography


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  1. Kelly says

    Oh my these are the most awe inspiring photos I have ever seen. I love black & white photos I wish I had a small percentage of the talent that these photographers possess.

  2. says

    b&w photography is always my favorite..it gives a differnt look and feel to the image..these pictures r splendid.. great timing especially the image by misterkey..mark goff’s image is just fabulous with a brilliant depth of field and amazing subject..it seems like the flowers is just blooming n the shot is captured..great job done!!!

  3. anti-gravity says

    Each photo, a story, an experience.
    Thank you for gathering them.
    I feel aware and peaceful having viewed these.
    Gratitude.

  4. Arcius-Azrael says

    I went into this page by accident and I was so surprise to see one of my photo here. Though I don’t think my work deserves to be listed here among these masterpieces, I’m still grateful that you chose it. Thank you :)

  5. Rosearodoe says

    Wonderful and Beautiful lines, depth of fields, lighting, and textures. Each individually are unique and inspiring to me.

  6. Jonathon says

    these are truly remarkable. excellent way of capturing my eye. i saw a few photos and the next thing i knew, i had gone through all of them ! many thanks to the photographers.

  7. says

    WOW! absolutely stunning examples – congrats to all featured artist, you deserve your spot here! so many favorites but i think the winners for me are Alin Ciortea, Wolfram Schubert, fotouczniak, Vega Omer and John Sloan but all others are fantastic too.

  8. says

    Cool article with a lot of b/w inspiration. I totally agree with you Bill about emotion in these kind of shots (but it depends on a lot of things). I should take photos more often in black and white! :-) On Focussion I also see black and white photos a lot, I really like it!.

    Thanks for sharing this inspiration! :-D

  9. vicente machado says

    I can feel through all of b&w shots above, the photographer’s ability and creativity, giving us moments of pure pleasure.

    Thanks.

  10. Taylor Adams says

    These are exquisite photographs. As for my opinion on Black and White vs. Color photography, I find that color, although beautiful and very appealing, takes away from the point that the photographer is trying to get across. (If there is one in the first place.) I’m always trying to use images to make statements rather than words, so I prefer Black and White.

  11. says

    Amazing Pictures! I love them!!! The pcitre and the way the black and white is added just automaticly sets the mood ans scene! i love it!

  12. Katie says

    These black and white shots are great! I took acouple photos with a friend’s Canon camera then transfered them to my iPod were I then messed with the coloring. I made some of them black and white and thought they were really cool, but now I think they are okay. I gotta say, these inspire me to do more black and white photos but they will never be as good as these!

  13. says

    Wow, these photos are amazing. Now that Colour images have developed so much, no on really bats an eyelid at Black and White photos anymore. So Simple yet creative.

  14. Blanche says

    I love black & white photos! There’s something mysterious and profound about them. Thanks for sharing!

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