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

Give us your opinion on b/w vs. color photography.

Comments

  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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