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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What Our Readers have to say

  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. @todayinart says:

    Thanks for the post. Awesome Shots!

  3. rowlind says:

    nice picture collection

  4. sharkbaity says:

    Wow. some very beautiful images here. Black and white photography rocks!!x

  5. Mohsin says:

    Nice Pics…
    Thanks for Sharing them with us!

    God bless!

  6. senshots says:

    a very beautiful collections.. all were awesome

  7. d.panchatcharam says:

    Just great, no other word to express.

  8. EDMILSON says:

    this is great, very inspiring for me, tanks

  9. Black says:

    Stunning collection.

  10. doc_w says:

    great shots … nice post :)

  11. Selvam says:

    these image are just 2 colors but they express million words

  12. Dee says:

    Awesome! Thanks for sharing… =D

  13. AWESOME, I have tweeted and put this on my facebook

  14. Joe Gaude says:

    Outstanding shots!!!!!

  15. melissa says:

    gorgeous collection, thanks for sharing!

  16. Black White says:

    Very inspiring photos.

  17. Vacele says:

    B&W is magic of light and shadow, that is building a huge emotional totality.

  18. Jens says:

    You have a cool photo collection

  19. Framtonm says:

    Inspiring! The older I get, the more I find there is to learn!
    Thank you.

  20. Dazza074 says:

    Some really brilliant photos, gives a lot of inspiration. I particually likes the picture of the flower.

  21. chris king says:

    Well color is nice, B&W can be be more then just clicking photos, nice pictures…

  22. Amit 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!!!

  23. bibek says:

    nice shots

  24. An inspirational collection – well done putting it together for us.

    Highton Ridley
    (Nominee: B&W Spider awards, Nature)

  25. Ferad says:

    Great work! Photos that make me jealous..

  26. Thanks for posting. Really enjoyed looking at the pics.

  27. Erns says:

    they are truly amazing….. each holds a story you only have to pay attention

  28. sarah celine says:

    Wonderful! FULL of emotion, just like photography should be~

  29. Chelsea says:

    Thank you for creating this incredibly inspirational page!

  30. anti-gravity says:

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

  31. laljee bhatia says:

    wow…lovely pics. thanks.

  32. You have posted some really good photographs. If you like BW photography, please visit my website http://www.bobbychitrakar.com
    I do Fine Art BW film photography.

  33. 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 :)

  34. Aldi Karmawan says:

    very inspiring …………

  35. Rosearodoe says:

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

  36. Ankita says:

    Thoughtfully captured! nice work…
    thanx for sharing..

    Ankita

  37. 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.

  38. Lokanin 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.

  39. Aljan 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

  40. The emotion captured by these photos is amazing!

  41. Tuyen says:

    Wow! These are really cool photos!

  42. Jabelchen says:

    Great pics! I love the one with the cat.

  43. salish says:

    stunning photos…

  44. black rose says:

    Beautiful..

  45. 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.

  46. mina says:

    perfect and unbelievable pics, good luck and share it with us :)

  47. Heba Mak says:

    BRILLIANT Photos.. they are all stunning

  48. 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.

  49. ā™„ 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!

  50. Scorpion says:

    B&W pics raises the deep emotions in you …
    Thanks for sharing

  51. kishore says:

    nice collection of inspiring B & W photographs

  52. They say that b & w photos showcase the real skill of a photographer.
    Really amazing shots!

  53. indhia says:

    great..getting inspired:)

  54. shanelle says:

    I am not a photographer.. but I love photos.. I am so inspired by your pictures!

  55. Faheema says:

    Breathtaking collection! :)

  56. TANNAZ says:

    THANKS A MILLION, THEY ARE FABULOUS! THANKS A MILLION FOR SHARING. :)

  57. Cindy says:

    every picture I looked at, made me want to look at more….awesome pictures!

  58. boinikko says:

    visually dramatic and reflective….life’s B and W!

  59. Superb! Thanks for sharing :-)

  60. Yunus says:

    Great, Briliante, Awesome. So Emotional. :)

  61. 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!

  62. ava farhang says:

    oh very beautiful

  63. mack says:

    stunning and very touching talent pictures.

  64. Omar says:

    i think this is the most beautiful site i ever visited.And iā€™m glad reading your articles.The web site style is perfect.good job..

  65. Vincent says:

    Take a look at http://minimal-photography. So awesome black and white photos!!

  66. Hayley W 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.

  67. These are top class photographs.

  68. Pix77 says:

    Yes its very nice collection

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