100+ Beautiful Examples of Black and White Photography

All photography was originally monochrome, most of these photographs were black-and-white. Most forms of visual technology start out in black and white, then slowly evolve into color as technology progresses. Even after color film was readily available, black-and-white photography continued to dominate for decades, due to its lower cost and its “classic” photographic look.

100+ Beautiful Examples of Black and White Photography

There are many ways to attack photography and some are much more expensive than others. Here in this showcase, we presenting a Stunning collection of Black and White Photography and Pictures taken by various artists in which all pictures are linked to the author’s pages. You may want to explore further works of the photographers we’ve featured below.

For those who don’t know what is “Black and White” in terms of Photography then, In early time photography was black-and-white or shades of sepia. Color photography was originally rare and expensive, and again often less than true to life. Color photography became more common in the middle of the 20th century, and has become even more common since. Black-and-white remains a niche market for photographers who use the medium for artistic purposes. This can take the form of black and white film or digital conversion to grayscale, with optional image manipulation to enhance the results. For amateur use, certain companies such as Kodak manufacture black-and-white disposable cameras. Also, certain films are produced today which give black and white images using the ubiquitous C41 color process.

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Brilliant Examples of Black and White Photography

Photography can serve as a nice source of inspiration. We designers, can derive inspiration from almost everything around, and this collection can fulfills your various photography inspiration related needs as the creativity in shooting photos is somewhat hot trend now days. We can promise you that when you start browsing them farther in details it will surely refresh your memory.

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95 Comments

  1. Great collection, a bit too long to browse through for the person who skims, seeing as it’s 100 photos. I still can’t help thinking that some of these (i.e. the one with the snails) would do just as well, if not better, in color. It’s only where there is severe contrast between bright and dark (i.e. the tulips and flowers) that black-and-white photography makes sense.

  2. custom B&W prints are still simply stunning. Some great shots here; some others here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/MarkoPhotos

  3. Awesome pics. I love the collection especially those snails are looking really nice:)

  4. Great collection! The one with the baby splashing in the pool made me laugh! :D

  5. Great selection – if only I could take photos like these!

    Eoin

  6. Great photos, I love B&W photos – check out any photos by Ansell Adams one of the best B&W photographers..

  7. Yep, “Black & White” was King…. photographers and movie makers used “shadows & lighting” to get the picture they envisioned… total creativity on their part !! Now, it’s “color and computers” for just about everything and a virtual unending supply of “creativity”… on the part of the people and their computers with the help of “c.g. specialists” to gain the “look & feel” they want !! Welcome the 21st century “thinkers” !! :)

    These “black & white” photographs are still fantastic… even by today’s standards !! Thank you for sharing !!

  8. Wow , Great collection! , the second photo is very nice !

  9. Extremadamente artistico…………….

  10. Nice Collection.Thanx

  11. Wonderful!

  12. They are nice enough shots, but the main thing about them is that they are all very contrasty with a lot of black and lost details in the shadows. It’s a particular style. I’d like to see more variety in approach.

  13. Very nice pics, but where are the credits ?!

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  15. the images are just stunning..loved every capture.. the subject that we choose in b&w is vry important..the contrast & lights are the essentials for a good black & white photography..the subjects that i select for black & white is high in contrast jus like the 1st image..i make sure abt the lights in my black & white pictures as more or less light both will ruin a classy image..i like black & white images as these images speak up the emotions that a photographers wants to convey..thank you for sharing it..

  16. Always loved B&W photos – there’s just a little something that you get with a B&W that you can’t capture with a colour photo. Great pictures, real “art” – not like a lot of this “contemporary” stuff!

  17. Brilliant work. Black and White pictures are always so so fun, classic, creative and original.

  18. Very nice pic, Some great shots here; http://dapixara.com/Blogs/photo_blog.php

  19. This is a great style. I loved seeing it all in one collection… makes me want to learn photography!

  20. mesmerizing photos…i can only wish to take photos like this

  21. great photos…keep up the good work

  22. Some of these are truly beautiful, I particularly like those from Nick Brandt.

  23. Why no credits to the photographers who created these fantastic pictures?

  24. I always prefer B & W photography to any other and i always thought B&W tells deeper stories:)

  25. Excelente trabajo, tanto de los fotografos como de la produccion y seleccion.

  26. Remarkable examples, thanks for a selection!

  27. Great photos, but I agree with Dmytro. I think that there are a lot of pictures here that would have looked better in color, like the woman with the painted face. It’s kind of hard to appreciate the art on her face if you can’t see the actual colors.

  28. Beautiful collection, I love the diversity in the shots. The lions and the hanging kitten are my faves. thanks for sharing!

  29. luv alL the pic so much……………….

  30. Simply amazing!

  31. Thank you for sharing these are beautiful.

  32. all i can say is… WOw!!!! >_<

  33. Wow! some pics are absolutely amazing. It is true that black and white photos will never be replaced by coloured ones!

    • it was wonderful.they were so lovely and i`d like to draw some of them.
      i paint and draw in black and white. it helped me.thanks

  34. I’m really impressed. Most of the above images are just amazing!

  35. Great selection of black and white photographs

  36. wonderful photos! several move me deeply…

  37. Great collection! Thanks for sharing :^)

  38. Beautiful group of pictures thanks for inspiring and sharing

  39. Thanks for sharing. It gives the pictures a certain mood and beauty.

  40. I have never seen such an amazing collection of pictures, truly inspirational. They should be seen world wide! Well done. Thank you. I work in a hospital and am trying very hard to promote photographs as a way of cheering people up!

    Thanks audrey

  41. Wow, OMG! awesome..

  42. Some really inspiring photos. Thanks!

  43. these photos are very good! thanks for sharing :D…

  44. i really like the pictures homeslice

  45. love the photgraphy it supper lagit!!!

  46. Those pictures are simply awesome. I like each and every piece of those great art works. Black and white took those pictures to a different dimension. Thanks for sharing.

  47. i really fell in love with the girls eyes
    i love it all

  48. Like the photography.

  49. Very nice, my favorite is the cat one.

  50. The fact that all these pictures are in black and white really add effect to them. If these pictures were in color it wouldn’t have the same satisfactory sense.

  51. simply Owesome….. all pics can tell more than whn it colutred

  52. very nice colection . thank you !

  53. As black & white photographer myself, I really liked the contrast in all these photos. Just great work. Barry Patman

  54. Love black and white photographs…! Really inspiring collection here… Thanks for this wonderful images… Luv them all.

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