40 Beautiful Examples of Black and White Photography

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Color plays an important role in how we perceive the world around us. So when you choose to shoot a photograph in black and white, it drastically changes what’s in front of the lens. Without color, other elements of the photograph take on a bigger role in telling the story. Notice how lighting, contrast, and composition are much more important in these beautiful examples of black and white photography.

Clicking on the images will take you to where we found them, and will allow you to see a larger version and learn more about the photographers.

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About the Author

Henry Jones is a web developer, designer, and entrepreneur with over 14 years of experience. He is the founder of WDL and ThemeTrust.

31 Comments

  1. Erken rezervasyon
    December 14, 2009

    I like your photos very interesting and pretty amazing I think it could not be better.

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  2. BestPSTutorials-TR
    December 14, 2009

    Very nice collection, thanks for sharing.

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  3. Beautiful Landscapes
    December 14, 2009

    Great collection!

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  4. BebopDesigner
    December 14, 2009

    Absolutely brilliant! What a beautiful collection.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  5. j_lopez
    December 14, 2009

    pretty awesome!

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  6. chr0n1c
    December 14, 2009

    good images. Too much High Contrast for me though, it takes the edge of some of the images…

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  7. Web Design by 314media.com St. Louis
    December 14, 2009

    Fantastic examples, but I think there’s a lot of filtering going on.. B&W; but still shopped!

    lol

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  8. Design Informer
    December 14, 2009

    Stunning photography. I don’t know much about photography but these look great in my eyes.

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  9. rfbellerose
    December 14, 2009

    These are absolutely beautiful.

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  10. theComplex
    December 14, 2009

    Truly inspiring post.

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  11. Jannis Gerlinger
    December 15, 2009

    Beautiful und clear ! I like it!

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  12. Tim Smith
    December 15, 2009

    I love B&W photography. It’s amazing how a photo can be so stunning with no color. Thanks for the great post!

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  13. Nina
    December 15, 2009

    Nice collection and realy inspiring post.

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  14. Steve Martin
    December 16, 2009

    Amazing set of black & white photos depicting the art of photography. Nice find and thanks for sharing with us.

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  15. gaya
    December 16, 2009

    Thank you for sharing… strikingly impressive photos..

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  16. Ruby
    December 17, 2009

    AWESOME! AWESOME! AWESOME!! ;)

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  17. Akiilesh
    December 17, 2009

    your pictures are awesome. Shows how a b&w photo ought to be..

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  18. George Serradinho
    December 21, 2009

    We have been using colour for years now, but these black and white pictures are still awesome. I know it takes time and patience to get the perfect shot.

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  19. Gisele Muller
    December 21, 2009

    Wow… really beautiful!
    I love B&W photography… I think that without the colors of the scene you can really ‘see’ the feelings surrounding it.

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  20. maya
    December 22, 2009

    These photos blew me away :) very good! The black and white effects create a wonderful feeling about the scenery and the meaning of the photograph.

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  21. Anthony Smith
    December 24, 2009

    There are some great shots here. I think a lo of them use the HDR photography technique, where multiple exposures of the same scene are combined into one image to highlight the full gamut of contrast. You can’t take photos like these with just one quick shot, a lot of image manipulation is required involving photoshop.

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  22. Jonathan
    January 3, 2010

    so beautiful photos, it makes special inspirative.

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  23. Jennifer
    January 8, 2010

    Simply beautiful photography! Sharing another inspiring B/W photographer in SF… http://www.bonefog.com

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  24. amit
    January 12, 2010

    stunning images..the image of the snow and the stairs are just fabulous..its seems you hav lowered the iso except for few pics..great job..

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  25. mdd
    January 13, 2010

    Omg stunning. B&W photography contains this amazing magic… :)

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  26. Mireya
    January 21, 2010

    BEUATIFUL… VERY GOOD, THANKS

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  29. Kurstin Roe
    May 6, 2010

    Nice images, BUT WHERE ARE THE CREDITS? Photographers worked hard on these images and you shouldn’t STEAL THEM.

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  30. Tama Vesperas
    May 12, 2010

    Many thanks for that post you have inspired me to give photography an additional go!

    Reply
  31. Pradeep
    July 12, 2010

    excellent pics, thanks for the share.

    Reply

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