40 Beautiful Examples of Black and White Photography

By / Dec 14, 2009 / Inspiration

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.

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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.

  • http://www.mojotur.com/erkenrezervasyon.html Erken rezervasyon

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

  • http://bestpstutorials-tr.blogspot.com BestPSTutorials-TR

    Very nice collection, thanks for sharing.

  • http://www.dapixara.com Beautiful Landscapes

    Great collection!

  • http://www.bebop-ad.com BebopDesigner

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

  • http://www.flickr.com/j_lopez j_lopez

    pretty awesome!

  • chr0n1c

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

  • http://www.314media.com Web Design by 314media.com St. Louis

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

    lol

  • http://designinformer.com Design Informer

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

  • http://rfbellerose.com rfbellerose

    These are absolutely beautiful.

  • http://www.thecomplexmedia.com/ theComplex

    Truly inspiring post.

  • http://www.jannis-gerlinger.de Jannis Gerlinger

    Beautiful und clear ! I like it!

  • http://timothybsmith.com Tim Smith

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

  • http://www.ninanik.com Nina

    Nice collection and realy inspiring post.

  • http://www.bwired.com.au Steve Martin

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

  • gaya

    Thank you for sharing… strikingly impressive photos..

  • http://www.behance.net/RubyLim Ruby

    AWESOME! AWESOME! AWESOME!! 😉

  • http://www.akiilesh.com Akiilesh

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

  • http://www.serradinho.com George Serradinho

    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.

  • http://twitter.com/GisMullr Gisele Muller

    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.

  • http://www.twitter.com maya

    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.

  • Anthony Smith

    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.

  • Jonathan

    so beautiful photos, it makes special inspirative.

  • http://www.webgraphicdesigner.me Jennifer

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

  • http://www.shariblog.com amit

    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..

  • http://seawhisper.deviantart.com mdd

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

  • Mireya

    BEUATIFUL… VERY GOOD, THANKS

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  • http://www.roe-photo.com Kurstin Roe

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

  • http://www.lvphotography.net.au Tama Vesperas

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

  • http://www.pradeepsanyal.com Pradeep

    excellent pics, thanks for the share.