Beautiful Black and White Photography

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Today, in the era of digital technology black and white often awake nostalgic feelings of the 20th century, the good old times when the television was just invented, when people read colorless printed newspapers and when people were just imagining cell phones equipped with photo cameras. But still, dozens of years later, many artists still use black and white photography for artistic purposes. It is one of the best and cheapest types of photography for the beginners to test their creativity. This showcase is a tribute to this often forgotten and underrated art of photography.

In this post we present beautiful examples of black and white photography — an update to previously featured showcase of black and white photography1. The showcase below focuses more on art and creative mind of photographers. Of course, it’s not the ultimate collection. There were many more which we could not cover in a single post. All the photographs are linked to photographer’s website. Please do visit their sites to explore the skills and craft of these artists.

Beautiful Examples of Black and White Photography

Milo Alterio2

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Emir Ozsahin4

5

danielsantiagosalguero6

7

Philipp Klinger8

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Simon Pais-Thomas10

11

Aneta Kowalczyk12

13

Running Nowhere14
by Julien Legrand15

16

MustafaDedeogLu17

18

Elliott Erwitt19

20

MisterKey21

22

Andrey Vahrushew23

24

Let it Snow25
by WWWest26

27

Codrin Lupei28

29

Lucian Olteanu30

31

Drooper32

33

Stefano Orazzini34

35

LimpidD36

37

latoday38

Screenshot39

onabibano40

41

soleildame42

43

Txema Rodriguez44

45

Paused in Motion46
by Dusty Wall47

48

Yanire49

Yanire50

borissov51

52

Window of Happiness53
by Monique54

55

Damien Vassart56

57

Nick58

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navid j60

61

strømbërg62

63

Freedom64
by Wolfram Schubert65

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softspokenmc67

68

Mikael Stålsäter69

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Remembrance71
by Zivko Risteski72

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raaych174

75

RamonaG76

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etrusia_uk78

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Claudio.Ar80

81

Jenna Herman82

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David J. Nightingale84

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lolla_sig86

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Agnès Lapin88

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gullevek90

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Jordi Troguet92

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cocoip94

95

bennipi96

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wazari98

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Majordomo100

101

Iris102

103

Noisy Paradise104

105

Catriona67106

107

gilad108

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Keith Foster110

111

opportunistatlarge112

113

Mariusz Jankowski114

115

Tim Corbeel116

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Amsterdamned118

119

tainted dream120

121

I See a Darkness122
by Harald Bildner123

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Love Birds125
by b-photo126

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Max128

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One Shoot130
by fotouczniak131

132

FilipO133

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tomaskaspar135

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Ben Heine137

138

Unknown139

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Last Click

Unknown141

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Should SM publish more photography showcases?

Footnotes

  1. 1 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/06/09/beautiful-black-and-white-photography/
  2. 2 http://ninorojo.deviantart.com/
  3. 3 http://ninorojo.deviantart.com/art/backstage-vision-of-you-02-74609041
  4. 4 http://www.behance.net/Emirozsahin
  5. 5 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Love-is-a-number/164141
  6. 6 http://www.flickr.com/people/danielsantiagosalguero/
  7. 7 http://www.flickr.com/photos/danielsantiagosalguero/2143473631/
  8. 8 http://www.flickr.com/photos/dcdead/
  9. 9 http://www.flickr.com/photos/dcdead/3844724619/
  10. 10 http://www.flickr.com/photos/simonpais/
  11. 11 http://www.flickr.com/photos/14127431@N00/40786131
  12. 12 http://www.anetakowalczyk.com/
  13. 13 http://2photo.ru/2007/12/13/krasoten_raboty_modeli_i_fotografa_aneta_kowalczyk.html
  14. 14 http://1x.com/photo/26301/
  15. 15 http://1x.com/member/18405/julien-legrand/
  16. 16 http://1x.com/photo/26301/
  17. 17 http://mustafadedeoglu.deviantart.com/
  18. 18 http://mustafadedeoglu.deviantart.com/art/man-135262979
  19. 19 http://www.elliotterwitt.com/lang/index.html
  20. 20 http://vi.sualize.us/view/edd4e4cda3b708308372c7abedcac4df/
  21. 21 http://misterkey.deviantart.com/
  22. 22 http://misterkey.deviantart.com/art/Lisbon-1-92155720
  23. 23 http://photo.net/photodb/user?user_id=1117926
  24. 24 http://photo.net/photodb/photo?photo_id=7240649
  25. 25 http://wwwest.deviantart.com/art/Let-it-snow-111773197
  26. 26 http://wwwest.deviantart.com/
  27. 27 http://wwwest.deviantart.com/art/Let-it-snow-111773197
  28. 28 http://codrinlupei.1x.com/
  29. 29 http://2photo.ru/12135-fotograf-codrin-lupei/36-foto/600/
  30. 30 http://1x.com/member/2079/lucian-olteanu/
  31. 31 http://1x.com/photo/20777/
  32. 32 http://drooper.deviantart.com/
  33. 33 http://drooper.deviantart.com/art/The-fountain-102086289
  34. 34 http://1x.com/member/15977/stefano-orazzini/
  35. 35 http://1x.com/photo/22261/
  36. 36 http://limpidd.deviantart.com/
  37. 37 http://limpidd.deviantart.com/art/Cuddle-110557660
  38. 38 http://1x.com/member/11238/latoday/
  39. 39 http://1x.com/photo/19907/
  40. 40 http://onabibano.deviantart.com/
  41. 41 http://onabibano.deviantart.com/art/The-bass-player-79782497
  42. 42 http://www.flickr.com/photos/soleildame/
  43. 43 http://www.flickr.com/photos/soleildame/2841090562/
  44. 44 http://www.jpgmag.com/people/txema
  45. 45 http://www.jpgmag.com/photos/901752
  46. 46 http://www.flickr.com/photos/dustywall/3883748064/
  47. 47 http://www.flickr.com/photos/dustywall/
  48. 48 http://www.flickr.com/photos/dustywall/3883748064/
  49. 49 http://www.flickr.com/photos/yanyel_88/
  50. 50 http://www.flickr.com/photos/7802528@N08/2661386959
  51. 51 http://borissov.deviantart.com/
  52. 52 http://borissov.deviantart.com/art/Dryad-26709888
  53. 53 http://1x.com/photo/26723/
  54. 54 http://1x.com/member/17651/monique/
  55. 55 http://1x.com/photo/26723/
  56. 56 http://www.damienvassart.com/
  57. 57 http://www.damienvassart.com/
  58. 58 http://1x.com/member/7357/nick/
  59. 59 http://1x.com/photo/25420/
  60. 60 http://www.navidbaraty.com
  61. 61 http://www.flickr.com/photos/vwmang/3127517744/
  62. 62 http://www.flickr.com/photos/--stromberg--/
  63. 63 http://www.flickr.com/photos/--stromberg--/2806369495/
  64. 64 http://1x.com/photo/706/
  65. 65 http://1x.com/member/220/wolfram-schubert/
  66. 66 http://1x.com/photo/706/
  67. 67 http://softspokenmc.deviantart.com/
  68. 68 http://softspokenmc.deviantart.com/art/black-and-white-record-player-52431706
  69. 69 http://1x.com/member/11575/mikael-staringlsaumlter/
  70. 70 http://1x.com/photo/19896/
  71. 71 http://1x.com/photo/27426/
  72. 72 http://1x.com/member/8694/zivko-risteski/
  73. 73 http://1x.com/photo/27426/
  74. 74 http://raaych1.deviantart.com/
  75. 75 http://raaych1.deviantart.com/art/Pipe-Black-and-White-70730802
  76. 76 http://1x.com/member/11158/ramonag/
  77. 77 http://1x.com/photo/21088/
  78. 78 http://www.flickr.com/photos/e_phots/
  79. 79 http://www.flickr.com/photos/e_phots/3357220459/
  80. 80 http://www.flickr.com/photos/claudio_ar/
  81. 81 http://www.flickr.com/photos/claudio_ar/3317824160/
  82. 82 http://www.jpgmag.com/people/jayxxbe
  83. 83 http://www.jpgmag.com/photos/1820516
  84. 84 http://www.chromasia.com/
  85. 85 http://www.chromasia.com/galleries/0512292007.php
  86. 86 http://www.flickr.com/photos/lolla/
  87. 87 http://www.flickr.com/photos/lolla/462066238/
  88. 88 http://1x.com/member/11694/agnegraves-lapin/
  89. 89 http://1x.com/photo/22093/
  90. 90 http://www.flickr.com/photos/gullevek/
  91. 91 http://www.flickr.com/photos/gullevek/433091957/
  92. 92 http://www.flickr.com/photos/jorditroguet/
  93. 93 http://www.flickr.com/photos/22008624@N03/3297899369
  94. 94 http://www.flickr.com/people/cocoip/
  95. 95 http://black-and-white.tumblr.com/post/98893085/borgomani-tokyo-b-w-marunoushi-via
  96. 96 http://www.flickr.com/photos/bennipi/
  97. 97 http://www.flickr.com/photos/56503556@N00/1360884387
  98. 98 http://www.flickr.com/photos/wazari/
  99. 99 http://www.flickr.com/photos/wazari/1353205866/
  100. 100 http://www.flickr.com/photos/schicchi-indipendentemente/
  101. 101 http://www.flickr.com/photos/schicchi-indipendentemente/3800310881/
  102. 102 http://www.flickr.com/photos/35240543@N02/
  103. 103 http://www.flickr.com/photos/35240543@N02/3269941044/
  104. 104 http://www.flickr.com/photos/noisyparadise/
  105. 105 http://www.flickr.com/photos/noisyparadise/2818802233/
  106. 106 http://www.flickr.com/photos/75558758@N00/
  107. 107 http://www.flickr.com/photos/75558758@N00/366719364/
  108. 108 http://gilad.deviantart.com/
  109. 109 http://gilad.deviantart.com/art/Life-in-Black-and-White-82901658
  110. 110 http://1x.com/member/8062/keith-foster/
  111. 111 http://1x.com/photo/16278/
  112. 112 http://opportunistatlarge.deviantart.com/
  113. 113 http://opportunistatlarge.deviantart.com/art/Where-i-lay-my-head-is-home-107740266
  114. 114 http://1x.com/member/15852/mariusz-jankowski/
  115. 115 http://1x.com/photo/22238/
  116. 116 http://1x.com/member/10347/tim-corbeel/
  117. 117 http://1x.com/photo/23909/
  118. 118 http://www.flickr.com/photos/amsterdamned/
  119. 119 http://www.flickr.com/photos/amsterdamned/819700061/
  120. 120 http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnsloan/
  121. 121 http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnsloan/1420379294/
  122. 122 http://1x.com/photo/19710/
  123. 123 http://1x.com/member/11449/harald-bildner/
  124. 124 http://1x.com/photo/19710/
  125. 125 http://b-photo.deviantart.com/art/lovebirds-104649692
  126. 126 http://b-photo.deviantart.com/
  127. 127 http://b-photo.deviantart.com/art/lovebirds-104649692
  128. 128 http://1x.com/member/8655/max/
  129. 129 http://1x.com/photo/24305/
  130. 130 http://fotouczniak.deviantart.com/art/ONE-SHOOT-102563196
  131. 131 http://fotouczniak.deviantart.com/
  132. 132 http://fotouczniak.deviantart.com/art/ONE-SHOOT-102563196
  133. 133 http://1x.com/member/23991/filipo/
  134. 134 http://1x.com/photo/25957/
  135. 135 http://tomaskaspar.deviantart.com/
  136. 136 http://tomaskaspar.deviantart.com/art/Forest-eyes-75837018
  137. 137 http://www.flickr.com/photos/benheine/
  138. 138 http://www.flickr.com/photos/benheine/3634462128/
  139. 139 http://vi.sualize.us/view/f2a06f5dfebd0f14aa092237c6a65201/
  140. 140 http://vi.sualize.us/view/f2a06f5dfebd0f14aa092237c6a65201/
  141. 141 http://vi.sualize.us/view/08070bc68917fdfdd3d7bb0e81e22c32/
  142. 142 http://vi.sualize.us/view/08070bc68917fdfdd3d7bb0e81e22c32/

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  1. 1

    Great collection indeed!

    enjoyed ’em :)

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  2. 2

    seems like white and black are enough for expression…

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  3. 3

    Nice :)

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  4. 4

    Good Shots ; ) Black and White still a Live!

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  5. 5

    Black and White is art. Brilliant selection.

    Me likes ;)

    1
  6. 6

    Amazing!
    But you really forgot this guy: http://vaggelisf.deviantart.com :)

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  7. 7

    Great collection but they aren’t all Black and White ;)

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  8. 9

    It’s an ART and it’s BEAUTIFUL

    1
  9. 10

    Freedom by Wolfram Schubert is simply perfect.
    Great photos!

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  10. 11

    Beautiful pictures :-)

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  11. 12

    Nice, that poll needs a comment or other option though, but sure SM should continue to have photography showcases but only if it doesn’t show up more than the core of existing content.

    -1
  12. 13

    nothing evokes emotion as much as black and white photography. gorgeous.

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  13. 14

    I love almost all of SM posts but especially the inspiration posts. I don’t know why people try to pigeon hole SM. If you are a painter, sculpter, web designer, illustrator, filmmaker or in any creative field, you need to step outside your world and look at others for new fresh ideas. I chance happening can produce a great idea.

    Thanks SM, you continue to educate and inspire me.

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  14. 15

    Wow! Beautiful black and whites!! I find them so inspiring. Isn’t that wierd? How something with no color can be so striking?

    1
  15. 17

    Awesome work! Thanks again SM! Really appreciate such showcase for continual inspiration for all fellow artists and designers. Agree to brian’s post. Multi-disciplinarism with regards to being inspired is so critical.

    Just nice to be inspired for my next B&W film assignment! But my prof would not like these. They are too contrasty for him! :b

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  16. 18

    How is B/W “one of the cheapest types of photography” is that just becuase it´s cheaper to develop if you´re doing the developing yourself?

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  17. 19

    @Danny

    If you want to get into developing your own images, Black and White is by far the cheapest option and a great place to start.

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  18. 20

    Wonderfull!!!!!

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  19. 21

    I have always found black and white photos the most enthralling. Thank you so much for brightening up an otherwise dull afternoon :-)

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  20. 22

    beautiful.

    +1 for ‘last click’

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  21. 23

    The penultimate photo is only in there because the girl is totally gorgeous :P

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  22. 24

    What about Winston O’Link? He had some beautiful photos of trains as I recall.

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  23. 25

    Nice list!
    Take a look at my
    black&white beauty
    album.

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  24. 26

    Very inspiring! Makes me want to take some black and white photos today!

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  25. 27

    so cool…its an ART..

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  26. 28

    Great shots. I just finished an article about how to create your own stunning desktops and the idea was essentially to create beautiful B/W photography.

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  27. 29

    :) …. love the last one

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  28. 30

    Amazing! good…

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  29. 31

    simply greatness.

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  30. 32

    Robert "Butch" Greenawalt

    September 9, 2009 9:07 am

    Black and white photography just never seem to loose it’s mystique.
    Some really beautiful shots and extremely talented folks. Thanks for sharing it with everyone.

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  31. 33

    Jewen Soyterkijns

    September 9, 2009 9:11 am

    Lol u guys are advertising on your own site again for the Smashing Book. I can’t imagine that is your goal to pay some ad company money to have an ad on your own site that when clicked links to the same site.

    [hey, we are in control of this ad company … (Sven)]

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  32. 34

    Stunning collection. Makes me want to pick up my camera and go. Thanks for the inspiration, SM.

    0
  33. 35

    These are great!
    It’d be better if you could download high resolution versions of them though :(

    0
  34. 36

    This collection is awesomely good and I have a place in my soul for B/W photography. Thank you for displaying these!

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  35. 37

    I love it. Thanks for putting these up there!! It brightened my day!

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  36. 38

    B&W is very nice, take a lot for example on this woman. And they he has other pretty nice on the web.

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  37. 39

    Some of these are really beautiful. B/W is still a fabulous photographic medium.
    One or two of these blown up would look fabulous on my wall at home.
    Great gear!

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  38. 40

    Wow! Some stunning examples. A couple made my heart leap.

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  39. 41

    once again b/w photography….

    LOVE THIS ONE :)

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  40. 42

    Black & white is still the best, it’s so honest, so simple, so beautiful. What a inspiration. I need to get my 35 mm camera back out. Thanks

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  41. 43

    B&W is a copout for when colour composition is wrong and you want to change focus to lines / shapes.

    -2
  42. 44
  43. 45

    Some great examples, thank you.

    Stu (post 41), that’s a cheap shot. If you take a look at a lot of these shots they wouldn’t achieve the same visual effect in colour.

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  44. 46

    awesome.. i want to print one of them :)

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  45. 47

    This collection is absolutely is beautiful..serves as a firm inspiration to all photography enthusiast..great..cheers to SM.

    0
  46. 48

    Probably some of those were cheap shots but I think those were brilliant art and concept too… I just do appreciate some different and simple concepts alot!

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  47. 49

    Awesome list again.

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  48. 50

    Dont forget this one!

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  49. 51

    *is absolutely beautiful. :)

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  50. 52

    I’m curious to know if you have permission to publish the work of these photographers. Assuming your content drives advertising sales, I would imagine they would need to be compensated.

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