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

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danielsantiagosalguero6

7

Philipp Klinger8

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Simon Pais-Thomas10

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Aneta Kowalczyk12

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Running Nowhere14
by Julien Legrand15

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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

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Paused in Motion46
by Dusty Wall47

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Yanire49

Yanire50

borissov51

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Window of Happiness53
by Monique54

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Damien Vassart56

57

Nick58

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navid j60

61

strømbërg62

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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

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bennipi96

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wazari98

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Majordomo100

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Iris102

103

Noisy Paradise104

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Catriona67106

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gilad108

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Keith Foster110

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opportunistatlarge112

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Mariusz Jankowski114

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Tim Corbeel116

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Amsterdamned118

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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

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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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Vailancio Rodrigues is a web ninja who bakes semantic muffins. Apart from that he is also interested in Motion Graphics, Visual Effects, Photography and knows little bit of Physics due to his college education . He is from Goa - a beautiful tropical paradise in India.

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  1. 1

    I don’t know photography at all but most of these shots to me are like warm hugs.

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  2. 52

    Wow, there’s some really amazing photographers listed there. I love black and white, for some reason I can actually draw more inspiration from it than color photography. I think it’s because it helps you focus more on the subject matter and it draws more emotion from its subjects.

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  3. 103

    awesome B/W….

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  4. 154

    very very nice!

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  5. 205

    Those are moste artistic and amazing photos I ever seen … thanx for sharing …

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  6. 256

    Justin Daniel Richardson

    September 10, 2009 12:38 am

    Wonderful thought provoking set, how inspiring. I bet that these can be used for stories and ink blots & such. Perhaps they should be open to the Wikipedia! That is of course if it is not already because that makes them useful also. Perhaps you will check out “Creative Commons” there are some great free helpful things, such as a search engine that donates money.

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  7. 307

    Fantastiche!!! :-))

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  8. 358

    Really cool BW gallery! A lot of nice pics!

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  9. 409

    ေဂ်ဂ်ဴ၀ုိင္

    September 10, 2009 1:13 am

    Really cool black & white photo, I like all.

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  10. 460

    Some beautiful images there, I’d love to have prints of some of them.

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  11. 511

    Great Collections :)

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  12. 562

    luverly

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  13. 613
  14. 664

    Beautiful collection of pictures – Thanks for pulling them together!

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  15. 715

    Brilliant!

    One of my favorites is social documentary @ http://www.theogeorgiades.com

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  16. 766

    I’m in awe!

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  17. 817

    Awesome Shots!!!

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  18. 868

    hey watch me ;)

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  19. 919

    Wonderful collection!

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  20. 970

    striking collection!

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  21. 1021

    a small B&W collection i put together on New York. With a twist of color.

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  22. 1072

    Don’t miss this guy. Some realy good b&w photos.

    http://koba.se/face-2/

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  23. 1123

    What a great collection. Very nice!

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  24. 1174

    These photographs are amature, I can take a better picture sitting on my toilet takin a crap.

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  25. 1225

    inspiring………….very good looking pic’s like it.
    love to do B&W also,so please keep it as it is………….

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  26. 1276

    obviously, they are beautiful!

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  27. 1327

    Beautiful. Superb examples of the “art” of Black and White.

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  28. 1378

    I would encourage you to view Marcin Stawiarz’s work here: http://angelreich.deviantart.com/

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  29. 1429

    This is an awesome collection…fantastic!

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    Roschelle | Inconsequential Logic

    September 12, 2009 12:28 am

    This truly was a beautiful selection. There’s something very regal and classic about black and white photos

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  31. 1531

    Very nice collection of work. i am always glad to see B&W given it’s due honors.

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  32. 1582

    WOW ^ INFINITY

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  33. 1633

    Wooow! amazing!

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  34. 1684

    Really great collection

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  35. 1735

    i wud jus say dat its amazing how a simple small thing can be presented so beautifully..d collection is awesum n d clickers r too innivative..they hav d ability to produce d unborn talent..
    LOVELY!!! :)

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  36. 1786

    If you have 2 minutes, take a look at my b&w album on Flickr

    Cheers!
    Valerio

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  37. 1837

    A fantastic collection. You should maybe take a look at Dave Bowman Photography, a great b&w photographer too..

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  38. 1888

    @valerio

    again a beautiful collection,
    beyond comaprision.. :)

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  39. 1939

    nooooo, why did it end? :(

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  40. 1990

    Here’s one from me to share:
    http://www.twitpic.com/bpd47

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  41. 2041

    I absolutely love this collection.
    It is so dramatic and creative – very inspiring!

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  42. 2092

    Absolutely amazing, all the pics symbolize some of human beings best feelings.
    Keep up the amazing work.
    Smash’em all …

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  43. 2143

    Unbelievable!!!!! ;)

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  44. 2194

    Check this below link, some of his black&white photos are really good.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/venkatfotos

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  45. 2245

    As mentioned with other photo topics many of the pictures are not photos in the sense that there was actually a scene which was photographable in 1/125 or 1/1000 of second.
    Touching up a photo has been of all photo-ages. Montage has never been considered photographing.

    Some photos were removed from the page during the day. Apparently these photos are collected, harvested and published without acquiring permissions or rights. When a rights- owner complains the images are suddenly removed? Like the one time most expensive photo ever by Ansel Adams? Or this ghost joke-montage with two sources of shadow.

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  46. 2296

    Amazing….amazing means amazing :)

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  47. 2347

    Aren’t white people so beautiful….

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  48. 2398

    ♥ this ! :)

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  49. 2449

    Another great Site with Black and White Photos

    Galerie für Fotografie

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  50. 2500

    Wow – you most definitely should make more of these photography compliations. Simply amazing.

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