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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 Link

Milo Alterio2

Emir Ozsahin3

4

danielsantiagosalguero5

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Philipp Klinger7

8

Simon Pais-Thomas9

10

Aneta Kowalczyk11

12

Running Nowhere13
by Julien Legrand14

15

MustafaDedeogLu16

17

Elliott Erwitt18

19

MisterKey20

21

Andrey Vahrushew22

23

Let it Snow24
by WWWest25

26

Codrin Lupei27

28

Lucian Olteanu29

30

Drooper31

32

Stefano Orazzini33

34

LimpidD35

36

latoday37

Screenshot38

onabibano39

40

soleildame41

42

Txema Rodriguez43

44

Paused in Motion45
by Dusty Wall46

47

Yanire48

Yanire49

borissov

Window of Happiness50
by Monique51

52

Damien Vassart53

54

Nick55

56

navid j57

58

strømbërg

Freedom59
by Wolfram Schubert60

61

softspokenmc62

63

Mikael Stålsäter64

65

Remembrance66
by Zivko Risteski67

68

raaych169

70

RamonaG71

72

etrusia_uk73

74

Claudio.Ar75

76

Jenna Herman77

78

David J. Nightingale79

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lolla_sig81

Agnès Lapin82

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gullevek84

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Jordi Troguet86

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cocoip88

89

bennipi90

91

wazari92

93

Majordomo94

95

Iris96

97

Noisy Paradise98

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Catriona67100

101

gilad102

103

Keith Foster104

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opportunistatlarge106

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Mariusz Jankowski108

109

Tim Corbeel110

111

Amsterdamned112

113

tainted dream114

115

I See a Darkness116
by Harald Bildner117

118

Love Birds119
by b-photo120

121

Max122

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One Shoot124
by fotouczniak125

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FilipO127

128

tomaskaspar129

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Ben Heine131

132

Unknown133

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Last Click Link

Unknown135

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Should SM publish more photography showcases? Link

Footnotes Link

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

    Black and White is art. Brilliant selection.

    Me likes ;)

    2
  2. 2

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

    -2
  3. 3

    Great collection indeed!

    enjoyed ’em :)

    1
  4. 4

    seems like white and black are enough for expression…

    1
  5. 5

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

    0
  6. 6

    Valentin Bojilov

    September 9, 2009 4:12 am

    Nice :)

    1
  7. 7

    Good Shots ; ) Black and White still a Live!

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  8. 8

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

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    • 9

      I see all black and white? .. maybe I am not seeing what you see. Please help me.

      -2
  9. 10

    It’s an ART and it’s BEAUTIFUL

    1
  10. 11

    Freedom by Wolfram Schubert is simply perfect.
    Great photos!

    1
  11. 12

    Beautiful pictures :-)

    1
  12. 13

    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
  13. 14

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

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  14. 15

    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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  15. 16

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

    1
  16. 18

    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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  17. 19

    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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  19. 21

    @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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  20. 22

    Edlanoy Zirtaeb

    September 9, 2009 7:09 am

    Wonderfull!!!!!

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  21. 23

    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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  22. 24

    beautiful.

    +1 for ‘last click’

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  23. 25

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

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  24. 26

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

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  25. 27

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

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  26. 28

    so cool…its an ART..

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  27. 29

    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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  28. 30

    :) …. love the last one

    -1
  29. 31

    Sagarsinh Rajput

    September 9, 2009 9:01 am

    Amazing! good…

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  30. 32

    simply greatness.

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  31. 33

    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.

    0
  32. 34

    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)]

    0
  33. 35

    Nils Rasmusson

    September 9, 2009 9:19 am

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

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  34. 36

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

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  35. 37

    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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  36. 38

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

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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!

    0
  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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