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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

6

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

borissov50

51

Window of Happiness52
by Monique53

54

Damien Vassart55

56

Nick57

58

navid j59

60

strømbërg61

62

Freedom63
by Wolfram Schubert64

65

softspokenmc66

67

Mikael Stålsäter68

69

Remembrance70
by Zivko Risteski71

72

raaych173

74

RamonaG75

76

etrusia_uk77

78

Claudio.Ar79

80

Jenna Herman81

82

David J. Nightingale83

84

lolla_sig85

86

Agnès Lapin87

88

gullevek89

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Jordi Troguet91

92

cocoip93

94

bennipi95

96

wazari97

98

Majordomo99

100

Iris101

102

Noisy Paradise103

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Catriona67105

106

gilad107

108

Keith Foster109

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opportunistatlarge111

112

Mariusz Jankowski113

114

Tim Corbeel115

116

Amsterdamned117

118

tainted dream119

120

I See a Darkness121
by Harald Bildner122

123

Love Birds124
by b-photo125

126

Max127

128

One Shoot129
by fotouczniak130

131

FilipO132

133

tomaskaspar134

135

Ben Heine136

137

Unknown138

139

Last Click Link

Unknown140

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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://borissov.deviantart.com/
  51. 51 http://borissov.deviantart.com/art/Dryad-26709888
  52. 52 http://1x.com/photo/26723/
  53. 53 http://1x.com/member/17651/monique/
  54. 54 http://1x.com/photo/26723/
  55. 55 http://www.damienvassart.com/
  56. 56 http://www.damienvassart.com/
  57. 57 http://1x.com/member/7357/nick/
  58. 58 http://1x.com/photo/25420/
  59. 59 http://www.navidbaraty.com
  60. 60 http://www.flickr.com/photos/vwmang/3127517744/
  61. 61 http://www.flickr.com/photos/--stromberg--/
  62. 62 http://www.flickr.com/photos/--stromberg--/2806369495/
  63. 63 http://1x.com/photo/706/
  64. 64 http://1x.com/member/220/wolfram-schubert/
  65. 65 http://1x.com/photo/706/
  66. 66 http://softspokenmc.deviantart.com/
  67. 67 http://softspokenmc.deviantart.com/art/black-and-white-record-player-52431706
  68. 68 http://1x.com/member/11575/mikael-staringlsaumlter/
  69. 69 http://1x.com/photo/19896/
  70. 70 http://1x.com/photo/27426/
  71. 71 http://1x.com/member/8694/zivko-risteski/
  72. 72 http://1x.com/photo/27426/
  73. 73 http://raaych1.deviantart.com/
  74. 74 http://raaych1.deviantart.com/art/Pipe-Black-and-White-70730802
  75. 75 http://1x.com/member/11158/ramonag/
  76. 76 http://1x.com/photo/21088/
  77. 77 http://www.flickr.com/photos/e_phots/
  78. 78 http://www.flickr.com/photos/e_phots/3357220459/
  79. 79 http://www.flickr.com/photos/claudio_ar/
  80. 80 http://www.flickr.com/photos/claudio_ar/3317824160/
  81. 81 http://www.jpgmag.com/people/jayxxbe
  82. 82 http://www.jpgmag.com/photos/1820516
  83. 83 http://www.chromasia.com/
  84. 84 http://www.chromasia.com/galleries/0512292007.php
  85. 85 http://www.flickr.com/photos/lolla/
  86. 86 http://www.flickr.com/photos/lolla/462066238/
  87. 87 http://1x.com/member/11694/agnegraves-lapin/
  88. 88 http://1x.com/photo/22093/
  89. 89 http://www.flickr.com/photos/gullevek/
  90. 90 http://www.flickr.com/photos/gullevek/433091957/
  91. 91 http://www.flickr.com/photos/jorditroguet/
  92. 92 http://www.flickr.com/photos/22008624@N03/3297899369
  93. 93 http://www.flickr.com/people/cocoip/
  94. 94 http://black-and-white.tumblr.com/post/98893085/borgomani-tokyo-b-w-marunoushi-via
  95. 95 http://www.flickr.com/photos/bennipi/
  96. 96 http://www.flickr.com/photos/56503556@N00/1360884387
  97. 97 http://www.flickr.com/photos/wazari/
  98. 98 http://www.flickr.com/photos/wazari/1353205866/
  99. 99 http://www.flickr.com/photos/schicchi-indipendentemente/
  100. 100 http://www.flickr.com/photos/schicchi-indipendentemente/3800310881/
  101. 101 http://www.flickr.com/photos/35240543@N02/
  102. 102 http://www.flickr.com/photos/35240543@N02/3269941044/
  103. 103 http://www.flickr.com/photos/noisyparadise/
  104. 104 http://www.flickr.com/photos/noisyparadise/2818802233/
  105. 105 http://www.flickr.com/photos/75558758@N00/
  106. 106 http://www.flickr.com/photos/75558758@N00/366719364/
  107. 107 http://gilad.deviantart.com/
  108. 108 http://gilad.deviantart.com/art/Life-in-Black-and-White-82901658
  109. 109 http://1x.com/member/8062/keith-foster/
  110. 110 http://1x.com/photo/16278/
  111. 111 http://opportunistatlarge.deviantart.com/
  112. 112 http://opportunistatlarge.deviantart.com/art/Where-i-lay-my-head-is-home-107740266
  113. 113 http://1x.com/member/15852/mariusz-jankowski/
  114. 114 http://1x.com/photo/22238/
  115. 115 http://1x.com/member/10347/tim-corbeel/
  116. 116 http://1x.com/photo/23909/
  117. 117 http://www.flickr.com/photos/amsterdamned/
  118. 118 http://www.flickr.com/photos/amsterdamned/819700061/
  119. 119 http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnsloan/
  120. 120 http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnsloan/1420379294/
  121. 121 http://1x.com/photo/19710/
  122. 122 http://1x.com/member/11449/harald-bildner/
  123. 123 http://1x.com/photo/19710/
  124. 124 http://b-photo.deviantart.com/art/lovebirds-104649692
  125. 125 http://b-photo.deviantart.com/
  126. 126 http://b-photo.deviantart.com/art/lovebirds-104649692
  127. 127 http://1x.com/member/8655/max/
  128. 128 http://1x.com/photo/24305/
  129. 129 http://fotouczniak.deviantart.com/art/ONE-SHOOT-102563196
  130. 130 http://fotouczniak.deviantart.com/
  131. 131 http://fotouczniak.deviantart.com/art/ONE-SHOOT-102563196
  132. 132 http://1x.com/member/23991/filipo/
  133. 133 http://1x.com/photo/25957/
  134. 134 http://tomaskaspar.deviantart.com/
  135. 135 http://tomaskaspar.deviantart.com/art/Forest-eyes-75837018
  136. 136 http://www.flickr.com/photos/benheine/
  137. 137 http://www.flickr.com/photos/benheine/3634462128/
  138. 138 http://vi.sualize.us/view/f2a06f5dfebd0f14aa092237c6a65201/
  139. 139 http://vi.sualize.us/view/f2a06f5dfebd0f14aa092237c6a65201/
  140. 140 http://vi.sualize.us/view/08070bc68917fdfdd3d7bb0e81e22c32/
  141. 141 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 ;)

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  2. 2

    Great collection indeed!

    enjoyed ’em :)

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  3. 3

    seems like white and black are enough for expression…

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  4. 4

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

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  5. 5

    Nice :)

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  6. 6

    Good Shots ; ) Black and White still a Live!

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  7. 7

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

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  8. 8

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

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  9. 10

    It’s an ART and it’s BEAUTIFUL

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  10. 11

    Freedom by Wolfram Schubert is simply perfect.
    Great photos!

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  11. 12

    Beautiful pictures :-)

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  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.

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  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?

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  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

    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

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  29. 31

    Amazing! good…

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  30. 32

    simply greatness.

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