Being glamorous is about strength and confidence. It’s black and white – dramatic. You have to be strong. Catherine Zeta-Jones
“Color is everything, black and white is more.” – Dominic Rouse “Black and white is abstract; color is not. Looking at a black and white photograph, you are already looking at a strange world.” – Joel Sternfeld “One very important difference between color and monochromatic photography is this: in black and white you suggest; in color you state.
Much can be implied by suggestion, but statement demands certainty… absolute certainty.” – Paul Outerbridge “I’ve been forty years discovering that the queen of all colors is black.” – Henri Mattise
It’s about you. If you win, it’s you; if you lose, it’s you. Black and white. Nowhere to hide. Greg Rusedski
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Just simple things – I like black and white, monochrome; I like suits. Vanessa Kirby
When you create a black and white photograph, you create something that is abstract and strikingly real at the same time. Black and white photography is strange that way. It is perhaps this abstractness that makes black and white images so intriguing and timeless.
I prefer black and white and portrait photography. I like old, you know, interesting faces, so I think black and white brings out the contrast. Brooklyn Beckham
We are all somewhere or the other a little grey, not black and white. We have our imperfections. Kriti Sanon
There are infinite shades of grey. Writing often appears so black and white. Rebecca Solnit
“Color tends to corrupt photography and absolute color corrupts it absolutely. Consider the way color film usually renders blue sky, green foliage, lipstick red, and the kiddies’ playsuit. These are four simple words which must be whispered: color photography is vulgar.
” – Walker Evans “In black and white there are more colors than color photography, because you are not blocked by any colors so you can use your experiences, your knowledge, and your fantasy, to put colors into black and white.
” – Anders Petersen “One sees differently with color photography than black-and-white… in short, visualization must be modified by the specific nature of the equipment and materials being used.
” – Ansel Adams “In the ’70s, in Britain, if you were going to do serious photography, you were obliged to work in black-and-white. Color was the palette of commercial photography and snapshot photography.
” – Martin Parr
The human brain works as a binary computer and can only analyze the exact information-based zeros and ones (or black and white). Our heart is more like a chemical computer that uses fuzzy logic to analyze information that can’t be easily defined in zeros and ones.
I think it’s because it was an emotional story, and emotions come through much stronger in black and white. Colour is distracting in a way, it pleases the eye but it doesn’t necessarily reach the heart. Kim Hunter
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Some white people hate black people, and some white people love black people, some black people hate white people, and some black people love white people. So you see it’s not an issue of black and white, it’s an issue of Lovers and Haters.
In this post, we have put together some inspirational quotes on black and white photography by noted photographers and artists. We hope they inspire you to create your own beautiful B&W photographs!
Life is not black and white; there is some gray nuance to it. Pilou Asbaek
“My philosophy, like color television, is all there in black and white.” – Monty Python “Let’s assume that all the cassettes of monochrome film Cartier-Bresson ever exposed had somehow been surreptitiously loaded with color film.
I’d venture to say that about two thirds of his pictures would be ruined and the remainder unaffected, neither spoiled nor improved. And perhaps one in a thousand enhanced.” – Philip Jones Griffiths “Which is probably the reason why I work exclusively in black and white… to highlight that contrast.
” – Leonard Nimoy “There’s something strange and powerful about black-and-white imagery.” – Stefan Kanfer
In tragedy, it’s hard to find a good resolution; it’s not black and white: it’s a big fog of gray. Paul Dano
Black and white is abstract; color is not. Looking at a black and white photograph, you are already looking at a strange world. Joel Sternfeld
Black and white creates a strange dreamscape that color never can. Jack Antonoff
The great thing about getting older is that you become more mellow. Things aren’t as black and white, and you become much more tolerant. You can see the good in things much more easily rather than getting enraged as you used to do when you were young.
If everything isn’t black and white, I say, ‘Why the hell not?’ John Wayne
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I spent a lot of years trying to outrun or outsmart vulnerability by making things certain and definite, black and white, good and bad. My inability to lean into the discomfort of vulnerability limited the fullness of those important experiences that are wrought with uncertainty: Love, belonging, trust, joy, and creativity to name a few.
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I don’t believe there’s two sides to every story. It’s black and white. There’s right and wrong. Joe Wurzelbacher
I’m very black and white about what I like or don’t like, and I’ve always been that way. Ryan Murphy
Ritesh has been photographing for about seven years now and his photographic interests have varied from nature and landscapes to street photography. You can see his photography on Flickr or on his website.
Producing noteworthy black and white photographs often involves more than just converting a color photo to grayscale. An understanding of which scene would work better in black and white than color is crucial. Taking control of the tone during the conversion process is equally important.
Black and white are the colors of photography. To me they symbolize the alternatives of hope and despair to which mankind is forever subjected. Robert Frank
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Things are not quite so simple always as black and white. Doris Lessing
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Everything is very black and white for me. I don’t really like playing mind games. Zayn Malik
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“I work in color sometimes, but I guess the images I most connect to, historically speaking, are in black and white. I see more in black and white – I like the abstraction of it.” – Mary Ellen Mark “In the history of photography, we have many masterpieces in terms of black and white books.
You have Bresson’s ‘Decisive Moment,’ Frank’s ‘The Americans’… many masterpieces. But there is nothing to this caliber in color. Well, I think I’ll waltz with my muse and hope that I might be able to produce something on this order in color.
” – Ralph Gibson “Dodging and burning are steps to take care of mistakes God made in establishing tonal relationships.” – Ansel Adams “I think it’s because it was an emotional story, and emotions come through much stronger in black and white.
Color is distracting in a way, it pleases the eye but it doesn’t necessarily reach the heart.” – Kim Hunter
Some girls like to say one thing and mean another. And me being who I am, I’m very straightforward. Everything is very black and white for me. I don’t really like playing mind games. Zayn Malik
I don’t see the world completely in black and white. Sometimes I do. Benicio Del Toro
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Life isn’t black and white. It’s a million gray areas, don’t you find? Ridley Scott
There’s so much grey to every story – nothing is so black and white. Lisa Ling