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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Everything is very black and white for me. I don’t really like playing mind games. Zayn Malik
“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
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It takes a long time for a man to look like his portrait. James Whistler
Things are not quite so simple always as black and white. Doris Lessing
In art, there is no need for color; I see only light and shade. Give me a crayon, and I will paint your portrait. Francisco Goya
Life is not black and white; there is some gray nuance to it. Pilou Asbaek
A portrait is a painting with something wrong with the mouth. John Singer Sargent
I leave you my portrait so that you will have my presence all the days and nights that I am away from you. Frida Kahlo
Someone made me a Leaf Coneybear finger puppet. Someone made me a portrait of me on some chocolate. I’m keeping it. I daren’t eat such a work of art. It’s so unique and so fun that fans do that. It’s incredibly flattering.
I like it when people spend time on me. People don’t spend the same amount of time on my brother who’s an insurance broker. Barrett Foa
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
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 don’t see the world completely in black and white. Sometimes I do. Benicio Del Toro
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 is abstract; color is not. Looking at a black and white photograph, you are already looking at a strange world. Joel Sternfeld
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
It’s about you. If you win, it’s you; if you lose, it’s you. Black and white. Nowhere to hide. Greg Rusedski
Black and white creates a strange dreamscape that color never can. Jack Antonoff
Life isn’t black and white. It’s a million gray areas, don’t you find? Ridley Scott
I had no portrait, now, but am small, like the wren; and my hair is bold, like the chestnut bur; and my eyes, like the sherry in the glass, that the guest leaves. Emily Dickinson
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.
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A photographic portrait is a picture of someone who knows he is being photographed, and what he does with this knowledge is as much a part of the photograph as what he’s wearing or how he looks. Richard Avedon
I don’t believe there’s two sides to every story. It’s black and white. There’s right and wrong. Joe Wurzelbacher
A man’s manners are a mirror in which he shows his portrait. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
To sit for one’s portrait is like being present at one’s own creation. Alexander Smith
The dog is the perfect portrait subject. He doesn’t pose. He isn’t aware of the camera. Patrick Demarchelier
We are all somewhere or the other a little grey, not black and white. We have our imperfections. Kriti Sanon
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
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 do think the past changes at a slower rate. It sits a little more still for its portrait. Richard Greenberg
In a portrait, you have room to have a point of view. The image may not be literally what’s going on, but it’s representative. Annie Leibovitz
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
Just simple things – I like black and white, monochrome; I like suits. Vanessa Kirby
If everything isn’t black and white, I say, ‘Why the hell not?’ John Wayne
The most difficult thing for me is a portrait. You have to try and put your camera between the skin of a person and his shirt. Henri Cartier-Bresson
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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!
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.
I do not paint a portrait to look like the subject, rather does the person grow to look like his portrait. Salvador Dali
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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
Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter. Oscar Wilde
My job as a portrait photographer is to seduce, amuse and entertain. Helmut Newton
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In a portrait, you have room to have a point of view and to be conceptual with a picture. The image may not be literally what’s going on, but it’s representative. Annie Leibovitz
There’s so much grey to every story – nothing is so black and white. Lisa Ling
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A house is very much like a portrait. I cannot disconnect houses from people. The thought of arrangement, the curves and straight lines. It gives an indication of the character at the heart of it. Christian Louboutin
“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
There are infinite shades of grey. Writing often appears so black and white. Rebecca Solnit
The countenance is the portrait of the soul, and the eyes mark its intentions. Marcus Tullius Cicero
Every man’s work, whether it be literature, or music or pictures or architecture or anything else, is always a portrait of himself. Samuel Butler
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I’m very black and white about what I like or don’t like, and I’ve always been that way. Ryan Murphy
When I take a black-and-white portrait, it’s not particularly meant to please you. It’s meant to talk to you; it’s meant to shame you. It’s meant to scream out at you, and it has a message. Don McCullin
Life isn’t always black and white. You’re not always sure you’re right. At least I’m not. Brad Paisley
The landscape is like being there with a powerful personality and I’m searching for just the right angles to make that portrait come across as meaningfully as possible. Galen Rowell
Many photographers feel their client is the subject. My client is a woman in Kansas who reads Vogue. I’m trying to intrigue, stimulate, feed her. My responsibility is to the reader. The severe portrait that is not the greatest joy in the world to the subject may be enormously interesting to the reader.
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