“The natural response of the old-timers is to build a strong moral wall against the outside. This is where the world starts to be painted in black and white, saints inside, and sinners outside the wall.”― Mary Douglas
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Life isn’t always black and white. You’re not always sure you’re right. At least I’m not. Brad Paisley
“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
“When we don’t have information, we go to the simplest outlook, to black and white. But then we have to lie to ourselves. Black is never as black as you’re painting it and white is never as white.”― Patricia Sun
“Books bring alluring colors to our mundane black and white world.”― Caleb Reese
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“To see in color is a delight for the eye but to see in black and white is a delight for the soul.”― Andri Cauldwell
“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 is abstract; color is not. Looking at a black and white photograph, you are already looking at a strange world. Joel Sternfeld
If everything isn’t black and white, I say, ‘Why the hell not?’ John Wayne
“Relations between black and white would be greatly improved if we were more accepting of our fears and our feelings and more vocal about it.”― Sarah Silverman
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There are infinite shades of grey. Writing often appears so black and white. Rebecca Solnit
“Perhaps I am old-fashioned, but black and white films still hold an affectionate place in my heart; they have an incomparable mystique and mood.”― Ginger Rogers
I don’t see the world completely in black and white. Sometimes I do. Benicio Del Toro
There’s so much grey to every story – nothing is so black and white. Lisa Ling
Splitting, also known as black and white thinking is a type of cognitive disorder where people fail to see possibilities in situations because they are only accustomed to seeing either as positive or negative and not a mixture of two.
For them, things are either good or bad as they fail to the shades of gray (possibilities) in their lives.
Black and white creates a strange dreamscape that color never can. Jack Antonoff
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 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
“The way I was brought up by my parents and guided through my football life by the influences of various managers means that in some ways I am black and white.”― Stuart Pearce
“I don’t know why we work, my husband and I. We just do. We are black and white – yin and yang.”― Heidi Klum
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“My philosophy, like color television, is all there in black and white”― Monty Python
“Mortals. Everything is so black and white to you.”― Kami Garcia
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“It is not that Shakespeare’s art is in technicolor and fancy, and that real life is black and white and tedious. The life that Shakespeare was living was the only life he had, and he had to use it to create what he was doing.”― Stephen Greenblatt
“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
Everything is very black and white for me. I don’t really like playing mind games. Zayn Malik
“When you’re the victim of the behavior, it’s black and white; when you’re the perpetrator, there are a million shades of gray.”― Laura Schlessinger
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!
“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
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.
“Things are not quite so simple always as black and white.”― Doris Lessing
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.
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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
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.
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“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
“I work in colour 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
“When I look into the crowd, I see young and old, black and white – it’s amazing that I’m able to connect with so many different kinds of people.”― Patti LaBelle
“We’re so quick to go to make things black and white, and to put things in their box. But everything is this mixture – and that’s what this world is – is this blend of different things.”― Matisyahu
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“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
“In the beginning it was all black and white.”― Maureen O’Hara
Divesting a picture from its colors is like disrobing; you see everything in its natural state, without any charade, without any distractions; everything raw and everything pure. Photographers all over the world know the power of black and white and how it can make something appear mysterious and real at the same time.
Depth, dynamism, and simplicity are so beautifully wrought in black and white photos that you almost feel that the subject is going to spring to life.
“Life isn’t black and white. It’s a million gray areas, don’t you find?”― Ridley Scott
I’m very black and white about what I like or don’t like, and I’ve always been that way. Ryan Murphy
“It’s not hard to get your way when it’s your way or the highway. People either follow suit or they’re not around. I don’t really like the sound of that, ’cause that sounds like a temper tantrum. I’m just very black and white when it comes to my business.
There’s really no gray area.”― Nicki Minaj
We are all somewhere or the other a little grey, not black and white. We have our imperfections. Kriti Sanon
Life isn’t black and white. It’s a million gray areas, don’t you find? Ridley Scott
“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
“Diversity doesn’t mean black and white only.”― Henry Louis Gates
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
“It’s good to play something that’s black and white, and a guy that sees right and wrong. I’ve never played a character like that.”― David Lyons
“Since I am from Spain, once the morning has gone, I like to take a nap while falling asleep to black and white movies. It feels less lonely. There is a comfort in hearing their voices, like when you’re a child and your mother tells you a story before bedtime.
“― Jordi Molla
“In movies we tend make things black and white: you’re either this, or you’re that.”― Bill Skarsgard
Just simple things – I like black and white, monochrome; I like suits. Vanessa Kirby
Being glamorous is about strength and confidence. It’s black and white – dramatic. You have to be strong. Catherine Zeta-Jones
“Celluloid will be the next decade’s black and white.”― Danny Boyle
Things are not quite so simple always as black and white. Doris Lessing
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
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.
“When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in Black and white, you photograph their souls!”― Ted Grant
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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
“Light is meaningful only in relation to darkness, and truth presupposes error. It is these mingled opposites which people our life, which make it pungent, intoxicating. We only exist in terms of this conflict, in the zone where black and white clash.
“― Louis Aragon
Life is not black and white; there is some gray nuance to it. Pilou Asbaek
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
“Which is probably the reason why I work exclusively in black and white… to highlight that contrast.”― Leonard Nimoy