There is no black-and-white situation. It’s all part of life. Highs, lows, middles. Van Morrison
“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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I collect primarily ceramics but also black-and-white photography and some bits of contemporary. Jonathan Anderson
I don’t see the world completely in black and white. Sometimes I do. Benicio Del Toro
Our culture thrives on black-and-white narratives, clearly defined emotions, easy endings, and so, this thrust into complexity exhausts. Caroline Knapp
Color can do anything that black-and-white can. Vincente Minnelli
“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
When I first started dating my husband, I had this weird fascination with the circus and clowns and old carnival things and sideshow freaks and all that. About a month after we started dating, he bought me this amazing black-and-white photo book on the circus in the 1930s, and I started sobbing.
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Black and white creates a strange dreamscape that color never can. Jack Antonoff
100 years ago, movies were black-and-white, silent, and 16 frames a second. So 100 years from now, what are they going to be? Peter Jackson
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!
We are all somewhere or the other a little grey, not black and white. We have our imperfections. Kriti Sanon
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There’s something really appealing about the simplicity of black-and-white images. Joseph Gordon-Levitt
There are infinite shades of grey. Writing often appears so black and white. Rebecca Solnit
Life isn’t black and white. It’s a million gray areas, don’t you find? Ridley Scott
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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It’s about you. If you win, it’s you; if you lose, it’s you. Black and white. Nowhere to hide. Greg Rusedski
I am just pitifully nostalgic. I can’t help but roll my eyes at myself frequently. I mean, I still shoot black-and-white film. And I am constantly reminiscing about the ‘good old days.’ I’m 28 years old.
There haven’t even been that many ‘good old days.’ But still, I love to look back. Chris Lowell
I used to rely on black-and-white, and while I was working on ‘Smile,’ I learned to adapt to color on my end. Raina Telgemeier
If everything isn’t black and white, I say, ‘Why the hell not?’ John Wayne
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.
There’s so much grey to every story – nothing is so black and white. Lisa Ling
I’m a black-and-white type of dude. If you say something, I believe you’re gonna do it. Demetrious Johnson
My mother didn’t let me see color films. I saw a lot of black-and-white films. The first time I saw Basil Rathbone, I was completely taken. To me, that was the epitome of great acting, was Basil Rathbone – not only in Sherlock Holmes, but the Sheriff of Nottingham, and all the terrible characters he had to play alongside Errol Flynn.
Life isn’t always black and white. You’re not always sure you’re right. At least I’m not. Brad Paisley
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.
Just simple things – I like black and white, monochrome; I like suits. Vanessa Kirby
“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
“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
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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
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Things are not quite so simple always as black and white. Doris Lessing
Black-and-white always looks modern, whatever that word means. Karl Lagerfeld
Being glamorous is about strength and confidence. It’s black and white – dramatic. You have to be strong. Catherine Zeta-Jones
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I’ve been fascinated by the Internet from the very start. In 2001, I had made a funny black-and-white film called ‘How to Dance Properly,’ a short video of me dancing to a Madonna song. I sent it to 17 of my friends on a Thursday, and by Monday, one million people a day were logging on to view it.
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Life is not black and white; there is some gray nuance to it. Pilou Asbaek
Everything is very black and white for me. I don’t really like playing mind games. Zayn Malik
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.
I don’t believe there’s two sides to every story. It’s black and white. There’s right and wrong. Joe Wurzelbacher
I remember being on a black-and-white set all day and then going out into daylight and being amazed by the colour. Jeff Bridges
Period recreation is very difficult unless you make a black-and-white movie. Alan Parker
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Look at any black-and-white movie; everybody is smoking. Loni Anderson
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I’ve struggled with gender norms my whole life, always feeling like I wasn’t black-and-white; I was in this gray area, and gray areas really scare people because you can’t define them. Evan Rachel Wood
The over-all point is that new technology will not necessarily replace old technology, but it will date it. By definition. Eventually, it will replace it. But it’s like people who had black-and-white TVs when color came out.
They eventually decided whether or not the new technology was worth the investment. Steve Jobs
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 remember lying on the floor of my room, staring at a black-and-white television for most of the ’80s – watching ‘Diff’rent Strokes,’ ‘Facts of Life,’ ‘Silver Spoons,’ Saturday morning cartoons, and ‘Murder, She Wrote’ while eating an insane amount of Stouffer’s French bread pizza.
I was sucked into it all. Jim Rash
My black-and-white work is more of a celebration, and the color work became more of a critique of society. Martin Parr
In the early days I had a very black-and-white view of everything. I think that’s kind of natural for anyone who’s just embraced Islam – or any religion – as a convert. It was important for me to duck out of the fast and furious life I’d been living as a pop star.
I was in a different mood. Cat Stevens
Nothing is black-and-white, except for winning and losing, and maybe that’s why people gravitate to that so much. Steve Nash
I think if you live in a black-and-white world, you’re gonna suffer a lot. I used to be like that. But I don’t believe that anymore. Bradley Cooper
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
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
I’m very black and white about what I like or don’t like, and I’ve always been that way. Ryan Murphy
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
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 can be pretty harsh and judgmental. I’m a very harsh and judgmental person. I like morals, right and wrong. I like to see things in black-and-white when I can, so I will hold a lot of guys to an impossible standard. Jessica Williams
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
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.