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"Colorful" Black and White photographs

by Yvette Depaepe

Are black and white colors?
This is one of the most debated issues about color.
Ask a scientist and you'll get a reply based on physics: “Black is not a color, white is a color.”
Ask an artist or a child with crayons and you'll get the opposite answer: “Black is a color, white is not a color.”

As photographers we tend to fall in between those two extremes.  For us, black as well as white are definitely colors. Putting aside the cold un-emotional scientific explanation above, we can color BW pictures with the subject matter and the emotions they can evoke.

Look at these BW photos by 1x artists and feel the colors:  rich, interesting, brilliant, intense, vivid, vibrant, lively and characterful.


by Lidia Vanhamme



by Eric Drigny 



by Ross Oscar 



by Ben Goossens 



by oguz ipçi



by Andre du Plessis



by Dmytro Sobokar



by Ursula Abresch



by Kapuschinsky

by Elena Gromova



by trijoko



by Keisuke Ikeda



by Yvette Depaepe 



by Kim Scianghetti



by Hengki Lee 



by Paul Apal'kin



by Desislava Ignatova



by Roswitha Schleicher Schwarz



by Osher Partovi



by Jack Hoier


Thank you so much for showing us such a great selection of B&W images, dear Yvette!
Thanks dear Yvette, you have gift to select the strongest images: a pleasure to look at! Best , Ben
Dear Yvette, Thanks for sharing this article with beautiful 1x BW photos with us. BW images are just as rich as color images to be able to ignite people's emotional response, and most of times, even stronger. Very enjoy this reading.
Thanks for your appreciation, Yan! I'm glad you enjoyed this short article. Looking forward to read about your adventures and photograpic experiences, my friend. Cheers, Yvette
Thanks so much, Yvette! I feel wonderful ! regards :)
Glad you like the article and this beautiful compilation of images. It was my pleasure to pick out yours. It was in a playlist of mine since it has been published ;-) Cheers, Yvette
Thank you dear Yvette for selecting one of my works, I am so honored to be in this great compilation!
Thanks for your appreciation, Hengki!
Great collection of images. Lovely tonality across the images.
Thanks for your kind comment, Graham!
A beautifull serie of b&w work Yvette. Well choosen photographers with each of them great work. Thank you for this special! warm regards, Greetje
Thank you, Greetje! I enjoyed a lot making this selection ;-) Cheers, Yvette