The world’s first photograph was taken in 1826 by French scientist Joseph Nicéphore Niépce, titled View from the Window at Le Gras.

Almost 200 years have passed now but the appeal of black-and-white has remained stronger than ever in the heart and mind of photographers and artists all around the world.  Some even prefer black-and- white photography of a higher form than colour. It is said since that black-and-white imagery starts with how your mind processes the sensory input of light, you have to learn to ‘think’ a normal sensory scene in black-and-white. Here are some interesting inputs from the experienced ones.

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

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 world is in color, you have to work at black and white. – Andrew Maclean

I’ve been forty years discovering that the queen of all colors is black. – Henri Mattise

Colour is everything, black and white is more. – Dominic Rouse

Black-and-white photos tell the truth. That’s why insurance companies use them. – Allan Sekula

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

There’s something strange and powerful about black-and-white imagery. – Stefan Kanfer

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



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