Black and White Photography: 100 Pieces of Exquisite Portrait

A good portrait reveals something about its subject beyond the immediate appearance of the photograph. It includes layers of meaning and depth that portray the person as a whole, not just the superficial initial impression. Great portraits give us an idea of who the person really is, beyond what they’re trying to outwardly depict.

Black and White Portraits

Portraits done in black and white add an additional layer of complexity to their subject. The choice to appear void of color says something about the person, though what it says varies greatly between people. Below are 100 stunning black and white portraits to give you inspiration in your designs. The range of subjects and what their portraits say about them run across the entire spectrum of the human experience, and you’re sure to find something that resonates.

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Complete showcase after jump.

Funeralby ultramaryna

The Queenby zemotion

black and white . bricksby beautifullydestructed

I’ll tell you a story…by alejka

Laughing withby iNeedChemicalX

Bitter Sweet Symphonyby iNeedChemicalX

Black Desireby UnaObsesion

FANatic newby Nigrita

On my mindby liquidsunnyday

Smoke on the moonby azarova

The running manby Mattrobbyattack

Lyricalby moodychick

06by bezglowa

I’m freeby dashka-takes-photos

Sarmataby polska

Aye Aye C’ptainby TFraser

Secret garden IIby electricbird

Ethiopia-Dassanetchby marjanvanthielen

Close your eyesby Kvikken

Dilanby kentsiz

The last smoke…by rocker-sanjog

In the cold light of morningby DisposableMe

Black & White Portraitby Lars Willem Veldkampf

Landon BP Black & White Portraitby Steven Hart

Fishermanby womanish

The Girl and the Babyby OneOnOne Photography

Nathanjohnny nikon

Antoninoby sam cartelli

Nikkormatby Studio d’Xavier

Old man with a cigaretteby LouisWu

Dancing in Bare Feetby dfg photography

Turkish Market Sellerby keith

Jinny in Black and Whiteby TXphotoblog

Oh my friends you haven’t changedby Ornelia Olivieri

liviachicca by Ornelia Olivieri

TRP: Me and My Cameraby Studio d’Xavier

6/100 Duffby Studio d’Xavier

Portrait of a Punk Girlby Havovubu

Damian by Burgunda

Passin’ the Timeby Joel Bedford

8037by Dmitry Medvedev

Day 30by Murraynewphotos

Untitled Girl Portraitby tuturuuu

Untitled Portraitby MOSH S.K


Crying Girlby LouisWu

I hate my obvious frecklesby nikki psych ward

Market stall workerby StephenQi

Giotyby paranenormalus

Stareby violin-sonata

AHby Krstnn Hrmnsn

“The Pigeon Man”by Elliotphotos

Che Boris 2by FrankZimper

Black and Whiteby mariemadeame

Binkiby Pichead

Black Swanby zemotion

Blackby BittersweetDisease

Eye black and whiteby Ashleigh07Art

Black and Whiteby KarinePaula

Another Amberby Jibby!

Sophie in black and whiteby Palindroom

Juliaby photomek

Hush nowby iNeedChemicalX


New Hope Childrens Homeby nick barta

Black white portraitby lafaette

Black and Whiteby Fragoline

Black and whiteby lkopuz

White 2by Coffeestain

Hearts turn black and whiteby iNeedChemicalX

Menja lady, Sheka forest, Ethiopiaby ngari.norway

Freedom In Black And White 1by kreestal

Untitled Portrait of a Girlby Lisa Askew

Wisdomby pastaboy sleeps

Warmthby pastaboy sleeps

Et l’anarchie de julienby salusmarc

Black Cherryby waga27

GPS 8 Rose Black and Whiteby Rubarb

Black and White IIby Orzz

Summer BWby larafairie

Movie Star Black and Whiteby Adam25Toronto

Girl in a white dressby LesiaV

White + Blackby maliciousfaerie

JOE!by Martin Quiroz Photography

Black and whiteby infernalphotography

Deitra 04by Jason Stair

Warm Place IIby SynthTwins

Beth – Silhouetteby larafairie

Zoeby c1po

Janaby LudovicMazet

Manuby LudovicMazet

Sells Hamstersby Roman Abramovich

Black and Whiteby lucaspagnuoli

Blackby johnwaters

Black and whiteby zakharova

Paint it black and whiteby krecique

Black Hole Sunby berzerker-sk

Black Sunby fatallook

The peter panby muszka

Black Mathby rabatz