Black and white photographs have attributes which, under certain circumstances, serve better the photography art than color. Firstly, because when shooting in color, it becomes the dominant visual element of the image, however when the color element is eliminated, viewers attention focuses on shapes, textures and contrasts.
The black and white has the potential to generate photographs that appeal more to the intellect than to the senses, favoring a more conceptual photography – while color photography addresses a more immediate perception. B&W is to photography, as the charcoal drawing to the visual arts: it reveals the shape, shadows and contrasts in a way that is impossible to replicate when using color.
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