3 Stunning Black And White Photographs

Black and white photographs can have an exquisite, stunning retro look, or they can be modern and sophisticated. Regardless of subject, there has always been an alluring simplicity to working without color. Black and white photography just doesn’t follow the same rules as color. You need to focus on textures, shapes and negative spaces. Here are a few stunning examples of black and white photographs.

1. Lunch atop a Skyscraper

Charles Ebbets took the photograph of a lifetime during the construction process of the General Electric building, which is located in Rockefeller Center, New York. The picture depicts 11 workers having their lunch on top of a girder hundreds of feet in the air. The beautiful background and the careless attitude of the men have made this picture an instant classic.

2. V-J Day in Times Square

Life magazine published one of the most famous black and white photographs ever taken in August 1945. This photograph was called V-J Day in Times Square and it depicts a sailor kissing a nurse on the day that Japan surrendered to the U.S. at the end of World War II. The characters in the picture are not as important as what it symbolized to thousands of men and women that were reunited after the war.

3. Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima

Joe Rosenthal took a historic photograph of 6 soldiers raising the US flag during the battle of Iwo Jima in World War II. He received a Pulitzer Prize and the photo got published thousands of times in different publications. It is one of the most iconic photographs of war ever taken.