15 Black & White Street Portraits That Will Make You Smile

Canadian photographer Ted Grant once famously said, “When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in black and white, you photograph their souls.” He was talking about the interpretive quality of black and white photos and how emotions are conveyed much stronger in black and white.

Street photography, in particular, presents a great avenue to dabble in B&W photography, and candid street portraits work especially well in B&W. Producing great B&W shots is much more than just converting an image to grayscale. You need to have an understanding of which scene would work better in B&W than color. It's equally important to take control of the tone during the conversion process.

This post is a collection of some wonderful candid B&W portrait shots. We hope that they'll inspire you to create some of your own. If you'd like to learn how to create great B&W photos, do take a look at Kent DuFault's guide on creating better B&W photos. But for now, let's sit back and enjoy these photographs.

Photo by Nicolas Alejandro

Photo by Filippo Diotalevi

Photo by Thomas Leuthard

Photo by João Lavinha

Photo by cappugino .

Photo by John Ragai

Photo by streetwrk.com

Photo by David Guyler

Photo by João Lavinha

Photo by Kyrre Gjerstad

Photo by Nicolas Alejandro

Photo by Transformer18

Photo by Thomas Leuthard

Photo by Thomas Leuthard

Photo by David Hodgson


Create Better B&W Photos

If you are interested in learning how to create black and white images that stand out – with a step by step guide that will equip you with everything you need to know, take a look at Kent DuFault's eBook Better Black and White, on Photzy. You will learn how to evaluate a color scene for tone and how to convert an image to B&W, in a step-by-step process. Click here now to check it out.


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About the author

Ritesh Saini

Ritesh has been photographing for about seven years now and his photographic interests have varied from nature and landscapes to street photography. You can see his photography on Flickr or on his website.


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