Black and White Photos

why are b&w photos iconic?

Such images have become particularly iconic if they capture perhaps a fleeting moment that could have never have otherwise been captured at any other point in time.

b&w photos in the 20th century

The 20th century holds many of the world’s most iconic black-and-white photos and was best known for pioneering photography into the fine art realm.

most famous black and white photos


One Times Square, Under Construction (1903) by Unknown


The Steerage (1907) by Alfred Stieglitz


Mother and Child Wearing Gas Masks (1918) by Unknown


Monolith, the Face of Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, California (1927) by Ansel Adams


Casual Lunch Break on Top of a Skyscraper (1932) by Unknown


Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California (1936) by Dorothea Lange


The Hindenburg Disaster (1937) by Murray Becker


Mushroom Cloud over Nagasaki (1945) by Charles Levy


Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima (1945) by Joe Rosenthal


The Burning Monk (1963) by Malcolm Browne