This post was originally published on August 31st, 2015 and was updated with new information on June 10th, 2017.

There is something captivating about black and white photography. It seems that when we take colors away from an image, only the essential remains. There are no distractions, no fluff. Photography, at its bare minimum, becomes a game of contrast between light and shadow. Below you will find a selection of our favorite black and white Instagram accounts and some of their remarkable images, which hopefully will make you see the world in a different way and inspire your own black & white photography.

@555design

Based in Sweden, this photographer and graphic designer posts candid portraits on a daily basis. Most of his images are of his family and we specially like those of his kids, which tend to be very sweet.

Great fun at home.

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Last weekend I met this cool guy. I simply had to ask him for a portrait.

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@abu888

Japanese photographer Akihito Nagata got hooked on black and white photography because of Instagram. His images are sharp compositions of people in places with an interesting architecture.

@ayakovlevcom

Based in Moscow, dance photographer Alexander Yakovlev captures the powerful and graceful beauty of professional dancers. His images are just stunning and will surely inspired anyone interested in this field.

@ana_turazashvili

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@sofyaplotnikova Sofia Plotnikova

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@goerss.de

Based in Berlin, Andrea Görß’s IG gallery is rich in crisp urban images with strong lines. Also, he only posts images shot and edited with his mobile phone.

@j00m00

This account features carefully crafted compositions that often mix people with impressive spaces. The images blend an air of classic nostalgia with modern life.

_MUTE //_______________

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未 来 都 市 ___ be yourself___

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@jasonmpeterson

Based in Chicago, Jason Peterson is an art director who only started shooting digital thanks to mobile photography and Instagram. He is inspired by classic black and white photography. His images are dark, high contrast, classic compositions. And with over a million followers, he’s one of the most popular B&W Instagramers out there.

start today

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life goes in cycles

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@jayscale

Jamal Burger is a street photographer based in Toronto, Canada. His work focuses on architecture, sports, and urban scenes. We also love his latest travel shots around

Venice Beach

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Chandni Chowk

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@jl_saez

Spanish architect José Luis Saez usually captures high-contrast images of tiny people in huge places to create a sense of isolation. Also, he’s one of those now rare people who shoots only with his iPhone.

[ doing what you like is freedom ] ___ #WHPdreambig #oneworld

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[ city vibes ] ___ #underhugestructures

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@katia_mi

Katia is a designer and art director based in Moscow. Her images are dreamy compositions with a great sense of style. Her monochromatic images have a rosy tone and she also throws splashes of red here and there.

@mattblack_blackmatt

Documentary photographer Matt Black has dedicated his career to exploring the connections between migration, poverty, agriculture and the environment.

Rome, Mississippi.

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Porcupine, South Dakota. Riders toward Wounded Knee.

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@mr007

One of the most inspiring and influential Instagramers out there, Masaki Kai is a Japanese photographer with a talent for creating crisp and compelling images.

Black & White Ⅱ ►

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Tokyo Backstreet ⅩⅠ ►

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@nazaret

Nazaret Sánchez lives in Tarragona, Spain. She likes to play with light and darkness in her images and usually features a tiny person to highlight the scale of the scene.

The enchanted path.

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Wild Heart.

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@posteral

Filipe Posteral is a computer vision engineer based in Paris. His images have a dreamy quality that sometimes can have a surreal feel.

late for work.

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Forgotten Songs.

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@rfayoub

Dr. Rafael F. Ayoub is passionate about photographing people. His gallery is a collection of beautiful images featuring candid moments and portraits.

@romestebanr

French author Romain Esteban takes gorgeous black and white photos of life in France. Sometimes he throws in an occassional color shot to brighten things up a bit.

@sebastiao_salgado_photographs

After traveling to over 120 countries photographing people, some of them in pretty traumatic conditions, Brazilian photojournalist Sebastiao Salgado got pretty sick from the things he saw. To learn how he bounced back and rekindled his love for photography, watch the video below.

 

Antarctica, 2005. #sebastiaosalgado #photography

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The Awá Indians in Brazil's Eastern Amazon

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@simonchaudoir

Director of photography Simon Chaudoir enjoys to create playful images of his life behind the scenes when his shooting music videos and commercials all around the world. The results are often humorous, but sometimes he adds a grim touch here and there.

Cape Town February '17. Human Dolly. Taken with the help of Duaen Els, Adrian Van As & @nick.darkside

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@wejude

Thai graphic designer Weerayut Kongthed is a self-taught photographer who captures patterns, textures and perspectives in architecture.

#architecture #perspective #blackandwhite #archilovers #archdaily #thaistagram

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#architecture #perspective #blackandwhite #archilovers #archdaily #thaistagram

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11 COMMENTS

  1. Giorgiolct is my absolute favorite he has a special gift of adding captions to each photo that reaches inside. I learned to love black and white looking at his photos.
    Thank you for your info.

    • Hi Lorraine :) Thanks so much for sharing your love for @giorgiolct. I agree, his photographs are beautiful and the captions often make me think. I’m really enjoying this find :) I’ll update this list soon to add some other great B&W photographers.

    • Thanks, Arik :) I’m really enjoying your selections, you have some beautiful portrait shots in your gallery. It’s nice to find such a nice collection of interesting photographers. Thanks for sharing!

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