Black & White (more generally, monochromatic) images have been around since the dawn of photography in the early 1800’s. It took almost a century before rudimentary color became available. It wasn’t until the mid-1900’s that color was commonly available to the “everyday” photographer.
Some believe that a B&W photo, is a B&W photo, is a B&W photo, …., but that’s not so. There are many different processes for developing and printing monochromatic images. The following slide show illustrates some of the different forms the same image can take beginning with the earliest. All of the conversions were done using Nik Software’s Silver Efex Pro.
Click in the center of the slide show window. In the new window that opens, choose Full Screen.