In an age where digital photography is ubiquitous, and post-processing allows everyone to bump saturation levels and create hyper-real images, black and white photography seems like a curious anachronism.
The use of black and white by professionals and serious amateurs is a way to cause viewers to pause momentarily while they are exposed to an endless stream of images on a daily basis. Once a photographer has caught the attention of a viewer, their monochromatic image must be content rich to keep their eye. The photographer can’t incorporate a red shirt or a yellow car to make up for a lack of interesting elements, so, the moment is that much more important.
Consider a ‘Legacy’ Portrait by Jonathan van Bilsen