Colour or Monochrome ?

Shooting colour or monochrome is a million dollar question amongst street photography enthusiast. In the olden days, most street photography was done in monochrome, but during the 70’s, street photographs changed, coloured photographs has become more accepted. For the sake of discussion, I will let you be the judge which is better.

_PJO7472_PJO7472_editTrolley Boy — Cagayan de Oro City , Misamis Oriental- Philippines

Ted Grant once said; ““When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in Black and white, you photograph their souls!”

_PJO7463_PJO7463_editCarmen Public Market — Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental – Philippines

“One very important difference between color and monochromatic photography is this: in black and white you suggest; in color you state. Much can be implied by suggestion, but statement demands certainty… absolute certainty.” – Paul Outerbridge

_PJO7464 - Version 2_PJO7464_editMarket Vendor — Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental. – Philippines

“Life is in colour, but black and white is more realistic.” — Samuel Fuller

So what do you think, which one is better for street photography, colour or monochrome?




  1. I like the beginning pictures in color more. However, the picture of the man in the green shirt in a shop of sorts is much better in black and white, in my opinion.

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