black and white image of a person running across the street in Times Square

20 Black & White Stock Photos to Download for Free

Are you looking for bold, black and white images? Need monochromatic stock photos that you can download for free? You’ve come to the right place. StockVault has exactly what you need! In this post, we’ve selected 20 black and white photos that you can use for a variety of projects.

So, what are you waiting for? Keep scrolling and download these 20 free stock photos, today!

1. Dirt Biker 

monochromatic image of a motocyclist near a hillside

“Black and white photography has the potential to make any photographer a better photographer.” – Rob Sheppard

2. Three Friends on Phones

three fits lay on a bed with their phones lifted overhead

“The world is in color, you have to work at black and white.” – Andrew Maclean

3. Vintage Toy Automobile

black and white image of a vintage automobile

“Perhaps I am old-fashioned, but black and white films still hold an affectionate place in my heart; they have an incomparable mystique and mood.”― Ginger Rogers

4. Black and White Leaves 

black and white image of wet leaves

“Black and white can transform a scene into something magical.” – Rob Sheppard

5. Child Smelling a Flower

Black and white image of a little girl smelling a flower

“There’s something strange and powerful about black-and-white imagery.” – Stefan Kanfer

6. Bridge with Arches

black and white image of a bridge with arches

“Color is descriptive. Black and white is interpretive.” – Eliott Erwitt

7. Frozen Branches

black and white image of branches in the winter

“One sees differently with color photography than black-and-white… in short, visualization must be modified by the specific nature of the equipment and materials being used.” – Ansel Adams

8. Dandelion

black and white dandelion

“What I love about Black & White photographs is that they’re more like reading the book than seeing the movie” – Jennifer Price

9. Interior with Sofa & Ceramics

black and white interior with sofa and ceramics

“When images are in black and white, they seem timeless. When you see Carrie Otis in an ad from 1989 next to an ad with Klara Wester from 2009, you don’t see a 20-year difference between the pictures.” – Paul Marciano

10. Black Dog during a Snowfall

black and white image of a black dog with snow on its face

“Everything always looked better in black and white. Everything always looked as if it were the first time; there’s always more people in a black and white photograph. It just makes it seem that there were more people at a gig, more people at a football match, than with colour photography. Everything looks more exciting.” – Jack Lowden

11. Chess Board

black and white image of a chess board

“With the black and white films, one was concerned with tone.” – Julie Harris

12. Black Leather Texture

black leather texture

“To see in color is a delight for the eye but to see in black and white is a delight for the soul” – Andri Cauldwell

13. Abandoned Silk Mill

Abandoned Silk Mill

“Black and white photography erases time from the equation.” – Jason Peterson

14. Close-up of a Black Swan (Cygnus Atratus)

black & white close-up photo of a black swan

“Black-and-white always looks modern, whatever that word means.” – Karl Lagerfeld

15. Empty Park Bench

b/w image of an empty park bench.

“I don’t see the world completely in black and white. Sometimes I do.” – Benicio Del Toro

16. Ink Stains

set of grunge ink stains in black and white

“The most colorful thing in the world is black and white, it contains all colors and at the same time excludes all.” – Vikrmn

17. Young Girl Sleeping

Asian girl sleeping on her side

“Color is everything, black and white is more.” – Dominic Rouse

18. Person Crossing the Street in Times Square, New York

black and white image of a person running across the street in Times Square

“As a child, I used to watch old black and white movies and was captivated by the imagery. I think that this influenced my decision to specialise in black and white from an extremely early stage. For me black and white is a purer image which allows greater drama and more expression, be it a portrait or a landscape.” – Antonia Deutsch

19. Photographer Capturing Couple in Venice

photographer taking a picture of a couple in Venice

“Black and white images take you beyond what most people photograph.” – Rob Sheppard

20. Black and White Sky with the Sun Peeking Through

black and white image of the sun peeking through the clouds

“The black and white photographer is a musician, transposing notes on the fly, visualizing a final print from the world of color.” – Ted Dillard