All photography was originally monochrome, most of these photographs were black and white. Even after color film was readily available, black-and-white photography continued to dominate for decades, due to its lower cost and its "classic" photographic look.



Many photographers continue to produce some monochrome images. Some full color digital images are processed using
a variety of techniques to create black and whites, and some cameras have even been produced to exclusively shoot monochrome, such as the cameras I use.