Market Trends

Fresh on Market: Elegant Monochromes

By Brada - 7 min read

The reduction to simple black and white tones makes any photo look sophisticated – even if there’s some color left in the frame.

Each month, we present you with a selection of the photos our community has recently made available for licensing on EyeEm Market. From all the photos uploaded, I create selections that show you how community members are exploring different topics. This month, I’ve focussed on a current visual trend: Monochrome images. Some of these are taken in black and white, others in such stripped-back colors that you could be forgiven for overlooking the color.

What unites them all is their visual effect: The reduction to simple tones makes these photos look quiet and elegant, no matter what the subject. This effect was deployed to great effect in the movie Coffee & Cigarettes, turning those two commodities into a feast for the eyes. Looking to employ it yourself? Start with one of our 80 million+ photos on EyeEm Market.

By Uta Lauterbach

By minfeng wu

Close-up portrait of boy

By Egle.La*

Cropped image of hand holding feather against sky

By Sagar Soni

Woman dancing on bed against wall

By Katarina Mavrodi

Close-up of man's  hands

By Natascha

Abstract image of curtain

By AiR

Full length of woman standing on staircase

By mykindablahblah

Rear view of woman

By Kate Phellini

High angle view of horses

By Cosmoideo

Close-up of boy laughing

By AnnaNinaGood

Full frame shot of tiled floor

By Dmitri Popov

Close-up portrait of man

By Gulli

Low angle view of factory against clear sky

By André Dogbey

Full frame shot of chairs

By joaquim

Portrait of woman

By Nada Vojinovic

Close-up of woman sitting on bus

By Alex Cruceru

Woman and child walking on road in city

By Mateusz Cybart

High angle view of silhouette bikers

By Alon Ceng

Full length of man running on beach

By David Infante

Need some fresh looks for your campaign or creative project? Check out the Fresh on Market 2017 album with an even greater selection of photos we’re offering on Market.

Header image byNada Vojinovic.