"You have to respect the black. Nothing prostitutes it. It doesn't please the eye and doesn't spark any sensuality", Odilon Redon. Despite the advent of color films since the 1960's, black and white photography remains timeless. Some of the greatest contemporary photographers, like Irving Penn or Andy Spyra have indeed focused their artistic work on black and white. Very much used in the field of reportage and journalism, black and white in fact allows the viewer to focus on the situation itself, whereas the colors (particularly when they are vivid) guide the viewer focus on an aesthetical perception. Thus photographs are more artistic and original in black and white than in color.