Cameras have come a long way since the black-and-white heliographs and daguerreotypes of the 1800s. The photo gadgets of today, with advanced resolution, dynamic range, and shutter-speed technology, were absolutely unthinkable in the 19th century. And yet, there's still something beautiful about the gauzy, slightly blurred look of low-tech cameras.
Black-and-white photographers on Instagram are bringing the art form back to its colorless origins with striking images that put the focus on composition, subject, and portraiture. We scoured the photo-sharing social network for the best shutterbugs and found amazing artists from all ends of the spectrum. In the gallery, feast your eyes on black-and-white beauties of urban life, abstractions, and more — then follow these Instagrammers ASAP.