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Some of the best photographs in color make no attempt to utilize the entire available palette. A splash of just one hue can crystalize a moment or a mood in a way that a full spectrum often cannot. Sometimes black and white photography simplifies a chaotic world, stripping away distractions to focus on the subjects at hand. This isn’t necessarily true all the time, and there are many reasons for creating images in black and white. The monochrome image as well gives photographers that same distillation of intent that black and white can achieve, and still allows for the vibrant saturation of real life. Collected here are images that celebrate the primarily monochrome vision. -- By Lane Turner

A Yeoman Warder stands amongst the ceramic poppies as Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, visit the Tower of London's 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' poppy installation at the Tower of London on October 16, 2014. The art installation will eventually consist of over 800,000 ceramic poppies, and serves to symbolise British and Colonial military fatalities in WW1. (BEN STANSALL)