India, the land of diversities well known for its rich colors, contradictions and wonderful cultures running within every state along the length and breadth. Whereas, monochrome does protrude much into the emotional part of conveying a story. How mystical and magical would it be for a street photographer to perceive and present some of the grandiose pictures designing the beauty and strange contrasts of this country.

Over the years, its been the photographers from other countries who has always cherished and captured the true essence of this land. Right from the age of Henri Cartier-Bresson many American, English and European Photographers had showed a major interest to travel India for its gift of cultural variety and abundant landscape beauty. The People of this land seem to be more than welcoming to the photographers. To underline a Stat, renowned Photo Journalist Steve McCurry has traveled India more than 85 good times.

Almost in all the pictures here, the idea of vision and the art of seeing has been borrowed and learnt from the master photographers who were foreign to this country. The surprises they encountered has been translated into beautiful photographs, which later became a valuable example for others to pursue.

We wanted to give a glimpse of this land filled with surprises and stark contrasts. Here in this post we have selected some absolutely stunning b/w pictures from various ingenious photographers around the world. We strongly believe these pictures would stir and produce more young talents to boom from this incredible country.

All photos are linked and lead to the sources from which they were taken. Please feel free to explore further works of these photographers on their collections or their personal sites.

Do check our much appreciated post on Indian Street Photographs in Color here

35 Fantastic Indian Color Street Photographs

Morning Play
Photo Credit: Swapnil Jedhe

Mumbai Beach
Photo Credit: Kaushal Parikh

Photo Credit: Prashant Godbole

Photo Credit: Hein van Corstanje

While playing Holi, the festival of colours in Mathura district
Photo Credit: Sohrab Hura

Jodhpur, Jodhpur District, Rajasthan, India.
Photo Credit: Helje

Fun in the beaches of Digha, WestBengal
Photo Credit: Biswajit Kumar

Ghat of ganges
Photo Credit: Swarat Ghosh

Sonepur Mela, India
Photo Credit: Henkbraam

Callejón. Benares
Photo Credit: Rachel Carbonell

Avenue Road
Photo Credit: Vivek M

Bombay India
Photo Credit: Naveen Jamal

Photo Credit: Henkbraam

Beenaras Varanasi
Photo Credit: Emmanuel Smague

Mumbai Rain
Photo Credit: Prasad Mahale

Camel man
Photo Credit: Saswata Bhattacharya

Varanasi - India
Photo Credit: Danilo Ramos

Photo Credit: Sreesailam Pasupula

Photo Credit: Krishnendu Saha

Photo Credit: Rajib Sharma

Silhoutte with lines and textures
Photo Credit: Indranil Aditya

Kovallam Beach | South Trip 2013
Photo Credit: Dhruv Dhakan

Howrah bridge - Kolkota
Photo Credit: Hughhill Photography

Photo Credit: Muthuswamy

Morning hours
Photo Credit: Georgie Pauwels

In Old Delhi
Photo Credit: Bernard l Hermite

When Loneliness Befriends
Photo Credit: Anirban Mukhopadhyay

Rush on The Platform
Photo Credit: Nilesh Bhange

Bangalore | Late Afternoon
Photo Credit: Suyog Gaidhani

Cricket Goa
Photo Credit: Craig Buchan

Varanasi - India
Photo Credit: Arun Titan

Prashant Godbole
Photo Credit: Prashant Godbole

Kaushal Parikh
Photo Credit: Kaushal Parikh

A walk in the mist
Photo Credit: Saptak Ganguly

Mumbai Crow
Photo Credit: Amogh Pant

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