Header photo: Time by photographer DuaineT and freelance model Retro Rob

Monochrome is a powerful technique that can inject drama and enhance the mood of images. When combined with portraiture, this technique can portray a particularly intense atmosphere and even place a much heavier emphasis on the photography subject when compared to a full-colour portrait.

A monochromatic image can use any colour and should not be confused with black and white photography (which is a subset of monochrome photography). For more information about monochrome photography, including more fabulous photos, check out The Power of Monochrome: Male Models (NSFW).

When browsing through the beautiful monochrome portraiture below, it's easy to see why some prefer this style of photography above all else.

We hope you enjoy this superb photo collection. We have lots of other photo collections full of inspiring images for you to explore on The Purple Blog, and if you'd like to see more images featuring male models, you can browse our other male model photo collections.


Dickens by photographer Tim McAndrew


Shy Guy by photographer Tracy J Hughes


Capture the moment by model IndyG


The Thinking Man by model Silverbeard1


Image by photographer W A L L Y


I told him a brilliant joke by photographer SlashStreetPhotography


Horizon by model Darren S


Image by model Alex Foley


Mad Max by photographer Tim McAndrew


Image by photographer Paul Davies


Something different by model Darren S


Dapper Chap by photographer Tim McAndrew


Image by photographer W A L L Y


Image by photographer W A L L Y


Time by model Retro Rob


Image by model Mr Wood


Game over by photographer franky.fine.art


Image by photographer Dabhand16


A speakeasy whisky by model HamishWJScott


Image by photographer W A L L Y


Image by model Sofyan Khalfi


PROGRAMMED by model Retro Rob


Dylan by photographer Guillaume de Lafontaine - DWAMPIX


The Virtuoso by photographer JBDI-photography


Emmanuel by model Emmanuel3


Raven by photographer Rosa Fay


Image by photographer Jorgeliz


Dennis: A very talented musician by photographer AlexWong


Classic Headshot by model Leon Lift


Image by photographer W A L L Y


The stare by photographer Simian


Fifty Shades of Mr Grey by photographer DigiSnapper


Different Style. by model Darren S


Image by photographer W A L L Y


Derek by photographer LeeACC


intense by photoshop wizard Ant Edits

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