We normally see the world in color, but a rendition of the world in monochrome makes us pause and look more closely. B&W portraiture lets the viewer see the subject's face and read it without further distraction.
While I prefer to realize my photo projects in (sometimes strong) colors – and I am particularly interested (in the sense of pop art) the interaction of colored structures on a minimalist and striking level, I am often engaged in photography in black and white. Why? Because of their simplicity and quietness.
B&W photographies can express a presence that can not found in color photos. Whether the photographies are captured in B&W, or color captures transformed into black and white ones… one of the most radical alteration to photographs is to make them black and white. In my opinion, this is especially true for portraits.
“Black and white is immediately more mysterious because we see in colour all the time. It is quieter than colour.” (Michael Kenna)