Author Stefan Kanfer once said, "There's something strange and powerful about black-and-white imagery." However, Ansel Adams, the grand master of black-and-white photography, said, "Our lives at times seem a study ... in absolutes of black and white. Too often we are not aware that it is the shades of gray that add depth and meaning to the starkness of those extremes." This is evident from the artistry and genius of his captivating black-and-white images. The true essence of many pictures does not "come to light" until you strip away the color and see them in black, white, shades of gray, and in some instances, sepia tones. In today's world of digital color, a portfolio of photography should include such images, as I have done in this collection of some of my favorite images. Enjoy!