Why are Actors Headshots Preferred in Black & White?

For over 80 years the Black & White Headshot has been the Professional Actors Calling Card. I have always wanted to ask why Black and White has been so coveted as apposed to brighter colour photographs.


It’s worth noting that Spotlight does still print its directories in Black & White.”


Don’t get me wrong Black and White images carry subtle tones, but actors and performers seem to be living in a nostalgic world. From my research in writing this article the main reason Actors chose Black and White images over colour was price. Aspiring and even established actors have to count the cost of their headshot.

Brian Cox & Sir Derek Jacobi

Colour Film in the mid 20th century was expensive to process, which meant for decades aspiring actors would choose Black and White. Over several decades Black and White became the standard for actors. In the modern world of castings Black White Images sometimes look dated, times are changing and I believe actors should choose to present their images in colour.


Colour images stand out from Black and White images and in the highly competitive world of Acting I would recommend Actors think about how they want to present themselves.  Its worth considering amongst a pile of Black & White images a colour image really stands out.

Actors Headshots Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds

Colour film has been widely available for over sixty years, and over the past two decades the medium of digital photography has made the process of producing colour images less expensive.


“Be daring, be different, be impractical; be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary. ” Cecil Beaton

“In 2013 Spotlight members uploaded 94,176 new portfolio images”

Actors Headshots Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds

 Actors Headshots Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds

Colour is now becoming industry the standard; and in all of My Packages I present your final images in Both Colour and Black & White. So you can have the best of both worlds and at no extra cost giving you the edge when it comes to casting!


If you are interested in booking an Actors Headshot Session please Get in Touch. Sessions are available throughout the UK in Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, and London.



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