I think it's obvious that modern day photographers are uniquely gifted.
If one were to go back to the cave drawings of the Neanderthals, one would readily see that they were drawing in color.
This tendency towards "flashiness" continued throughout the ancient era and particularly flourished during the Renaissance and later periods of representational oil paintings. Clearly, these earlier artists were slaves to the idea of color - a very distracting element which diminished whatever art they hoped to achieve.
Indeed, it was not until the invention/evolution of photography that the true pure aesthetic of B&W was discovered.
Yes, while skeptics might argue that B&W photography was simply an interim step because the original chemistry did not yet permit the rendering of light onto the chemical media in color - the true believers knew otherwise.
They had discovered MONOCHROME.
In fact, they had discovered that there really was no color in the world at all!
Nonetheless, luddite elements infested the photographic community and ultimately created film-based emulsions which were capable of rendering color. Of course, this was a shocking turn of events because it meant one could produce photographs that did not actually represent monochrome reality at all - but instead presented a false "colorful" world.
Fortunately, we have now come to our senses and recognized that color is not a reality at all. It is merely a distraction.
This is why you never see color photos in newspapers and magazines anymore. And certainly, the web remains a bastion of monochromism along with television, both broadcast and cable.
Yes, color has been banished as a false god. We can now all dress in black clothes as if we were artistes living in NYC's East Village circa 1983.
Isn't it wonderful? :rolleyes: