Photos were taken in black and white up until the 1930s and more often up into the 1960s. From that I believe there is a perception that black and white is history, color is contemporary. Or, if you shoot black and white you are recording history; if you shoot color you are recording current events. I was watching a short piece on PBS the other day. It was about an elderly gentleman who had been photographing scenes in a poor section of the South. The video was in color and his photos were in black and white. When someone commented that, "These photos look like they could have been taken in the 1930s", one thing became clear to me. When the TV went from color video to black and white photos, even though they had been shot only a short time before, it looked as if one was going back in time, seeing history. The video itself may have been shot years ago but it still looked contemporary, the photos did not. One can put forth the traditional argument that black and white gives a clearer interpretation of a scene since there are no distractions from the main elements as with color. But I submit that black and white gives in instant historic archive value to an image capture that color does not.