An excellent example to illustrate your point: this b/w photo, akin to a charcoal or pencil drawing, brings out the values (the different shades of gray between black and white) of the textures–even his beard and skin are integral to the composition. The weave and patterns of the hat, tie, scarf and jacket are photographic equivalents of the techniques used to create shading: hatching and cross-hatching.
Black and white photography definitely brings an edge to an image that color just can’t quite grasp. In color I may not be as intrigued by this man. Now, it’s not just his clothes I’m looking at, but I’m wondering what he’s thinking about so intently. B&W gives a raw seriousness to any photo – even in fashion. Thanks for sharing this!
I generally agree with you about BW, and that scarf is great. (It’s great period and it’s great in BW.) But in this case I’d like to see the colors in the plaid and how they work with the colors in the tie. Kinda like the way the guy’s cutting his gaze to his left. Don’t know why.