I'll never forget when I went to a pre-release screening of Schindler's List and heard a woman behind me exclaim in distress to her companion, "oh, it's in black and white" after the movie started. Maybe she was Ted Turner's sister.
Black-and-white photography can be extremely beautiful. You notice things you wouldn't with color. Some images just wouldn't work as well if they weren't monochrome. One of the images here technically isn't black-and-white, but the color has been so desaturated that your eye is fooled unless you look closely.