Trying to import black and white photos but they automatically convert to color. Mac system, card reader, Sony digital camera.
Can I import them as color photos,
That's the expected behavior, Lightroom doesn't know about the in-camera settings, it only sees the actual pixels as captured by your camera.
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To see thumbnails in mono- Just select all in Grid view (cmd+A), press [V].
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