No, you haven’t seen a picture of a black hole

There have been lots of pictures of black holes, it’s just that they aren’t really pictures—they’re illustrations, or computer generated. Since no light can leave a black hole, you can’t ever see anything from inside the event horizon.

Here’s a good article on Vox showing what we’ve actually seen from black holes, and what we might see after the Event Horizon Telescope project gets setup.

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