The notion of style in photographs is one that is highly subjective, and often difficult to characterize computationally. Recent advances in learning techniques for visual recognition have encouraged new possibilities for computing aesthetics and other related concepts in images. In this paper, we design an approach for recognizing styles in photographs by introducing adapted deep convolutional neural networks that are attentive towards strong neural activations. The proposed convolutional attentional units act as a filtering mechanism that conserves activations in convolutional blocks in order to contribute more meaningfully towards the visual style classes. State-of-the-art results were achieved on two large image style datasets, demonstrating the effectiveness of our method.