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Still life - nature morte au soldat en terre cuite et au doseur de spaghetti
Still life - nature morte au soldat en terre cuite et au doseur de spaghetti
$5,417
Digital photography (150 x 150 cm)
Le chemin 3531
Le chemin 3531
$3,062
Mixed media (70 x 105 cm)
Lacanau lake
Lacanau lake
$1,019
Digital photography (60 x 90 cm)
Utopia n°7
Utopia n°7
$4,239
Digital photography (80 x 120 cm)
Bay bridge from california street
Bay bridge from california street
$589
Digital photography (39 x 58 cm)
Xǔcūn, Chine, 2015
Xǔcūn, Chine, 2015
$459
Digital photography (50 x 40 cm)
Regard bonhomme
Regard bonhomme
$683
Digital photography (60 x 90 cm)
Big wave surfing
Big wave surfing
$1,019
Digital photography (90 x 60 cm)
Souffle de l'éléphant. Kenya
Souffle de l'éléphant. Kenya
$353
Film photography (60 x 50 cm)
Still life à la bouilloire siffleuse et à l'escargot de mer
Still life à la bouilloire siffleuse et à l'escargot de mer
$4,946
Digital photography (175 x 175 cm)
Montereale valcellina - Italy - Pont Cellina 003
Montereale valcellina - Italy - Pont Cellina 003
$1,060
Digital photography (40 x 40 cm)
Píngyáo, Chine, 2014
Píngyáo, Chine, 2014
$459
Digital photography (50 x 40 cm)
Nature morte aux éléphants, à la grenade et au tamis.
Nature morte aux éléphants, à la grenade et au tamis.
$3,768
Digital photography (150 x 150 cm)
Summer morning
Summer morning
$707
Digital photography (40 x 60 cm)
Still life - Nature morte à la pipe, au serre-joint et au bouchon à chaînette
Still life - Nature morte à la pipe, au serre-joint et au bouchon à chaînette
$4,534
Digital photography (125 x 125 cm)
Expression d'eau
Expression d'eau
$824
Film photography (75 x 85 cm)
La joie
La joie
$648
Film photography (30 x 90 cm)
Expression d'eau
Expression d'eau
$824
Film photography (85 x 75 cm)
L'etonnement 2373
L'etonnement 2373
$4,451
Mixed media (80 x 120 cm)
Impair
Impair
$883
Film photography (14 x 20 cm)
Less is more-2
Less is more-2
$883
Digital photography (60 x 40 cm)
Homeless 07
Homeless 07
$813
Digital photography (37 x 37 cm)
Noir comme une couleur de lumière
Noir comme une couleur de lumière
$589
Digital photography (50 x 50 cm)
Snow in Paris
Snow in Paris
$589
Digital photography (53 x 80 cm)
L'aronde
L'aronde
$942
Film photography (50 x 70 cm)
Belle encre noire 4651
Belle encre noire 4651
$3,062
Mixed media (70 x 105 cm)
Berlin panorama
Berlin panorama
$1,019
Digital photography (90 x 60 cm)
Mouvement 3.3
Mouvement 3.3
$4,593
Digital photography (80 x 120 cm)
San francisco - elevation dark sky 10
San francisco - elevation dark sky 10
$589
Digital photography (39 x 58 cm)
Métro quai de la râpée paris 1992
Métro quai de la râpée paris 1992
$648
Digital photography (35 x 50 cm)
Pow wow. amérique du nord
Pow wow. amérique du nord
$353
Digital photography (60 x 50 cm)
Game over
Game over
$1,019
Digital photography (90 x 60 cm)
Giant wheel
Giant wheel
$1,019
Digital photography (90 x 60 cm)
Bâteau fantôme sur ha long
Bâteau fantôme sur ha long
$683
Digital photography (90 x 60 cm)
Précieux 1-4454
Précieux 1-4454
$2,591
Digital photography (70 x 105 cm)
Un_still 63
Un_still 63
$565
Film photography (29 x 29 cm)
Songzhuang, Chine, 2015
Songzhuang, Chine, 2015
$459
Digital photography (50 x 40 cm)
Monument
Monument
$824
Film photography (50 x 50 cm)
Senhora aparecida
Senhora aparecida
$589
Film photography (40 x 50 cm)
Super8 - boule
Super8 - boule
$1,413
Film photography (37 x 47 cm)
Usa blues n°78
Usa blues n°78
$648
Film photography (29 x 42 cm)
Lonely rose
Lonely rose
$824
Film photography (50 x 50 cm)
Le coeur léger - 13
Le coeur léger - 13
$1,413
Mixed media (90 x 60 cm)
Pingyao, Chine, 2014
Pingyao, Chine, 2014
$459
Digital photography (50 x 40 cm)
Canopée tropicale
Canopée tropicale
$677
Digital photography (60 x 40 cm)
Calla - v3
Calla - v3
$4,593
Digital photography (70 x 100 cm)
Beijing, chine, 2012
Beijing, chine, 2012
$459
Digital photography (50 x 40 cm)
Are you hoping for a miracle ? - 07
Are you hoping for a miracle ? - 07
$1,649
Digital photography (90 x 60 cm)
Contraste
Contraste
$2,944
Digital photography (150 x 100 cm)
Inside 0386
Inside 0386
$3,062
Mixed media (70 x 105 cm)
Xucun, chine, 2015
Xucun, chine, 2015
$459
Digital photography (50 x 40 cm)
Cloud1
Cloud1
$2,473
Mixed media (70 x 50 cm)
L'aiguille du midi
L'aiguille du midi
$824
Digital photography (60 x 40 cm)
Le marcheur sur le quai
Le marcheur sur le quai
$589
Digital photography (60 x 40 cm)
Homeless 08
Homeless 08
$930
Digital photography (37 x 37 cm)
San sebastian
San sebastian
$824
Film photography (50 x 50 cm)
Standing alone
Standing alone
$589
Digital photography (60 x 40 cm)
Eternité 1-0198
Eternité 1-0198
$4,239
Mixed media (80 x 120 cm)
Orientale dreams
Orientale dreams
$2,944
Mixed media (81 x 144 cm)
Connect01
Connect01
$1,060
Film photography (25 x 34 cm)
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Fans of Robert Doisneau or Henri Cartier-Bresson’s photography will love exploring our selection of stunning black and white photos at KAZoART. Aesthetic through its powerful contrasts and poetic stories, black and white photography looks set to continue its success for many more years to come.

The greatest photographers

The medium of black and white brings a certain patina to photos that never fails to impress. Historic works contributing to this renown include the memorable photos of post-war Paris taken by Robert Doisneau (Kiss by the Hôtel de Ville, Gargoyle at Notre Dame) and the poignant photos of photo-journalist Robert Capa, who covered the greatest events of the 20th century across the world (The Falling Soldier). 

Alongside Henri Cartier-Bresson (Behind the Gare Saint-Lazare), David Seymour (A Disturbed Child in Warsaw Orphanage) and a number of other artists, Capa co-founded the Magnum photographer cooperative in 1947 to improve the management of photographers’ copyrights.

The history of black and white photography

The history of photography dates back to Antiquity, when the scientists of the era, already taking an interest in optics, first sketched their ideas for the camera obscura. The world's greatest artists, Leonardo Da Vinci, Albrecht Dürer and Vermeer, used ingenious optical inventions to perfect their works and deal with issues related to proportions. Using mirrors, the subject’s image was projected onto a much smaller medium. It was, however, still too early at this stage to call the process photography, as it was the artist themselves that then reproduced the image.

With the invention of the lens in the 16th century, the projected image gradually became clearer, but it only really came together for the first time in the 19th century with the chemical processes created by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce. This first photo, taken in black and white, was a true revolution in the world of images, but the long process (which could take several days) and the level of clarity still left much to be desired and called for improvements. 

These came in 1839, when Daguerre drew on Niépce's experiments to invent the daguerreotype. It was an immediate success! So much so that the technique was patented by the French government, before quickly being given "free to the world".

Today, some contemporary photographers specialize in black and white photography in a quest for hard-hitting, pure aesthetics and to make the most of the powerful impact of shadows. Our catalogue invites you to explore landscapes, architecture, and black and white photo prints of women. 

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