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Subway station
Subway station
$718
Film photography (40 x 60 cm)
Ciel n°1
Ciel n°1
$718
Digital photography (80 x 20 cm)
Nature morte à la feuille de boucher, aux citrons verts et au pot à lait
Nature morte à la feuille de boucher, aux citrons verts et au pot à lait
$4,485
Digital photography (160 x 160 cm)
La madre
La madre
$2,751
Digital photography (150 x 116 cm)
Duel
Duel
$1,034
Digital photography (90 x 60 cm)
Roggykei - 03
Roggykei - 03
$1,316
Digital photography (90 x 60 cm)
Bardenas ligne de mire
Bardenas ligne de mire
$2,033
Film photography (113 x 75 cm)
Eternité 1-0198
Eternité 1-0198
$4,305
Mixed media (80 x 120 cm)
Dune du pilat
Dune du pilat
$1,034
Digital photography (60 x 90 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
$4,604
Digital photography (125 x 125 cm)
La joie
La joie
$658
Film photography (30 x 90 cm)
Urban saturn
Urban saturn
$598
Film photography (50 x 40 cm)
12, rouge, pair et manque !
12, rouge, pair et manque !
$3,827
Digital photography (150 x 150 cm)
Belle encre noire 4647
Belle encre noire 4647
$538
Mixed media (30 x 45 cm)
Vision nocturne
Vision nocturne
$1,052
Digital photography (67 x 100 cm)
Précieux 1-4454
Précieux 1-4454
$2,631
Digital photography (70 x 105 cm)
Lake como
Lake como
$1,034
Digital photography (90 x 60 cm)
Pow wow. amérique du nord
Pow wow. amérique du nord
$359
Digital photography (60 x 50 cm)
Bay bridge from california street
Bay bridge from california street
$598
Digital photography (39 x 58 cm)
Nature morte au hachoir, à la boule à thé et au coquillage
Nature morte au hachoir, à la boule à thé et au coquillage
$3,349
Film photography (150 x 150 cm)
Souffle de l'éléphant. Kenya
Souffle de l'éléphant. Kenya
$359
Film photography (60 x 50 cm)
Building perspective norwegian version
Building perspective norwegian version
$1,034
Digital photography (90 x 60 cm)
Nature morte à l'épingle à nourrice - hommage à Walter Hunt
Nature morte à l'épingle à nourrice - hommage à Walter Hunt
$5,262
Digital photography (180 x 180 cm)
Le chemin 3531
Le chemin 3531
$3,109
Mixed media (70 x 105 cm)
Poetic heart hug me 3
Poetic heart hug me 3
$4,664
Mixed media (100 x 100 cm)
New york fireman
New york fireman
$179
Digital photography (60 x 40 cm)
Beijing, chine, 2012
Beijing, chine, 2012
$466
Digital photography (50 x 40 cm)
Roggykei - 01
Roggykei - 01
$1,316
Digital photography (90 x 60 cm)
Signal to passiflora
Signal to passiflora
$837
Film photography (50 x 50 cm)
Lonely rose
Lonely rose
$837
Film photography (50 x 50 cm)
Berlin panorama
Berlin panorama
$1,034
Digital photography (90 x 60 cm)
Píngyáo, Chine, 2014
Píngyáo, Chine, 2014
$466
Digital photography (50 x 40 cm)
Contraste
Contraste
$2,990
Digital photography (150 x 100 cm)
Calla - v3
Calla - v3
$4,664
Digital photography (70 x 100 cm)
Utopia n°7
Utopia n°7
$1,375
Digital photography (50 x 75 cm)
Pors poulhan
Pors poulhan
$323
Film photography (40 x 30 cm)
Zanzibar, panoramique
Zanzibar, panoramique
$694
Digital photography (120 x 60 cm)
Between humiliation and happiness C
Between humiliation and happiness C
$2,631
Film photography (54 x 64 cm)
Canopée tropicale
Canopée tropicale
$688
Digital photography (60 x 40 cm)
Pas vers la pep' - Nancy la nuit - France
Pas vers la pep' - Nancy la nuit - France
$1,316
Digital photography (88 x 70 cm)
Xucun, chine, 2015
Xucun, chine, 2015
$466
Digital photography (50 x 40 cm)
Flamboyants
Flamboyants
$837
Film photography (50 x 50 cm)
Couple of palm trees
Couple of palm trees
$837
Film photography (50 x 50 cm)
Facies
Facies
$1,017
Digital photography (50 x 50 cm)
Métro quai de la râpée paris 1992
Métro quai de la râpée paris 1992
$658
Digital photography (35 x 50 cm)
Regard bonhomme
Regard bonhomme
$694
Digital photography (60 x 90 cm)
L'aronde
L'aronde
$957
Film photography (50 x 70 cm)
Standing alone
Standing alone
$598
Digital photography (60 x 40 cm)
Linyi, chine, 2015
Linyi, chine, 2015
$466
Digital photography (50 x 40 cm)
Noir comme une couleur de lumière
Noir comme une couleur de lumière
$598
Digital photography (50 x 50 cm)
Yanjiao, Chine, 2014
Yanjiao, Chine, 2014
$466
Digital photography (50 x 40 cm)
Are you hoping for a miracle ? - 07
Are you hoping for a miracle ? - 07
$1,674
Digital photography (90 x 60 cm)
Cloud 3
Cloud 3
$2,511
Mixed media (70 x 50 cm)
Regarde moi
Regarde moi
$1,052
Mixed media (60 x 80 cm)
Orientale dreams
Orientale dreams
$2,990
Mixed media (81 x 144 cm)
La trouée
La trouée
$1,196
Digital photography (80 x 40 cm)
Homeless 08
Homeless 08
$945
Digital photography (37 x 37 cm)
Aspiration
Aspiration
$1,914
Film photography (75 x 110 cm)
Bâteau fantôme sur ha long
Bâteau fantôme sur ha long
$694
Digital photography (90 x 60 cm)
Le rêve 7093
Le rêve 7093
$4,521
Mixed media (80 x 120 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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