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$1,050
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Silences 7
Silences 7
$565
Digital photography (50 x 50 cm)
Nature morte aux éléphants, à la grenade et au tamis.
Nature morte aux éléphants, à la grenade et au tamis.
$3,613
Digital photography (150 x 150 cm)
Dystopie VII
Dystopie VII
$1,106
Digital photography (50 x 40 cm)
Le chemin 3531
Le chemin 3531
$2,935
Mixed media (70 x 105 cm)
Espiguette
Espiguette
$1,919
Film photography (75 x 100 cm)
Requin tiburo
Requin tiburo
$604
Digital photography (45 x 30 cm)
Chengdu, Chine, 2011
Chengdu, Chine, 2011
$1,106
Digital photography (50 x 40 cm)
La madre
La madre
$2,597
Digital photography (150 x 116 cm)
Altitudes 3
Altitudes 3
$565
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Xucun, chine, 2015
Xucun, chine, 2015
$1,106
Digital photography (50 x 40 cm)
La beauté 2945
La beauté 2945
$508
Mixed media (30 x 45 cm)
San Francisco - elevation dark sky 10
San Francisco - elevation dark sky 10
$565
Digital photography (39 x 58 cm)
Pas vers la pep' - Nancy la nuit - France
Pas vers la pep' - Nancy la nuit - France
$1,242
Digital photography (88 x 70 cm)
Nature morte à la feuille noire pliée en deux
Nature morte à la feuille noire pliée en deux
$1,411
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Dystopie VIII
Dystopie VIII
$1,106
Digital photography (50 x 40 cm)
Flamboyants
Flamboyants
$790
Film photography (50 x 50 cm)
Regarde moi
Regarde moi
$994
Mixed media (60 x 80 cm)
Facies
Facies
$960
Digital photography (50 x 50 cm)
Cloud 3
Cloud 3
$565
Mixed media (70 x 50 cm)
Nature morte au bocal, aux couverts et à la clef cassée
Nature morte au bocal, aux couverts et à la clef cassée
$4,742
Digital photography (165 x 165 cm)
Ténébreux orages
Ténébreux orages
$565
Digital photography (70 x 50 cm)
Le sentiment océanique
Le sentiment océanique
$565
Digital photography (70 x 50 cm)
Expression d'eau
Expression d'eau
$790
Film photography (75 x 85 cm)
Rivière...
Rivière...
$395
Digital photography (40 x 60 cm)
Vision nocturne
Vision nocturne
$994
Digital photography (67 x 100 cm)
Summer morning
Summer morning
$565
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Black widow II
Black widow II
$1,694
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12, rouge, pair et manque !
12, rouge, pair et manque !
$3,613
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In between number 3
In between number 3
$452
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Les pécheurs
Les pécheurs
$903
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Ciel n°1
Ciel n°1
$677
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Monument
Monument
$790
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Canopée tropicale
Canopée tropicale
$649
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Senhora aparecida
Senhora aparecida
$565
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Urban saturn
Urban saturn
$565
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Badaling, Chine, 2012
Badaling, Chine, 2012
$1,106
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Belle encre noire 4651
Belle encre noire 4651
$508
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Black widow
Black widow
$1,694
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Beijing, chine, 2012
Beijing, chine, 2012
$1,106
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Etonnante beauté 3307
Etonnante beauté 3307
$1,806
Mixed media (50 x 75 cm)
Aspiration
Aspiration
$1,806
Film photography (75 x 110 cm)
Printemps (chant de l'oiseau)
Printemps (chant de l'oiseau)
$508
Mixed media (30 x 45 cm)
Sans titre 66
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Sans titre 66
$339
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Inside 0386
Inside 0386
$1,806
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Into the cell
Into the cell
$339
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L'aronde
L'aronde
$734
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Cloud1
Cloud1
$565
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Regard caché
Regard caché
$655
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Sensualité
Sensualité
$294
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J'étais là
J'étais là
$237
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Silences 5
Silences 5
$452
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Montmartre street
Montmartre street
$282
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Dav 1973
Dav 1973
$463
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Une main tendue vers toi
Une main tendue vers toi
$384
Film photography (19 x 19 cm)
L'espace graffiti
L'espace graffiti
$440
Digital photography (70 x 50 cm)
Personal jesus 1.0
Personal jesus 1.0
$508
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L'immobile
L'immobile
$327
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Silences 3
Silences 3
$452
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The mask
The mask
$220
Digital photography (20 x 20 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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