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Le chemin 3531
Le chemin 3531
$3,076
Mixed media (70 x 105 cm)
Nature morte au réveil et à la tentative de l'arrêter
Nature morte au réveil et à la tentative de l'arrêter
$1,006
Digital photography (40 x 40 cm)
Montereale valcellina - Italy - Pont Cellina 001
Montereale valcellina - Italy - Pont Cellina 001
$1,065
Digital photography (40 x 40 cm)
Cloud 3
Cloud 3
$592
Mixed media (70 x 50 cm)
Senhora aparecida
Senhora aparecida
$592
Film photography (40 x 50 cm)
Inside 0386
Inside 0386
$1,893
Mixed media (50 x 70 cm)
Black widow II
Black widow II
$1,775
Digital photography (120 x 80 cm)
Autoroutes, autres routes - numéro 062
Autoroutes, autres routes - numéro 062
$1,242
Mixed media (120 x 52 cm)
Vision nocturne
Vision nocturne
$1,041
Digital photography (67 x 100 cm)
Romance à paris
Romance à paris
$592
Digital photography (45 x 30 cm)
The bridge and the cloud
The bridge and the cloud
$1,023
Digital photography (60 x 90 cm)
Roggykei - 03
Roggykei - 03
$1,302
Digital photography (90 x 60 cm)
Métro quai de la râpée paris 1992
Métro quai de la râpée paris 1992
$651
Digital photography (35 x 50 cm)
Le repli
Le repli
$1,538
Mixed media (80 x 80 cm)
Roggykei - 01
Roggykei - 01
$1,302
Digital photography (90 x 60 cm)
L'aronde
L'aronde
$947
Film photography (50 x 70 cm)
Ciel n°1
Ciel n°1
$710
Digital photography (80 x 20 cm)
Nature morte à la feuille noire pliée en deux
Nature morte à la feuille noire pliée en deux
$1,479
Digital photography (40 x 40 cm)
Are you hoping for a miracle ? - 07
Are you hoping for a miracle ? - 07
$1,302
Digital photography (90 x 60 cm)
Still life à l'aquarium au livre blanc et au robinet
Still life à l'aquarium au livre blanc et au robinet
$4,614
Digital photography (160 x 160 cm)
Aspiration
Aspiration
$1,893
Film photography (75 x 110 cm)
La joie
La joie
$651
Film photography (30 x 90 cm)
Contraste
Contraste
$2,958
Digital photography (150 x 100 cm)
Nature morte aux éléphants, à la grenade et au tamis.
Nature morte aux éléphants, à la grenade et au tamis.
$3,786
Digital photography (150 x 150 cm)
Big wave surfing
Big wave surfing
$521
Digital photography (90 x 60 cm)
Between the shadows
Between the shadows
$1,023
Digital photography (90 x 60 cm)
Flamboyants
Flamboyants
$828
Film photography (50 x 50 cm)
Nature morte aux deux flacons et aux trois billes
Nature morte aux deux flacons et aux trois billes
$4,141
Digital photography (150 x 150 cm)
Phares
Phares
$414
Digital photography (49 x 39 cm)
Les pécheurs
Les pécheurs
$947
Digital photography (90 x 60 cm)
Belle encre noire 4651
Belle encre noire 4651
$3,076
Mixed media (70 x 105 cm)
Impulse 1.0
Impulse 1.0
$4,614
Digital photography (150 x 100 cm)
Le sentiment océanique
Le sentiment océanique
$592
Digital photography (70 x 50 cm)
Linyi, chine, 2015
Linyi, chine, 2015
$1,160
Digital photography (50 x 40 cm)
Summer morning
Summer morning
$710
Digital photography (40 x 60 cm)
Ténébreux orages
Ténébreux orages
$592
Digital photography (70 x 50 cm)
Building perspective norwegian version
Building perspective norwegian version
$1,023
Digital photography (90 x 60 cm)
Eternité 1-0198
Eternité 1-0198
$4,260
Mixed media (80 x 120 cm)
Pas vers la pep' - Nancy la nuit - France
Pas vers la pep' - Nancy la nuit - France
$1,302
Digital photography (88 x 70 cm)
Into the cell
Into the cell
$355
Digital photography (45 x 30 cm)
Xucun, chine, 2015
Xucun, chine, 2015
$1,160
Digital photography (50 x 40 cm)
Lóngshèng, Chine, 2016
Lóngshèng, Chine, 2016
$2,343
Digital photography (90 x 60 cm)
Dans mon oeil
Dans mon oeil
$438
Digital photography (50 x 50 cm)
Facies
Facies
$1,006
Digital photography (50 x 50 cm)
Bay bridge from California street
Bay bridge from California street
$592
Digital photography (39 x 58 cm)
Dystopie VII
Dystopie VII
$1,160
Digital photography (50 x 40 cm)
Zanzibar, panoramique
Zanzibar, panoramique
$686
Digital photography (120 x 60 cm)
Utopia n°7
Utopia n°7
$1,361
Digital photography (50 x 75 cm)
Bâteau fantôme sur ha long
Bâteau fantôme sur ha long
$686
Digital photography (90 x 60 cm)
Urban saturn
Urban saturn
$592
Film photography (50 x 40 cm)
Badaling, Chine, 2012
Badaling, Chine, 2012
$1,160
Digital photography (50 x 40 cm)
Etonnante beauté 3307
Etonnante beauté 3307
$1,893
Mixed media (50 x 75 cm)
Snow in Palais royal
Snow in Palais royal
$509
Digital photography (33 x 50 cm)
Black widow
Black widow
$1,775
Digital photography (120 x 80 cm)
Canopée tropicale
Canopée tropicale
$680
Digital photography (60 x 40 cm)
Cloud1
Cloud1
$592
Mixed media (70 x 50 cm)
San Francisco - elevation dark sky 10
San Francisco - elevation dark sky 10
$592
Digital photography (39 x 58 cm)
Regard bonhomme
Regard bonhomme
$686
Digital photography (60 x 90 cm)
Les entrailles de la ville
Les entrailles de la ville
$592
Digital photography (45 x 30 cm)
Ombres et lumière...
Ombres et lumière...
$769
Digital photography (40 x 60 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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