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Senhora aparecida
Senhora aparecida
$601
Film photography (40 x 50 cm)
Ombre est lumière
Ombre est lumière
$361
Film photography (30 x 45 cm)
Facies
Facies
$1,022
Digital photography (50 x 50 cm)
Tropical flower
Tropical flower
$842
Film photography (50 x 50 cm)
L'aiguille du midi
L'aiguille du midi
$842
Digital photography (60 x 40 cm)
Cloud 3
Cloud 3
$2,526
Mixed media (70 x 50 cm)
Beijing, chine, 2012
Beijing, chine, 2012
$469
Digital photography (50 x 40 cm)
Dystopie VII
Dystopie VII
$1,179
Digital photography (50 x 40 cm)
Orientale dreams
Orientale dreams
$3,007
Mixed media (81 x 144 cm)
Noir comme une couleur de lumière
Noir comme une couleur de lumière
$601
Digital photography (50 x 50 cm)
Homeless 07
Homeless 07
$830
Digital photography (37 x 37 cm)
Poetic heart hug me 2
Poetic heart hug me 2
$4,691
Mixed media (100 x 100 cm)
Cloud1
Cloud1
$2,526
Mixed media (70 x 50 cm)
Monument
Monument
$842
Film photography (50 x 50 cm)
Still life - l'ail et la pomme
Still life - l'ail et la pomme
$1,419
Digital photography (90 x 60 cm)
Aspiration
Aspiration
$1,924
Film photography (75 x 110 cm)
San sebastian
San sebastian
$842
Film photography (50 x 50 cm)
Bay bridge from california street
Bay bridge from california street
$601
Digital photography (39 x 58 cm)
Regarde moi
Regarde moi
$1,058
Mixed media (60 x 80 cm)
Linyi, chine, 2015
Linyi, chine, 2015
$469
Digital photography (50 x 40 cm)
In a hurry, NYC
In a hurry, NYC
$337
Digital photography (45 x 30 cm)
Le couloir...
Le couloir...
$239
Digital photography (40 x 60 cm)
Villégiature
Villégiature
$301
Film photography (40 x 30 cm)
Forêt en montagne
Forêt en montagne
$385
Digital photography (40 x 32 cm)
Personal jesus 1.0
Personal jesus 1.0
$541
Digital photography (40 x 40 cm)
Incertain I
Incertain I
$301
Digital photography (30 x 30 cm)
L'immobile
L'immobile
$349
Digital photography (30 x 20 cm)
The king
The king
$325
Digital photography (50 x 75 cm)
Mont mézenc
Mont mézenc
$180
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Une main tendue vers toi
Une main tendue vers toi
$409
Film photography (19 x 19 cm)
Rivière...
Rivière...
$421
Digital photography (40 x 60 cm)
A terre
A terre
$186
Digital photography (60 x 40 cm)
Paysage psychédélique 31
Paysage psychédélique 31
$180
Film photography (30 x 40 cm)
L'espace graffiti
L'espace graffiti
$469
Digital photography (70 x 50 cm)
Jardins secrets
Jardins secrets
$541
Digital photography (20 x 30 cm)
Ta main sur ma hanche
Ta main sur ma hanche
$577
Digital photography (40 x 40 cm)
Stupa bouddha
Stupa bouddha
$385
Digital photography (40 x 30 cm)
Imprégnation 1
Imprégnation 1
$192
Mixed media (20 x 30 cm)
Reflet
Reflet
$439
Digital photography (45 x 30 cm)
Altitudes 3
Altitudes 3
$481
Digital photography (60 x 40 cm)
V. de dos
V. de dos
$361
Digital photography (31 x 55 cm)
Silence 6
Silence 6
$421
Digital photography (40 x 40 cm)
Individualités urbaines/5
Individualités urbaines/5
$301
Digital photography (70 x 50 cm)
Champs
Champs
$301
Film photography (40 x 30 cm)
Non...
Non...
$239
Digital photography (40 x 60 cm)
Abandonné...
Abandonné...
$241
Digital photography (73 x 50 cm)
Cadran solaire
Cadran solaire
$577
Digital photography (50 x 70 cm)
Souffle de l'éléphant. Kenya
Souffle de l'éléphant. Kenya
$361
Film photography (60 x 50 cm)
Série attendue nulle part - allemagne
Série attendue nulle part - allemagne
$505
Film photography (40 x 30 cm)
Twins
Twins
$577
Digital photography (50 x 70 cm)
Sans titre 50
Sans titre 50
$361
Digital photography (60 x 40 cm)
In between number 3
In between number 3
$481
Film photography (40 x 40 cm)
Sensualité
Sensualité
$313
Digital photography (25 x 25 cm)
Tourmentée 1
Tourmentée 1
$361
Digital photography (18 x 26 cm)
Home
Home
$469
Digital photography (36 x 24 cm)
Individualités urbaines/4
Individualités urbaines/4
$180
Digital photography (36 x 36 cm)
Balade dans la 46 street
Balade dans la 46 street
$421
Digital photography (40 x 40 cm)
Saint-malo, plage du sillon
Saint-malo, plage du sillon
$481
Digital photography (80 x 60 cm)
Myriam à la fenêtre
Myriam à la fenêtre
$481
Digital photography (20 x 20 cm)
Manhattan
Manhattan
$421
Digital photography (90 x 30 cm)

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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