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Sans titre 66
Sans titre 66
$364
Digital photography (40 x 60 cm)
Vers l'ouest
Vers l'ouest
$425
Digital photography (30 x 30 cm)
Sans titre 6
Sans titre 6
$340
Digital photography (60 x 40 cm)
Ocean
Ocean
$304
Film photography (40 x 30 cm)
Nuage.
Nuage.
$304
Film photography (40 x 30 cm)
South georgia
South georgia
$606
Digital photography (150 x 100 cm)
Wait...
Wait...
$242
Digital photography (40 x 60 cm)
La beauté 2945
La beauté 2945
$546
Mixed media (30 x 45 cm)
Palais d'été, pékin
Palais d'été, pékin
$304
Digital photography (60 x 20 cm)
Reflections
Reflections
$583
Digital photography (50 x 70 cm)
Nuages
Nuages
$583
Digital photography (50 x 70 cm)
Eau
Eau
$304
Film photography (40 x 30 cm)
Voie bus
Voie bus
$583
Digital photography (50 x 70 cm)
Love
Love
$364
Digital photography (60 x 35 cm)
Spectacle de rue
Spectacle de rue
$304
Film photography (40 x 30 cm)
Calla lilly
Calla lilly
$850
Film photography (50 x 50 cm)
Homeless 04
Homeless 04
$862
Digital photography (36 x 56 cm)
Equilibre - lac inlé, birmanie 2010
Equilibre - lac inlé, birmanie 2010
$704
Digital photography (90 x 60 cm)
Poetic heart hug me 1
Poetic heart hug me 1
$4,736
Mixed media (100 x 100 cm)
Optic circles
Optic circles
$1,943
Mixed media (100 x 75 cm)
Ce qu'il reste de nous
Ce qu'il reste de nous
$607
Digital photography (50 x 50 cm)
Yangshuo, chine, 2016
Yangshuo, chine, 2016
$474
Digital photography (50 x 40 cm)
La métallurgie oubliée
La métallurgie oubliée
$710
Digital photography (100 x 70 cm)
Deux clowns à beaubourg paris 1996
Deux clowns à beaubourg paris 1996
$729
Digital photography (35 x 50 cm)
Patience is also a form of action
Patience is also a form of action
$231
Digital photography (30 x 40 cm)
Taj mahal 1
Taj mahal 1
$704
Digital photography (60 x 90 cm)
Poppies 23
Poppies 23
$1,214
Digital photography (120 x 80 cm)
La laisse quai du louvre paris 1992
La laisse quai du louvre paris 1992
$668
Digital photography (35 x 50 cm)
Farmers 03
Farmers 03
$607
Digital photography (50 x 34 cm)
Xianggelila, chine, 2014
Xianggelila, chine, 2014
$474
Digital photography (50 x 40 cm)
Virgin suicide n°3
Virgin suicide n°3
$607
Digital photography (74 x 50 cm)
Farmers 02
Farmers 02
$607
Digital photography (50 x 34 cm)
Expression de la féminité n°4
Expression de la féminité n°4
$2,064
Digital photography (75 x 120 cm)
Umbrella
Umbrella
$1,943
Digital photography (75 x 113 cm)
Patricia
Patricia
$850
Digital photography (100 x 100 cm)
Sandy
Sandy
$850
Digital photography (40 x 50 cm)
Trace
Trace
$1,032
Digital photography (50 x 50 cm)
Trottoirs rincés paris 1993
Trottoirs rincés paris 1993
$789
Digital photography (35 x 55 cm)
Learn when to be patient and when to be agressive
Learn when to be patient and when to be agressive
$668
Digital photography (60 x 40 cm)
Rester de marbre
Rester de marbre
$607
Digital photography (50 x 50 cm)
Cloud 2
Cloud 2
$2,550
Mixed media (70 x 50 cm)
Luminous
Luminous
$1,943
Digital photography (75 x 113 cm)
San francisco : elevation dark sky 06
San francisco : elevation dark sky 06
$607
Digital photography (39 x 58 cm)
Impermanence 2
Impermanence 2
$789
Digital photography (70 x 105 cm)
Family rocks
Family rocks
$850
Film photography (50 x 50 cm)
Xucun, chine, 2015
Xucun, chine, 2015
$474
Digital photography (50 x 40 cm)
L'escalier à l'anneau paris 1997
L'escalier à l'anneau paris 1997
$729
Digital photography (35 x 55 cm)
Onze pigeons paris 1993
Onze pigeons paris 1993
$729
Digital photography (50 x 35 cm)
Silhouette of trees
Silhouette of trees
$850
Film photography (50 x 50 cm)
Carré optique
Carré optique
$2,186
Digital photography (75 x 75 cm)
La gitane bistrot paris 1992
La gitane bistrot paris 1992
$789
Digital photography (35 x 50 cm)
San francisco : elevation dark sky 07
San francisco : elevation dark sky 07
$607
Digital photography (39 x 58 cm)
San francisco : elevation dark sky 05
San francisco : elevation dark sky 05
$607
Digital photography (39 x 58 cm)
Beijing, Chine, 2013
Beijing, Chine, 2013
$474
Digital photography (50 x 40 cm)
Beijing, Chine, 2015
Beijing, Chine, 2015
$474
Digital photography (50 x 40 cm)
San francisco : elevation dark sky 03
San francisco : elevation dark sky 03
$607
Digital photography (39 x 58 cm)
Sommets
Sommets
$1,700
Digital photography (90 x 60 cm)
Pingyao, chine, 2014
Pingyao, chine, 2014
$474
Digital photography (50 x 40 cm)
Pétale de fleur qui tombe 7125
Pétale de fleur qui tombe 7125
$546
Mixed media (30 x 45 cm)
Do what is right.not what is easy
Do what is right.not what is easy
$231
Digital photography (30 x 40 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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