Black and white

Photography, A cold cliff, Nino Alavidze

A cold cliff

Nino Alavidze

Photography - 30 x 45 x 3 cm Photography - 11.8 x 17.7 x 1.2 inch

$564

Photography, Jacquelina (1), James Sparshatt

Jacquelina (1)

James Sparshatt

Photography - 40 x 50 x 1 cm Photography - 15.7 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch

$931

Photography, Surreal Cemetery, Ken Heyman

Surreal Cemetery

Ken Heyman

Photography - 27.9 x 35.6 x 1.3 cm Photography - 11 x 14 x 0.5 inch

$4,800

Photography, Museum Flowers, Giorgi Shengelia

Museum Flowers

Giorgi Shengelia

Photography - 17 x 17 x 0.01 cm Photography - 6.7 x 6.7 x 0 inch

$2,934

Photography, No36 Spirit Series, Yevgeniy Repiashenko

No36 Spirit Series

Yevgeniy Repiashenko

Photography - 100 x 100 x 3.5 cm Photography - 39.4 x 39.4 x 1.4 inch

$4,107

Photography, Diamant Noir, Sinden Collier

Diamant Noir

Sinden Collier

Photography - 51 x 41 x 0.1 cm Photography - 20.1 x 16.1 x 0 inch

$1,805

Photography, Défense - Size L, Bertrand Nicolas

Défense - Size L

Bertrand Nicolas

Photography - 80 x 60 x 0.1 cm Photography - 31.5 x 23.6 x 0 inch

$846

Photography, MP005, Yasuo Kiyonaga

MP005

Yasuo Kiyonaga

Photography - 32.9 x 48.3 x 0.1 cm Photography - 13 x 19 x 0 inch

$564 $451

Photography, Ray Charles, Jimmy Katz

Ray Charles

Jimmy Katz

Photography - 56 x 43 x 0.1 cm Photography - 22 x 16.9 x 0 inch

$1,692

Photography, Le rêveur, 2019-2022, Irène Jonas

Le rêveur, 2019-2022

Irène Jonas

Photography - 45 x 30 cm Photography - 17.7 x 11.8 inch

$959

Photography, Rhinoceros #2, Brad Wilson

Rhinoceros #2

Brad Wilson

Photography - 74 x 58 x 0.1 cm Photography - 29.1 x 22.8 x 0 inch

$2,257

Photography, La Délicate - Size M, Clara Diebler

La Délicate - Size M

Clara Diebler

Photography - 60 x 40 x 0.1 cm Photography - 23.6 x 15.7 x 0 inch

$564

Photography, Invisibility Hat, Olha Stepanian

Invisibility Hat

Olha Stepanian

Photography - 78.7 x 78.7 x 0.3 cm Photography - 31 x 31 x 0.1 inch

$1,950

Photography, Story of Love N°6 - Size L, Anna Laza

Story of Love N°6 - Size L

Anna Laza

Photography - 60 x 60 x 0.1 cm Photography - 23.6 x 23.6 x 0 inch

$1,354

Photography, Medusa, Grzegorz Sikorski

Medusa

Grzegorz Sikorski

Photography - 45 x 60 x 0.1 cm Photography - 17.7 x 23.6 x 0 inch

$214

Photography, Pulchrum foruM - Format M, Louis Blanc

Pulchrum foruM - Format M

Louis Blanc

Photography - 50 x 50 x 1 cm Photography - 19.7 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch

$1,015

Photography, Femmes #9, Man Ray

Femmes #9

Man Ray

Photography - 30 x 22 x 0.1 cm Photography - 11.8 x 8.7 x 0 inch

$7,853

Photography, Marilyn Crying, Russell Young

Marilyn Crying

Russell Young

Photography - 155 x 115 x 1 cm Photography - 61 x 45.3 x 0.4 inch

$37,798

Photography, Hat With Smoke (S), Tyler Shields

Hat With Smoke (S)

Tyler Shields

Photography - 57.2 x 76.2 cm Photography - 22.5 x 30 inch

$5,000 $4,500

Photography, Serge Gainsbourg à Paris, Pascal Baril

Serge Gainsbourg à Paris

Pascal Baril

Photography - 40 x 30 x 0.1 cm Photography - 15.7 x 11.8 x 0 inch

$677

Photography, Portrait, JK, Amrita Bilimoria

Portrait, JK

Amrita Bilimoria

Photography - 38.1 x 25.4 x 0.5 cm Photography - 15 x 10 x 0.2 inch

$1,500

Photography, Sharpness 02, Milen Radev

Sharpness 02

Milen Radev

Photography - 50.6 x 40.6 x 0.1 cm Photography - 19.9 x 16 x 0 inch

$835

Photography, Sumo 4, Raynald Najosky

Sumo 4

Raynald Najosky

Photography - 40 x 60 x 1 cm Photography - 15.7 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch

$1,805

Photography, Rencontres Improbables 030 - Monocle, Rodolfo Franchi

Rencontres Improbables 030 - Monocle

Rodolfo Franchi

Photography - 50 x 70 cm Photography - 19.7 x 27.6 inch

$1,015

Photography, Portrait de Frank Zappa, Claude Vesco

Portrait de Frank Zappa

Claude Vesco

Photography - 40 x 30 x 0.1 cm Photography - 15.7 x 11.8 x 0 inch

$564

Photography, 01501- Midway Lights, Simeon Posen

01501- Midway Lights

Simeon Posen

Photography - 25.4 x 30.5 x 5.1 cm Photography - 10 x 12 x 2 inch

$900

Photography, Melancholic Tulip, André Kertész

Melancholic Tulip

André Kertész

Photography - 30 x 23 x 1 cm Photography - 11.8 x 9.1 x 0.4 inch

$1,692

Photography, Woman in Chiapas, Mexico, Larry Snider

Woman in Chiapas, Mexico

Larry Snider

Photography - 44 x 33 x 0.2 cm Photography - 17.3 x 13 x 0.1 inch

$226

Photography, Pays #207, Philippe Bréson

Pays #207

Philippe Bréson

Photography - 27 x 27 x 1 cm Photography - 10.6 x 10.6 x 0.4 inch

$1,015

Photography, Marilyn Monroe in The Seven Year Itch, Frank Powolny

Marilyn Monroe in The Seven Year Itch

Frank Powolny

Photography - 20.5 x 25.5 x 1 cm Photography - 8.1 x 10 x 0.4 inch

$1,128

Photography, Marilyn Monroe in Niagara, Bruno Bernard

Marilyn Monroe in Niagara

Bruno Bernard

Photography - 20.5 x 25.5 x 1 cm Photography - 8.1 x 10 x 0.4 inch

$1,128

Photography, The girl from Seville #4 - Slices of Life Series, Anna Levesh

The girl from Seville #4 - Slices of Life Series

Anna Levesh

Photography - 100 x 75 cm Photography - 39.4 x 29.5 inch

$1,004

Photography, Femme rêvée à la pierre, Michel Verna

Femme rêvée à la pierre

Michel Verna

Photography - 60 x 80 x 0.3 cm Photography - 23.6 x 31.5 x 0.1 inch

$1,072

Print, Relinquished, Roger Ballen

Relinquished

Roger Ballen

Print - 90 x 90 x 0.2 cm Print - 35.4 x 35.4 x 0.1 inch

$15,796

Fine Art Drawings, Mirada Frontal IV, Teresa Riba

Mirada Frontal IV

Teresa Riba

Fine Art Drawings - 28 x 71 cm Fine Art Drawings - 11 x 28 inch

$1,015

Print, Urban Symphony, Thomas  Canto

Urban Symphony

Thomas Canto

Print - 70 x 90 cm Print - 27.6 x 35.4 inch

$1,102

Photography, Hug, Mihaela Ivanova

Hug

Mihaela Ivanova

Photography - 30 x 30 x 0.2 cm Photography - 11.8 x 11.8 x 0.1 inch

$553

Photography, Autoportrait II, Feng Hatat

Autoportrait II

Feng Hatat

Photography - 50 x 35 x 2 cm Photography - 19.7 x 13.8 x 0.8 inch

$677

Photography, Memories, Dan Holmqvist

Memories

Dan Holmqvist

Photography - 100 x 70 x 0.2 cm Photography - 39.4 x 27.6 x 0.1 inch

$1,268

Photography, Brigitte Bardot dans La Femme et le Pantin, Roger Corbeau

Brigitte Bardot dans La Femme et le Pantin

Roger Corbeau

Photography - 24.5 x 18 x 1 cm Photography - 9.6 x 7.1 x 0.4 inch

$1,128

Photography, André Villers Photograph of Picasso, André Villers

André Villers Photograph of Picasso

André Villers

Photography - 40.64 x 50.8 x 0.1 cm Photography - 16 x 20 x 0 inch

$3,949

Photography, La montée des eaux, Fabienne Cresens

La montée des eaux

Fabienne Cresens

Photography - 100 x 100 cm Photography - 39.4 x 39.4 inch

$1,241

Photography, Kashi, John Kenny

Kashi

John Kenny

Photography - 67 x 45 x 2 cm Photography - 26.4 x 17.7 x 0.8 inch

$1,535

Photography, Mark Ronson, Noa Grayevsky

Mark Ronson

Noa Grayevsky

Photography - 10.752 x 8.847 x 0.3 cm Photography - 4.2 x 3.5 x 0.1 inch

$1,692

Painting, Sur le sable, Valérie Betoulaud

Sur le sable

Valérie Betoulaud

Painting - 48 x 55 x 1 cm Painting - 18.9 x 21.7 x 0.4 inch

$1,467

Photography, The Art of Distortion 7, Paula Golemo

The Art of Distortion 7

Paula Golemo

Photography - 40 x 40 x 0.1 cm Photography - 15.7 x 15.7 x 0 inch

$203

Photography, Beautiful Lies, Brendan North

Beautiful Lies

Brendan North

Photography - 61 x 91.4 cm Photography - 24 x 36 inch

$2,350

Photography, Carla Bruni - Gitane - dyptique, Philippe Robert

Carla Bruni - Gitane - dyptique

Philippe Robert

Photography - 105 x 145 x 1 cm Photography - 41.3 x 57.1 x 0.4 inch

$14,104

Fine Art Drawings, Des araignées dans le grenier, Michaël Brack

Des araignées dans le grenier

Michaël Brack

Fine Art Drawings - 65 x 50 cm Fine Art Drawings - 25.6 x 19.7 inch

$790

Photography, Loup blanc de face, V Munier

Loup blanc de face

V Munier

Photography - 50 x 75 x 5 cm Photography - 19.7 x 29.5 x 2 inch

$6,973

Photography, Pacific Glow, Drew Doggett

Pacific Glow

Drew Doggett

Photography - 45.7 x 68.6 x 0.3 cm Photography - 18 x 27 x 0.1 inch

$1,900

Print, Portrait de B, Claude Weisbuch

Portrait de B

Claude Weisbuch

Print - 76 x 56 cm Print - 29.9 x 22 inch

$790

Print, M408, Jesús Perea

M408

Jesús Perea

Print - 100 x 70 cm Print - 39.4 x 27.6 inch

$1,668

Photography, N°2076, Jean-Paul Baret

N°2076

Jean-Paul Baret

Photography - 110 x 60 cm Photography - 43.3 x 23.6 inch

$925

Photography, Rolling Stones (1998), Kevin Westenberg

Rolling Stones (1998)

Kevin Westenberg

Photography - 40 x 51 cm Photography - 15.7 x 20.1 inch

$1,997

Painting, Without title (TP09AP11), Teresa Pera

Without title (TP09AP11)

Teresa Pera

Painting - 76.5 x 58 x 0.1 cm Painting - 30.1 x 22.8 x 0 inch

$1,106

Photography, Sun Opera Bridge, Alastair Mc Naughton

Sun Opera Bridge

Alastair Mc Naughton

Photography - 24.5 x 34 cm Photography - 9.6 x 13.4 inch

$56

Photography, Picasso Preside la Corrida - Frejus, 1962, Lucien Clergue

Picasso Preside la Corrida - Frejus, 1962

Lucien Clergue

Photography - 45.7 x 55.9 cm Photography - 18 x 22 inch

$12,000

Photography, Still Cassius Clay V, Gerry Cranham

Still Cassius Clay V

Gerry Cranham

Photography - 30 x 45 x 0.1 cm Photography - 11.8 x 17.7 x 0 inch

$1,117

Photography, Twisted Branch, Jan Gordon

Twisted Branch

Jan Gordon

Photography - 76.2 x 76.2 x 0.4 cm Photography - 30 x 30 x 0.15 inch

$950

Photography, Rue Mouffetard, Uwe Ommer

Rue Mouffetard

Uwe Ommer

Photography - 60 x 40 x 0.3 cm Photography - 23.62 x 15.74 x 0.1 inch

$1,500

Photography, Things aren't always what they seem, On Hansen

Things aren't always what they seem

On Hansen

Photography - 69 x 100 x 0.3 cm Photography - 27.2 x 39.4 x 0.1 inch

$1,500

Print, Territoire Noir/Blanc, Isthme

Territoire Noir/Blanc

Isthme

Print - 76.5 x 57 cm Print - 30.1 x 22.4 inch

$790

Photography, Grotte de Glace II, Juliette Agnel

Grotte de Glace II

Juliette Agnel

Photography - 90 x 60 cm Photography - 35.4 x 23.6 inch

$4,513

Photography, London Lovers, Kurt Hurton

London Lovers

Kurt Hurton

Photography - 76.2 x 50.8 cm Photography - 30 x 20 inch

$794

Print, Loading, Speedy Graphito

Loading

Speedy Graphito

Print - 65 x 50 cm Print - 25.6 x 19.7 inch

$846

Photography, Grand Ecran 14, Bruno Fournier

Grand Ecran 14

Bruno Fournier

Photography - 17 x 31 x 1 cm Photography - 6.7 x 12.2 x 0.4 inch

$959

Fine Art Drawings, Untitled from the series Shifty Packets, Colleen Wolstenholme

Untitled from the series Shifty Packets

Colleen Wolstenholme

Fine Art Drawings - 28 x 36 cm Fine Art Drawings - 11 x 14.2 inch

$900

Fine Art Drawings, Tropico 7, Tellas

Tropico 7

Tellas

Fine Art Drawings - 50 x 70 cm Fine Art Drawings - 19.7 x 27.6 inch

$2,257

Photography, Calligraphing en l'air #6, Cody Choi

Calligraphing en l'air #6

Cody Choi

Photography - 75 x 50 x 1.5 cm Photography - 29.5 x 19.7 x 0.6 inch

$2,002

Photography, In Mood, Switzerland, Mindaugas Gabrenas

In Mood, Switzerland

Mindaugas Gabrenas

Photography - 36 x 36 x 0.1 cm Photography - 14.2 x 14.2 x 0 inch

$1,015

Photography, Urbain brutalisme - Digital Art digigraphie, Claire Giraudeau

Urbain brutalisme - Digital Art digigraphie

Claire Giraudeau

Photography - 40 x 30 cm Photography - 15.7 x 11.8 inch

$169

Photography, Iggy Pop - La Villette 86, Pierre Terrasson

Iggy Pop - La Villette 86

Pierre Terrasson

Photography - 50 x 40 x 0.1 cm Photography - 19.7 x 15.7 x 0 inch

$1,580

Photography, 1910 Arbres  Trees, de Félix Vallotton, Eugène Druet

1910 Arbres Trees, de Félix Vallotton

Eugène Druet

Photography - 59 x 50 x 0.5 cm Photography - 23.2 x 19.7 x 0.2 inch

$1,072

Photography, Marilyn on the Roof, Ed Feingersh

Marilyn on the Roof

Ed Feingersh

Photography - 76.2 x 50.8 cm Photography - 30 x 20 inch

$1,004

Photography, Nick Cave, Detlev Schneider

Nick Cave

Detlev Schneider

Photography - 50 x 40 cm Photography - 19.7 x 15.7 inch

$1,015

Photography, Bas Résille, D-A Woisard

Bas Résille

D-A Woisard

Photography - 50 x 40 cm Photography - 19.7 x 15.7 inch

$903

Painting, Lanterne Volante, Akiza

Lanterne Volante

Akiza

Painting - 170 x 85 x 2 cm Painting - 66.9 x 33.5 x 0.8 inch

$2,257

Print, Reprojection I, Tobias Putrih

Reprojection I

Tobias Putrih

Print - 53 x 76 cm Print - 20.9 x 29.9 inch

$1,692

Photography, Dont Walk, Karol Kállay

Dont Walk

Karol Kállay

Photography - 30 x 30 cm Photography - 11.8 x 11.8 inch

$1,241

Photography, Terrasse St Trop, Alain Daussin

Terrasse St Trop

Alain Daussin

Photography - 40 x 50 cm Photography - 15.7 x 19.7 inch

$2,234

Photography, Anonymous Face, Darios Tossou

Anonymous Face

Darios Tossou

Photography - 90 x 60 x 0.8 cm Photography - 35.4 x 23.6 x 0.3 inch

$2,087

Photography, Tornando con le spese, Novembre 1955 - New York, Fabrizio La Torre

Tornando con le spese, Novembre 1955 - New York

Fabrizio La Torre

Photography - 60 x 42 x 0.5 cm Photography - 23.6 x 16.5 x 0.2 inch

$1,862

Print, De qué tienes miedo?, Ben

De qué tienes miedo?

Ben

Print - 50 x 70 x 1 cm Print - 19.7 x 27.6 x 0.4 inch

$2,821

Photography, Les amoureux du pavillon Baltard désaffecté, Pierre Boulat

Les amoureux du pavillon Baltard désaffecté

Pierre Boulat

Photography - 36 x 24 x 0.3 cm Photography - 14.2 x 9.4 x 0.1 inch

$1,128

Photography, HRH Princess Elizabeth With HRH The Prince of Wales, Cecil Beaton

HRH Princess Elizabeth With HRH The Prince of Wales

Cecil Beaton

Photography - 76.2 x 76.2 cm Photography - 30 x 30 inch

$1,321

Print, Tiepolo 1 (La Danse), Lorenzo Mattotti

Tiepolo 1 (La Danse)

Lorenzo Mattotti

Print - 75.5 x 106 cm Print - 29.7 x 41.7 inch

$451

Print, Untitled from 'Metafora' portfolio, Ralph Gibson

Untitled from 'Metafora' portfolio

Ralph Gibson

Print - 46.5 x 66 cm Print - 18.3 x 26 inch

$327

Photography, Petal hat, John French

Petal hat

John French

Photography - 152.4 x 101.6 cm Photography - 60 x 40 inch

$1,100

Photography, Lost & Found, Maud Chalard

Lost & Found

Maud Chalard

Photography - 20 x 30 x 2 cm Photography - 7.9 x 11.8 x 0.8 inch

$451

Photography, Elvis Presley, Harry Hammond

Elvis Presley

Harry Hammond

Photography - 76.2 x 76.2 cm Photography - 30 x 30 inch

$931

Print, Graveurs, Damien Deroubaix

Graveurs

Damien Deroubaix

Print - 69.7 x 85 cm Print - 27.4 x 33.5 inch

$790

Photography, Loulou Cassis, Bernard Biancotto

Loulou Cassis

Bernard Biancotto

Photography - 60 x 90 x 1 cm Photography - 23.6 x 35.4 x 0.4 inch

$677

Black and white

Before the arrival of photography – with the exception of some etchings and lithographs – all the images we consumed were in colour. Quite simply, because no one would ever have thought to do anything else – why paint in black and white when colour was so readily available?

Yet despite this, today many photographers still choose to work in black and white – such as Pauline Théon, Kadir Von Lohuizen or Joh Lowenstein – even though their photos are taken in colour by the camera itself. Is the black and white trend a fleeting effect of fashion, or a symbolic return to the roots of the photography movement? Black and white photography has something that colour photos, despite recent innovations and the extraordinary quality of images today, cannot quite access. The use of black and white lends significant force to the composition: the contrasts, the shadows and the figures all stand out more strongly. People simply feel differently when faced with a colour photo versus a black and white image.

Colour is a distraction of sorts, a disturbance: colour is a nuisance.

And yet, some photographers still prefer colour to black and white, whilst others merge touches of colour with otherwise monochrome compositions. But in the end, all agree that both styles impose a totally different way of looking at a photo: from researching the shot to post production work, when artists develop or retouch the image. The use of colour is therefore something of a process in its own right, relating to two different ways of viewing the world and showing it others. The question, then, is what is being told, and why is it being in the way that it is?

The symbolic value of putting black and white together is a good starting point for reflecting on the fascination that they generate even today. There could not be a more fascinating, more striking ambivalence than when black, the 'colour' of darkness and burnt coal, considered a non-colour, is placed alongside white – representing light, and the result of all the colours merged together.

The problem faced by photographers today is that black and white still carry strong connotations of the past, of an era before the popularisation of colour and its massive cultural recovery amongst the press and photo journalists. In fact, it is rare now that contemporary subjects are photographed in colour, but we still associate black and white images with a retro feel.  

So what does contemporary art have to say about it all? Discover Artsper's selection of black and white works: on the border of past and present, of the real and the imaginary… let us guide you!

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