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Black and white Photography

Black and white photography is today one of countless photographic techniques and yet it was as at one time, the only type of photography available. This is the reason why it often tends to be associated with historical works and a vintage feel.

In the 1830s, Nièpce discovered how to print images onto metal plates. When he died in 1833, Louis Daguerre, followed by Francois Arago, continued to develop his research, resulting in the invention of the daguerreotype which consisted of an image printed onto a silver plate when exposed to the light. Together they invented photography.

The first black and white photos began to appear. Initially used for research purposes, photography started to spread as daguerreotype studios opened everywhere. Black and white portraits immortalised the faces of the upper middle classes and would later be used to capture all members of society. Celebrities were also a popular subject choice and many photographers specialised in taking their portraits, as Jean-Loup Sieff did all throughout his career almost a century after the invention of photography.

The first coloured photographs soon followed. The technique was invented as early as 1860 but was not put to use until a century later. In the meantime, many unforgettable artists began to demonstrate their talents for art photography. Street photography, for example, was a key trend during the 20th century, with major photographers such as Robert Doisneau, Brassi and Henri Cartier-Bresson capturing the urban landscape of the time. All three were masters of taking candid photos. They succeeded in making fleeting moments last forever in monochrome images. Sometimes humorous, sometimes romantic, or even just a little bizarre, they take us back in time to days gone by. Looking at such rare and fragile moments can be like going through old postcards from the past, and although we enjoy looking at them, they can provoke a sense of nostalgia and melancholy.

In the United States, the humanist Walker Evans led the way for black and white photography, capturing the daily life of modern America with his analogue camera, whether it be in the New York subway or on the highways of the Deep South. A little later, Robert Frank photographed the faces of America and the American people with his remarkable black and white shots, recognisable thanks to his highly distinctive photographic technique and composition.

Black and white photography isn't just limited to representing daily life. As Ansel Adams demonstrates, it can also be used to capture the most magnificent landscapes. Black and white images are ideal for long-exposure photography, as the combination of the two makes it seem as if time is gently floating by. Michael Kenna and Arnaud Bertrande are two examples of photographers who excel in this domain.

It is easy to be fascinated by how perfectly the two colours complement each other in certain images. We often associate black with a sense of sadness and nothingness whilst white is suggestive of light and hope (although the Western signification of the colour white contrasts with that of other cultures, for example in Japan, white symbolises death). The combination of the two shades highlights the contrast and accentuates the shapes in the image with elegance and simplicity. It often draws our attention to a rather unique subject and our perception of it can vary depending on the chosen shades and centring. It is often used to create a sense of nostalgia and history to convey a timeless message that seems frozen in time.

Travel back in time with Artsper's collection of black and white limited edition art photographs, available in big and small formats, from artists including Brno Del Zou, Bert Stern, Ellen Von Unwert, Karl-Martin Holzhäuzer, Wang Wusheng, Lee Jeffries and Hervé Gloaguen.We also recommend Herve Hall's images of the Brooklyn Bridge and the beautiful sepia photos of the Eiffel Tower by Jean-Paul Lubliner.



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facet,8301*Special Offers|icon-promotions*vergunstigte-werke facet,8301*Trabajos en promoción|icon-promotions*trabajos-en-promocion facet,1674*Scène de vie*scene-de-vie facet,1674*Everyday life*everyday-life facet,1674*Etchleben*etchleben facet,1674*Escena de la vida*escena-de-la-vida facet,8274*Medium (\u003c 115 x 115 cm)*medium facet,8274*Medium (\u003c 45 x 45 inch)*medium facet,8274*Medium (\u003c 45 x 45 inch)|medium*medium facet,8274*Medium (\u003c 115 x 115 cm)|medium*medium facet,1680*Animaux*animaux facet,1680*Animales*animales facet,1680*Tier*tier facet,1680*Animal*animal facet,8271*Petit (\u003c 20 x 20 inch)*petit facet,8271*Petit (\u003c 50 x 50 cm)*petit facet,8271*Petit (\u003c 50 x 50 cm)|small*petit facet,8271*Petit (\u003c 20 x 20 inch)|small*petit facet,1668*Noir et blanc*noir-et-blanc facet,1668*Black and white*black-and-white facet,1668*Schwarz und weiß*schwarz-und-weiss facet,1668*Blanco y negro*blanco-y-negro facet,8280*Very large (\u003e 200 x 200 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Yevgeniy Repiashenko, Asphodel, Photography

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120 x 120 x 0.1 cm
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Lionel le Jeune, Reservoir (Piezography), Photography

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Alexander Benz, Touchy, Photography

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Ed Feingersh, Marilyn on the Roof, Photography

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François Maurel, Des Hommes et la Mer, Photography

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Gilles Ouaki, Finalement, Photography

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László Moholy-Nagy, Jealousy, Photography

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John French, The Wet Set, Photography

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Shepherd & Robertson, Qutab Minar, Photography

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Gabriel Lekegian, Rue Sook el Silah, Photography

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$469

Gustave Le Gray, The Brig, Photography

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Our recommendations Man Ray, Untitled Portrait of Female, Photography

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Vincent Citot, Le piège de glace, Photography

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Le piège de glace, 2019
50 x 75 x 1 cm
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Cecil Beaton, HRH Princess Elizabeth, Photography

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HRH Princess Elizabeth, 2020
76.2 x 50.8 cm
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Helmut Newton, 16th Arrondissement, Paris 1976, Photography

Helmut Newton

16th Arrondissement, Paris 1976, 1980
41 x 27 cm
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Sylvain Schneider, Sculpture #1 7, Photography

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24 x 24 x 0.5 cm
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Giana De Dier, The portal, Photography

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Eric Chauvet, Corbeaux - Croix, Photography

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30 x 30 x 0.5 cm
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Felice Beato, Ram Bagh Gateway, Photography

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Ram Bagh Gateway, 2020
50.8 x 61 cm
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Malika Diagana, Le silence de l’humanité, Photography

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120 x 80 x 7 cm
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Demïr Özgül, L'envol, Photography

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L'envol, 2019
50 x 50 x 1 cm
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Shérazade (Sher) Auclair, connexion, Photography

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Sébastien Castillo, Paysage 1, Photography

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Paysage 1, 2015
40 x 60 x 1 cm
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Our recommendations Robert Mapplethorpe, Bill T. Jones, Photography

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Bill T. Jones, 1985
50.2 x 40 x 0.3 cm
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Willy Ronis, Cave rue de la Huchette, Saint Germain, Photography

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30 x 40 x 1 cm
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Our recommendations James Sparshatt, Ensayo, Photography

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40 x 50 cm
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Our recommendations Lucien Clergue, Picasso Preside la Corrida - Frejus, 1962, Photography

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Miguel Winograd, Bosque Tropical Húmedo Nuquí, Photography

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31.8 x 25.4 x 0.3 cm
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Our recommendations Roger Ballen, Spooky Eyes, Photography

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36 x 24 x 2 cm
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Our recommendations John Kenny, Kashi, Photography

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Kashi, 2014
67 x 45 x 2 cm
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$1,325

Our recommendations Chema Madoz, Untitled, Photography

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60 x 50 cm
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Our recommendations Théo Gosselin, Lost and Found, Photography

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Lost and Found, 2019
20 x 30 x 3 cm
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Joanna Chudy, Oblivion. Hidden identity., Photography

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50 x 60 cm
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Our recommendations Diane Arbus, A Widow in Her Bedroom, 55th St, NYC, Photography

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Our recommendations Cécile Baldewyns, Cooling Tour, Photography

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40 x 60 cm
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Our recommendations Gerry Cranham, White Hart Lane, Photography

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White Hart Lane, 1964
40 x 60 cm
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Our recommendations Catherine Balet, Looking for the Masters in Ricardo's Golden Shoes #52 (Tribute to William Klein), Photography

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Our recommendations Elliott Erwitt, Untitled, Photography

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Untitled, 2000
40 x 57 x 1 cm
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Our recommendations Brno Del Zou, Tiphaine #2, Photography

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Tiphaine #2, 2013
100 x 90 x 16 cm
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Our recommendations Pierre Terrasson, Queen / la corde cassée / La Villette / Paris, Photography

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Queen / la corde cassée / La Villette / Paris, 1979
40 x 50 cm
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Our recommendations Alessandro Puccinelli, Mare #3, Photography

Alessandro Puccinelli

Mare #3, 2005
50 x 50 x 4 cm
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Samuel Cueto, Silence, Photography

Samuel Cueto

Silence, 2014
50 x 40 cm
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Christopher Makos, Andy Warhol and Keith Haring, Photography

Christopher Makos

Andy Warhol and Keith Haring, 1983
38.1 x 48.3 cm
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Karol Kállay, Down on East River, Photography

Karol Kállay

Down on East River, 1965
30 x 30 cm
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Mihaela Ivanova, Shadowfax, Photography

Mihaela Ivanova

Shadowfax, 2012
50 x 50 x 0.2 cm
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Our recommendations Aleix  Plademunt, The pine on the corner, Photography

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The pine on the corner, 2013
20 x 25 x 5 cm
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Our recommendations Linda Tuloup, #3, Photography

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24 x 30 x 1 cm
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Our recommendations Walker Evans, Burroughs Family, Alabama, Photography

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27.9 x 28.6 cm
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Our recommendations Muriel Deumie, Dans la machine, Photography

Muriel Deumie

Dans la machine, 2021
80 x 60 x 1 cm
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Our recommendations Sébastien Chauchot, Céréales 3, Photography

Sébastien Chauchot

Céréales 3, 2019
40 x 35 x 1 cm
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Our recommendations Pierre Schwartz, Victoire Montmorency, Photography

Pierre Schwartz

Victoire Montmorency, 2010
80 x 80 cm
Photography

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Our recommendations Horst P. Horst, Istanbul - Untitled #4, Photography

Horst P. Horst

Istanbul - Untitled #4, 1954
39.9 x 39.9 x 0.3 cm
Photography

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Robert Longo, Gabriel's Wing, Photography

Robert Longo

Gabriel's Wing, 2016
81 x 132 x 1 cm
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Our recommendations Louis Blanc, TEstacEus, Photography

Louis Blanc

TEstacEus, 2011
100 x 100 x 0.3 cm
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Our recommendations Cristina Aldehuela, Lelo 1, Photography

Cristina Aldehuela

Lelo 1, 2014
40 x 60 x 0.1 cm
Photography

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Our recommendations Karine Paoli, Têtes d'Affiches #3, Photography

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Têtes d'Affiches #3, 2001
122 x 76 x 3 cm
Photography

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Warwick Saint, Neck Tattoo, Photography

Warwick Saint

Neck Tattoo, 2010
78.7 x 63.5 cm
Photography

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Our recommendations Jorg Karg, Weight on their Shoulders - Large Format, Photography

Jorg Karg

Weight on their Shoulders - Large Format, 2017
130 x 105 x 3 cm
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Serge Mendjisky

Statue de la Liberté HC, 2008
150 x 66 x 5 cm
Photography

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Maurice Tabard, Untitled (Solarized Landscape), Photography

Maurice Tabard

Untitled (Solarized Landscape), 1947
28.6 x 22.9 cm
Photography

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Our recommendations Xavier-Alexandre Pons, Pas peur, Photography

Xavier-Alexandre Pons

Pas peur, 2015
40 x 60 x 1 cm
Photography

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Monica Denevan, Anchor, Photography

Monica Denevan

Anchor, 2013
40 x 50 cm
Photography

$1,155

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