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Children, Harlem, New York, USA, Leonard Freed

Children, Harlem, New York, USA

Leonard Freed

Photography - 48.3 x 33 cm

$3,000

Fresh News #1 - série Reflects & Transparencies, Anna Levesh

Fresh News #1 - série Reflects & Transparencies

Anna Levesh

Photography - 60 x 45 cm

$832

Allez l'OM, Rodrigo

Allez l'OM

Rodrigo

Photography - 26.9 x 40 x 0.1 cm

$2,212

Marilyn Relaxes in A Hotel Room, Ed Feingersh

Marilyn Relaxes in A Hotel Room

Ed Feingersh

Photography - 76 x 51 x 0.1 cm

$877

Fog in the Italian Dolomites (1), Jan Brunclík

Fog in the Italian Dolomites (1)

Jan Brunclík

Photography - 30 x 100 x 0.1 cm

$1,410

L'histoire de la Femme de Goncourt, Julie Peiffer

L'histoire de la Femme de Goncourt

Julie Peiffer

Photography - 65 x 100 x 0.25 cm

$2,331

Lens 1951, mineur silicosé 1951, Willy Ronis

Lens 1951, mineur silicosé 1951

Willy Ronis

Photography - 40 x 30 x 1 cm

$1,665

Jean Luc Godard & J.Hallyday, Tony Frank

Jean Luc Godard & J.Hallyday

Tony Frank

Photography - 30 x 45 x 0.05 cm

$1,554

Leonardo DiCaprio et Brad Pitt Festival de Cannes Planche contact, Pierre Suu

Leonardo DiCaprio et Brad Pitt Festival de Cannes Planche contact

Pierre Suu

Photography - 50 x 40 x 0.2 cm

$721

David Bowie Planche contact, Mousse

David Bowie Planche contact

Mousse

Photography - 40 x 40 x 0.2 cm

$832

Miami Beach NYE., Luca Artioli

Miami Beach NYE.

Luca Artioli

Photography - 114.3 x 177.8 x 0.3 cm

$5,000

Photographie de Carole Bouquet, Just Jaeckin

Photographie de Carole Bouquet

Just Jaeckin

Photography - 80 x 60 x 1 cm

$1,099

France Gall et Michel Berger duo au piano Planche contact, Serge Benhamou

France Gall et Michel Berger duo au piano Planche contact

Serge Benhamou

Photography - 50 x 40 x 0.2 cm

$721

Karl Lagerfeld à Saint Tropez Planche contact, Serge Arnal

Karl Lagerfeld à Saint Tropez Planche contact

Serge Arnal

Photography - 50 x 40 x 0.2 cm

$721

Givenchy aux Champs Elysées, Pierre Boulat

Givenchy aux Champs Elysées

Pierre Boulat

Photography - 30.5 x 40.5 x 1 cm

$1,110

Photo-respiration 1998 Yura #340 (1), Tokihiro Sato

Photo-respiration 1998 Yura #340 (1)

Tokihiro Sato

Photography - 33 x 48.3 cm

$1,500

Girl Standing with Oars, Tony Potts

Girl Standing with Oars

Tony Potts

Photography - 55.9 x 40.6 cm

$1,900

Squirting champagne, Lagoon of Orbetello, Marco Tenaglia

Squirting champagne, Lagoon of Orbetello

Marco Tenaglia

Photography - 44.5 x 67 cm

$1,054

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Greg Gorman

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Greg Gorman

Photography - 50 x 40 x 0.5 cm

$6,881

Deep Thoughts (Gill with Glove), Sam Haskins

Deep Thoughts (Gill with Glove)

Sam Haskins

Photography - 61 x 54.9 cm

$3,900

Jeune Vitrier. Rue Greneta, André Ostier

Jeune Vitrier. Rue Greneta

André Ostier

Photography - 50 x 40 x 0.1 cm

$1,110

Marilyn Laughing in Black Dress, Bert Stern

Marilyn Laughing in Black Dress

Bert Stern

Photography - 48 x 33 x 1 cm

$2,431

Clark Gable à Paris, René Vital

Clark Gable à Paris

René Vital

Photography - 40 x 30 x 0.1 cm

$777

Chiara Slewett, Rio de Janeiro, 2005 +  "I Love You" édition collector, Mario Testino

Chiara Slewett, Rio de Janeiro, 2005 + "I Love You" édition collector

Mario Testino

Photography - 40.6 x 30.5 x 1 cm

$5,216

Moraine Lake (Alberta), Dwight Lu

Moraine Lake (Alberta)

Dwight Lu

Photography - 39 x 29 cm

$550

Man’s hand: From Motion Series, Ricky Cohete

Man’s hand: From Motion Series

Ricky Cohete

Photography - 91.4 x 61 x 0.3 cm

$2,222

Untitled Portrait of Female, Man Ray

Untitled Portrait of Female

Man Ray

Photography - 25.7 x 26 cm

$3,000

Fashion on the Street, Paris 1963, Uwe Ommer

Fashion on the Street, Paris 1963

Uwe Ommer

Photography - 50.8 x 40.6 x 0.3 cm

$1,800

No title (No124), Suki Da

No title (No124)

Suki Da

Photography - 91 x 91 x 0.1 cm

$1,079

Body Sculpture (13), Almin Zrno

Body Sculpture (13)

Almin Zrno

Photography - 70 x 50 x 1 cm

$2,331

Black and White Photography for Sale

Black and white photography is today one of countless photographic techniques and yet it was 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 immortalized 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 specialized in taking their portraits, as Jean-Loup Sieff did all throughout his career almost a century after the invention of photography.

The first colored 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, recognizable thanks to his highly distinctive photographic technique and composition.

Of course, black and white photography is not limited to the representation of everyday scenes. It can also sublimate landscapes, as demonstrated by Kasra's shots. The black and white blend perfectly with the long exposure to create an effect of softness, floating and the passage of time quite exceptional. We could also mention Michael Kenna and Ricky Cohete who particularly excel in this field.

Some works fascinate by the perfect complementarity of these two colors: black, which is often associated with nothingness and sadness, and white, which is associated with light and hope. In the West at least, because it can have a completely opposite meaning in other cultures like Japan. The union of these two shades accentuates the contrasts and highlights the forms in a sober and elegant way. It often directs our attention to a single subject.

Often used to provoke a feeling of nostalgia, black and white unconsciously inscribes the works in history by conveying a timeless message, frozen in time.

Artsper invites you to take a stroll through time with this selection of works by Brno Del Zou, Yevgeniy Repiashenko, Emmanuelle Barbaras, Bert Stern, Alexander Benz and Hervé Gloaguen.

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What does black and white mean in photography?

In photography, black and white means that all color has been removed from the image, leaving just shades of gray that span from black to white. This can either be done digitally or by using black and white film. 

What is good about black and white photography?

Many photographers and artists use black and white photography because it removes the distraction of color from an image. This can draw more focus to elements of the image such as the facial expression or gesture of the subject, the composition, or the shapes and textures.

What techniques are used in black and white photography?

Black and white photography is generally shot using the same equipment as color photography (although if film, using black and white film), but artists may optimise their results by looking for high contrast images, light sources, and interesting textures.