Noir & Blanc: a photographic aesthetic
Timeless and resolutely contemporary, black and white embodies the essence of photography through its aesthetic and plastic strength.
A field of expression for the greatest photographers, it is still in demand today for the richness of its nuances and its radicality. The Grand Palais invites you to discover 300 emblematic prints from the collections of the BnF and takes the decision to highlight the way artists work with black and white and construct the image by relying on the effects they can obtain from all shades of grey: contrasts, chiaroscuro, play of matter, texture, line, reflection…
The exceptional combination of these prints offers you a unique journey through the works of the greatest names in French and international photography. Nadar, Man Ray, Diane Arbus, Rossella Bellusci, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Martine Franck, Eikō Hosoe, Mario Giacomelli, André Kertész, William Klein… are brought together in a journey that embraces 150 years of the history of black and white photography, from its origins in the 19th century to contemporary creation.
Not to be missed!