Arles in Black


Arles in Black: Cécile Decorniquet, Lady 3, from the Ladies series, 2008/2012.

Rencontres d´Arles, Arles, France
Until the 1980s, colour was treated with disdain, while black and white were inherently the tones of art photography. The slow decline of black and white began at the beginning of the 1990s, when colour became established with its share of technical advances (silver film and prints) and the art market demonstrated a sudden interest in photography, numbering prints and turning young photographers into stars. Black and white had almost totally disappeared after 2000 and colour established its supremacy in all photographic practices with the rapid development of digital technology. What place does black and white photography still hold today? Realism or fiction, poetry, abstraction or pure nostalgia?