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A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler
A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler

Noir & Blanc: A Story of Photography

Mario Giacomelli, Je n’ai pas de main qui me caresse le visage, 1961–63.

West Kowloon Cultural District, 38 Museum Drive, Kowloon

There is nothing quite like black-and-white photography and film. That luminous lime white. That obliterating black. That infinite spectrum of velvet grays—pearlescent, ashen. When color came to the photographic process, the world, like Narcissus at his pool, couldn’t get enough of its living-color reflection. Gone was a certain depth and poetry, gravity and ghostliness. With work from 204 photographers from 36 countries, this exhibition pays extravagant homage to monochrome photography, giving special attention to silver-based methods. Presented in collaboration with the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, “Noir & Blanc” is the first photography exhibition to be held at Hong Kong’s M+ museum since its launch in 2021. —Laura Jacobs

Photo: © Département des Estampes et de la Photographie/© Archivio Mario Giacomelli, Simone Giacomelli