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Omnipresent and seemingly so natural in the smartphone era, the history of photography remains a relatively recent occurrence in comparison with the history of mankind.

Although it has been said that the technique's early stages began at the start of the 19th century, we owe its invention to Louis Daguerre in 1839. An associate of Niepce, he improved darkroom exposure time and modified the chemical elements necessary for the development of photographs. The daguerreotype was revealed to the general public on 7th January 1839 during a meeting at the French Academy of Sciences. Worldwide success was quick to follow.

Photo studios opened everywhere and the richest and most influential families at the time had their portrait taken in black and white.

Over time, the process took less and less time and the material needed less and less space. Tripods were eventually no longer necessary. In 1889, Eastman Kodak launched a portable camera with a film roll and photography took a completely new form.

Artists seized this new opportunity and art photography quickly started to develop.

The 20th century is characterised by the work of some of the most important photographers: Walker Evans, Henri Cartier Bresson, Robert Mapplethorpe, Raymond Depardon and of course Robert Doisneau. They succeeded incompletely transforming our vision of the world. They marked the end of one world and opened the way for another in which we could determine the contours and colours in of the world in our own unique ways. They showed us social realities and tragedies but they also immortalised the magic of Hollywood and the iconic men and women of their time.

Their successors followed in their footsteps, inspired by their unique framing and composition techniques. The creative possibilities of photography were yet again multiplied by the latest digital developments. Certain photographers maintained their steadfast love for the silver Leica cameras but many swapped them for sharper focus of reflex cameras and decided to play around in post-production to modify the photo's characteristics and final image.

Artsper's selection is representative of international photography from the 1950s to the current day. Made up of thousands of works, it covers a whole host of artistic processes, from reporting, fashion photography, contemporary documentary work, black and white photography to works which blur the lines between photography and other visual arts as well as iconic photographies and sport photographies.

Two principles can be used to guide you when choosing a work of art photography: you can choose to prioritise the diversity of artistic approaches, or to create ensembles, by buying entire series enabling you to acquire coherent monographic collections.

Whether with portraits, romantic landscapes, urban imagery, daily life or reporting events, photography ensures the faithful representation of oneself or of those around us. Amongst many others, you will find the following names in our selection of famous photographers: Liu Bolin, Li Wei, the French photographer Claude Levèque, fashion photographies by Helmut Newton, Larry Clark's polaroid, Ralph Gibson and in the Emerging artists category: Clarisse Rebotier and Thomas Subtil. You will also find the small format photographies andlarge format photographies.

Collector’s Guide: Collecting Fine Art Photographs

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Bernard Pras, Frida, Photography

Bernard Pras

Frida, 2021
106 x 88 x 2 cm


Heidler & Heeps, Vinyl Collection - White Label, Photography

Heidler & Heeps

Vinyl Collection - White Label, 2014
48 x 48 x 0.1 cm


Paul Snell, Bleed # 202021, Photography

Paul Snell

Bleed # 202021, 2021
80 x 300 cm


Derrick Ofosu Boateng, Untitled, Photography

Derrick Ofosu Boateng

Untitled, 2021
40 x 30 x 0.3 cm


Aleix  Plademunt, Cult #08 Las Vegas, Photography

Aleix Plademunt

Cult #08 Las Vegas, 2009
125 x 140 x 0.2 cm


Thierry Genay, Cube noir et deux tomates, Photography

Thierry Genay

Cube noir et deux tomates, 2021
80 x 80 x 3 cm


Léo  Caillard, Hipster in Stone VII, Hoplite, Photography

Léo Caillard

Hipster in Stone VII, Hoplite, 2017
80 x 120 cm


Tenesh Webber, Passing Through 1, Photography

Tenesh Webber

Passing Through 1, 2021
50.8 x 50.8 cm


Feng Wang, Beetle I, Photography

Feng Wang

Beetle I, 2021
50 x 60 x 1 cm


Liu Bolin, Hiding in the city - Sleeping loin, Photography

Liu Bolin

Hiding in the city - Sleeping loin, 2014
60 x 80 cm


Robertas Ursache, A flower within a flower, Photography

Robertas Ursache

A flower within a flower, 2017
30 x 30 cm


Caroline Lazaro, Fenêtre sur le passé, Photography

Caroline Lazaro

Fenêtre sur le passé, 2020
150 x 126 cm


Dani Garcia Sarabia, Contemplum #023, Photography

Dani Garcia Sarabia

Contemplum #023, 2021
19 x 29 x 0.03 cm


Chema Madoz, Untitled, Photography

Chema Madoz

Untitled, 1987
60 x 50 cm


Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe: The Last Sitting Portfolio 4, Photography

Bert Stern

Marilyn Monroe: The Last Sitting Portfolio 4, 1962
61 x 61 cm


Stefanie Schneider, Prince Cuckoo's Indian Dream (Chicks and Chicks and sometimes Cocks), Photography

Stefanie Schneider

Prince Cuckoo's Indian Dream (Chicks and Chicks and sometimes Cocks), 2017
20 x 24 x 0.1 cm


Lionel le Jeune, Lady, Photography

Lionel le Jeune

Lady, 2021
50 x 70 x 0.5 cm


Serge Hamad, Temporal Perception "Golden Moment #1", Photography

Serge Hamad

Temporal Perception "Golden Moment #1", 2018
91.4 x 121.9 x 0.3 cm


Heike Bohnstengel, Bird of Paradise, LA, Photography

Heike Bohnstengel

Bird of Paradise, LA, 2018
60 x 60 x 0.1 cm


Jean-Robert Franco, Mangia, mangia, Photography

Jean-Robert Franco

Mangia, mangia, 2021
80 x 80 x 1 cm


Patrick Blanc, Sunken Boat, Photography

Patrick Blanc

Sunken Boat, 2016
70 x 105 x 1 cm


Linda Chapman, Drawn Light, Photography

Linda Chapman

Drawn Light, 2020
40 x 40 x 0.1 cm


Detlev Schneider, Nenneh Cherry, Photography

Detlev Schneider

Nenneh Cherry, 1996
50 x 40 cm


Frantisek Drtikol, 2 women with bouquet of roses, Photography

Frantisek Drtikol

2 women with bouquet of roses, 1919
26 x 19 cm


Nathalie Daoust, Riria, Photography

Nathalie Daoust

Riria, 2009
45 x 65 x 1 cm

$1,192 $1,324

Antonio Briceño, We from Series: I Am We - The Endless Journey, Photography

Antonio Briceño

We from Series: I Am We - The Endless Journey, 2020
22.5 x 75 cm

$867 $963

Thomas Ruff, Substrat 31 III, Photography

Thomas Ruff

Substrat 31 III, 2021
34 x 51 cm


Richard Morrison, Damme Canal, Bruges, Photography

Richard Morrison

Damme Canal, Bruges, 2018
64 x 96 cm


Sergei Sviatchenko, Sergei Sviatchenko - Capacity For Conjuring Illusion 1, Photography

Sergei Sviatchenko

Sergei Sviatchenko - Capacity For Conjuring Illusion 1, 2013
36 x 26 cm


Eduard Boev, Digital era, Photography

Eduard Boev

Digital era, 2020
61 x 91.4 x 5.1 cm


Jan Saudek, Ost und West, 1945, Photography

Jan Saudek

Ost und West, 1945, 1998
20.2 x 15.1 cm


Horst P. Horst, Yasmin Le Bon Chanel contact sheet, Vogue UK, Photography

Horst P. Horst

Yasmin Le Bon Chanel contact sheet, Vogue UK, 1986
180.1 x 137.4 x 0.3 cm


Robert van der Hilst, Chinese Interior #1, Photography

Robert van der Hilst

Chinese Interior #1, 2010
42 x 49 cm


Eliška Bartek, Untitled (10). From series: Secret Photography - Cliché Verre and Photograms, Photography

Eliška Bartek

Untitled (10). From series: Secret Photography - Cliché Verre and Photograms, 2010
40 x 30 cm


Claus Stolz, Chamber play #1, Photography

Claus Stolz

Chamber play #1, 2020
60 x 42 cm


Anthony Horth, Twilight Splendour, Photography

Anthony Horth

Twilight Splendour, 2016
50.8 x 71.1 x 0.6 cm

$729 $810

Olivier Urfer, Glace, Photography

Olivier Urfer

Glace, 2014
100 x 65 x 0.5 cm


Vicky Martin, Green Light Cabin Free, Photography

Vicky Martin

Green Light Cabin Free, 2016
100 x 75 x 1 cm


Michael James O'Brien, Joey Arias Channeling Billie Holiday, NYC, Photography

Michael James O'Brien

Joey Arias Channeling Billie Holiday, NYC, 1992
91.4 x 61 x 0.3 cm


Carmen Lazarescu, Glaciers, Photography

Carmen Lazarescu

Glaciers, 2018
60 x 90 x 2 cm


Rose Hartman, Mick and Bianca Jagger, Studio 54, New York, 1977, Photography

Rose Hartman

Mick and Bianca Jagger, Studio 54, New York, 1977, 2021
50.8 x 61 x 0.3 cm


Javier Rey, Recordings III, Photography

Javier Rey

Recordings III, 2015
80 x 44 x 0.1 cm


Osher Partovi, Black Magic, Photography

Osher Partovi

Black Magic, 2019
100 x 140 x 2 cm


Les Krims, Mary's Middle-Class, Photography

Les Krims

Mary's Middle-Class, 1985
39 x 49 x 0.5 cm


Alexia Rousse, Marble Sky, Photography

Alexia Rousse

Marble Sky, 2021
96.5 x 139.7 x 3.3 cm


Our recommendations Clara Delaporte, Le ranch, Photography

Clara Delaporte

Le ranch, 2019
60 x 40 x 1 cm


Charlie Tronchot, Sans Titre, Photography

Charlie Tronchot

Sans Titre, 2021
120 x 80 x 3 cm


James Chiew, Beauty with gold, Photography

James Chiew

Beauty with gold, 2020
80 x 80 x 3 cm


David Burdeny, Broome 2 Western Australia, Photography

David Burdeny

Broome 2 Western Australia, 2021
111.8 x 111.8 x 5.1 cm

5,000 - $ 10,000

Patrick  Van der Elst, L'homme-objet, Photography

Patrick Van der Elst

L'homme-objet, 2021
85 x 114 x 1 cm


Judy Cheng, Surfer Perth, Photography

Judy Cheng

Surfer Perth, 2021
111.8 x 111.8 x 5.1 cm

5,000 - $ 10,000

Béatrice Berg, Islands, Photography

Béatrice Berg

Islands, 2021
25 x 50 x 0.2 cm


Franco Fontana, Paesaggio urbano, Venice, Los Angeles, Photography

Franco Fontana

Paesaggio urbano, Venice, Los Angeles, 1990
60 x 40 x 0.5 cm


Alexander Benz, Curtain Call, Photography

Alexander Benz

Curtain Call, 2019
40 x 40 x 0.1 cm


Raynald Najosky, Blue Dream - 05, Photography

Raynald Najosky

Blue Dream - 05, 2017
50 x 75 cm


Sandra Gonçalves, Pandemic - 01, Photography

Sandra Gonçalves

Pandemic - 01, 2020
70 x 70 cm


Peter Knapp, Zazie, Hamburg (stern), Photography

Peter Knapp

Zazie, Hamburg (stern), 1970
21 x 21 x 0.5 cm


J. Marquette Romeu, Passing Under the Shadows, Photography

J. Marquette Romeu

Passing Under the Shadows, 2021
40 x 50 x 0.1 cm


Markus Rock, Lilien (Lilies) - Vanitas, Photography

Markus Rock

Lilien (Lilies) - Vanitas, 2016
42 x 59.4 x 0.2 cm


Richard Heeps, Utopian Foyer, Milan, Photography

Richard Heeps

Utopian Foyer, Milan, 2020
61 x 75 x 0.1 cm


Antoine Rose, Gossip Girls, Photography

Antoine Rose

Gossip Girls, 2019
50 x 50 cm


Patrick Rubinstein, Pop Marilyn, Photography

Patrick Rubinstein

Pop Marilyn, 2019
69 x 69 x 2 cm


Gina Vor, Prussian Blue 4, Photography

Gina Vor

Prussian Blue 4, 2020
29.7 x 21 x 0.1 cm


Man Ray, Portrait of Francis Picabia, Photography

Man Ray

Portrait of Francis Picabia, 1935
27 x 21 x 0.2 cm


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