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Everyday life Photography

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 had invented photography.

The first ever photographs began to appear. Initially used for research purposes, photography started to spread as daguerreotype studios opened everywhere. Black and white portraits immortalised the faces of the upper middle classes and were later used to capture all members of society. Celebrities were also a popular subject choice and many photographers specialised in taking their portraits, as Jean-Loup Sieff did all throughout his career almost a century after the invention of photography.

In the beginning, taking a portrait or even the simplest of family photos required a great deal of preparation and time in the studio. However, key technological developments brought about the invention of more compact cameras including the Leica and later the digital single-lens reflex, which meant shorter exposure times and made it easier to produce a greater number of photographs.

These advances also helped contribute to the development of the genre of everyday life photography, which became more popular at the end of the Second World War and focused at first on photographing wealthy or urban families. Families, couples, communities... artists were interested in everyday moments (marriage, lovers kissing, children's games). The simplest of moments in life were seen as the most important and were immortalised in film as testaments to the beauty of human life.

Some of the great photographers made a name for themselves in the genre. Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Doisneau, David Goldblatt, Martin Parr and Vivian Maier are only a few of the artists associated with everyday life photography.

Vivian Maier is an American photographer who was born in 1926 in New York. A professional nanny in Chicago, she spent her spare time photographing the world around her and produced around 150,000 photos. Having remained anonymous throughout her artistic life, her genius and photographic accomplishments were finally recognised publicly in 2007.

Cofounder of the Magnum Photographic Cooperative in 1947 alongside David Seymour and Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson was a pioneer of photojournalism but also an excellent photographer in a more artistic sense. He revolutionised photography by working with incredibly lightweight equipment. He didn't use a tripod or a darkroom and treasured a sense of immediacy when taking photographs. He believed that “above all else, the camera is a sketchbook". Henri Cartier-Bresson's photographic technique is unique and unmistakably recognisable. He never photographed with flash and only worked with natural light, something which was highly characteristic of everyday life photography. Often in the same black and white image, the subjects coexist together but are not centred. His framing, focus and depth of field all help us to see the simple beauty of everyday life that he so exquisitely enhances.

Artsper has a range of everyday life photographs for you to discover, including works from Cartier-Bresson as well as many other artists, whose photos reveal the precious moments of the everyday lives of men and women from around the world.

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Fabrizio Alzati, Kitesurfers, Photography

Fabrizio Alzati

Kitesurfers, 2019
20 x 27 cm
Photography

$425

Hervé All, Holi Day, Mathura, India-III 2018, Photography

Hervé All

Holi Day, Mathura, India-III 2018, 2018
18.63 x 28 cm
Photography

$243

Marco Bulgarelli, Baloon, Serbia, Photography

Marco Bulgarelli

Baloon, Serbia, 2008
18.67 x 28 cm
Photography

$486

Camille Léage, Bus 60, Chateau Rouge, Photography

Camille Léage

Bus 60, Chateau Rouge, 2018
40 x 30 x 0.1 cm
Photography

$243

Sven Pfrommer, Tokyo nights I, Photography

Sven Pfrommer

Tokyo nights I, 2019
80 x 120 x 3 cm
Photography

$2,190

Jonathan Dy, Puerto Vallarta, Photography

Jonathan Dy

Puerto Vallarta, 2016
26.57 x 20 cm
Photography

$304

Michel Monteaux, From USA Blues, Photography

Michel Monteaux

From USA Blues, 1996
30 x 42 cm
Photography

$790

José Nicolas, 01 - crique de Bonporteau, Photography

José Nicolas

01 - crique de Bonporteau, 2015
40 x 40 x 1 cm
Photography

$1,459

Ajda Kara, Room 128, Photography

Ajda Kara

Room 128, 2020
58 x 58 x 0.5 cm
Photography

$298

Viet Ha Tran, The Golden Lotus Lake, Photography

Viet Ha Tran

The Golden Lotus Lake, 2020
90 x 82 cm
Photography

$5,114

Jean-Pierre Duvergé, Ethiopie sud: enfants mursi., Photography

Jean-Pierre Duvergé

Ethiopie sud: enfants mursi., 2018
40 x 50 x 1 cm
Photography

$547

Our recommendations Julie Peiffer, La Femme Rousse, Photography

Julie Peiffer

La Femme Rousse, 2015
100 x 100 cm
Photography

$2,552

Cécile Baldewyns, Circus, Photography

Cécile Baldewyns

Circus, 2015
40 x 60 cm
Photography

$851

Nobuyoshi Araki, Sans Titre, Photography

Nobuyoshi Araki

Sans Titre, 2000
10.8 x 8.9 cm
Photography

$1,155

Pierrot Men, De père en fils, Ranomafana, Madagascar, Photography

Pierrot Men

De père en fils, Ranomafana, Madagascar, 2015
30 x 45 cm
Photography

$2,552

Julien Dubois, HK Woker, Photography

Julien Dubois

HK Woker, 2016
100 x 70 x 1 cm
Photography

$1,459

Our recommendations Joost Wensveen, Blackrock, Photography

Joost Wensveen

Blackrock, 2015
60 x 90 x 1 cm
Photography

$2,856

Our recommendations Laura Makabresku, The Mother (La Mère), Photography

Laura Makabresku

The Mother (La Mère), 2013
30 x 45 cm
Photography

$638

Muriel Bordier, Les maîtres nageurs, Photography

Muriel Bordier

Les maîtres nageurs, 2015
90 x 170 x 0.2 cm
Photography

$6,685

Olivier Le Brun, Mada 2, Photography

Olivier Le Brun

Mada 2, 2000
30 x 45 cm
Photography

$1,282

Caroline Giraud Rachet, Nageuse, Photography

Caroline Giraud Rachet

Nageuse, 2018
60 x 80 x 1 cm
Photography

$863

Our recommendations Slim Aarons, Coming Ashore, Photography

Slim Aarons

Coming Ashore, 1973
152 x 101 cm
Photography

$4,072

Sandrine Darcos, Amazing Sunset Croisette Cannes, Photography

Sandrine Darcos

Amazing Sunset Croisette Cannes, 2019
60 x 90 x 2 cm
Photography

$462

Baptiste Blanchett, Bande d'ordures, Photography

Baptiste Blanchett

Bande d'ordures, 2018
50 x 75 x 1 cm
Photography

$972

Jodi Bieber, Cardiff by night, Photography

Jodi Bieber

Cardiff by night, 2003
70 x 50 x 0.1 cm
Photography

$3,209

Our recommendations Cristina Aldehuela, Lelo 1, Photography

Cristina Aldehuela

Lelo 1, 2014
40 x 60 x 0.1 cm
Photography

$1,580

Our recommendations Tommy Schultz, Best wave I, Photography

Tommy Schultz

Best wave I, 2015
50 x 75 cm
Photography

$972

Anne Eliayan et Christian Pic, La croisière n°15/30, Photography

Anne Eliayan et Christian Pic

La croisière n°15/30, 2020
30 x 40 x 1 cm
Photography

$608

Elisa Haberer, Plongeurs, Photography

Elisa Haberer

Plongeurs, 2008
100 x 100 x 0.1 cm
Photography

$4,133

Lyoudmila Milanova, Hidden Object, Photography

Lyoudmila Milanova

Hidden Object, 2020
59.4 x 42 cm
Photography

$267

Panos Kokkinias, Chalandriani, Photography

Panos Kokkinias

Chalandriani, 1999
80 x 111.5 cm
Photography

$11,547

Rodrigo, Healthy, Photography

Rodrigo

Healthy, 2019
21 x 29.7 x 0.2 cm
Photography

$230

Wylda Bayrón, Bailarín Bhutanés, Photography

Wylda Bayrón

Bailarín Bhutanés, 2012
40 x 60 cm
Photography

$1,337

Uwe Ommer, Foot de rue, Photography

Uwe Ommer

Foot de rue, 1962
40 x 48 x 0.1 cm
Photography

$1,459

Emmanuelle Barbaras, Assemblée femmes Dakar, Photography

Emmanuelle Barbaras

Assemblée femmes Dakar, 2018
45 x 38 x 1 cm
Photography

$851

João Luiz Bulcão, Brasil 2, Photography

João Luiz Bulcão

Brasil 2, 2000
30 x 45 x 0.1 cm
Photography

$972

Cheryl Maeder, Far Away IX, Photography

Cheryl Maeder

Far Away IX, 2010
120 x 80 cm
Photography

$4,619

Estelle Hanania, Last Parade, Photography

Estelle Hanania

Last Parade, 2015
56 x 41 x 1 cm
Photography

$365

Alessandra Bisi, Ibrid Cracovia, Photography

Alessandra Bisi

Ibrid Cracovia, 2018
47 x 35 x 1.5 cm
Photography

$401

Cyril Manzini, Purification, Photography

Cyril Manzini

Purification, 2019
30 x 30 cm
Photography

$1,337

Stéphane Daireaux, Xynthia 37, Photography

Stéphane Daireaux

Xynthia 37, 2010
17 x 32 cm
Photography

$486

Isabelle Picarel, Ecosse, Photography

Isabelle Picarel

Ecosse, 2013
53 x 80 cm
Photography

$1,276

André Le Mauff, L'arbre, n°1/2, Photography

André Le Mauff

L'arbre, n°1/2, 2018
25 x 25 cm
Photography

$486

David Bordes, Sainte Rita et Yves Klein, Photography

David Bordes

Sainte Rita et Yves Klein, 1999
50 x 60 cm
Photography

$1,762

Djamel Djebbour, Havane I, Photography

Djamel Djebbour

Havane I, 2015
80 x 120 x 3 cm
Photography

$7,293

Thomas Hoeffgen, Soweto, Photography

Thomas Hoeffgen

Soweto, 2009
40 x 54 x 0.1 cm
Photography

$2,917

Yuyang Liu, Alone on Flight, Photography

Yuyang Liu

Alone on Flight, 2020
50 x 50 x 0.1 cm
Photography

$1,337

Nadine Track, Central Park, Photography

Nadine Track

Central Park, 2015
122 x 191 cm
Photography

$10,939

Linda Tuloup, Viens, Photography

Linda Tuloup

Viens, 2009
30 x 30 x 8 cm
Photography

$2,674

Chiara Dazi, Le lutteur, Photography

Chiara Dazi

Le lutteur, 2003
60 x 60 cm
Photography

$1,215

Jean-Pierre Attal, Paysages ethnographiques #7, Photography

Jean-Pierre Attal

Paysages ethnographiques #7, 2012
75 x 100 x 2 cm
Photography

$3,525

Larry Clark, Sans titre, Photography

Larry Clark

Sans titre, 2005
12.5 x 18 x 0.02 cm
Photography

$389

Lionel Hahn, Champions du monde, Photography

Lionel Hahn

Champions du monde, 2018
30 x 45 cm
Photography

$802

Ludovic Careme, Mostar Bridge, Photography

Ludovic Careme

Mostar Bridge, 1995
40 x 40 cm
Photography

$2,407

Ahmet Sel, Chantilly, Photography

Ahmet Sel

Chantilly, 2002
40 x 40 cm
Photography

$972

Gilberto Perin, Tuneis, Photography

Gilberto Perin

Tuneis, 2012
40 x 60 cm
Photography

$1,118

Stephan Zaubitzer, Echecs, Photography

Stephan Zaubitzer

Echecs, 2012
50 x 60 x 5 cm
Photography

$1,580

Bernhard Lang, AV_Miami_15, Photography

Bernhard Lang

AV_Miami_15, 2015
120 x 85 x 2 cm
Photography

$2,540

Michael Townsend, Doho, Photography

Michael Townsend

Doho, 2017
120 x 80 cm
Photography

$1,094

Lídia Vives, The Rival, Photography

Lídia Vives

The Rival, 2015
50 x 80 cm
Photography

$912

Nicolas Le Beuan Bénic, Shark portrait I, Photography

Nicolas Le Beuan Bénic

Shark portrait I, 2019
60 x 60 x 3 cm
Photography

$462

Richard Dunkley, Cap Ferrat, Photography

Richard Dunkley

Cap Ferrat, 2001
61 x 50.8 cm
Photography

$675

Mathias Le Forestier, Le chat, Photography

Mathias Le Forestier

Le chat, 2011
17 x 13 cm
Photography

$304

Maurice Renoma, Last Supper, Photography

Maurice Renoma

Last Supper, 2012
102 x 204 x 5 cm
Photography

$11,547

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