Portrait Photography for Sale

Photography, Men's World 2, Olha Stepanian

Men's World 2

Olha Stepanian

Photography - 78.7 x 78.7 cm

$1,850

Photography, Coluche - Iconic portraits, Arnaud Baumann

Coluche - Iconic portraits

Arnaud Baumann

Photography - 90 x 60 x 0.1 cm

$1,571

Photography, Mhysa, Mathilde Oscar

Mhysa

Mathilde Oscar

Photography - 90 x 60 x 1 cm

$1,683

Photography, Iggy Pop - La Villette 86, Pierre Terrasson

Iggy Pop - La Villette 86

Pierre Terrasson

Photography - 50 x 40 x 0.1 cm

$1,571

Photography, Recconais qu'il y a toujours une inconnue, Julie Peiffer

Recconais qu'il y a toujours une inconnue

Julie Peiffer

Photography - 62 x 40 x 0.5 cm

$1,346

Photography, Vagabondages 12, Carlos Arriagada

Vagabondages 12

Carlos Arriagada

Photography - 50 x 75 x 0.1 cm

$1,907

Photography, lnvolucruM, Louis Blanc

lnvolucruM

Louis Blanc

Photography - 30 x 30 x 0.1 cm

$1,010

Photography, Ray Charles, Philippe Gras

Ray Charles

Philippe Gras

Photography - 60 x 60 x 0.3 cm

$1,066

Photography, Évasion, Tanguy Mendrisse

Évasion

Tanguy Mendrisse

Photography - 40 x 30 x 0.1 cm

$179

Photography, Upper Glasses Royal Ascot, Arthur Steel

Upper Glasses Royal Ascot

Arthur Steel

Photography - 48 x 61 x 1 cm

$2,047

Photography, YSL X Marylin, Mr Brainwash

YSL X Marylin

Mr Brainwash

Photography - 75 x 50 x 5 cm

Sold

Photography, Keith Richards, John Rowlands

Keith Richards

John Rowlands

Photography - 40.6 x 50.8 x 5.1 cm

$1,350

Photography, Emergence 2, Brian Ziff

Emergence 2

Brian Ziff

Photography - 71.1 x 91.4 cm

$3,000

Photography, Les femmes guerrières, Charles Bayonne

Les femmes guerrières

Charles Bayonne

Photography - 80 x 60 x 0.5 cm

$1,346

Photography, Supernova, Brooke Shaden

Supernova

Brooke Shaden

Photography - 25 x 25 x 0.1 cm

$841

Photography, Gary Cooper, Bert Stern

Gary Cooper

Bert Stern

Photography - 48 x 33 cm

$4,375

Photography, Désir de chasse, autoportrait, Jean-Robert Franco

Désir de chasse, autoportrait

Jean-Robert Franco

Photography - 70 x 50 x 1 cm

$2,019

Photography, Terako, Jacques Bosser

Terako

Jacques Bosser

Photography - 30 x 30 x 0.1 cm

$1,346

Photography, Her Royal Majesty The Queen Elizabeth II in Lilac, Chris Jackson

Her Royal Majesty The Queen Elizabeth II in Lilac

Chris Jackson

Photography - 76 x 51 x 0.001 cm

$1,234

Photography, A Faceless State, Robert Jaso

A Faceless State

Robert Jaso

Photography - 100 x 100 x 1 cm

$2,749

Photography, Twiggy In Red Trousers, David Steen

Twiggy In Red Trousers

David Steen

Photography - 61 x 61 x 0.01 cm

$1,571

Photography, Madison Man, Ian Wallace

Madison Man

Ian Wallace

Photography - 50.8 x 40.64 x 0.1 cm

$1,683

Photography, The Rolling Stones Group Portrait, London, 1965, Glen Craig

The Rolling Stones Group Portrait, London, 1965

Glen Craig

Photography - 50.8 x 40.6 x 5.1 cm

$1,750

Photography, Serie Anna. Moscow, Stanley  Greene

Serie Anna. Moscow

Stanley Greene

Photography - 10.8 x 8.9 x 1 cm

$10,097

Photography, Bilbao 30/09/2010 15:22h. (Identity Promises Series), Imanol Marrodán

Bilbao 30/09/2010 15:22h. (Identity Promises Series)

Imanol Marrodán

Photography - 30 x 40 x 0.1 cm

$954

Photography, Himba children tree master, Faie Davis

Himba children tree master

Faie Davis

Photography - 61 x 51 x 0.1 cm

$1,400

Photography, Shoot again (887), Yves Cham

Shoot again (887)

Yves Cham

Photography - 45 x 60 x 0.01 cm

$1,346

Photography, La Glaneuse, Marie Dorigny

La Glaneuse

Marie Dorigny

Photography - 38 x 58 x 0.1 cm

$1,571

Photography, Portrait of spring, Viet Ha Tran

Portrait of spring

Viet Ha Tran

Photography - 119.9 x 87.1 x 0.3 cm

$2,000

Photography, Métamorphose II (Le Chat), Joss Uñac

Métamorphose II (Le Chat)

Joss Uñac

Photography - 60 x 40 x 2 cm

$1,436

Photography, Nanaya Green&Red, Marcos Rodrigo

Nanaya Green&Red

Marcos Rodrigo

Photography - 100 x 100 x 0.5 cm

$1,683

Photography, Lucia at eleven, Cristina Fontsare

Lucia at eleven

Cristina Fontsare

Photography - 40 x 40 x 0.1 cm

$897

Photography, Marilyn on the Roof, Ed Feingersh

Marilyn on the Roof

Ed Feingersh

Photography - 51 x 41 cm

$555

Photography, The picture of emotions and other ailments of a sensitive human I, Joanna Chudy

The picture of emotions and other ailments of a sensitive human I

Joanna Chudy

Photography - 60 x 50 cm

$841

Photography, Medusa Me, Elizabeth Sher

Medusa Me

Elizabeth Sher

Photography - 57 x 57 x 0.4 cm

$729

Photography, Sans titre (Un jour, une photo), Aline Part

Sans titre (Un jour, une photo)

Aline Part

Photography - 67 x 50 x 0.2 cm

$561

Photography, Aah la bonne heure" Garder ton ombre, Bruxelles, Anahi Matteo

Aah la bonne heure" Garder ton ombre, Bruxelles

Anahi Matteo

Photography - 30 x 20 x 2.5 cm

$494

Photography, Jeux d'eau n°2 2|5, Thibaut Streicher

Jeux d'eau n°2 2|5

Thibaut Streicher

Photography - 40 x 50 x 2.5 cm

$505

Photography, Chemin Faisant "Le poirier" (1), Bertrand Desprez

Chemin Faisant "Le poirier" (1)

Bertrand Desprez

Photography - 30 x 30 x 2.5 cm

$337

Photography, Nude Carla Bruni a genoux, Harper Bazar, Philippe Robert

Nude Carla Bruni a genoux, Harper Bazar

Philippe Robert

Photography - 110 x 82 x 2 cm

$12,341

Photography, Golden Nude Kate Moss 1993, Thiery Le Gouès

Golden Nude Kate Moss 1993

Thiery Le Gouès

Photography - 100 x 100 x 2 cm

$13,462

Photography, Bruma Portfolio, Miguel Winograd

Bruma Portfolio

Miguel Winograd

Photography - 35.6 x 27.9 x 5.1 cm

$3,000

Photography, Mister K 3, Sylvie Meunier

Mister K 3

Sylvie Meunier

Photography - 25 x 25 x 2.5 cm

$337

Photography, Giration, Véronique Gérard

Giration

Véronique Gérard

Photography - 60 x 40 x 2 cm

$886

Photography, Eléanor, YouNs

Eléanor

YouNs

Photography - 100 x 100 x 2 cm

$8,863

Photography, Robert Plant Dove Shot, James Fortune

Robert Plant Dove Shot

James Fortune

Photography - 61 x 45.7 x 0.1 cm

$1,950

Photography, Love, Petite Poissone

Love

Petite Poissone

Photography - 23 x 29 x 2 cm

$482

Photography, fkaTwigs, Kate Garner

fkaTwigs

Kate Garner

Photography - 101.6 x 76.2 x 0.3 cm

$3,200

Photography, Sexy Scot Sean Connery - James Bond 007, Bob Haswell

Sexy Scot Sean Connery - James Bond 007

Bob Haswell

Photography - 101 x 51 x 0.01 cm

$892

Photography, White tiger #4, Brad Wilson

White tiger #4

Brad Wilson

Photography - 50 x 74 x 0.1 cm

$2,244

Photography, BLOW UP #Ault, Patrick Tourneboeuf

BLOW UP #Ault

Patrick Tourneboeuf

Photography - 130 x 90 x 2.5 cm

$8,414

Photography, Fish Eye Autoportrait, Florian Hunger-Pegof

Fish Eye Autoportrait

Florian Hunger-Pegof

Photography - 30 x 20 x 0.5 cm

$2,132

Photography, Girl standing by the sea, Pedro Correa

Girl standing by the sea

Pedro Correa

Photography - 100 x 80 x 1 cm

$6,619

Photography, Alabursy I, Etienne Renollet

Alabursy I

Etienne Renollet

Photography - 70 x 50 cm

$583

Photography, The eyes, Samuel Cueto

The eyes

Samuel Cueto

Photography - 40 x 50 x 1 cm

$1,010

Photography, Emulsion 6, Giuliano Bekor

Emulsion 6

Giuliano Bekor

Photography - 101.6 x 101.6 x 1.3 cm

$16,500

Photography, Act 2 | Is the pilot still with us?, Grzegorz Sikorski

Act 2 | Is the pilot still with us?

Grzegorz Sikorski

Photography - 80 x 80 x 0.1 cm

$280

Photography, Kano 1975, John Craven né Conte

Kano 1975

John Craven né Conte

Photography - 30 x 40 x 0.5 cm

$1,066

Photography, Peace, Norman Reedus

Peace

Norman Reedus

Photography - 40.64 x 50.8 x 2 cm

$2,580

Photography, Light as a stone, Chiara Mazzocchi

Light as a stone

Chiara Mazzocchi

Photography - 50 x 70 x 0.3 cm

$555

Photography, Audrey Hepburn, London 1951, Walter Carone

Audrey Hepburn, London 1951

Walter Carone

Photography - 45.7 x 61 x 5.1 cm

$1,350

Photography, Poétique Française, 25 éléments., Pascal Therme

Poétique Française, 25 éléments.

Pascal Therme

Photography - 80 x 65 x 0.3 cm

$1,739

Photography, In flight I, Frank Williams

In flight I

Frank Williams

Photography - 30 x 30 x 0.2 cm

$673 $572

Photography, Woman With the Head of Roses by Dali, Viktorija Pashuta

Woman With the Head of Roses by Dali

Viktorija Pashuta

Photography - 101.6 x 76.2 x 2.5 cm

$4,850

Photography, Michael Jackson VI, David Nutter

Michael Jackson VI

David Nutter

Photography - 50.8 x 61 x 5.1 cm

$2,550

Photography, Famille Pignatelli, Rome, 1987, Patrick Faigenbaum

Famille Pignatelli, Rome, 1987

Patrick Faigenbaum

Photography - 50.2 x 60.8 cm

$1,683

Photography, French Kiss, Pierrick Van Troost

French Kiss

Pierrick Van Troost

Photography - 70 x 47 cm

$2,244

Photography, Marie Trintignant, Aldo Soares

Marie Trintignant

Aldo Soares

Photography - 41 x 31 x 0.2 cm

$449

Photography, David Bowie - Lincoln Centre, NYC 1995, Richard Beland

David Bowie - Lincoln Centre, NYC 1995

Richard Beland

Photography - 61 x 50.8 x 5.1 cm

$2,550

Photography, Nicolas de Staël dans son atelier, Denise Colomb

Nicolas de Staël dans son atelier

Denise Colomb

Photography - 30.8 x 38 cm

$1,795

Photography, Mar II, Irene Cruz

Mar II

Irene Cruz

Photography - 27 x 40 cm

$628

Photography, Epilogue 6, Ziad Naitaddi

Epilogue 6

Ziad Naitaddi

Photography - 45 x 30 x 2 cm

$897

Photography, Geisha, Audrey Viste

Geisha

Audrey Viste

Photography - 40 x 60 x 1 cm

$617

Photography, Goldfinger, Buki Koshoni

Goldfinger

Buki Koshoni

Photography - 102 x 71.5 x 1 cm

$1,251

Photography, Untitled, Ebuka Michael

Untitled

Ebuka Michael

Photography - 40 x 30 x 0.2 cm

$903

Photography, Hello, Miles Aldridge

Hello

Miles Aldridge

Photography - 73.5 x 95 cm

$6,170

Photography, Sight, Arnaud Ele

Sight

Arnaud Ele

Photography - 118.8 x 84 x 0.1 cm

$897

Photography, Cheveux au vent, Irène Jonas

Cheveux au vent

Irène Jonas

Photography - 13 x 19 x 0.1 cm

$561

Photography, Rod Stewart & Britt Ekland – Beverly Hills,  1976, David Salle

Rod Stewart & Britt Ekland – Beverly Hills, 1976

David Salle

Photography - 137 x 100 x 0.01 cm

$4,768

Photography, Andy Warhol, New York, 1964, Ken Heyman

Andy Warhol, New York, 1964

Ken Heyman

Photography - 35.6 x 29.2 x 1.3 cm

$4,800

Photography, Wrapped series untitled #2, Robert Mack

Wrapped series untitled #2

Robert Mack

Photography - 86.4 x 58.4 x 2.5 cm

$4,250

Photography, Find your clitoris II, Charlotte Abramow

Find your clitoris II

Charlotte Abramow

Photography - 21 x 16 cm

$785

Photography, Marilyn Monroe, ca, George Barris

Marilyn Monroe, ca

George Barris

Photography - 20.3 x 25.4 x 0.2 cm

$1,683

Photography, Post-War South Korean Blue Figure  Collection MMCA Museum Modern Contemporary Art Seoul, Boong Hyun Choi

Post-War South Korean Blue Figure Collection MMCA Museum Modern Contemporary Art Seoul

Boong Hyun Choi

Photography - 40 x 40 cm

$2,132

Photography, I Love I 2, John Yuyi

I Love I 2

John Yuyi

Photography - 50 x 40 x 0.35 cm

$1,346

Photography, The kharoub's seller, Miguel Angel Sanchez

The kharoub's seller

Miguel Angel Sanchez

Photography - 100 x 75 x 1 cm

$785

Photography, Alfa Romeo Glamour, Brian Duffy

Alfa Romeo Glamour

Brian Duffy

Photography - 41 x 61 x 0.01 cm

$2,524

Photography, Black Beauty I, Léa Bon

Black Beauty I

Léa Bon

Photography - 72.4 x 48 x 0.3 cm

$6,000

Photography, La Renaissance (poudre de diamant), Jonas Leriche

La Renaissance (poudre de diamant)

Jonas Leriche

Photography - 127 x 87 x 2 cm

$17,950

Photography, Kashi, John Kenny

Kashi

John Kenny

Photography - 67 x 45 x 2 cm

$1,290

Portrait Photography for Sale

In the 1830s, Nièpce discovered the process for setting images onto pewter plates. In 1833, upon Nièpce's death, Louis Daguerre and François Arago continued his experiments and invented the daguerreotype, a process which created a printed image on a silver plate that had been exposed to light. Photography was born.

Similarly to how portrait painting had dominated artistic output in previous centuries, portrait photography was to become the pillar of the Second French Empire's photographic industry. Lenses with a shorter focal length, which enabled reduced exposure times, gradually appear on the market. The required equipment was expensive and difficult to handle. Some photographers, called daguerreotypists, decided to open their own photography studios to make a profit from their endeavours. The daguerreotype process was temperamental, and photographers had to take their pictures with great precision and attention to detail. They welcomed many people into their studios and customers choose how they wished to be photographed from catalogue of poses. Originally only accessible to the bourgeoisie, lower prices resulting from the growing number of studios eventually attracted a wider customer base. This phenomenon infuriated the poet Charles Baudelaire who was frustrated by the sense of narcissism sparked by the daguerreotypists.

Despite his protests, the egotistical trend only grew with the emergence of 'carte de visite' portraits (small photographs, the size of today's business cards). These were the brainchild of Adolphe Eugène Disdéri came up with the idea of producing portraits akin to visiting cards in 1859. He printed eight portraits in a variety of poses onto a single plate and once developed they could be cut up into eight distinct “visiting cards". Very popular with the bourgeoisie, they highlighted the sitters' social status. 'Carte de visite' portraits featuring celebrities were also sold to customers, who could subsequently add them to their albums.

The photographer Nadar was one of the first to demonstrate a conscious artistic approach to producing these portraits. He emphasised facial expressions and ensured the sitter was comfortable and at ease before taking the photograph. He photographed the era's greatest thinkers and artists, including Honoré de Balzac, George Sand, and Victor Hugo. He even managed to reconcile Baudelaire with portraiture.

At the end of the 19th century, the art of photography started to enter the mainstream, with the arrival of the Kodak company. The use of the camera, and the taking of portraits, became everyday occurrences. A century later, it was the invention of the digital camera which challenged the status quo. Whereas before alterations could only be made to photographs when they were being taken or developed, with the digital camera editing became easier, quicker and more convenient. Digital photography has given photographers much more freedom when it comes to editing and new methods and techniques are constantly being explored.

Some of the photographers who have left their mark on the last century include: Cindy Sherman, who excelled in self-portraits, Annie Leibovitz, who captured celebrities, the wacky duo, Pierre and Gilles, as well as Diane Arbus, Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Helmut Newton and Bettina Rheims.

So, do portraits help us to learn more about each other, to remember, to invent, to act, or to reconnect with ourselves? Find out on Artsper, by exploring the works of Formento & Formento, Naomi Vona, Ahmed Bennani, Chou Ching Hui, Samuel CuetoBrno del ZouRen Hang, Markus + Indrani, Jerome Liebling as well as Annina Roescheisen.

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What makes a portrait photograph?

A portrait photograph can be a photograph of a person's head and shoulders, but it can also be of an animal or of a different section of the subject's body such as their feet. Portrait photographs in art often tell or hint something about its subject to the viewer, such as an aspect of their personality, but still contain an element of mystery. 

What are the three major types of portrait photography?

The three major types of portrait photography are posed portraits, candid or anonymous portraits, and conceptual portraits. The last type, conceptual or creative portraits, can be experimental and abstract, and may not represent an image close to a traditional portrait.

What are the six styles of portrait photography?

The six main types of portrait photography are fine art portraits, traditional portraits (for example posed portraits taken at school), lifestyle portraits, group portraits, street portraits and glamour portraits.