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Photography

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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Richard Heeps, Telephone III, Ballantines Movie Colony, Palm Springs, California, Photography

Richard Heeps

Telephone III, Ballantines Movie Colony, Palm Springs, California, 2002
61 x 93 x 0.5 cm
Photography

€836

Bernard Pras, Frida, Photography

Bernard Pras

Frida, 2021
106 x 88 x 2 cm
Photography

€5,000

Heidler & Heeps, Vinyl collection - A (Cherry Red), Photography

Heidler & Heeps

Vinyl collection - A (Cherry Red), 2014
73.5 x 73.5 x 1 cm
Photography

€675

Paul Snell, Bleed # 202021, Photography

Paul Snell

Bleed # 202021, 2021
80 x 300 cm
Photography

€7,163

Shenqi Tang, Backstage I, Photography

Shenqi Tang

Backstage I, 2019
45 x 30 x 1 cm
Photography

€711 €790

Shulan Wang, Moonshine, Photography

Shulan Wang

Moonshine, 2020
45 x 30 x 1 cm
Photography

€1,000

Léo  Caillard, Hipster in stone XXII, Aphrodite, Photography

Léo Caillard

Hipster in stone XXII, Aphrodite, 2017
120 x 80 x 3 cm
Photography

€3,600

Aleix  Plademunt, Cult #08 Las Vegas, Photography

Aleix Plademunt

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

€5,500

Elizabeth Kunoth Kngwarreye, Yam seeds in my grandmother’s country, Photography

Elizabeth Kunoth Kngwarreye

Yam seeds in my grandmother’s country, 2020
180 x 120 x 3 cm
Photography

€32,000

Stefanie Schneider, Something Imaginary (Heavenly Falls), Photography

Stefanie Schneider

Something Imaginary (Heavenly Falls), 2016
20 x 24 x 0.1 cm
Photography

€400

Patrick Blanc, Bridge Sunset in Paris, Photography

Patrick Blanc

Bridge Sunset in Paris, 2019
76 x 120 x 1 cm
Photography

€1,400

Faie Davis, Mursi teenager, Photography

Faie Davis

Mursi teenager, 2010
298 x 210 x 0.25 cm
Photography

€1,289

Heike Bohnstengel, Bird of Paradise, LA, Photography

Heike Bohnstengel

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

€400

Gisela Gaffoglio, Energía vital, Photography

Gisela Gaffoglio

Energía vital, 2021
90 x 70 x 2 cm
Photography

€1,600

Bernhard Lang, EFI_Beachchairs_001, Photography

Bernhard Lang

EFI_Beachchairs_001, 2018
100 x 150 x 0.5 cm
Photography

€2,790

Katarzyna Widmanska, Follow the white rabbit, Photography

Katarzyna Widmanska

Follow the white rabbit, 2015
60 x 40 cm
Photography

€750

Leila Boucif, La ballerine, Photography

Leila Boucif

La ballerine, 2019
60 x 40 cm
Photography

€350

Chema Madoz, Untitled, Photography

Chema Madoz

Untitled, 1987
60 x 50 cm
Photography

€2,650

Osher Partovi, Lady in Red, Photography

Osher Partovi

Lady in Red, 2021
103 x 150 x 2 cm
Photography

€2,000

Serge Hamad, Himmel #3, Photography

Serge Hamad

Himmel #3, 2018
101.6 x 76.2 cm
Photography

€3,094

Elise Khoury, Layers of Beirut's aging materials, Photography

Elise Khoury

Layers of Beirut's aging materials, 2020
59.4 x 42 x 0.1 cm
Photography

€380

Thomas Collignon, Claude, Photography

Thomas Collignon

Claude, 2019
60 x 40 x 0.5 cm
Photography

€690

Jean-Robert Franco, Mangia, mangia, Photography

Jean-Robert Franco

Mangia, mangia, 2021
80 x 80 x 1 cm
Photography

€800

Linda Chapman, Drawn Light, Photography

Linda Chapman

Drawn Light, 2020
40 x 40 x 0.1 cm
Photography

€695

Richard Morrison, Damme Canal, Bruges, Photography

Richard Morrison

Damme Canal, Bruges, 2018
64 x 96 cm
Photography

€537

Jan Saudek, Ost und West, 1945, Photography

Jan Saudek

Ost und West, 1945, 1998
20.2 x 15.1 cm
Photography

€1,500

Detlev Schneider, Harry Belafonte, Photography

Detlev Schneider

Harry Belafonte, 1996
50 x 40 cm
Photography

€990 €1,100

Antoine Buttafoghi, The angel and the sparrow, Photography

Antoine Buttafoghi

The angel and the sparrow, 2013
100 x 80 cm
Photography

€1,400

Nikolaus von Wolff, "Ethiopia" from series: Synthetical Landscapes, Photography

Nikolaus von Wolff

"Ethiopia" from series: Synthetical Landscapes, 2011
100 x 120 cm
Photography

€2,800

Petr Strnad, Circle Grammar #2, Photography

Petr Strnad

Circle Grammar #2, 2021
45.8 x 45.2 x 0.1 cm
Photography

€270

Antonio Briceño, Viewpoints from series: I am we - the endless journey, Photography

Antonio Briceño

Viewpoints from series: I am we - the endless journey, 2020
22.5 x 75 cm
Photography

€800

Christophe Gadea, Kiwi, Photography

Christophe Gadea

Kiwi, 2021
40 x 40 x 1 cm
Photography

€1,300

Michael James O'Brien, Still life with a shell and a rope, Paris, Photography

Michael James O'Brien

Still life with a shell and a rope, Paris, 2008
91.4 x 61 x 0.3 cm
Photography

€5,156

Vytautas Kumza, Half empty half full #5, Photography

Vytautas Kumza

Half empty half full #5, 2019
29 x 19 x 1 cm
Photography

€600

Philip Provily, Narcisse, Photography

Philip Provily

Narcisse, 2021
15 x 10 x 0.1 cm
Photography

€120

Alexia Rousse, The rarest flower, Photography

Alexia Rousse

The rarest flower, 2020
96.5 x 139.7 x 3.3 cm
Photography

€3,743

Sandra Gonçalves, Pandemic - 09, Photography

Sandra Gonçalves

Pandemic - 09, 2020
49 x 100 cm
Photography

€1,050

Olivier Urfer, Gornergletcher, Photography

Olivier Urfer

Gornergletcher, 2014
70 x 70 x 0.5 cm
Photography

€1,500

Jeremy Hunter, Derwish - whirling at the Sema ceremony, Photography

Jeremy Hunter

Derwish - whirling at the Sema ceremony, 2005
100 x 70 x 0.1 cm
Photography

€3,283

Jeremy Junter, Tibetan Monks, Great Monlam Festival, Photography

Jeremy Junter

Tibetan Monks, Great Monlam Festival, 2002
70 x 100 x 0.1 cm
Photography

€3,283

Carter Mull, Pascal’s Wager (Dream of a Perfect Life), Photography

Carter Mull

Pascal’s Wager (Dream of a Perfect Life), 2004
63.5 x 82.6 x 50 cm
Photography

€6,875

Claire Giraudeau, Urbain brutalisme, Photography

Claire Giraudeau

Urbain brutalisme, 2021
40 x 30 x 1 cm
Photography

€400

Anja Diabaté, Metamorphosis II, Photography

Anja Diabaté

Metamorphosis II, 2021
60 x 40 x 3 cm
Photography

€2,500

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
Photography

€21,485

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

Sergei Sviatchenko

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

€2,700 €3,000

Massimo Listri, Castello di Stupinigi, Torino, Italy, Photography

Massimo Listri

Castello di Stupinigi, Torino, Italy, 2012
120 x 150 x 1 cm
Photography

€14,000

Pascal Therme, Le vase d'or, 45 polaroids sx70, Paris, d'après l'original, Photography

Pascal Therme

Le vase d'or, 45 polaroids sx70, Paris, d'après l'original, 1999
115 x 65 x 0.3 cm
Photography

€2,800

Nathalie Auzepy, Body And Space Kyoto, Photography

Nathalie Auzepy

Body And Space Kyoto, 2020
132 x 200 x 2 cm
Photography

€6,300

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

Franco Fontana

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

€7,800

Peter Knapp, Zazie, Hamburg (stern), Photography

Peter Knapp

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

€3,600

Stephane Charpentier, 481-01, Photography

Stephane Charpentier

481-01, 2012
20 x 30 x 0.5 cm
Photography

€2,600

Our recommendations Samsofy, Brexit, Photography

Samsofy

Brexit, 2017
75 x 75 x 3 cm
Photography

€580

Patrick Rubinstein, Pop Marilyn, Photography

Patrick Rubinstein

Pop Marilyn, 2019
69 x 69 x 2 cm
Photography

€5,850

Liu Bolin, Red No 1, Photography

Liu Bolin

Red No 1, 2012
90 x 120 cm
Photography

€12,000

Antoine Rose, By My Side 6, Photography

Antoine Rose

By My Side 6, 2020
35 x 35 x 0.5 cm
Photography

€1,100

Our recommendations Hassan Hajjaj, V.B.F., Photography

Hassan Hajjaj

V.B.F., 2011
72 x 48 x 1 cm
Photography

€14,000

Aurélie Sarramon, Sans titre 3, Photography

Aurélie Sarramon

Sans titre 3, 2016
90 x 60 cm
Photography

€360

Théo Gosselin, Lost and Found, Photography

Théo Gosselin

Lost and Found, 2019
20 x 30 x 2 cm
Photography

€350

Gina Vor, Prussian Blue 4, Photography

Gina Vor

Prussian Blue 4, 2020
29.7 x 21 x 0.1 cm
Photography

€110

RS Artist, Barrack, Photography

RS Artist

Barrack, 2020
65 x 50 x 1 cm
Photography

€260

Suki Da, No title (No 20), Photography

Suki Da

No title (No 20), 2018
91 x 61 x 0.1 cm
Photography

€675

Feng Hatat, Ciel 29, Photography

Feng Hatat

Ciel 29, 2016
60 x 40 x 1 cm
Photography

€500

Samuel Cueto, Silence, Photography

Samuel Cueto

Silence, 2014
50 x 40 cm
Photography

€900

Feng Kaixuan, Cheveux d'encre photo, Photography

Feng Kaixuan

Cheveux d'encre photo, 2012
30 x 45 x 1 cm
Photography

€600

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