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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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Lionel le Jeune, Lady, Photography

Lionel le Jeune

Lady, 2021
50 x 70 x 0.5 cm


Robert van der Hilst, Chinese Interior #1, Photography

Robert van der Hilst

Chinese Interior #1, 2010
42 x 49 cm


Les Krims, Mary's Middle-Class, Photography

Les Krims

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


Judy Cheng, Surfer Perth, Photography

Judy Cheng

Surfer Perth, 2021
111.8 x 111.8 x 5.1 cm

5,000 - € 10,000

Vicky Martin, Green Light Cabin Free, Photography

Vicky Martin

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


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

Patrick Van der Elst

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


Antoine Rose, By My Side 6, Photography

Antoine Rose

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


Théo Gosselin, Lost and Found, Photography

Théo Gosselin

Lost and Found, 2019
20 x 30 x 3 cm


Julie Peiffer, 11h53 - 6,09, Crue de la Seine - Paris 2016, Photography

Julie Peiffer

11h53 - 6,09, Crue de la Seine - Paris 2016, 2016
50 x 50 cm


Uwe Ommer, Foot de rue, Photography

Uwe Ommer

Foot de rue, 1962
40 x 48 x 0.1 cm


Cécile Baldewyns, Circus, Photography

Cécile Baldewyns

Circus, 2015
40 x 60 cm


Julien Dubois, HK Woker, Photography

Julien Dubois

HK Woker, 2016
100 x 70 x 1 cm

€1,080 €1,200

Sandrine Darcos, Amazing Sunset Croisette Cannes, Photography

Sandrine Darcos

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


Muriel Bordier, Les maîtres nageurs, Photography

Muriel Bordier

Les maîtres nageurs, 2015
90 x 170 x 0.2 cm


Baptiste Blanchett, Gotta catch'em all, Photography

Baptiste Blanchett

Gotta catch'em all, 2018
50 x 75 x 1 cm


Olivier Le Brun, Mada 2, Photography

Olivier Le Brun

Mada 2, 2000
30 x 45 cm


Our recommendations Cristina Aldehuela, Lelo 1, Photography

Cristina Aldehuela

Lelo 1, 2014
40 x 60 x 0.1 cm


Alessandra Bisi, Ibrid Cracovia, Photography

Alessandra Bisi

Ibrid Cracovia, 2018
47 x 35 x 1.5 cm


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


Wylda Bayrón, Bailarín Bhutanés, Photography

Wylda Bayrón

Bailarín Bhutanés, 2012
40 x 60 cm


Emmanuelle Barbaras, Assemblée femmes Dakar, Photography

Emmanuelle Barbaras

Assemblée femmes Dakar, 2018
45 x 38 x 1 cm


Our recommendations Tommy Schultz, Best wave I, Photography

Tommy Schultz

Best wave I, 2015
50 x 75 cm


Slim Aarons, Helen Dzo Dzo 1970, Photography

Slim Aarons

Helen Dzo Dzo 1970, 2020
76.2 x 101.6 cm


Cyril Manzini, Purification, Photography

Cyril Manzini

Purification, 2019
30 x 30 cm


Elisa Haberer, Plongeurs, Photography

Elisa Haberer

Plongeurs, 2008
100 x 100 x 0.1 cm


Jean-Pierre Attal, Paysages ethnographiques #7, Photography

Jean-Pierre Attal

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


Isabelle Picarel, Ecosse, Photography

Isabelle Picarel

Ecosse, 2013
53 x 80 cm


Jodi Bieber, Cardiff by night, Photography

Jodi Bieber

Cardiff by night, 2003
70 x 50 x 0.1 cm


Estelle Hanania, Last Parade, Photography

Estelle Hanania

Last Parade, 2015
56 x 41 x 1 cm


David Bordes, Sainte Rita et Yves Klein, Photography

David Bordes

Sainte Rita et Yves Klein, 1999
50 x 60 cm


João Luiz Bulcão, Brasil 9, Photography

João Luiz Bulcão

Brasil 9, 2003
40 x 60 cm


Cheryl Maeder, Far Away IX, Photography

Cheryl Maeder

Far Away IX, 2010
120 x 80 cm


Yuyang Liu, Alone on Flight, Photography

Yuyang Liu

Alone on Flight, 2020
50 x 50 x 0.1 cm


Thomas Hoeffgen, Lagos la dingue, Photography

Thomas Hoeffgen

Lagos la dingue, 2009
40 x 103 x 0.1 cm


Panos Kokkinias, Chalandriani, Photography

Panos Kokkinias

Chalandriani, 1999
80 x 111.5 cm


Chiara Dazi, Le lutteur, Photography

Chiara Dazi

Le lutteur, 2003
60 x 60 cm


Ludovic Careme, Mostar Bridge, Photography

Ludovic Careme

Mostar Bridge, 1995
40 x 40 cm


Ahmet Sel, Chantilly, Photography

Ahmet Sel

Chantilly, 2002
40 x 40 cm


Gilberto Perin, Tuneis, Photography

Gilberto Perin

Tuneis, 2012
40 x 60 cm


Stephan Zaubitzer, Echecs, Photography

Stephan Zaubitzer

Echecs, 2012
50 x 60 x 5 cm


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

André Le Mauff

L'arbre, n°1/2, 2018
25 x 25 cm


Djamel Djebbour, Havane I, Photography

Djamel Djebbour

Havane I, 2015
80 x 120 x 3 cm


Linda Tuloup, Viens, Photography

Linda Tuloup

Viens, 2009
30 x 30 x 8 cm


Rodrigo, Healthy, Photography


Healthy, 2019
21 x 29.7 x 0.2 cm


Nadine Track, Central Park, Photography

Nadine Track

Central Park, 2015
122 x 191 cm


Lídia Vives, The Rival, Photography

Lídia Vives

The Rival, 2015
50 x 80 cm


Nicolas Le Beuan Bénic, Shark portrait I, Photography

Nicolas Le Beuan Bénic

Shark portrait I, 2019
60 x 60 x 3 cm


Our recommendations Richard Dunkley, Duo Dive, Photography

Richard Dunkley

Duo Dive, 2001
76.2 x 50.8 cm


Our recommendations Elliott Erwitt, Untitled, Photography

Elliott Erwitt

Untitled, 2000
40 x 57 x 1 cm


Maurice Renoma, 1049Cuba, Photography

Maurice Renoma

1049Cuba, 2017
25 x 40 x 2 cm


Mathias Le Forestier, Le chat, Photography

Mathias Le Forestier

Le chat, 2011
17 x 13 cm


Michael Townsend, Doho, Photography

Michael Townsend

Doho, 2017
120 x 80 cm


David Van Dartel, Jasper en Sil in de Duinen - Jasper and Sil in the Dunes, Photography

David Van Dartel

Jasper en Sil in de Duinen - Jasper and Sil in the Dunes, 2020
49 x 33 cm


Alain Le Chapelier, La taberna trinidad, Photography

Alain Le Chapelier

La taberna trinidad, 2018
50 x 70 x 2 cm


Myles McGuinness, Sunkissed cross step, Photography

Myles McGuinness

Sunkissed cross step, 2016
60 x 90 cm


Fabrizio Alzati, Rescue Team, Riviera Romagnola, Photography

Fabrizio Alzati

Rescue Team, Riviera Romagnola, 2017
20 x 27 cm


Joseph Ó Riagáin, Distant Skies #1, Photography

Joseph Ó Riagáin

Distant Skies #1, 2020
20 x 20 x 1 cm


Patrick Braoudé, Bord de mer, Photography

Patrick Braoudé

Bord de mer, 2017
13 x 13 cm


Pieter Bauermeister, Cold winter, warm hands - Khayalitsha , Photography

Pieter Bauermeister

Cold winter, warm hands - Khayalitsha , 2010
42 x 60 x 1 cm


Hannibal Renberg, Les Jumelles au chapeau, Photography

Hannibal Renberg

Les Jumelles au chapeau, 2017
39 x 39 cm


Our recommendations Diane Arbus, A Widow in Her Bedroom, 55th St, NYC, Photography

Diane Arbus

A Widow in Her Bedroom, 55th St, NYC, 1963
35.6 x 27.9 cm


Pawel Jaszczuk, High Fashion, Photography

Pawel Jaszczuk

High Fashion, 2009
40 x 30 cm


Maurice Rebeix, Young Surfer, Photography

Maurice Rebeix

Young Surfer, 2001
40 x 60 cm


Antoine Guibert, Cork-Eire, Photography

Antoine Guibert

Cork-Eire, 2015
50 x 75 x 2 cm


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