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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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Karol Kállay, Midtown Still-life, Photography

Karol Kállay

Midtown Still-life, 1965
30 x 30 cm
Photography

€960 €1,200

José Nicolas, Messe à Saint Briac  Bretagne, Photography

José Nicolas

Messe à Saint Briac Bretagne, 2017
100 x 100 x 1 cm
Photography

€1,500

Franck Guedj, Mouvement 3.5, Photography

Franck Guedj

Mouvement 3.5, 2019
55 x 150 x 1 cm
Photography

€1,250

Dasha Pears, Synesthetic Letters - W, Photography

Dasha Pears

Synesthetic Letters - W, 2019
50 x 50 x 0.1 cm
Photography

€680

Elena Raceala, Tomorow is another day, Photography

Elena Raceala

Tomorow is another day, 2019
61 x 91.4 x 0.3 cm
Photography

€880

Mercedes Cosano, Méduses 14, Photography

Mercedes Cosano

Méduses 14, 2019
40 x 40 cm
Photography

€850

Marco Bulgarelli, Buddhist monastery, Bagan, Photography

Marco Bulgarelli

Buddhist monastery, Bagan, 2004
18 x 28 cm
Photography

€400

Naoki Takyo, Temple of Bacchus, Photography

Naoki Takyo

Temple of Bacchus, 2020
42 x 59.2 cm
Photography

€435

Claire Giraudeau, Urbain brutalisme, Photography

Claire Giraudeau

Urbain brutalisme, 2021
70 x 50 cm
Photography

€400

Mathieu Puga, Aube de désir, Photography

Mathieu Puga

Aube de désir, 2021
75 x 50 x 0.1 cm
Photography

€499

Alain Marquina, Purple vine, Photography

Alain Marquina

Purple vine, 2020
60 x 90 x 1 cm
Photography

€800

Edouard Partoes, Le voyage en camion, Photography

Edouard Partoes

Le voyage en camion, 2018
40 x 50 cm
Photography

€450

Maisha Marshallende, Frash-a-Dash, Photography

Maisha Marshallende

Frash-a-Dash, 2020
90 x 60 x 3 cm
Photography

€1,500

Nathalie Gordon, Lost in Nostalgia #1, Photography

Nathalie Gordon

Lost in Nostalgia #1, 2021
91.4 x 121.9 cm
Photography

€2,611

Brian Otieno, Mathematics Corner, Photography

Brian Otieno

Mathematics Corner, 2020
60 x 90 x 1 cm
Photography

€900

Corinne Cavillac, Colombes A, Photography

Corinne Cavillac

Colombes A, 2017
150 x 100 cm
Photography

€1,800

Pascal Therme, Hommage à Hockney, rocs rouges, brésil nordeste, 69 éléments, Photography

Pascal Therme

Hommage à Hockney, rocs rouges, brésil nordeste, 69 éléments, 2008
50 x 200 x 0.3 cm
Photography

€4,995 €5,550

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
Photography

€710

Angeles Peña, Hielos de San Rafael (Patagonia), Photography

Angeles Peña

Hielos de San Rafael (Patagonia), 2015
99.1 x 69.9 x 0.3 cm
Photography

€435

Dominique Jullien, Ascendance descendance, Photography

Dominique Jullien

Ascendance descendance, 2019
20 x 20 x 1 cm
Photography

€350

Fabienne Cresens, La montée des eaux, Photography

Fabienne Cresens

La montée des eaux, 2018
100 x 100 cm
Photography

€1,100

Pierrot Men, Série briques, Fianarantsoa, Madagascar, Photography

Pierrot Men

Série briques, Fianarantsoa, Madagascar, 2015
30 x 45 cm
Photography

€1,900

Suki Da, No title (No 20), Photography

Suki Da

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

€675

Ceridwen Raynor, Captured by the Wind, Photography

Ceridwen Raynor

Captured by the Wind, 2019
75 x 75 cm
Photography

€832

Mauricio Velez, Tiger #27, Photography

Mauricio Velez

Tiger #27, 2008
73.7 x 73.7 cm
Photography

€1,740

Kenro Izu, Still Life #108, Photography

Kenro Izu

Still Life #108, 1991
31.1 x 37.2 x 0.3 cm
Photography

€1,566

K-Arty, Repose en paix, Photography

K-Arty

Repose en paix, 2021
80 x 120 x 0.5 cm
Photography

€1,500

Our recommendations Sébastien Chauchot, Céréales 3, Photography

Sébastien Chauchot

Céréales 3, 2019
40 x 35 x 1 cm
Photography

€315 €350

Olivier Le Brun, Mada 2, Photography

Olivier Le Brun

Mada 2, 2000
30 x 45 cm
Photography

€1,055

Jérémie Lenoir, #6561087, Salt lake, Photography

Jérémie Lenoir

#6561087, Salt lake, 2017
80 x 80 x 0.5 cm
Photography

€2,800

Thomas Dellert, Motown Record Store   Detroit  USA, Photography

Thomas Dellert

Motown Record Store Detroit USA, 2016
40 x 60 x 1 cm
Photography

€400

Shenqi Tang, Louvre II, Photography

Shenqi Tang

Louvre II, 2020
31 x 60 x 1 cm
Photography

€1,100

Shulan Wang, Moonshine, Photography

Shulan Wang

Moonshine, 2020
45 x 30 x 1 cm
Photography

€1,000

Jacques Humbert, Sans titre, Photography

Jacques Humbert

Sans titre, 2019
40 x 60 x 1 cm
Photography

€264

Philippe Blin, Sans titre - série paysage marin, Photography

Philippe Blin

Sans titre - série paysage marin, 2020
67 x 120 x 0.5 cm
Photography

€1,750

Li Hui, Untitled, Photography

Li Hui

Untitled, 2017
40 x 50 x 0.1 cm
Photography

€1,200

Efren Isaza, Haute Color Yellow Dress, Photography

Efren Isaza

Haute Color Yellow Dress, 2009
60.3 x 96.5 x 5.1 cm
Photography

€6,526

Bernard Reignier, Cavalcade, Photography

Bernard Reignier

Cavalcade, 2019
52 x 52 x 1 cm
Photography

€540

Jean-Michel Nédélec, Couleur de Bretagne, Photography

Jean-Michel Nédélec

Couleur de Bretagne, 2018
40 x 57 x 1.5 cm
Photography

€354

Gérard Uféras, Opéra XIV, Photography

Gérard Uféras

Opéra XIV, 2006
60 x 40 x 2 cm
Photography

€1,350

Michel Verna, Au fil des rêves d'eau, Photography

Michel Verna

Au fil des rêves d'eau, 2020
60 x 120 x 0.5 cm
Photography

€970

Feng Wang, Beetle I, Photography

Feng Wang

Beetle I, 2021
50 x 60 x 1 cm
Photography

€1,300

Duncan Wade, X-Ray London, Photography

Duncan Wade

X-Ray London, 2019
97 x 180 x 5 cm
Photography

€3,030

Shulin Chen, Mediation of the Sunshine, Photography

Shulin Chen

Mediation of the Sunshine, 2020
30 x 45 x 1 cm
Photography

€800

Agus Mistretta, Real, Photography

Agus Mistretta

Real, 2020
30.5 x 40.6 x 0.5 cm
Photography

€261

Luca Izzo, Berlin N°1, Photography

Luca Izzo

Berlin N°1, 2019
120 x 80 x 0.7 cm
Photography

€1,570

Hervé Dez, Étrange Rivage 1, Photography

Hervé Dez

Étrange Rivage 1, 2019
40 x 50 x 0.1 cm
Photography

€390

Alain Schroeder, Kid Jockey I, Photography

Alain Schroeder

Kid Jockey I, 2017
40 x 60 cm
Photography

€1,500

Lionel le Jeune, Vidéo Game, Photography

Lionel le Jeune

Vidéo Game, 2019
24 x 41 x 5 cm
Photography

€650

Joël Cadiou, Enfants de pêcheurs, Photography

Joël Cadiou

Enfants de pêcheurs, 2002
29 x 43 cm
Photography

€1,500

Nigentz, La bande à Coyotte (Mexique), Photography

Nigentz

La bande à Coyotte (Mexique), 2019
50 x 75 x 1 cm
Photography

€1,400

Kevin Krag, Long live the king, Photography

Kevin Krag

Long live the king, 2019
121.9 x 81.3 x 0.3 cm
Photography

€4,351

Alessandra Bisi, Ibrid Cracovia, Photography

Alessandra Bisi

Ibrid Cracovia, 2018
47 x 35 x 1.5 cm
Photography

€330

Thierry des Ouches, Retraite dorée, Photography

Thierry des Ouches

Retraite dorée, 2019
100 x 150 cm
Photography

€4,200

Dani Garcia Sarabia, Contemplum #017, Photography

Dani Garcia Sarabia

Contemplum #017, 2019
33 x 50 x 0.03 cm
Photography

€850

Gérard Allaguillemette, Immobilités #04, Photography

Gérard Allaguillemette

Immobilités #04, 2019
20 x 150 x 0.2 cm
Photography

€250

S. Camadia, Brasserie, Photography

S. Camadia

Brasserie, 2019
60 x 60 x 0.3 cm
Photography

€320

Philippe Pasqua, Crâne, Photography

Philippe Pasqua

Crâne, 2015
150 x 200 x 3 cm
Photography

€10,000

J.Léo, The Pool, Photography

J.Léo

The Pool, 2018
59.9 x 59.9 cm
Photography

€1,697

Arthur Hent, Self-Portrait 20.62, Photography

Arthur Hent

Self-Portrait 20.62, 2020
40 x 30 x 2.5 cm
Photography

€600

Marine Kerbidi, Le chemin, Photography

Marine Kerbidi

Le chemin, 2014
40 x 60 x 1 cm
Photography

€375

Yannis Davy Guibinga, Pigments 4, Photography

Yannis Davy Guibinga

Pigments 4, 2020
90 x 60 x 1 cm
Photography

€1,500

Lesya Rozova, Sunny line, Photography

Lesya Rozova

Sunny line, 2020
90 x 60 x 0.01 cm
Photography

€675

Our recommendations Edgar Nabla, Follow, Photography

Edgar Nabla

Follow, 2018
80 x 60 x 0.05 cm
Photography

€1,600

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