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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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Richard Heeps, Fish & Chip Van, Haddenham, Photography

Richard Heeps

Fish & Chip Van, Haddenham, 1993
61 x 93 x 1 cm


Richard Unglick, Hendrix, Photography

Richard Unglick

Hendrix, 2021
45 x 30 x 0.5 cm


Heidler & Heeps, Vinyl Collection Nine Piece Bespoke Installation, Photography

Heidler & Heeps

Vinyl Collection Nine Piece Bespoke Installation, 2017
125 x 125 x 1 cm


Our recommendations JR, Clichy Sous Bois, Photography


Clichy Sous Bois, 2006
46 x 61 cm


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

Pierrot Men

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


K-Arty, El macho, Photography


El macho, 2021
80 x 120 x 0.5 cm


Antoine Rose, Organic Clock - Italy Tuscany, Photography

Antoine Rose

Organic Clock - Italy Tuscany, 2015
100 x 100 x 2 cm


Liu Bolin, Hiding in the city - Supermarket Pyongyang, Photography

Liu Bolin

Hiding in the city - Supermarket Pyongyang, 2018
68 x 90 cm


Patrick Chappert-Gaujal, Sans titre, Photography

Patrick Chappert-Gaujal

Sans titre, 2018
94 x 74 x 0.2 cm


Max Steven Grossman, Rock SQ8 (Lightbox), Photography

Max Steven Grossman

Rock SQ8 (Lightbox), 2020
127 x 139.7 x 7.6 cm


Stefanie Schneider, Pasolini (Immaculate Springs) starring Jacinda Barrett, based on a Polaroid, Photography

Stefanie Schneider

Pasolini (Immaculate Springs) starring Jacinda Barrett, based on a Polaroid, 1998
57 x 56 x 0.1 cm

$2,275 $2,844

Lionel le Jeune, Couple mixte, Photography

Lionel le Jeune

Couple mixte, 2021
80 x 80 x 0.5 cm


Heike Bohnstengel, Into the Storm, Photography

Heike Bohnstengel

Into the Storm, 2017
40 x 40 x 0.1 cm


Serge Hamad, Temporal Perception # 126-b, Photography

Serge Hamad

Temporal Perception # 126-b, 2019
91.4 x 121.9 x 0.3 cm


Our recommendations David LaChapelle, Death by Hamburger, Photography

David LaChapelle

Death by Hamburger, 2001
40.6 x 61 cm


Joëlle Dollé, Symphonie de coquelicots, Photography

Joëlle Dollé

Symphonie de coquelicots, 2020
45 x 60 x 0.2 cm


Barry Cawston, Golden windows, Photography

Barry Cawston

Golden windows, 2014
67 x 200 x 2 cm


Sven Pfrommer, Tokyo nights I, Photography

Sven Pfrommer

Tokyo nights I, 2019
80 x 120 x 3 cm


Andreas Sundgren, The Queen, Photography

Andreas Sundgren

The Queen, 2020
140 x 105 x 0.1 cm


Patrick Lajoie, Swiss Ritz, Photography

Patrick Lajoie

Swiss Ritz, 2020
94 x 124 x 3 cm


Miguel Winograd, Bosque Tropical Húmedo Nuquí, Photography

Miguel Winograd

Bosque Tropical Húmedo Nuquí, 2021
110 x 91.9 x 0.3 cm


Dasha Pears, Pas De Deux – The Nutcracker - Tchaikovsky, Photography

Dasha Pears

Pas De Deux – The Nutcracker - Tchaikovsky, 2019
50 x 50 x 0.1 cm


Edouard de Francisci, Poissons, Photography

Edouard de Francisci

Poissons, 2020
60.5 x 48.5 x 0.3 cm


Klyöwa, Cezanne's colors II, Photography


Cezanne's colors II, 2021
50 x 40 x 0.1 cm


Alexandre Manuel, Zhangjiajie I, China, Photography

Alexandre Manuel

Zhangjiajie I, China, 2017
100 x 100 x 4 cm


Camille Léage, Bus 60, Chateau Rouge, Photography

Camille Léage

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


Stéphane Navailles, Sortie bw Paris, Photography

Stéphane Navailles

Sortie bw Paris, 2021
40 x 60 x 0.1 cm


Philip Provily, Les narcisses, Photography

Philip Provily

Les narcisses, 2021
50 x 40 x 0.1 cm


Jonathan Dy, Trout Lake, Photography

Jonathan Dy

Trout Lake, 2009
20 x 26.57 cm


Yumi Watanabe, After Image of Love, Photography

Yumi Watanabe

After Image of Love, 2020
10 x 10 x 0.1 cm


Fabrice Quignette, Toys for kids 1, Photography

Fabrice Quignette

Toys for kids 1, 2021
60 x 60 x 1 cm


Catherine Larré, Sans Titre "Ouch", Photography

Catherine Larré

Sans Titre "Ouch", 2014
16 x 11 cm


Baptiste Tavernier, Pompei, Photography

Baptiste Tavernier

Pompei, 2021
16.4 x 14.4 x 2.6 cm


Ansje Visser, Demure, Photography

Ansje Visser

Demure, 2021
80 x 80 x 3 cm


Andres Serrano, Blood Cross, Photography

Andres Serrano

Blood Cross, 1985
69.9 x 101.6 cm


Mauren Brodbeck, Midtown 05, Photography

Mauren Brodbeck

Midtown 05, 2020
80 x 65.2 cm


Van de Camp & Heesterbeek, 2050-9, Photography

Van de Camp & Heesterbeek

2050-9, 2019
100 x 100 x 1 cm


Audrey Viste, Modern Times, Photography

Audrey Viste

Modern Times, 2020
40 x 60 x 1 cm


Herb Ritts, Stephanie Seymour, Los Angeles, Photography

Herb Ritts

Stephanie Seymour, Los Angeles, 1989
35.6 x 27.9 cm


Philippe Bréson, Pays #181, Photography

Philippe Bréson

Pays #181, 2012
27 x 27 cm

$810 $900

Richard Morrison, Olive Heads, Luberon, France, Photography

Richard Morrison

Olive Heads, Luberon, France, 2019
64 x 96 x 0.1 cm


Hunter & Gatti, Untitled I (Intervened by the artist), Photography

Hunter & Gatti

Untitled I (Intervened by the artist), 2015
47 x 31.8 x 0.3 cm


José Nicolas, 02 - Crique de Bonporteau, Photography

José Nicolas

02 - Crique de Bonporteau, 2015
40 x 40 x 1 cm


Michel Monteaux, Sans titre - Matters Matter, Photography

Michel Monteaux

Sans titre - Matters Matter, 2019
41 x 41 cm


Else Vinæs, Beelitz 3, Photography

Else Vinæs

Beelitz 3, 2017
70 x 100 x 2 cm


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

Jean-Pierre Duvergé

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


Alex, Poisson, Photography


Poisson, 2019
42.1 x 59.4 cm

$1,781 $1,978

Allan Forsyth, Wild Heart, Photography

Allan Forsyth

Wild Heart, 2010
100 x 100 x 1 cm


Antoine Gaussin, Evasion 2, Photography

Antoine Gaussin

Evasion 2, 2020
90 x 190 x 5 cm


Emmanuel Segaut, 5 couleurs Gaîté, Photography

Emmanuel Segaut

5 couleurs Gaîté, 2021
20 x 75 x 3.6 cm


Thierry Dubrunfaut, Dsc1872, Photography

Thierry Dubrunfaut

Dsc1872, 2012
90 x 60 x 2.5 cm


Paulo Behar, Olhar felino, Photography

Paulo Behar

Olhar felino, 2017
100 x 100 x 1 cm


Terry O'Neill, Faye Dunaway, Photography

Terry O'Neill

Faye Dunaway, 1977
50.8 x 50.8 cm


David Drebin-USA, Swept Away, Photography

David Drebin-USA

Swept Away, 2018
150 x 100 x 5 cm


Faie Davis, Mahumbi girl with ungava hairstyle variation. Humbi. Angola, Photography

Faie Davis

Mahumbi girl with ungava hairstyle variation. Humbi. Angola, 2019
61 x 58.5 x 26 cm


Sérgio Ranalli, L'eau I, Photography

Sérgio Ranalli

L'eau I, 2021
150 x 100 x 5 cm


Patrick  Van der Elst, Asservissement 2, Photography

Patrick Van der Elst

Asservissement 2, 2021
114 x 83 x 1 cm


Toshio Shimamura, Eva #05, Photography

Toshio Shimamura

Eva #05, 2020
32 x 24 cm


Ron van Dongen, Tulipa Royal Dreams (Flora, Fleur, Flower), Photography

Ron van Dongen

Tulipa Royal Dreams (Flora, Fleur, Flower), 2005
100 x 80 x 1 cm


Matthew Rolston, Madonna as Marlene Dietrich, Los Angeles, Photography

Matthew Rolston

Madonna as Marlene Dietrich, Los Angeles, 1986
50.8 x 40.6 cm


Axel Crieger GE, Amazing Grace, Photography

Axel Crieger GE

Amazing Grace, 2020
120 x 160 x 1 cm


Jean Pierre De Neef, Waar is da feestje ? Grand Place de Bruxelles, 15 juillet 2018 - Le retour des Diables Rouges, Photography

Jean Pierre De Neef

Waar is da feestje ? Grand Place de Bruxelles, 15 juillet 2018 - Le retour des Diables Rouges, 2018
80 x 150 x 0.3 cm


Madeleine Gross, Untitled Miami Beach, Photography

Madeleine Gross

Untitled Miami Beach, 2021
61 x 40.6 cm


Araquém Alcântara, Brasileiros, Child with pan, Photography

Araquém Alcântara

Brasileiros, Child with pan, 2004
40 x 60 x 1 cm


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