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Animal Photography

“Art is continually haunted by the animal," wrote Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari in the 70s. Indeed our animal friends make frequent appearances in artists' works, especially photographers.

Animals are a pervasive source of inspiration and can be found everywhere: open spaces, the savannah, in meadows, or even your back garden. Both professional and amateur photographers do their best to capture the diversity of wildlife and many travel the world hopeing to come face to face with some of the rarest species.

Wildlife photography has now become an art of its own, made famous by documentaries and magazines such as National Geographic and Terre Sauvage. By using photographic techniques such as aerial or underwater shots, this artistic practice incites us to travel and let our mind wander to breathtaking landscapes or mountain and exceptional lighting.

The genre started to develop well after the invention of photography by Daguerre in 1842. Back then, even taking a simple portrait was a major undertaking. At the end of the 19th century, a photographic safari was often a full-blown expedition, with a team of porters handling the heavy equipment. The long exposure time required to fix the image onto a plate made it very difficult to capture animals as they were elusive and didn't stay put for long, especially in their natural habitats. For this reason, wildlife photography only gained more traction 100 years later when faster shutters speeds made it easier to photograph moving animals. Nonetheless, some of them takePolaroid as well.

Today, technological progress makes it possible for photographers to capture galloping horses and speedy cheetahs from far away. However, photographs still need to arm themselves with patience and the ability to stay discreet if they hope to get the perfect shot of the world's most stunning wildlife.

So how do photographers capture the intensity of wild animals? Wildlife photography is a very demanding discipline and there are several techniques which enable photographer get the widest angle and best framing possible. Camouflaging techniques are used to enable the photographer to get as close as possible to the animal. Similar to snipers, the wildlife photographer uses elements of nature and wears camouflage print to not disturb the animal, win its trust, and be able to get the right shot at the right time. Photographers might also choose to leave a camera hidden and control it remotely. Infrared systems, powerful lenses and automatic flash all help the photographer work from a distance. The preparation is done well in advance and requires a perfect knowledge of the animal's habits in order to obtain impressive images.

Nature is an ideal playground to explore one's artistic style. Many artists travel around the world trying to capture exceptional shots of unique animals. Famous wildlife photographers include Bence Maté, who captures photos of birds such as hawks in flight, as well s Jim Brandenburg and Nick Brandt.

On Artsper you will find beautiful images by Clément Reisky, Pierre Schwartz, Brad Wilson, and many others. Explore our unique selection of animal photographs by some of the greatest photographers.

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Catherine Larré, Sans Titre "Ouch", Photography

Catherine Larré

Sans Titre "Ouch", 2014
16 x 11 cm
Photography

$148

Michel Monteaux, Sans titre - Matters Matter, Photography

Michel Monteaux

Sans titre - Matters Matter, 2019
41 x 41 cm
Photography

$2,102

Alex, Poisson, Photography

Alex

Poisson, 2019
42.1 x 59.4 cm
Photography

$1,781 $1,978

Paulo Behar, Olhar felino, Photography

Paulo Behar

Olhar felino, 2017
100 x 100 x 1 cm
Photography

$6,183

Tanguy Mendrisse, Before the mess, Photography

Tanguy Mendrisse

Before the mess, 2019
24 x 30 x 0.1 cm
Photography

$173

Ivan Argote, Horse (Paris, Hôtel de Ville), Photography

Ivan Argote

Horse (Paris, Hôtel de Ville), 2011
62 x 42 cm
Photography

$6,554

Bogdan Boev, Winter Robin II, Photography

Bogdan Boev

Winter Robin II, 2019
60 x 90 x 0.2 cm
Photography

$408

Sonac, Le Lama en Urbex, Photography

Sonac

Le Lama en Urbex, 2018
60 x 60 cm
Photography

$1,360

Franck Seguin, Cachalots 3, Photography

Franck Seguin

Cachalots 3, 2018
80 x 120 x 0.1 cm
Photography

$5,935

Valentina Murabito, Illusion Study no. 1, Photography

Valentina Murabito

Illusion Study no. 1, 2019
36 x 40 x 0.5 cm
Photography

$6,183

Raphaël Groux, Patterning, Photography

Raphaël Groux

Patterning, 2017
50 x 50 cm
Photography

$272

Ivaylo Zafirov, Black-Headed Gulls (Chroicocephalus ridibundus) and Mediterranean Gulls (Ichthyaetus melanocephalus), Photography

Ivaylo Zafirov

Black-Headed Gulls (Chroicocephalus ridibundus) and Mediterranean Gulls (Ichthyaetus melanocephalus), 2019
46 x 70 cm
Photography

$334

Ben Thouard, Au vol, Photography

Ben Thouard

Au vol, 2019
80 x 120 x 1 cm
Photography

$3,401

Ian Bradshaw, Reagan and the queen, Photography

Ian Bradshaw

Reagan and the queen, 1982
40 x 60 x 0.1 cm
Photography

$1,484

Alain Schroeder, Kid Jockey I, Photography

Alain Schroeder

Kid Jockey I, 2017
40 x 60 cm
Photography

$1,855

Zhao Bandi, No smoking, Photography

Zhao Bandi

No smoking, 1999
50 x 50 cm
Photography

$309

Su Yang, A Strange Encounter, Photography

Su Yang

A Strange Encounter, 2017
50 x 40 x 0.3 cm
Photography

$927

Tali Amitai-Tabib, Dalia, Photography

Tali Amitai-Tabib

Dalia, 2017
30 x 40 x 2 cm
Photography

$2,349

Pol Lujan, Chien - Christian Dior, Photography

Pol Lujan

Chien - Christian Dior, 1990
50 x 40 cm
Photography

$989

Eric Isselée, Lion cubs playing, Photography

Eric Isselée

Lion cubs playing, 2015
75 x 75 x 5 cm
Photography

$3,091

Damien De Bellis, Belly's Pollens, Photography

Damien De Bellis

Belly's Pollens, 2018
70 x 70 cm
Photography

$510

Marie-Laure Possovre, Prairie, Photography

Marie-Laure Possovre

Prairie, 2019
30 x 60 cm
Photography

$227

Aleksandros Kanellopoulos, Alien, Photography

Aleksandros Kanellopoulos

Alien, 2017
70 x 50 cm
Photography

$374

Jean-Loup Gautreau, Sans titre, Photography

Jean-Loup Gautreau

Sans titre, 2009
33 x 43 cm
Photography

$346

Yannis Davy Guibinga, Taxidermy - Just Married 2, Photography

Yannis Davy Guibinga

Taxidermy - Just Married 2, 2019
90 x 60 x 0.5 cm
Photography

$1,855

Michael K. Yamaoka, Sheep Near Shannon, Ireland, Photography

Michael K. Yamaoka

Sheep Near Shannon, Ireland, 2019
61 x 91.4 x 0.1 cm
Photography

$4,000

Hengki Koentjoro, Liquid Garden, Photography

Hengki Koentjoro

Liquid Garden, 2016
43 x 43 x 0.02 cm
Photography

$1,175

Mathias Le Forestier, Le chat, Photography

Mathias Le Forestier

Le chat, 2011
17 x 13 cm
Photography

$309

Ralph Gibson, Vertical horizon #12, Photography

Ralph Gibson

Vertical horizon #12, 2016
111.8 x 81.3 cm
Photography

$18,548

Marie Christine Palombit, Earth Mind, Photography

Marie Christine Palombit

Earth Mind, 2018
64 x 105 x 2 cm
Photography

$2,040

César Ancelle-Hansen, Beach Bummers, Photography

César Ancelle-Hansen

Beach Bummers, 2008
30 x 45 cm
Photography

$371

Dominique Leroy, Mère et fils. Singe. Inde du nord., Photography

Dominique Leroy

Mère et fils. Singe. Inde du nord., 2010
90 x 70 x 2 cm
Photography

$989

Dariusz Klimczak, Hippohome, Photography

Dariusz Klimczak

Hippohome, 2012
45.7 x 40.6 cm
Photography

$742

Elliott Erwitt, Untitled, Photography

Elliott Erwitt

Untitled, 2000
40 x 57 x 1 cm
Photography

$2,472

Arno Elias, Mtoto, Photography

Arno Elias

Mtoto, 2018
96.5 x 132.1 cm
Photography

$18,000

Bob Tabor, Horse 43, Photography

Bob Tabor

Horse 43, 2015
102 x 146 cm
Photography

$12,366

Lionel Morateur, Mort d'un clown, Photography

Lionel Morateur

Mort d'un clown, 2019
60 x 90 x 0.5 cm
Photography

$1,237

Leonard Freed, Cats, Naples, Italy, Photography

Leonard Freed

Cats, Naples, Italy, 1956
50.8 x 40.6 cm
Photography

$3,500

Brad Wilson, Black Palm Cockatoo #1, Photography

Brad Wilson

Black Palm Cockatoo #1, 2016
76 x 110 x 1 cm
Photography

$3,054

Our recommendations Thiago Barros, Wolf, Photography

Thiago Barros

Wolf, 2013
100 x 100 x 0.1 cm
Photography

$2,349

Gabriel Orozco, Batwaves, Photography

Gabriel Orozco

Batwaves, 2012
20.32 x 15.24 cm
Photography

$1,235

Clément Reisky, Eléphant, Photography

Clément Reisky

Eléphant, 2013
90 x 60 x 3 cm
Photography

$2,095

Loza Maléombho, Mami Wata, Photography

Loza Maléombho

Mami Wata, 2018
75 x 75 x 4 cm
Photography

$2,720

Henry Horenstein, Bottlenose Dolphin, Tursiops truncates, Photography

Henry Horenstein

Bottlenose Dolphin, Tursiops truncates, 2006
58.4 x 38.7 cm
Photography

$3,141

Alejandra Leon, Daily Life in Kapan, Photography

Alejandra Leon

Daily Life in Kapan, 2020
30 x 45 x 0.1 cm
Photography

$989

Angela Gomes, The lost paradise, Photography

Angela Gomes

The lost paradise, 2019
120 x 140 x 3 cm
Photography

$7,358

Marcus Davies, Elephant, Photography

Marcus Davies

Elephant, 2001
14 x 12.7 cm
Photography

$179

Laurent Baheux, Mowgli, Photography

Laurent Baheux

Mowgli, 2018
127 x 127 cm
Photography

$15,457

Sarolta Bán, Born to be wild, Photography

Sarolta Bán

Born to be wild, 2014
45.7 x 40.6 cm
Photography

$742

Luz, La Douche, Photography

Luz

La Douche, 2012
75 x 50 cm
Photography

$989

Line Taarnberg, The power of love 1, Photography

Line Taarnberg

The power of love 1, 2016
30 x 30 x 1 cm
Photography

$711

Karine Payette, Entre nous I, Photography

Karine Payette

Entre nous I, 2016
61 x 91.5 cm
Photography

$2,349

Greg Mascot, Bored Dog, Photography

Greg Mascot

Bored Dog, 2017
19.5 x 14.5 cm
Photography

$247

Samuel Dejong, Goliath Beetle Open, Photography

Samuel Dejong

Goliath Beetle Open, 2020
50 x 50 cm
Photography

$1,546

Miki Kato, Peeps, Photography

Miki Kato

Peeps, 2009
150 x 100 x 3 cm
Photography

$7,419

Paul-Louis Leger, Elephant, Photography

Paul-Louis Leger

Elephant, 2016
100 x 100 x 1 cm
Photography

$1,608

Alfons Alt, Croco Nimensis, Photography

Alfons Alt

Croco Nimensis, 2009
60 x 50 x 5 cm
Photography

$2,349

Rory Carnegie, Monty, Rhino, Photography

Rory Carnegie

Monty, Rhino, 2016
93 x 110 cm
Photography

$5,070

Ahmed Bennani, Sans titre, Photography

Ahmed Bennani

Sans titre, 2013
150 x 100 x 1 cm
Photography

$4,328

Tere Duro, ¡Vaya troncos!, Photography

Tere Duro

¡Vaya troncos!, 2000
100 x 80 cm
Photography

$1,546

Michel Zoghzoghi, Glider, Photography

Michel Zoghzoghi

Glider, 2013
80 x 120 cm
Photography

$2,226

Mercedes Cosano, Méduses 4, Photography

Mercedes Cosano

Méduses 4, 2019
40 x 40 cm
Photography

$989

Rémi Chapeaublanc, Kochakan, Photography

Rémi Chapeaublanc

Kochakan, 2011
60 x 90 cm
Photography

$1,360

Philippe Alexandre Chevallier, Elephant Dust Bathing - Botswana, Photography

Philippe Alexandre Chevallier

Elephant Dust Bathing - Botswana, 2012
92 x 130 x 4 cm
Photography

$5,194

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