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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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Mercedes Cosano, Méduses 14, Photography

Mercedes Cosano

Méduses 14, 2019
40 x 40 cm


Paloma Castello, Delirio Exótico #14, Photography

Paloma Castello

Delirio Exótico #14, 2020
119.9 x 82.8 x 0.3 cm


Bogdan Boev, Liquid metal, Photography

Bogdan Boev

Liquid metal, 2013
60 x 90 x 0.2 cm


Sonac, Le Lama en Urbex, Photography


Le Lama en Urbex, 2018
60 x 60 cm


Raphaël Groux, Patterning, Photography

Raphaël Groux

Patterning, 2017
50 x 50 cm


Ian Bradshaw, Reagan and the queen, Photography

Ian Bradshaw

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


Christine Chanu, Black wings, Photography

Christine Chanu

Black wings, 2021
40 x 40 cm


Bernard Reignier, Cavalcade, Photography

Bernard Reignier

Cavalcade, 2019
52 x 52 x 1 cm


Su Yang, A Strange Encounter, Photography

Su Yang

A Strange Encounter, 2017
50 x 40 x 0.3 cm


Pierre Schwartz, Le cygne de Chantilly, Photography

Pierre Schwartz

Le cygne de Chantilly, 2015
43 x 65 cm


Ivan Argote, Horse (Paris, Pont Neuf), Photography

Ivan Argote

Horse (Paris, Pont Neuf), 2011
62 x 42 cm


Feng Wang, Beetle I, Photography

Feng Wang

Beetle I, 2021
50 x 60 x 1 cm


Pol Lujan, Chien - Christian Dior, Photography

Pol Lujan

Chien - Christian Dior, 1990
50 x 40 cm


Alain Schroeder, Kid Jockey I, Photography

Alain Schroeder

Kid Jockey I, 2017
40 x 60 cm


Marie-Laure Possovre, Prairie, Photography

Marie-Laure Possovre

Prairie, 2019
30 x 60 cm


Aleksandros Kanellopoulos, Alien, Photography

Aleksandros Kanellopoulos

Alien, 2017
70 x 50 cm


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


Valentina Murabito, Illusion Study no. 1, Photography

Valentina Murabito

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


Zhao Bandi, No smoking, Photography

Zhao Bandi

No smoking, 1999
50 x 50 cm


Damien De Bellis, Belly's Pollens, Photography

Damien De Bellis

Belly's Pollens, 2018
70 x 70 cm


Dani Garcia Sarabia, Contemplum #017, Photography

Dani Garcia Sarabia

Contemplum #017, 2019
33 x 50 x 0.03 cm


Eric Isselée, Herd of Elephants, Photography

Eric Isselée

Herd of Elephants, 2015
82 x 100 x 5 cm


Lionel Morateur, Mort d'un clown, Photography

Lionel Morateur

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


César Ancelle-Hansen, Beach Bummers, Photography

César Ancelle-Hansen

Beach Bummers, 2008
60 x 90 cm


Our recommendations Elliott Erwitt, Untitled, Photography

Elliott Erwitt

Untitled, 2000
40 x 57 x 1 cm


Marie Christine Palombit, Earth Mind, Photography

Marie Christine Palombit

Earth Mind, 2018
64 x 105 x 2 cm


Dariusz Klimczak, Hippohome, Photography

Dariusz Klimczak

Hippohome, 2012
45.7 x 40.6 cm


Alex Llovet, Faraway So Close 37, Photography

Alex Llovet

Faraway So Close 37, 2015
30 x 44 cm


Antoine Buttafoghi, Le chien, Photography

Antoine Buttafoghi

Le chien, 2016
120 x 80 cm


Marie-Fa Lazzari, Envols, Photography

Marie-Fa Lazzari

Envols, 2018
30 x 42 x 1 cm


Our recommendations Gabriel Orozco, Batwaves, Photography

Gabriel Orozco

Batwaves, 2012
20.32 x 15.24 cm


Art Grafts, Fishes on Dishes, Photography

Art Grafts

Fishes on Dishes, 2011
30.5 x 38.1 cm


Mathias Le Forestier, Le chat, Photography

Mathias Le Forestier

Le chat, 2011
17 x 13 cm


A-MO, Bison, Photography


Bison, 2016
59 x 89 x 1 cm


Tere Duro, ¡Vaya troncos!, Photography

Tere Duro

¡Vaya troncos!, 2000
100 x 80 cm


Samuel Dejong, Goliath Beetle Open, Photography

Samuel Dejong

Goliath Beetle Open, 2020
50 x 50 cm


Karine Payette, Entre nous I, Photography

Karine Payette

Entre nous I, 2016
61 x 91.5 cm


Benjamin Goss, Horus, Photography

Benjamin Goss

Horus, 2012
67 x 47 cm


Dominique Leroy, Couple de grue cendré. Parc de Tarangire. Tanzanie, Photography

Dominique Leroy

Couple de grue cendré. Parc de Tarangire. Tanzanie, 2012
90 x 70 x 2 cm


Jerome Liebling, Cowboy and horse, Browning, Montana, Photography

Jerome Liebling

Cowboy and horse, Browning, Montana, 1962
35.6 x 27.9 cm


Alfons Alt, Croco Nimensis, Photography

Alfons Alt

Croco Nimensis, 2009
60 x 50 x 5 cm


Andrés Calamaro, La Suerte Suprema. JT, Nimes, Francia., Photography

Andrés Calamaro

La Suerte Suprema. JT, Nimes, Francia., 2021
40 x 60 x 2 cm


Our recommendations Anja Diabaté, The Lion, Photography

Anja Diabaté

The Lion, 2020
40 x 60 x 1 cm


Ejaz Khan, Autopilot, Photography

Ejaz Khan

Autopilot, 2018
90.2 x 135.3 x 0.3 cm


Michel Zoghzoghi, Glider, Photography

Michel Zoghzoghi

Glider, 2013
80 x 120 cm


Beatriz Moreno, Aigle Blanc, Photography

Beatriz Moreno

Aigle Blanc, 2016
60 x 42 x 0.5 cm


Rémi Chapeaublanc, Kochakan, Photography

Rémi Chapeaublanc

Kochakan, 2011
60 x 90 cm


Rena Effendi, Anuta Grazing Sheep, Photography

Rena Effendi

Anuta Grazing Sheep, 2012
80 x 80 cm


Barzin Baharloee, Hommage à la Dame à l'hermine de Leonard de Vinci, Photography

Barzin Baharloee

Hommage à la Dame à l'hermine de Leonard de Vinci, 2017
80 x 58 x 3 cm


Laurent Baheux, Shere Khan, Photography

Laurent Baheux

Shere Khan, 2018
52 x 55 cm


Anne Berry, Baboon in Window, Photography

Anne Berry

Baboon in Window, 2012
50 x 50 cm


Guillaume Pépy, Terra Incognita - Le Grand Canyon, Photography

Guillaume Pépy

Terra Incognita - Le Grand Canyon, 2010
70 x 105 cm


Line Taarnberg, The power of love 1, Photography

Line Taarnberg

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


Elena Lyakir, Black Bird Fly, Photography

Elena Lyakir

Black Bird Fly, 2008
51 x 76 cm


Mats Bäcker, Conte de fées / Fairy tales, Plupp, Photography

Mats Bäcker

Conte de fées / Fairy tales, Plupp, 2007
24 x 49 x 5 cm


Issei Suda, Issei Suda, Ginzan Spa, Contemporary Japanese Photography, Photography

Issei Suda

Issei Suda, Ginzan Spa, Contemporary Japanese Photography, 1976
48.3 x 33 cm


Caroline Leite, 291215 101315 - Série Au bord de nuit, Photography

Caroline Leite

291215 101315 - Série Au bord de nuit, 2016
30 x 20 x 1 cm


Peter Zupnik, Chatte noire, 3/15, Photography

Peter Zupnik

Chatte noire, 3/15, 1996
30 x 40 x 1 cm


Melanie Sherman, Three Platters and two Vases with Fish, Grapes, Berries, Pomegranate, Deer Skull, Photography

Melanie Sherman

Three Platters and two Vases with Fish, Grapes, Berries, Pomegranate, Deer Skull, 2013
61 x 40.6 x 0.3 cm


Floriane Lisowski, Voile de Rose, France, Photography

Floriane Lisowski

Voile de Rose, France, 2020
70 x 100 x 3 cm


Marcus Davies, Gorilla, Photography

Marcus Davies

Gorilla, 2001
14 x 12.7 cm


Riccardo Bandiera, Watching the world pass us by #10, Photography

Riccardo Bandiera

Watching the world pass us by #10, 2018
14 x 21 cm


Hélène Guetary, Bird Mask, de la série 'Le Monde Masqué' 1, Photography

Hélène Guetary

Bird Mask, de la série 'Le Monde Masqué' 1, 2020
60 x 60 x 2 cm


Angela Gomes, The lost paradise, Photography

Angela Gomes

The lost paradise, 2019
120 x 140 x 3 cm


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