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Fresh News #1 - série Reflects & Transparencies, Anna Levesh

Fresh News #1 - série Reflects & Transparencies

Anna Levesh

Photography - 60 x 45 cm


Children, Harlem, New York, USA, Leonard Freed

Children, Harlem, New York, USA

Leonard Freed

Photography - 48.3 x 33 cm


L'histoire de la Femme de Goncourt, Julie Peiffer

L'histoire de la Femme de Goncourt

Julie Peiffer

Photography - 65 x 100 x 0.25 cm


Givenchy aux Champs Elysées, Pierre Boulat

Givenchy aux Champs Elysées

Pierre Boulat

Photography - 30.5 x 40.5 x 1 cm


Gun 1, New York 1955. Contact peint, William Klein

Gun 1, New York 1955. Contact peint

William Klein

Photography - 24 x 18.4 x 1 cm


Clark Gable à Paris, René Vital

Clark Gable à Paris

René Vital

Photography - 40 x 30 x 0.1 cm


Vietnam, Chau Doc, Batelier, Eric Benard

Vietnam, Chau Doc, Batelier

Eric Benard

Photography - 40 x 40 x 0.1 cm


Squirting champagne, Lagoon of Orbetello, Marco Tenaglia

Squirting champagne, Lagoon of Orbetello

Marco Tenaglia

Photography - 44.5 x 67 cm


Un Corps dans le Décor #26, Babeth Aloy

Un Corps dans le Décor #26

Babeth Aloy

Photography - 40 x 60 x 3 cm


Here comes the future - vacuum, David Carey

Here comes the future - vacuum

David Carey

Photography - 50 x 64 x 0.1 cm


Animalité #01, Malo

Animalité #01


Photography - 110 x 150 x 10 cm


Alone on Flight, Yuyang Liu

Alone on Flight

Yuyang Liu

Photography - 50 x 50 x 0.1 cm


Untitled, Li Hui


Li Hui

Photography - 40 x 50 x 0.1 cm


Magic Comes To Lurline Bay, Anthony Horth

Magic Comes To Lurline Bay

Anthony Horth

Photography - 76.2 x 50.8 x 2 cm


Daily Bread - Limited Edition Archival Pigment Print, Alain Le Garsmeur

Daily Bread - Limited Edition Archival Pigment Print

Alain Le Garsmeur

Photography - 60 x 50 x 0.1 cm


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

A Widow in Her Bedroom, 55th St, NYC

Diane Arbus

Photography - 35.6 x 27.9 cm


HRH Princess Elizabeth With HRH The Prince of Wales, Cecil Beaton

HRH Princess Elizabeth With HRH The Prince of Wales

Cecil Beaton

Photography - 76.2 x 76.2 cm


Joy of Color, Contemporary Japanese Photography, Yasuhiro Ishimoto

Joy of Color, Contemporary Japanese Photography

Yasuhiro Ishimoto

Photography - 48.3 x 33 cm


Black Volta (Mouhoun) - Untitled n°07, Adrien Bitibaly

Black Volta (Mouhoun) - Untitled n°07

Adrien Bitibaly

Photography - 61.5 x 50 x 4 cm


Everyday life Photography for Sale

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. Portrait photography immortalized 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 specialized 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 immortalized 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 recognized 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 revolutionized 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 recognizable. 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 people from around the world.

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What does everyday life photography consist of?

Everyday life photography is a type of photography that captures moments from normal, daily life, such as urban street scenes, everyday objects, or children playing. 

What are examples of everyday life photography?

Examples of everyday life photography include photojournalistic pictures of a town or city, or snapshots of found or everyday objects. 

What is mundane photography?

Mundane photography has the same meaning as everyday life photography, meaning photography that captures images of day-to-day, mundane or banal life.