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Everyday life Photography

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. Black and white portraits immortalised 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 specialised 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 immortalised 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 recognised 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 revolutionised 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 recognisable. 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 men and women from around the world.

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

Pierrot Men

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

$2,597

Antoine Rose, Organic Clock - Italy Tuscany, Photography

Antoine Rose

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

$9,583

Sven Pfrommer, Tokyo nights I, Photography

Sven Pfrommer

Tokyo nights I, 2019
80 x 120 x 3 cm
Photography

$2,190

Camille Léage, Bus 60, Chateau Rouge, Photography

Camille Léage

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

$247

Stéphane Navailles, Sortie bw Paris, Photography

Stéphane Navailles

Sortie bw Paris, 2021
40 x 60 x 0.1 cm
Photography

$641

José Nicolas, 02 - Crique de Bonporteau, Photography

José Nicolas

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

$1,484

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

Jean-Pierre Duvergé

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

$556

Madeleine Gross, Untitled Miami Beach, Photography

Madeleine Gross

Untitled Miami Beach, 2021
61 x 40.6 cm
Photography

$2,600

Anne-Sophie Granjon, Pastel, Photography

Anne-Sophie Granjon

Pastel, 2017
80 x 120 x 3 cm
Photography

$4,946

Didier Bizet, Bateau croisière., Photography

Didier Bizet

Bateau croisière., 2019
50 x 75 x 1 cm
Photography

$1,237

Our recommendations Julie Peiffer, La Femme Rousse, Photography

Julie Peiffer

La Femme Rousse, 2015
100 x 100 cm
Photography

$2,597

Cécile Baldewyns, Circus, Photography

Cécile Baldewyns

Circus, 2015
40 x 60 cm
Photography

$866

Nobuyoshi Araki, Sans Titre, Photography

Nobuyoshi Araki

Sans Titre, 2000
10.8 x 8.9 cm
Photography

$1,175

Julien Dubois, HK Woker, Photography

Julien Dubois

HK Woker, 2016
100 x 70 x 1 cm
Photography

$1,484

Our recommendations Joost Wensveen, Blackrock, Photography

Joost Wensveen

Blackrock, 2015
60 x 90 x 1 cm
Photography

$2,906

Our recommendations Laura Makabresku, The Mother (La Mère), Photography

Laura Makabresku

The Mother (La Mère), 2013
30 x 45 cm
Photography

$649

Muriel Bordier, Les maîtres nageurs, Photography

Muriel Bordier

Les maîtres nageurs, 2015
90 x 170 x 0.2 cm
Photography

$6,801

Olivier Le Brun, Mada 2, Photography

Olivier Le Brun

Mada 2, 2000
30 x 45 cm
Photography

$1,305

Caroline Giraud Rachet, Nageuse, Photography

Caroline Giraud Rachet

Nageuse, 2018
60 x 80 x 1 cm
Photography

$878

Our recommendations Slim Aarons, Coming Ashore, Photography

Slim Aarons

Coming Ashore, 1973
152 x 101 cm
Photography

$4,142

Sandrine Darcos, Amazing Sunset Croisette Cannes, Photography

Sandrine Darcos

Amazing Sunset Croisette Cannes, 2019
60 x 90 x 2 cm
Photography

$423 $470

Baptiste Blanchett, Bande d'ordures, Photography

Baptiste Blanchett

Bande d'ordures, 2018
50 x 75 x 1 cm
Photography

$989

Jodi Bieber, Cardiff by night, Photography

Jodi Bieber

Cardiff by night, 2003
70 x 50 x 0.1 cm
Photography

$3,265

Our recommendations Cristina Aldehuela, Lelo 1, Photography

Cristina Aldehuela

Lelo 1, 2014
40 x 60 x 0.1 cm
Photography

$1,608

Bishin Jumonji, Something 1, Photography

Bishin Jumonji

Something 1, 2002
25.4 x 25.4 cm
Photography

$2,102

Our recommendations Tommy Schultz, Best wave I, Photography

Tommy Schultz

Best wave I, 2015
50 x 75 cm
Photography

$989

Anne Eliayan et Christian Pic, La croisière n°15/30, Photography

Anne Eliayan et Christian Pic

La croisière n°15/30, 2020
30 x 40 x 1 cm
Photography

$618

Elisa Haberer, Plongeurs, Photography

Elisa Haberer

Plongeurs, 2008
100 x 100 x 0.1 cm
Photography

$4,204

Lyoudmila Milanova, Hidden Object, Photography

Lyoudmila Milanova

Hidden Object, 2020
59.4 x 42 cm
Photography

$272

Rodrigo, Healthy, Photography

Rodrigo

Healthy, 2019
21 x 29.7 x 0.2 cm
Photography

$234

Panos Kokkinias, Chalandriani, Photography

Panos Kokkinias

Chalandriani, 1999
80 x 111.5 cm
Photography

$11,747

Alessandra Bisi, Ibrid Cracovia, Photography

Alessandra Bisi

Ibrid Cracovia, 2018
47 x 35 x 1.5 cm
Photography

$408

Wylda Bayrón, Bailarín Bhutanés, Photography

Wylda Bayrón

Bailarín Bhutanés, 2012
40 x 60 cm
Photography

$1,360

Uwe Ommer, Foot de rue, Photography

Uwe Ommer

Foot de rue, 1962
40 x 48 x 0.1 cm
Photography

$1,484

Emmanuelle Barbaras, Assemblée femmes Dakar, Photography

Emmanuelle Barbaras

Assemblée femmes Dakar, 2018
45 x 38 x 1 cm
Photography

$866

João Luiz Bulcão, Brasil 2, Photography

João Luiz Bulcão

Brasil 2, 2000
30 x 45 x 0.1 cm
Photography

$989

Cheryl Maeder, Far Away IX, Photography

Cheryl Maeder

Far Away IX, 2010
120 x 80 cm
Photography

$4,699

Estelle Hanania, Last Parade, Photography

Estelle Hanania

Last Parade, 2015
56 x 41 x 1 cm
Photography

$371

Cyril Manzini, Purification, Photography

Cyril Manzini

Purification, 2019
30 x 30 cm
Photography

$1,360

Stéphane Daireaux, Xynthia 37, Photography

Stéphane Daireaux

Xynthia 37, 2010
17 x 32 cm
Photography

$495

Isabelle Picarel, Ecosse, Photography

Isabelle Picarel

Ecosse, 2013
53 x 80 cm
Photography

$1,298

André Le Mauff, L'arbre, n°1/2, Photography

André Le Mauff

L'arbre, n°1/2, 2018
25 x 25 cm
Photography

$495

David Bordes, Sainte Rita et Yves Klein, Photography

David Bordes

Sainte Rita et Yves Klein, 1999
50 x 60 cm
Photography

$1,793

Djamel Djebbour, Havane I, Photography

Djamel Djebbour

Havane I, 2015
80 x 120 x 3 cm
Photography

$7,419

Thomas Hoeffgen, Soweto, Photography

Thomas Hoeffgen

Soweto, 2009
40 x 54 x 0.1 cm
Photography

$2,968

Yuyang Liu, Alone on Flight, Photography

Yuyang Liu

Alone on Flight, 2020
50 x 50 x 0.1 cm
Photography

$1,360

Nadine Track, Central Park, Photography

Nadine Track

Central Park, 2015
122 x 191 cm
Photography

$11,129

Linda Tuloup, Viens, Photography

Linda Tuloup

Viens, 2009
30 x 30 x 8 cm
Photography

$2,720

Chiara Dazi, Le lutteur, Photography

Chiara Dazi

Le lutteur, 2003
60 x 60 cm
Photography

$1,237

Jean-Pierre Attal, Paysages ethnographiques #7, Photography

Jean-Pierre Attal

Paysages ethnographiques #7, 2012
75 x 100 x 2 cm
Photography

$3,586

Larry Clark, Sans titre, Photography

Larry Clark

Sans titre, 2005
12.5 x 18 x 0.02 cm
Photography

$396

Lionel Hahn, Champions du monde, Photography

Lionel Hahn

Champions du monde, 2018
30 x 45 cm
Photography

$816

Ludovic Careme, Mostar Bridge, Photography

Ludovic Careme

Mostar Bridge, 1995
40 x 40 cm
Photography

$2,448

Ahmet Sel, Chantilly, Photography

Ahmet Sel

Chantilly, 2002
40 x 40 cm
Photography

$989

Gilberto Perin, Tuneis, Photography

Gilberto Perin

Tuneis, 2012
40 x 60 cm
Photography

$1,138

Stephan Zaubitzer, Echecs, Photography

Stephan Zaubitzer

Echecs, 2012
50 x 60 x 5 cm
Photography

$1,608

Bernhard Lang, AV_Miami_15, Photography

Bernhard Lang

AV_Miami_15, 2015
120 x 85 x 2 cm
Photography

$2,584

Michael Townsend, Doho, Photography

Michael Townsend

Doho, 2017
120 x 80 cm
Photography

$1,113

Lídia Vives, The Rival, Photography

Lídia Vives

The Rival, 2015
50 x 80 cm
Photography

$927

Fabrizio Alzati, Yakitori, Photography

Fabrizio Alzati

Yakitori, 2017
20 x 27 cm
Photography

$433

Nicolas Le Beuan Bénic, Shark portrait I, Photography

Nicolas Le Beuan Bénic

Shark portrait I, 2019
60 x 60 x 3 cm
Photography

$470

Bernard Plossu, Sans titre 3, Photography

Bernard Plossu

Sans titre 3, 1988
13 x 18 cm
Photography

$1,237

Richard Dunkley, Cap Ferrat, Photography

Richard Dunkley

Cap Ferrat, 2001
61 x 50.8 cm
Photography

$684

Mathias Le Forestier, Le chat, Photography

Mathias Le Forestier

Le chat, 2011
17 x 13 cm
Photography

$309

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