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Urban Photography

In order to define urban photography, it is first important to understand street photography. Street photography typically refers to documentary-like portrait photos of passers-by taken in an urban setting on the spur of the moment. The genre is often associated with the Golden Age of photography which lasted from 1890 to 1970. The great masters of this period include Cartier-Bresson (whose treasured Leica has become an iconic street photography camera), Weegee (known for his images of crime scenes), Robert Doisneau (and his famous 'The Kiss by the Hôtel de Ville), William Klein (one of the genre's pioneers known for his focus on children), Vivian Maier, Eugene Atget and many other key names.

As street photography has become a genre of its own, there seems to be a key difference between 'new' and 'traditional' street photography. The subject in street photography has gradually shifted from the street itself to the men and women who occupy the urban space. This photographic technique has allowed some of the great photographers to capture the depth and intensity of certain facial expressions and give their images a strong sense of emotion. Nonetheless, this perspective overlooks certain aspects of the original school of urban photography. Faces and staging have eclipsed urban buildings and their architecture.

Street photography has come to reflect post-modern capitalist society and mass-consumerism where entertainment and immediacy are highly sought after. Although this is not necessarily a negative thing, this cannot be denied and this is what distinguishes it from urban photography.

In a similar way to traditional street photography, urban photography not only tries to freeze people in time but also places. Urban photography captures and enhances buildings and their architecture by playing around with lighting and framing in a way that only professional photographers know how. When we consider that 50% of the world's population now live in cities we can see how each image is instilled with the artist's own opinion of the urban world.

In short, urban photography cannot simply be reduced to street photography; it immortalises urban life with a much broader perspective. It captures everything urban-related; the skyscrapers of Manhattan's skyline are just one example. Passers-by are not necessarily the photograph's main focus; objects are the genre's favourite subject. Much more than just a mere spectator, urban photography is also critical of its society. Artsper has an exclusive selection of works from artists with a shrewd outlook on contemporary society and who want to share their new perspectives on the world around them. Discover the splendid analogue photos of Paris in the 1930s by Roger Schall or Manhattan photography as well as London photographies and get lost in the depth of Gwenaël Bollinger's incredible shots!

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Karol Kállay, Midtown Still-life, Photography

Karol Kállay

Midtown Still-life, 1965
30 x 30 cm
Photography

$1,157 $1,446

Sven Pfrommer, New York Color XXII, Photography

Sven Pfrommer

New York Color XXII, 2012
80 x 100 x 3 cm
Photography

$1,916

Fabrizio La Torre, 100th Anniversary Celebration Coffret # 11 - Hong Kong 1956 - Tiré à part # 1, Photography

Fabrizio La Torre

100th Anniversary Celebration Coffret # 11 - Hong Kong 1956 - Tiré à part # 1, 1956
42 x 30 x 0.3 cm
Photography

$1,554

Patrick Blanc, Ile de la Cité, Photography

Patrick Blanc

Ile de la Cité, 2019
70 x 120 x 1 cm
Photography

$1,687

J. Marquette Romeu, Le vélo psychédélique, Photography

J. Marquette Romeu

Le vélo psychédélique, 2021
40 x 50 x 0.15 cm
Photography

$422

Aurélie Sarramon, Sans titre 3, Photography

Aurélie Sarramon

Sans titre 3, 2016
90 x 60 cm
Photography

$434

Fabien Novarino, Manhattan Traffic, Photography

Fabien Novarino

Manhattan Traffic, 2020
80 x 120 x 2 cm
Photography

$1,422

Christian Bruneau, Au fil du temps, Photography

Christian Bruneau

Au fil du temps, 2015
60 x 90 x 3 cm
Photography

$434

Cécile Baldewyns, Fairy, Photography

Cécile Baldewyns

Fairy, 2014
40 x 60 cm
Photography

$843

Julien Dubois, HK Woker, Photography

Julien Dubois

HK Woker, 2016
100 x 70 x 1 cm
Photography

$1,446

Icy & Sot, The New American Flag, Photography

Icy & Sot

The New American Flag, 2019
76 x 114 cm
Photography

$3,856

Sonac, Le Lama en Urbex, Photography

Sonac

Le Lama en Urbex, 2018
60 x 60 cm
Photography

$1,325

Horst P. Horst, Istanbul - Untitled #5, Istanbul, 1954, Photography

Horst P. Horst

Istanbul - Untitled #5, Istanbul, 1954, 2018
39.9 x 39.9 cm
Photography

$1,700

Murat Germen, Facsimile - Chicago #3, Photography

Murat Germen

Facsimile - Chicago #3, 2015
80 x 250 x 1 cm
Photography

$7,413

Leticia Felgueroso, Trafalgar, Photography

Leticia Felgueroso

Trafalgar, 2013
100 x 100 cm
Photography

$2,187

Shenqi Tang, Louvre II, Photography

Shenqi Tang

Louvre II, 2020
31 x 60 x 1 cm
Photography

$1,325

Vanessa Vercel, Arc de triomphe, Photography

Vanessa Vercel

Arc de triomphe, 2020
70 x 105 x 2 cm
Photography

$1,566

Thierry Bazin, Le banc public devant le pont d'Avignon - série vision du monde, Photography

Thierry Bazin

Le banc public devant le pont d'Avignon - série vision du monde, 2020
50 x 50 cm
Photography

$482

Our recommendations Serge Mendjisky, Statue de la Liberté HC, Photography

Serge Mendjisky

Statue de la Liberté HC, 2008
150 x 66 x 5 cm
Photography

$14,458

Duncan Wade, X-Ray London, Photography

Duncan Wade

X-Ray London, 2019
97 x 180 x 5 cm
Photography

$3,601

Stéphane Daireaux, Voog 29, Photography

Stéphane Daireaux

Voog 29, 2018
18 x 40 cm
Photography

$482

Luca Izzo, Berlin N°1, Photography

Luca Izzo

Berlin N°1, 2019
120 x 80 x 0.7 cm
Photography

$1,892

Thomas Hoeffgen, Lagos la dingue, Photography

Thomas Hoeffgen

Lagos la dingue, 2009
40 x 103 x 0.1 cm
Photography

$2,410

Joël Cadiou, Enfants de pêcheurs, Photography

Joël Cadiou

Enfants de pêcheurs, 2002
29 x 43 cm
Photography

$1,807

France-Noëlle Pellecer, La vie est belle, Photography

France-Noëlle Pellecer

La vie est belle, 2014
60 x 80 x 2 cm
Photography

$1,687

LaO PaZ, Perdida en la ciudad, Photography

LaO PaZ

Perdida en la ciudad, 2011
40 x 60 x 5 cm
Photography

$843

Sally Davies, Jesus Saves, Photography

Sally Davies

Jesus Saves, 2010
33 x 48.3 cm
Photography

$4,000

Edi Hirose, Expansión 5928, Photography

Edi Hirose

Expansión 5928, 2013
136 x 110 cm
Photography

$8,434

Alexia Tailleur, Paris II, Photography

Alexia Tailleur

Paris II, 2018
110 x 55 cm
Photography

$2,530

Présence Panchounette, PP est de Bordeaux comme DADA de Zurich, Photography

Présence Panchounette

PP est de Bordeaux comme DADA de Zurich, 1976
49 x 59 x 2 cm
Photography

10,000 - $ 15,000

Gottfried Salzmann, Paris Panthéon, Photography

Gottfried Salzmann

Paris Panthéon, 2006
38 x 51 cm
Photography

$4,639

Guillaume Herbaut, Tchernobyl, Photography

Guillaume Herbaut

Tchernobyl, 2009
60 x 75 x 0.1 cm
Photography

$3,554

Yann Merran, This is so Illegal, Photography

Yann Merran

This is so Illegal, 2010
60 x 90 x 2 cm
Photography

$843

CharlElie Couture, Manhattan Photo-Grafs, Photography

CharlElie Couture

Manhattan Photo-Grafs, 2009
60 x 60 x 3 cm
Photography

$1,446

Our recommendations Roger Schall, Le Moulin Rouge, Paris, 1930, Photography

Roger Schall

Le Moulin Rouge, Paris, 1930, 2015
50 x 40 cm
Photography

$964

Li Wei, Bright Apex 075-01, Photography

Li Wei

Bright Apex 075-01, 2007
67 x 100 cm
Photography

$7,229

Leonard Freed, Wall Street, New York City, Photography

Leonard Freed

Wall Street, New York City, 1956
48.3 x 33 cm
Photography

$3,000

Pedro Correa, Heaven Burning, Photography

Pedro Correa

Heaven Burning, 2014
120 x 80 x 2 cm
Photography

$4,771

Alberto Sánchez, Monumento I, Photography

Alberto Sánchez

Monumento I, 2019
53 x 43 x 4 cm
Photography

$1,410

Gwenaël Bollinger, L'envol, Photography

Gwenaël Bollinger

L'envol, 2013
50 x 50 x 1 cm
Photography

$651

Antoine Buttafoghi, Le Pigeon, Photography

Antoine Buttafoghi

Le Pigeon, 2013
120 x 80 cm
Photography

$1,687

Pep Ventosa, Rio de la Madoneta, Venice, Photography

Pep Ventosa

Rio de la Madoneta, Venice, 2018
91.4 x 61 x 2.5 cm
Photography

$1,200

Alejandra Carles-Tolra, The Shadows Of The Birds, Mission Hill, Photography

Alejandra Carles-Tolra

The Shadows Of The Birds, Mission Hill, 2012
50 x 50 cm
Photography

$783

Margaux Chalançon, Numero 12, Photography

Margaux Chalançon

Numero 12, 2018
30 x 45 x 0.01 cm
Photography

$482

Clara Cena, Au-delà de nous-même 6, Photography

Clara Cena

Au-delà de nous-même 6, 2019
30 x 45 x 0.1 cm
Photography

$723

Luigi Visconti, Pudong rose, Photography

Luigi Visconti

Pudong rose, 2014
61 x 100 x 0.5 cm
Photography

$1,807

Vladimir Bazan, Paris -  Rue des 3 frères, Photography

Vladimir Bazan

Paris - Rue des 3 frères, 2010
28 x 54 cm
Photography

$1,566

Patrick Lajoie, Like A Dream SQ, Photography

Patrick Lajoie

Like A Dream SQ, 2021
91.4 x 91.4 x 3.8 cm
Photography

$2,400

Mario Schifano, Mario Schifano, Photography

Mario Schifano

Mario Schifano, 1970
70 x 100 x 0.1 cm
Photography

$1,024

Michael Wallner, Borough Station 1, Photography

Michael Wallner

Borough Station 1, 2017
38 x 48 x 0.3 cm
Photography

$699

Mehran Naghshbandi, Echoes of Light, Photography

Mehran Naghshbandi

Echoes of Light, 2017
40 x 60 cm
Photography

$1,205

Martin Kallay, Brooklyn Dinner at Night, Photography

Martin Kallay

Brooklyn Dinner at Night, 2014
45 x 30 cm
Photography

$1,446

Thierry Clech, Japon - Tokyo - 1, Photography

Thierry Clech

Japon - Tokyo - 1, 2016
40 x 50 x 1 cm
Photography

$1,928

Anna Levesh, Fog, Photography

Anna Levesh

Fog, 2018
56.2 x 75 cm
Photography

$2,289

Gisela Gaffoglio, Mediodía, Photography

Gisela Gaffoglio

Mediodía, 2018
75 x 48 x 1 cm
Photography

$1,084

Linda Chapman, Outside In II, Photography

Linda Chapman

Outside In II, 2019
84 x 59 x 0.1 cm
Photography

$1,319

Jerry Weber, Light Ride, Photography

Jerry Weber

Light Ride, 2020
40.6 x 50.8 x 0.6 cm
Photography

$760

Maciej Leszczynski, Hall 38A II, Photography

Maciej Leszczynski

Hall 38A II, 2020
28.22 x 35.28 cm
Photography

$422

Neil Massey, Song Diptych Series #2, Photography

Neil Massey

Song Diptych Series #2, 2015
45.7 x 72.6 cm
Photography

$706

Nadia Boukouti, Traits du Japon, Photography

Nadia Boukouti

Traits du Japon, 2017
30 x 30 x 0.1 cm
Photography

$554

Yves Bordes Lapeyre, Mirage, Photography

Yves Bordes Lapeyre

Mirage, 2017
50 x 75 x 1 cm
Photography

$602

Stella Kaloudis, Néréide du couchant, Photography

Stella Kaloudis

Néréide du couchant, 2009
40 x 30 x 0.1 cm
Photography

$536

Bertrand Noël, Dix fois Leos Carax - Naissance d'un pont , Photography

Bertrand Noël

Dix fois Leos Carax - Naissance d'un pont , 2014
50 x 75 cm
Photography

$1,928

Didier Bizet, Centre de Pyongyang, Photography

Didier Bizet

Centre de Pyongyang, 2012
80 x 120 x 3 cm
Photography

$2,410

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