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Oxana (Stage of Consciousness) part of the 29 Palms, CA project (1), Stefanie Schneider

Oxana (Stage of Consciousness) part of the 29 Palms, CA project (1)

Stefanie Schneider

Photography - 20 x 24 x 1 cm

€280

La Nuit au Chalet 1935, Willy Ronis

La Nuit au Chalet 1935

Willy Ronis

Photography - 30 x 40 x 1 cm

€2,000

The birds nightmare, Lisa Palomino

The birds nightmare

Lisa Palomino

Photography - 152.4 x 101.6 x 0.3 cm

€3,945

Model and table setting, about, Horst P. Horst

Model and table setting, about

Horst P. Horst

Photography - 59.9 x 48.5 x 0.3 cm

€4,932

Muscle Boy, Harlem, New York, USA, Leonard Freed

Muscle Boy, Harlem, New York, USA

Leonard Freed

Photography - 48.3 x 33 cm

€2,959 €2,811

Egg head 1/3, momentum

Egg head 1/3

momentum

Photography - 40 x 40 x 0.2 cm

€150

Frida Kahlo in the blue house, Coyoacán, Mexico., Leo Matiz

Frida Kahlo in the blue house, Coyoacán, Mexico.

Leo Matiz

Photography - 35.6 x 25.4 x 0.3 cm

€1,775

I am an artist, John Yuyi

I am an artist

John Yuyi

Photography - 70 x 70 x 0.5 cm

€3,500

Photographie de Carole Bouquet, Just Jaeckin

Photographie de Carole Bouquet

Just Jaeckin

Photography - 80 x 60 x 1 cm

€990

Cane Shopping Singapore, Tony Potts

Cane Shopping Singapore

Tony Potts

Photography - 55.9 x 40.6 cm

€1,874

Deep Thoughts (Gill with Glove), Sam Haskins

Deep Thoughts (Gill with Glove)

Sam Haskins

Photography - 61 x 54.9 cm

€3,847

Blue Blondie, Mick Rock

Blue Blondie

Mick Rock

Photography - 40 x 40 x 0.1 cm

€1,975

Fresco, Apology of Eros, MDC, Almin Zrno

Fresco, Apology of Eros, MDC

Almin Zrno

Photography - 70 x 50 x 1 cm

€2,500

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Greg Gorman

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Greg Gorman

Photography - 50 x 40 x 0.5 cm

€6,200

No title (No124), Suki Da

No title (No124)

Suki Da

Photography - 91 x 91 x 0.1 cm

€972

Untitled Portrait of Female, Man Ray

Untitled Portrait of Female

Man Ray

Photography - 25.7 x 26 cm

€2,959

Miami Beach #49, Andy Sweet

Miami Beach #49

Andy Sweet

Photography - 40 x 40 x 0.1 cm

€1,650

Ghost Story (Self Portrait with my Mother), Lisa Toboz

Ghost Story (Self Portrait with my Mother)

Lisa Toboz

Photography - 50 x 40 x 0.1 cm

€480 €432

Pigment, sweat and nothing else... III, Gersony Silva

Pigment, sweat and nothing else... III

Gersony Silva

Photography - 120 x 79 x 1 cm

€2,000

Indigenous Victims of wilful fires in Amazonia, David Tesinsky

Indigenous Victims of wilful fires in Amazonia

David Tesinsky

Photography - 18.67 x 28 cm

€250

Fashion on the Street, Paris 1963, Uwe Ommer

Fashion on the Street, Paris 1963

Uwe Ommer

Photography - 50.8 x 40.6 x 0.3 cm

€1,775

04-Pierre Soulages aux abattoirs de Toulouse 2000, José Nicolas

04-Pierre Soulages aux abattoirs de Toulouse 2000

José Nicolas

Photography - 40 x 50 x 1 cm

€500

Bardot # 190030, Pola 4.0

Bardot # 190030

Pola 4.0

Photography - 100 x 80 x 1 cm

€5,700

Box set edition photographie Gabriele Galimberti., Gabriele Galimberti

Box set edition photographie Gabriele Galimberti.

Gabriele Galimberti

Photography - 21 x 30.5 x 1.5 cm

€180

We are new heroines!. Homage to Louise Brooks and Barbara Kruger, Paloma Castello

We are new heroines!. Homage to Louise Brooks and Barbara Kruger

Paloma Castello

Photography - 152.4 x 101.6 x 0.3 cm

€2,959

Plastic Toys, Liu Bolin

Plastic Toys

Liu Bolin

Photography - 90 x 120 cm

€12,000

S/T de la Serie Callejeros musicales (1), Sonia Almaguer

S/T de la Serie Callejeros musicales (1)

Sonia Almaguer

Photography - 32 x 24 x 2 cm

€1,200

Portrait Photography for Sale

In the 1830s, Nièpce discovered the process for setting images onto pewter plates. In 1833, upon Nièpce's death, Louis Daguerre and François Arago continued his experiments and invented the daguerreotype, a process which created a printed image on a silver plate that had been exposed to light. Photography was born.

Similarly to how portrait painting had dominated artistic output in previous centuries, portrait photography was to become the pillar of the Second French Empire's photographic industry. Lenses with a shorter focal length, which enabled reduced exposure times, gradually appear on the market. The required equipment was expensive and difficult to handle. Some photographers, called daguerreotypists, decided to open their own photography studios to make a profit from their endeavours. The daguerreotype process was temperamental, and photographers had to take their pictures with great precision and attention to detail. They welcomed many people into their studios and customers choose how they wished to be photographed from catalogue of poses. Originally only accessible to the bourgeoisie, lower prices resulting from the growing number of studios eventually attracted a wider customer base. This phenomenon infuriated the poet Charles Baudelaire who was frustrated by the sense of narcissism sparked by the daguerreotypists.

Despite his protests, the egotistical trend only grew with the emergence of 'carte de visite' portraits (small photographs, the size of today's business cards). These were the brainchild of Adolphe Eugène Disdéri came up with the idea of producing portraits akin to visiting cards in 1859. He printed eight portraits in a variety of poses onto a single plate and once developed they could be cut up into eight distinct “visiting cards". Very popular with the bourgeoisie, they highlighted the sitters' social status. 'Carte de visite' portraits featuring celebrities were also sold to customers, who could subsequently add them to their albums.

The photographer Nadar was one of the first to demonstrate a conscious artistic approach to producing these portraits. He emphasised facial expressions and ensured the sitter was comfortable and at ease before taking the photograph. He photographed the era's greatest thinkers and artists, including Honoré de Balzac, George Sand, and Victor Hugo. He even managed to reconcile Baudelaire with portraiture.

At the end of the 19th century, the art of photography started to enter the mainstream, with the arrival of the Kodak company. The use of the camera, and the taking of portraits, became everyday occurrences. A century later, it was the invention of the digital camera which challenged the status quo. Whereas before alterations could only be made to photographs when they were being taken or developed, with the digital camera editing became easier, quicker and more convenient. Digital photography has given photographers much more freedom when it comes to editing and new methods and techniques are constantly being explored.

Some of the photographers who have left their mark on the last century include: Cindy Sherman, who excelled in self-portraits, Annie Leibovitz, who captured celebrities, the wacky duo, Pierre and Gilles, as well as Diane Arbus, Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Helmut Newton and Bettina Rheims.

So, do portraits help us to learn more about each other, to remember, to invent, to act, or to reconnect with ourselves? Find out on Artsper, by exploring the works of Formento & Formento, Naomi Vona, Ahmed Bennani, Chou Ching Hui, Samuel CuetoBrno del ZouRen Hang, Markus + Indrani, Jerome Liebling as well as Annina Roescheisen.

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What makes a portrait photograph?

A portrait photograph can be a photograph of a person's head and shoulders, but it can also be of an animal or of a different section of the subject's body such as their feet. Portrait photographs in art often tell or hint something about its subject to the viewer, such as an aspect of their personality, but still contain an element of mystery. 

What are the three major types of portrait photography?

The three major types of portrait photography are posed portraits, candid or anonymous portraits, and conceptual portraits. The last type, conceptual or creative portraits, can be experimental and abstract, and may not represent an image close to a traditional portrait.

What are the six styles of portrait photography?

The six main types of portrait photography are fine art portraits, traditional portraits (for example posed portraits taken at school), lifestyle portraits, group portraits, street portraits and glamour portraits.