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Omnipresent and seemingly so natural in the smartphone era, the history of photography remains a relatively recent occurrence in comparison with the history of mankind.

Although it has been said that the technique's early stages began at the start of the 19th century, we owe its invention to Louis Daguerre in 1839. An associate of Niepce, he improved darkroom exposure time and modified the chemical elements necessary for the development of photographs. The daguerreotype was revealed to the general public on 7th January 1839 during a meeting at the French Academy of Sciences. Worldwide success was quick to follow.

Photo studios opened everywhere and the richest and most influential families at the time had their portrait taken in black and white.

Over time, the process took less and less time and the material needed less and less space. Tripods were eventually no longer necessary. In 1889, Eastman Kodak launched a portable camera with a film roll and photography took a completely new form.

Artists seized this new opportunity and art photography quickly started to develop.

The 20th century is characterised by the work of some of the most important photographers: Walker Evans, Henri Cartier Bresson, Robert Mapplethorpe, Raymond Depardon and of course Robert Doisneau. They succeeded incompletely transforming our vision of the world. They marked the end of one world and opened the way for another in which we could determine the contours and colours in of the world in our own unique ways. They showed us social realities and tragedies but they also immortalised the magic of Hollywood and the iconic men and women of their time.

Their successors followed in their footsteps, inspired by their unique framing and composition techniques. The creative possibilities of photography were yet again multiplied by the latest digital developments. Certain photographers maintained their steadfast love for the silver Leica cameras but many swapped them for sharper focus of reflex cameras and decided to play around in post-production to modify the photo's characteristics and final image.

Artsper's selection is representative of international photography from the 1950s to the current day. Made up of thousands of works, it covers a whole host of artistic processes, from reporting, fashion photography, contemporary documentary work, black and white photography to works which blur the lines between photography and other visual arts as well as iconic photographies and sport photographies.

Two principles can be used to guide you when choosing a work of art photography: you can choose to prioritise the diversity of artistic approaches, or to create ensembles, by buying entire series enabling you to acquire coherent monographic collections.

Whether with portraits, romantic landscapes, urban imagery, daily life or reporting events, photography ensures the faithful representation of oneself or of those around us. Amongst many others, you will find the following names in our selection of famous photographers: Liu Bolin, Li Wei, the French photographer Claude Levèque, fashion photographies by Helmut Newton, Larry Clark's polaroid, Ralph Gibson and in the Emerging artists category: Clarisse Rebotier and Thomas Subtil. You will also find the small format photographies andlarge format photographies.

Collector’s Guide: Collecting Fine Art Photographs

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Bernard Pras, 236. Clint, Photography

Bernard Pras

236. Clint, 2021
35.4 x 35.4 x 1.2 inch


Richard Heeps, News Stand, Bronzetti, Milan, Photography

Richard Heeps

News Stand, Bronzetti, Milan, 2018
24 x 29.5 x 0 inch


Paul Snell, Lumina # 202103, Photography

Paul Snell

Lumina # 202103, 2021
66.9 x 3.3 x 0.4 inch


Heidler & Heeps, Vinyl Collection, 'Double B Side (Orange)', Photography

Heidler & Heeps

Vinyl Collection, 'Double B Side (Orange)', 2020
18.9 x 18.9 x 0 inch


Slim Aarons, Poolside Pairs, Photography

Slim Aarons

Poolside Pairs, 2020
40 x 60 inch


Dominique Jullien, Le Ballet du grand Fleuve, Photography

Dominique Jullien

Le Ballet du grand Fleuve, 2020
5.1 x 11.8 x 0.4 inch


Caroline Giraud Rachet, Nageuse, Photography

Caroline Giraud Rachet

Nageuse, 2018
23.6 x 31.5 x 0.4 inch


Léo  Caillard, Hipster in Stone I, Aristeus, Photography

Léo Caillard

Hipster in Stone I, Aristeus, 2013
59.1 x 39.4 inch


Jason Engelund, Feel, Canyon Road (Abstract photography), Photography

Jason Engelund

Feel, Canyon Road (Abstract photography), 2020
20.1 x 16.1 inch


Angeles Peña, Hielos de San Rafael (Patagonia), Photography

Angeles Peña

Hielos de San Rafael (Patagonia), 2015
39 x 27.5 x 0.1 inch


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

Présence Panchounette

PP est de Bordeaux comme DADA de Zurich, 1976
19.3 x 23.2 x 0.8 inch

10,000 - $ 15,000

Venelina Katanska, Divine, Photography

Venelina Katanska

Divine, 2015
35.4 x 53.1 inch


Delphine Diallo, Warrior Bloodline, Photography

Delphine Diallo

Warrior Bloodline, 2018
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch


Claude Billès, Banyuls, Photography

Claude Billès

Banyuls, 2020
23.6 x 43.3 x 0.8 inch


James Sparshatt, La dama de la plaza, Photography

James Sparshatt

La dama de la plaza, 2000
13.8 x 13.8 x 0.4 inch


Dani Garcia Sarabia, Soustons, Photography

Dani Garcia Sarabia

Soustons, 2019
23.6 x 35.4 inch


Sarah Moon, Tullamore, Photography

Sarah Moon

Tullamore, 1988
11.75 x 14.75 x 0.1 inch


John Kenny, Ramji Bhagu, Photography

John Kenny

Ramji Bhagu, 2013
35.4 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch


Alain Daussin, Terrasse St Trop, Photography

Alain Daussin

Terrasse St Trop, 2005
15.7 x 19.7 inch


Lionel le Jeune, Grande Motte, Photography

Lionel le Jeune

Grande Motte, 2020
23.6 x 32.6 x 0.2 inch


Alain Longeaud, Le Passeur de l'aube, Photography

Alain Longeaud

Le Passeur de l'aube, 1975
25.6 x 19.7 inch


Patrick Lajoie, Birds Eye View, Photography

Patrick Lajoie

Birds Eye View, 2018
22 x 22 x 1.5 inch


Arno Elias, Mtoto, Photography

Arno Elias

Mtoto, 2018
38 x 52 inch


Patrick Blanc, Caroussel II, Photography

Patrick Blanc

Caroussel II, 2021
26.4 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch


Our recommendations Pedro Correa, Waiting for nothing, Photography

Pedro Correa

Waiting for nothing, 2013
39.4 x 39.4 x 1.2 inch


Ricky Cohete, Untitled., Photography

Ricky Cohete

Untitled., 2021
30 x 20 x 0.1 inch


Burt Glinn, Swing, The Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Photography

Burt Glinn

Swing, The Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, 1959
22 x 17 inch


Serge Hamad, Temporal Perception #7, Photography

Serge Hamad

Temporal Perception #7, 2017
45 x 60 inch


Gonçalo Martins, Path to Rock, Algarve, Photography

Gonçalo Martins

Path to Rock, Algarve, 2014
7.5 x 7.5 x 0 inch


Paloma Castello, Delirio exótico #20. From the series "Exotic Delirium", Photography

Paloma Castello

Delirio exótico #20. From the series "Exotic Delirium", 2020
53.5 x 29.5 x 0.1 inch


Jenny Owens, Fossils - post house 002, Photography

Jenny Owens

Fossils - post house 002, 2019
5.3 x 7.9 x 0.1 inch


Barry Cawston, Jorge's kitchen, Photography

Barry Cawston

Jorge's kitchen, 2012
39.4 x 47.2 x 0.8 inch


Roberta Fineberg, Maybe, butterfly series, contemporary photography, Photography

Roberta Fineberg

Maybe, butterfly series, contemporary photography, 2017
18 x 24 inch


Jean-Michel Voge, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Daughter China Moses, Paris, Photography

Jean-Michel Voge

Dee Dee Bridgewater and Daughter China Moses, Paris, 1987
24 x 17 inch


Arelys Photos, La Glace, Photography

Arelys Photos

La Glace, 2021
19.7 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch


Heike Bohnstengel, The Wave, Santa Monica, Photography

Heike Bohnstengel

The Wave, Santa Monica, 2014
11.8 x 11.8 x 0 inch


Joshua Jensen Nagle, Days long paradise, Photography

Joshua Jensen Nagle

Days long paradise, 2019
43 x 57 x 2.4 inch


Lauric Gourbal, Distillerie, Photography

Lauric Gourbal

Distillerie, 2017
31.5 x 47.2 x 0 inch


Miguel Winograd, Selva oscura macizo colombiano, Photography

Miguel Winograd

Selva oscura macizo colombiano, 2018
11 x 14 x 0.1 inch


Masahisa Fukase, Nayoro, Contemporary Japanese Photography, Photography

Masahisa Fukase

Nayoro, Contemporary Japanese Photography, 1977
13 x 19 inch


Albert Watson, Mick Jagger, Photography

Albert Watson

Mick Jagger, 1992
23.88 x 19.75 x 2 inch


Fabrizio Alzati, Yakitori, Photography

Fabrizio Alzati

Yakitori, 2017
7.9 x 10.6 inch


Séverine Metraz, Icône 130  ou  A fleur de peau, Photography

Séverine Metraz

Icône 130 ou A fleur de peau, 2016
24 x 19.3 inch


Yasuhiro Ishimoto, Joy of Color, Contemporary Japanese Photography, Photography

Yasuhiro Ishimoto

Joy of Color, Contemporary Japanese Photography, 2002
19 x 13 inch


Shigeichi Nagano, Monk of Kita Kamakura, Contemporary Japanese Photography, Photography

Shigeichi Nagano

Monk of Kita Kamakura, Contemporary Japanese Photography, 1950
19 x 13 inch


Alex Llovet, Kelly Whip, UK, Photography

Alex Llovet

Kelly Whip, UK, 2020
27.6 x 39.4 x 0.1 inch


Michel Verna, Fulgurance au couchant - série paysage abstrait, Photography

Michel Verna

Fulgurance au couchant - série paysage abstrait, 2019
15.7 x 23.6 x 0.2 inch


Stéphane Martin, Reflex, Photography

Stéphane Martin

Reflex, 2021
11.8 x 15.7 x 0 inch


Alejandra Leon, Daily Life in Kapan, Photography

Alejandra Leon

Daily Life in Kapan, 2020
11.8 x 17.7 x 0 inch


David Arky, For Tom B., Photography

David Arky

For Tom B., 2018
40 x 40 inch


Mathieu Puga, Milk?, Photography

Mathieu Puga

Milk?, 2020
29.5 x 19.7 x 0 inch


David Tesinsky, Thapathali slum, Kathmandu, Nepal, Photography

David Tesinsky

Thapathali slum, Kathmandu, Nepal, 2011
7.4 x 11 inch


Adrianna MJW, Megève winter, Photography

Adrianna MJW

Megève winter, 2020
15.7 x 11.8 x 0.3 inch


Jérôme Revon, London Mine, Photography

Jérôme Revon

London Mine, 2020
41.3 x 41.3 x 1.2 inch


Douraid Souissi, Untitled, Photography

Douraid Souissi

Untitled, 2019
63 x 43.3 x 0 inch


Anna Levesh, Deer - Archi-Lines Series, Photography

Anna Levesh

Deer - Archi-Lines Series, 2021
53 x 39.8 x 0.4 inch


Kino Perier, La mer, Photography

Kino Perier

La mer, 2018
9.4 x 11.8 x 0 inch


Steve Maudet, Maison de pécheur, Photography

Steve Maudet

Maison de pécheur, 2021
19.7 x 29.5 inch


Gilles Verneret, Jésus marche sur les eaux du lac de Tibériade, Photography

Gilles Verneret

Jésus marche sur les eaux du lac de Tibériade, 2010
31.5 x 31.5 x 0.1 inch


Marco Girolami, Rome's Angels 01, Photography

Marco Girolami

Rome's Angels 01, 2020
11.8 x 7.9 x 0 inch


Jacques Boumendil, Richard Wright_ Pink Floyd Live at Pompeii, Photography

Jacques Boumendil

Richard Wright_ Pink Floyd Live at Pompeii, 1971
11.8 x 15.7 x 0.4 inch


Thierry Morin, Catchers, Photography

Thierry Morin

Catchers, 2020
11 x 18.5 x 0.1 inch


Sjaak Korsten, Hide 1, Photography

Sjaak Korsten

Hide 1, 2017
33.5 x 27.6 x 0.4 inch


Christine Chanu, Strange fruits, Photography

Christine Chanu

Strange fruits, 2021
15.7 x 23.6 inch


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