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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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Richard Heeps, Nomad I, New York, Photography

Richard Heeps

Nomad I, New York, 2017
29.5 x 24 x 0 inch


Mihaela Ivanova, Life is a winking light in the darkness, Photography

Mihaela Ivanova

Life is a winking light in the darkness, 2021
15.7 x 23.6 inch


Dora Franco, Cebolla y bandeja, Photography

Dora Franco

Cebolla y bandeja, 2021
23.6 x 31.5 x 0.1 inch


Hunter & Gatti, Le Fauteuil de l'oubli, Photography

Hunter & Gatti

Le Fauteuil de l'oubli, 2020
29.9 x 24 x 0.1 inch


Ifig, Rose, the pink panther, Photography


Rose, the pink panther, 2021
23.6 x 23.6 inch


Borjana Ventzislavova, And the sky clears up (protection egg), Photography

Borjana Ventzislavova

And the sky clears up (protection egg), 2019
23.6 x 15.7 inch


Juan Lamarca, Lamerick Neck, Photography

Juan Lamarca

Lamerick Neck, 2015
64 x 49 x 0.1 inch


Anne Eliayan et Christian Pic, Une île #2 "le pont" n°21/30, Photography

Anne Eliayan et Christian Pic

Une île #2 "le pont" n°21/30, 2021
31.5 x 47.2 x 0.4 inch


Zoltan Gerliczki, Still Life with The Waren Cup 2, Photography

Zoltan Gerliczki

Still Life with The Waren Cup 2, 2019
31.5 x 25.5 x 0.1 inch


Lionel le Jeune, Cowboy, Photography

Lionel le Jeune

Cowboy, 2021
20.2 x 29.5 x 0.2 inch


Thierry Genay, Trois pichets II, Photography

Thierry Genay

Trois pichets II, 2018
19.7 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch


Monika Nowak, Who's That Guy, Photography

Monika Nowak

Who's That Guy, 2015
55.1 x 27.6 x 0.8 inch


Grzegorz Sikorski, Need a ride?, Photography

Grzegorz Sikorski

Need a ride?, 2018
19.7 x 26.2 x 0 inch

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Claude Cruz, Coquelicots et Flamands roses, Photography

Claude Cruz

Coquelicots et Flamands roses, 2021
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.4 inch


Heike Bohnstengel, Cloudscape, LA, Photography

Heike Bohnstengel

Cloudscape, LA, 2017
15.7 x 19.7 x 0 inch


Leonard Freed, World Series Parade, Photography

Leonard Freed

World Series Parade, 1954
11 x 14 inch


José Nicolas, Messe à Saint Briac  Bretagne, Photography

José Nicolas

Messe à Saint Briac Bretagne, 2017
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.4 inch


K-Arty, To be or not to be, Photography


To be or not to be, 2020
23.6 x 35.4 x 0.2 inch


Serge Hamad, Drunk electric Poles #1, Photography

Serge Hamad

Drunk electric Poles #1, 2013
30 x 30 inch


Jean-Michel Voge, Fanny Ardant, Photography

Jean-Michel Voge

Fanny Ardant, 1990
24 x 17 inch


Franck Guedj, Mouvement 3.5, Photography

Franck Guedj

Mouvement 3.5, 2019
21.7 x 59.1 x 0.4 inch


Thomas Collignon, Gold / Doré, Photography

Thomas Collignon

Gold / Doré, 2020
17.7 x 11.8 x 0.2 inch


Our recommendations Kristin Hart, Desert Shadows - Pink, Photography

Kristin Hart

Desert Shadows - Pink, 2019
48 x 32 x 1 inch


Sven Pfrommer, New York Color XXII, Photography

Sven Pfrommer

New York Color XXII, 2012
31.5 x 39.4 x 1.2 inch


Dasha Pears, Synesthetic Letters - W, Photography

Dasha Pears

Synesthetic Letters - W, 2019
19.7 x 19.7 x 0 inch


Elena Raceala, The road ahead, Photography

Elena Raceala

The road ahead, 2021
20 x 36 x 0.1 inch


Baptiste Tavernier, Windows, Photography

Baptiste Tavernier

Windows, 2021
31.5 x 25.2 x 0.4 inch


Christophe Gadea, JH, Photography

Christophe Gadea

JH, 2019
15.7 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch


Alexander Benz, Look Look, Photography

Alexander Benz

Look Look, 2021
31.5 x 31.5 x 0 inch


Dominique Leroy, Michael Schumacher Monza Benetton, Photography

Dominique Leroy

Michael Schumacher Monza Benetton, 1993
23.6 x 35.4 x 0.8 inch


Mercedes Cosano, Méduses 14, Photography

Mercedes Cosano

Méduses 14, 2019
15.7 x 15.7 inch


Harry Adams, The Supremes & Berry Gordy, Los Angeles, Calif. in 1967, Photography

Harry Adams

The Supremes & Berry Gordy, Los Angeles, Calif. in 1967, 2021
24 x 24 x 0.1 inch


Yves Bordes Lapeyre, DB5 Pink, Photography

Yves Bordes Lapeyre

DB5 Pink, 2017
23.6 x 35.4 x 0.4 inch


Clemente Vergara, Grande Motte Balcony, Photography

Clemente Vergara

Grande Motte Balcony, 2021
27.6 x 22 inch


Irène Jonas, Sans titre 1, de la série "un été sans fin", Photography

Irène Jonas

Sans titre 1, de la série "un été sans fin", 2021
11.8 x 17.7 x 0.4 inch


Denis Felix, Prima I, Photography

Denis Felix

Prima I, 2020
4.7 x 5.9 inch


Naoki Takyo, Temple of Bacchus, Photography

Naoki Takyo

Temple of Bacchus, 2020
16.5 x 23.3 inch


Mathieu Puga, Aube de désir, Photography

Mathieu Puga

Aube de désir, 2021
29.5 x 19.7 x 0 inch


Alain Marquina, Purple vine, Photography

Alain Marquina

Purple vine, 2020
23.6 x 35.4 x 0.4 inch


Abraham Calero, I., Photography

Abraham Calero

I., 2021
39.4 x 26 x 1.2 inch


Jean-Michel Berts, Chaises longues, Photography

Jean-Michel Berts

Chaises longues, 2017
42.9 x 42.9 x 1.2 inch


Claire Giraudeau, Urbain brutalisme, Photography

Claire Giraudeau

Urbain brutalisme, 2021
27.6 x 19.7 inch


Sebastian Wickeroth, Série matter / constant, Photography

Sebastian Wickeroth

Série matter / constant, 2021
19.1 x 14.4 inch


Maisha Marshallende, Frash-a-Dash, Photography

Maisha Marshallende

Frash-a-Dash, 2020
35.4 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch


J. Marquette Romeu, Le vélo psychédélique, Photography

J. Marquette Romeu

Le vélo psychédélique, 2021
15.7 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch


Joseph Caprio, Revendication, Photography

Joseph Caprio

Revendication, 2012
25.2 x 17.3 x 0.4 inch


Steve Maudet, Parapente, Photography

Steve Maudet

Parapente, 2021
19.7 x 29.5 inch


Edouard Partoes, Le voyage en camion, Photography

Edouard Partoes

Le voyage en camion, 2018
15.7 x 19.7 inch


Tim Klein, Mountain Mist, Photography

Tim Klein

Mountain Mist, 2016
35.5 x 52.75 x 1 inch


Chris Grundy, Elements of Indo, Photography

Chris Grundy

Elements of Indo, 2017
23.6 x 35.4 inch


William Helburn, Greenwich Village, Photography

William Helburn

Greenwich Village, 1958
54 x 44 inch


Fudgie Kaye, Eternel Retour, Photography

Fudgie Kaye

Eternel Retour, 2021
16.1 x 18.9 x 0.1 inch


Nathalie Gordon, Lost in Nostalgia #1, Photography

Nathalie Gordon

Lost in Nostalgia #1, 2021
36 x 48 inch


Brian Otieno, Mathematics Corner, Photography

Brian Otieno

Mathematics Corner, 2020
23.6 x 35.4 x 0.4 inch


Yener Torun, Corner Piece, Photography

Yener Torun

Corner Piece, 2018
19.7 x 15.7 inch


Monique Wender, Zapping 7, Photography

Monique Wender

Zapping 7, 1989
39.4 x 20.1 inch


Corinne Cavillac, Colombes A, Photography

Corinne Cavillac

Colombes A, 2017
59.1 x 39.4 inch


Pascal Therme, Hommage à Hockney, rocs rouges, brésil nordeste, 69 éléments, Photography

Pascal Therme

Hommage à Hockney, rocs rouges, brésil nordeste, 69 éléments, 2008
19.7 x 78.7 x 0.1 inch


Franz Winzinger, Christian Lattier Portrait, Photography

Franz Winzinger

Christian Lattier Portrait, 1953
6.9 x 6.5 inch


Samsofy, Exorciste, Photography


Exorciste, 2019
23.6 x 23.6 x 1 inch


Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe: The Last Sitting Portfolio 4, Photography

Bert Stern

Marilyn Monroe: The Last Sitting Portfolio 4, 1962
24 x 24 inch


Uwe Ommer, Total, Photography

Uwe Ommer

Total, 1965
16 x 20 x 0.1 inch


Bernard Pras, Inventaire 100 - Cat Carnaval, Photography

Bernard Pras

Inventaire 100 - Cat Carnaval, 2010
63 x 47.2 inch


James Sparshatt, The southern gentleman, Photography

James Sparshatt

The southern gentleman, 2019
15.7 x 19.7 inch


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