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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, Ices, Bexhill-on-Sea, Photography

Richard Heeps

Ices, Bexhill-on-Sea, 2020
36.6 x 24 x 0 inch


Heidler & Heeps, Vinyl Collection Nine Piece Bespoke Installation, Photography

Heidler & Heeps

Vinyl Collection Nine Piece Bespoke Installation, 2017
49.2 x 49.2 x 0.4 inch


Julie Lagier, Laisse moi rêver, Photography

Julie Lagier

Laisse moi rêver, 2019
23.6 x 23.6 inch


Mihaela Ivanova, Rhodope horse II, Photography

Mihaela Ivanova

Rhodope horse II, 2011
19.7 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch


Our recommendations JR, Clichy Sous Bois, Photography


Clichy Sous Bois, 2006
18.1 x 24 inch


Alexis Berg, Retour, Photography

Alexis Berg

Retour, 2018
27.6 x 41.3 x 0 inch


Liu Bolin, Hiding in the city, Paris - n°14, Pharmacy, Photography

Liu Bolin

Hiding in the city, Paris - n°14, Pharmacy, 2013
35.4 x 47.2 inch


Stefanie Schneider, The Party is over (Oxana's 30th Birthday), Photography

Stefanie Schneider

The Party is over (Oxana's 30th Birthday), 2007
18.9 x 18.1 x 0 inch


Our recommendations David LaChapelle, Death by Hamburger, Photography

David LaChapelle

Death by Hamburger, 2001
16 x 24 inch


Patrick Blanc, London Street, Photography

Patrick Blanc

London Street, 2019
40.2 x 31.5 x 0.4 inch


Herb Ritts, Stephanie Seymour, Los Angeles, Photography

Herb Ritts

Stephanie Seymour, Los Angeles, 1989
14 x 11 inch


Heike Bohnstengel, Strata, Valley of Fire, Photography

Heike Bohnstengel

Strata, Valley of Fire, 2015
15.7 x 19.7 x 0 inch


Hervé All, Holi Day, Mathura, India-III 2018, Photography

Hervé All

Holi Day, Mathura, India-III 2018, 2018
7.3 x 11 inch


Miguel Winograd, Bosque Alto-Andino II Charrascal, Photography

Miguel Winograd

Bosque Alto-Andino II Charrascal, 2021
43.3 x 36.2 x 0.1 inch


Rose Hartman, Daphne Guinness Bejeweled Hand, Photography

Rose Hartman

Daphne Guinness Bejeweled Hand, 1977
21.25 x 19 inch


Jen Zahigian, Line and Curve Palm Springs, Photography

Jen Zahigian

Line and Curve Palm Springs, 2018
11 x 16 x 0.75 inch


Patrick Lajoie, Swiss Ritz, Photography

Patrick Lajoie

Swiss Ritz, 2020
37 x 48.8 x 1.2 inch


Andres Serrano, Blood Cross, Photography

Andres Serrano

Blood Cross, 1985
27.5 x 40 inch


Terry O'Neill, Faye Dunaway, Photography

Terry O'Neill

Faye Dunaway, 1977
20 x 20 inch


Fabrizio Alzati, Kitesurfers, Photography

Fabrizio Alzati

Kitesurfers, 2019
7.9 x 10.6 inch


Hunter & Gatti, Untitled I (Intervened by the artist), Photography

Hunter & Gatti

Untitled I (Intervened by the artist), 2015
18.5 x 12.5 x 0.1 inch


David Tesinsky, Warm greetings from Jamaica, Photography

David Tesinsky

Warm greetings from Jamaica, 2015
7.4 x 11 inch


Gisela Gaffoglio, Ella es asi, Photography

Gisela Gaffoglio

Ella es asi, 2021
31.5 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch


Mohamed Yakub, Oculus Series WP 250, Photography

Mohamed Yakub

Oculus Series WP 250, 2021
35.5 x 33.25 inch


Philippe Bréson, Pays #181, Photography

Philippe Bréson

Pays #181, 2012
10.6 x 10.6 inch

$810 $900

Joëlle Dollé, Symphonie de coquelicots, Photography

Joëlle Dollé

Symphonie de coquelicots, 2020
17.7 x 23.6 x 0.1 inch


Alexandre Manuel, Zhangjiajie I, China, Photography

Alexandre Manuel

Zhangjiajie I, China, 2017
39.4 x 39.4 x 1.6 inch


Mauren Brodbeck, Midtown 09, Photography

Mauren Brodbeck

Midtown 09, 2020
31.5 x 25.7 inch


Modern Masters of Photography, Contemporary Japanese Photography, A Limited Edition Portfolio of 12 Prints, Photography

Modern Masters of Photography

Contemporary Japanese Photography, A Limited Edition Portfolio of 12 Prints, 2005
13 x 19 inch


Camille Léage, Bus 60, Chateau Rouge, Photography

Camille Léage

Bus 60, Chateau Rouge, 2018
15.7 x 11.8 x 0 inch


Stéphane Navailles, Paris Aout 2020, Photography

Stéphane Navailles

Paris Aout 2020, 2020
23.6 x 15.7 x 0 inch


David Tepper, After the Sundance, Photography

David Tepper

After the Sundance, 2016
19 x 13 x 0.5 inch


Van de Camp & Heesterbeek, 2050-9, Photography

Van de Camp & Heesterbeek

2050-9, 2019
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.4 inch


Teddy Marks, When She Lingers II, Photography

Teddy Marks

When She Lingers II, 2015
23.6 x 35.4 inch


Mihály Demeczky, Alps XL., Switzerland, Photography

Mihály Demeczky

Alps XL., Switzerland, 2018
7.9 x 7.9 inch


Marco Bulgarelli, Baloon, Serbia, Photography

Marco Bulgarelli

Baloon, Serbia, 2008
7.4 x 11 inch


Catherine Larré, Sans Titre "Ouch", Photography

Catherine Larré

Sans Titre "Ouch", 2014
6.3 x 4.3 inch


Philip Provily, Les narcisses, Photography

Philip Provily

Les narcisses, 2021
19.7 x 15.7 x 0 inch


Benoit Lapray, Iconic Beauty #05, Photography

Benoit Lapray

Iconic Beauty #05, 2017
15.7 x 15.7 inch


Matthew Rolston, Madonna as Marlene Dietrich, Los Angeles, Photography

Matthew Rolston

Madonna as Marlene Dietrich, Los Angeles, 1986
20 x 16 inch


Michel Monteaux, From USA Blues, Photography

Michel Monteaux

From USA Blues, 1996
11.8 x 16.5 inch


Linda Chapman, Window Garden, Photography

Linda Chapman

Window Garden, 2019
15.7 x 15.7 x 0 inch


Annalaura Pretaroli, Bumblebee, UK, Photography

Annalaura Pretaroli

Bumblebee, UK, 2020
11 x 7.4 inch


Natasha Kertes, Diaphanous. Mardin Series #8, Photography

Natasha Kertes

Diaphanous. Mardin Series #8, 2015
64 x 44 x 3 inch


José Nicolas, 01 - crique de Bonporteau, Photography

José Nicolas

01 - crique de Bonporteau, 2015
15.7 x 15.7 x 0.4 inch


Andreas Sundgren, The Queen, Photography

Andreas Sundgren

The Queen, 2020
55.1 x 41.3 x 0 inch


Fabrice Quignette, Toys for kids 1, Photography

Fabrice Quignette

Toys for kids 1, 2021
23.6 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch


Clint McDowell, Intruder I, Photography

Clint McDowell

Intruder I, 2019
35.4 x 23.6 inch


Riccardo Bandiera, Watching the world pass us by #02v, Photography

Riccardo Bandiera

Watching the world pass us by #02v, 2018
8.3 x 5.5 inch


Ajda Kara, Room 128, Photography

Ajda Kara

Room 128, 2020
22.8 x 22.8 x 0.2 inch


Maria Semmer, Dream Sanctuary 2, Photography

Maria Semmer

Dream Sanctuary 2, 2009
7.4 x 11 inch


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

Jean-Pierre Duvergé

Ethiopie sud: enfants mursi., 2018
15.7 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch


Audrey Viste, Modern Times, Photography

Audrey Viste

Modern Times, 2020
15.7 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch


Dasha Pears, Pas De Deux – The Nutcracker - Tchaikovsky, Photography

Dasha Pears

Pas De Deux – The Nutcracker - Tchaikovsky, 2019
19.7 x 19.7 x 0 inch


Célia Delaplace, Gémeaux | La Soeur, Photography

Célia Delaplace

Gémeaux | La Soeur, 2020
23.6 x 35.4 x 0.1 inch


Klyöwa, Cezanne's colors V, Photography


Cezanne's colors V, 2021
19.7 x 15.7 x 0 inch


Edouard de Francisci, Poissons, Photography

Edouard de Francisci

Poissons, 2020
23.8 x 19.1 x 0.1 inch


Sven Pfrommer, Tokyo nights I, Photography

Sven Pfrommer

Tokyo nights I, 2019
31.5 x 47.2 x 1.2 inch


Alex, Les enfants des rues, les Talibés, Photography


Les enfants des rues, les Talibés, 2019
33 x 23.4 inch

$3,063 $3,403

Jeff Widener, Tank Man, Photography

Jeff Widener

Tank Man, 1989
17 x 20 inch


Maciej Leszczynski, Speicherstadt #3, Hamburg, Photography

Maciej Leszczynski

Speicherstadt #3, Hamburg, 2017
7.1 x 11 inch


Dennis Church, Highway 9, Iowa, Photography

Dennis Church

Highway 9, Iowa, 2007
7.4 x 11 inch


Antoine Gaussin, Evasion 2, Photography

Antoine Gaussin

Evasion 2, 2020
35.4 x 74.8 x 2 inch


Else Vinæs, Beelitz 3, Photography

Else Vinæs

Beelitz 3, 2017
27.6 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch


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