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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, Big window, lambrate, Milan, Photography

Richard Heeps

Big window, lambrate, Milan, 2018
24 x 24 x 0 inch


Patrick Rubinstein, JTM, Photography

Patrick Rubinstein

JTM, 2021
44.5 x 44.5 x 1.2 inch


Dominique Jullien, Rive embrasée, Photography

Dominique Jullien

Rive embrasée, 2020
5.1 x 11.8 x 0.4 inch

$391 $434

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

Angeles Peña

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


Heidler & Heeps, Dice Series, Yellow Six (Red), Photography

Heidler & Heeps

Dice Series, Yellow Six (Red), 2017
18.9 x 18.9 x 0 inch


Léo  Caillard, Hipster in Stone VIII, Hoplite standing, Photography

Léo Caillard

Hipster in Stone VIII, Hoplite standing, 2016
31.5 x 47.2 x 0.4 inch


Slim Aarons, Poolside Pairs, Photography

Slim Aarons

Poolside Pairs, 2020
40 x 60 inch


Jérémie Lenoir, Parking, Vianen, Photography

Jérémie Lenoir

Parking, Vianen, 2020
31.5 x 31.5 inch


Laetitia Lesaffre, DE-SOL-ES, enfance exilée n° 13, Photography

Laetitia Lesaffre

DE-SOL-ES, enfance exilée n° 13, 2017
35.4 x 23.6 x 1.6 inch


Claude Mollard, La femme liberté, Rio de Janeiro, Photography

Claude Mollard

La femme liberté, Rio de Janeiro, 2011
19.7 x 13.4 inch


Rapainú, Éxtimo Presente - Inv01, Photography


Éxtimo Presente - Inv01, 2020
23.6 x 33.5 x 0 inch


Samsofy, Batman splash, Photography


Batman splash, 2021
35.4 x 23.6 x 3.9 inch


Robert Charles Mann, Solargraph 20180621-13, Photography

Robert Charles Mann

Solargraph 20180621-13, 2018
23.6 x 33.1 inch


Patrick Lajoie, Early bird, Photography

Patrick Lajoie

Early bird, 2018
36 x 36 x 1.5 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


Lionel le Jeune, Rock n roll, Photography

Lionel le Jeune

Rock n roll, 2021
31.5 x 31.5 x 0.2 inch


Victoire d'Harcourt, Respire 2 "Roc'n Light", Photography

Victoire d'Harcourt

Respire 2 "Roc'n Light", 2021
43.3 x 63 x 0.8 inch


John Kenny, Malasso, Photography

John Kenny

Malasso, 2009
26.4 x 17.7 x 0.8 inch


Alain Longeaud, Ivresse de la vitesse, Photography

Alain Longeaud

Ivresse de la vitesse, 1974
25.6 x 19.7 inch


David Drebin, Dreams of Central Park, Photography

David Drebin

Dreams of Central Park, 2020
35 x 87 x 2 inch


Heike Bohnstengel, Evening Storm, Anza Borrego, Photography

Heike Bohnstengel

Evening Storm, Anza Borrego, 2001
11.8 x 11.8 x 0 inch


Roberta Fineberg, Blue, Butterfly Series, Contemporary Photography, Photography

Roberta Fineberg

Blue, Butterfly Series, Contemporary Photography, 2017
24 x 18 inch


Ben Goossens (BEL), Coiled, Photography

Ben Goossens (BEL)

Coiled, 2020
16 x 20 inch

$894 $993

Cécile Plaisance, Steve & Faye, Photography

Cécile Plaisance

Steve & Faye, 2017
37.4 x 49.2 x 2 inch


Natasha Zupan, Eternal Recurrence #63, Photo collage with intervention by the artist, Photography

Natasha Zupan

Eternal Recurrence #63, Photo collage with intervention by the artist, 2015
60 x 48 x 0.1 inch


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

Burt Glinn

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


Zoltan Gerliczki, Still Life with Black Pearls, Photography

Zoltan Gerliczki

Still Life with Black Pearls, 2019
31.5 x 25.5 x 0.1 inch


Ricky Cohete, Untitled., Photography

Ricky Cohete

Untitled., 2021
30 x 20 x 0.1 inch


Mauren Brodbeck, Exploration of a Sonic landscape (Exploration n°0204), Photography

Mauren Brodbeck

Exploration of a Sonic landscape (Exploration n°0204), 2015
15.7 x 21.7 x 1.2 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


Alexander Benz, Styled, Photography

Alexander Benz

Styled, 2021
15.7 x 15.7 x 0.1 inch


Mathieu Puga, Les pensées, Photography

Mathieu Puga

Les pensées, 2021
29.5 x 19.7 x 0 inch


Bernhard Lang, Aerial_views_mine_009, Photography

Bernhard Lang

Aerial_views_mine_009, 2014
35.4 x 25.2 x 0.4 inch


Gonçalo Martins, D'Arens Cliff in Fog, Algarve, Photography

Gonçalo Martins

D'Arens Cliff in Fog, Algarve, 2012
7.5 x 7.5 x 0 inch


Joshua Jensen Nagle, Never Ending Swimmers, Photography

Joshua Jensen Nagle

Never Ending Swimmers, 2017
33.9 x 83.9 x 5.1 inch


Coralie Honnorat, Holy, Photography

Coralie Honnorat

Holy, 2018
7.9 x 11.8 x 0.8 inch


Svetlana Melik-Nubarova, La petite Sainte Coquette, Photography

Svetlana Melik-Nubarova

La petite Sainte Coquette, 2018
20 x 16 inch

$884 $993

Charlotte Fröling, Still life with exotic shells and a sea urchin, Photography

Charlotte Fröling

Still life with exotic shells and a sea urchin, 2019
27.6 x 39.4 x 0.4 inch


David Burdeny, HumpbackWhales Kalbari Western Australia, Photography

David Burdeny

HumpbackWhales Kalbari Western Australia, 2021
44 x 44 x 2 inch


Philippe Fabian, Dans les forêts, Photography

Philippe Fabian

Dans les forêts, 2016
35.4 x 23.6 inch


Barry Cawston, Jorge's kitchen, Photography

Barry Cawston

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


Zin Taylor, Acrobatic Composition Using Form and Light (The Circus), Photography

Zin Taylor

Acrobatic Composition Using Form and Light (The Circus), 2014
33.1 x 25.2 x 0.8 inch


Sjaak Korsten, Witness 2, Photography

Sjaak Korsten

Witness 2, 2021
19.7 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch


Jenny Owens, Fossils - post "house" 004, Photography

Jenny Owens

Fossils - post "house" 004, 2019
5.3 x 7.9 x 0.1 inch


Romain Liverato, Dissolution, Photography

Romain Liverato

Dissolution, 2021
36.2 x 23.6 x 0.1 inch


Monica Denevan, Convergence, Photography

Monica Denevan

Convergence, 2011
34.3 x 34.3 inch


Marino Parisotto, La Douce Obsession Totale 6_bw, Photography

Marino Parisotto

La Douce Obsession Totale 6_bw, 2016
11.8 x 15.7 inch


Edmund Sumner, London Skyline, Photography

Edmund Sumner

London Skyline, 2020
23.6 x 15.7 x 0 inch


Javier Molina, Calla Lily, Photography

Javier Molina

Calla Lily, 2021
11.4 x 8.3 x 0 inch


Antoine Buttafoghi, Kalaallit Nunaat 01, Photography

Antoine Buttafoghi

Kalaallit Nunaat 01, 2017
23.6 x 35.4 inch


Laurence Winram, Leap of Faith, Photography

Laurence Winram

Leap of Faith, 2012
23.4 x 23.4 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


Thierry Morin, Mamie, Photography

Thierry Morin

Mamie, 2021
16.5 x 12.4 x 0.1 inch


Masahisa Fukase, Nayoro, Contemporary Japanese Photography, Photography

Masahisa Fukase

Nayoro, Contemporary Japanese Photography, 1977
13 x 19 inch


Emanuele Cucuzza, WhatEyeAm I, Photography

Emanuele Cucuzza

WhatEyeAm I, 2011
35.4 x 23.6 inch

$993 $1,241

Stéphane Martin, Reflex, Photography

Stéphane Martin

Reflex, 2021
11.8 x 15.7 x 0 inch


Niklas Soestmeyer, Berlin Nights #1, Photography

Niklas Soestmeyer

Berlin Nights #1, 2021
11.8 x 17.7 x 0 inch


Jesus Chamizo, Palacios Tribute 2, Photography

Jesus Chamizo

Palacios Tribute 2, 2015
49.2 x 31.5 x 0.1 inch


Lilia El Golli, Corruption(s) - Air’Able, Photography

Lilia El Golli

Corruption(s) - Air’Able, 2015
15.7 x 23.6 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


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


Franz West, Platonic Moon, Photography

Franz West

Platonic Moon, 2003
11.8 x 16.8 x 0.4 inch


Aldo Sardoni, Good friday in Cuglieri #184, Photography

Aldo Sardoni

Good friday in Cuglieri #184, 2008
7.9 x 11.8 x 0 inch


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