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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


Antoine Rose, Gossip Girls, Photography

Antoine Rose

Gossip Girls, 2019
19.7 x 19.7 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

$395 $439

Julie Lagier, Laisse moi rêver, Photography

Julie Lagier

Laisse moi rêver, 2019
35.4 x 35.4 inch


Heidler & Heeps, Flip to Play (Rusty), Photography

Heidler & Heeps

Flip to Play (Rusty), 2017
18.9 x 18.9 x 0 inch


Slim Aarons, Poolside Pairs, Photography

Slim Aarons

Poolside Pairs, 2020
40 x 60 inch


Jérémie Lenoir, Salt Lake, Photography

Jérémie Lenoir

Salt Lake, 2015
47.2 x 47.2 inch


Léo  Caillard, Hipster 20s VII, Aristeus, Photography

Léo Caillard

Hipster 20s VII, Aristeus, 2017
47.2 x 31.5 inch


Robert Charles Mann, Solargraph 20180621-13, Photography

Robert Charles Mann

Solargraph 20180621-13, 2018
23.6 x 33.1 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


Strahil Penev, Total Screen II, Photography

Strahil Penev

Total Screen II, 2021
30.7 x 22.4 x 0.4 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


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


Our recommendations James Sparshatt, La Linea, Photography

James Sparshatt

La Linea, 2004
15.7 x 19.7 inch


Patrick Lajoie, Early bird, Photography

Patrick Lajoie

Early bird, 2018
36 x 36 x 1.5 inch


John Kenny, Malasso, Photography

John Kenny

Malasso, 2009
26.4 x 17.7 x 0.8 inch


Lionel le Jeune, Rock n roll, Photography

Lionel le Jeune

Rock n roll, 2021
31.5 x 31.5 x 0.2 inch


Bernhard Lang, Aerial_views_mine_009, Photography

Bernhard Lang

Aerial_views_mine_009, 2014
35.4 x 25.2 x 0.4 inch


Thomas Dellert, TRANZ-ition. Drag Warhol, Photography

Thomas Dellert

TRANZ-ition. Drag Warhol, 2021
27.6 x 27.6 x 1.2 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


Heike Bohnstengel, Valley of fire, Photography

Heike Bohnstengel

Valley of fire, 2015
15.7 x 15.7 x 0 inch


David Drebin, Dreams of Central Park, Photography

David Drebin

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


Max Steven Grossman, Rock AH, Photography

Max Steven Grossman

Rock AH, 2020
48 x 100 x 2 inch


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


Franck Guedj, Global warming 1.0, Photography

Franck Guedj

Global warming 1.0, 2019
43.3 x 65 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


Vladimir Clavijo-Telepnev, From the Kremlin Series, Photography

Vladimir Clavijo-Telepnev

From the Kremlin Series, 2015
31.5 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch


Serge Hamad, Temporal Perception # 143, Photography

Serge Hamad

Temporal Perception # 143, 2018
36 x 48 x 0.1 inch


Ben Goossens (BEL), Coiled, Photography

Ben Goossens (BEL)

Coiled, 2020
16 x 20 inch

$903 $1,004

Ana Popescu, XI Serie I have been there, Photography

Ana Popescu

XI Serie I have been there, 2021
7.9 x 5.9 x 1.6 inch


Elise Vincent, La Fureur de l’éléphant - série univers oniriques intérieurs, Photography

Elise Vincent

La Fureur de l’éléphant - série univers oniriques intérieurs, 2020
11.8 x 11.8 x 0.4 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


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


Sjaak Korsten, Hide 3, Photography

Sjaak Korsten

Hide 3, 2017
33.5 x 27.6 x 0.4 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


Yasuo Kiyonaga, Scattered Scenery 06, Photography

Yasuo Kiyonaga

Scattered Scenery 06, 2021
39.4 x 59.1 inch


Philip Provily, Rosa, Photography

Philip Provily

Rosa, 2000
19.4 x 15 x 0 inch


Jesus Chamizo, Palacios Tribute 2, Photography

Jesus Chamizo

Palacios Tribute 2, 2015
49.2 x 31.5 x 0.1 inch


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


Philippe Fabian, Dans les forêts, Photography

Philippe Fabian

Dans les forêts, 2016
35.4 x 23.6 inch


Stéphane Navailles, Atmosphère Color, Photography

Stéphane Navailles

Atmosphère Color, 2020
23.6 x 15.7 x 0 inch


Edmund Sumner, Seascape, Photography

Edmund Sumner

Seascape, 2002
33.1 x 23.4 x 0 inch


Coralie Honnorat, Holy, Photography

Coralie Honnorat

Holy, 2018
7.9 x 11.8 x 0.8 inch


Antoine Buttafoghi, Kalaallit Nunaat 01, Photography

Antoine Buttafoghi

Kalaallit Nunaat 01, 2017
23.6 x 35.4 inch


Svetlana Melik-Nubarova, La petite Sainte Coquette, Photography

Svetlana Melik-Nubarova

La petite Sainte Coquette, 2018
20 x 16 inch

$893 $1,004

Laurence Winram, Icon, Photography

Laurence Winram

Icon, 2020
33.1 x 23.4 x 0.1 inch


David Burdeny, HumpbackWhales Kalbari Western Australia, Photography

David Burdeny

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


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

Jenny Owens

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


Anne Dias, Quadrichromy woman, Photography

Anne Dias

Quadrichromy woman, 2021
53.1 x 39 x 0 inch


Nathan Soulez-Larivière, Licancabur, Photography

Nathan Soulez-Larivière

Licancabur, 2018
15 x 23.6 inch


Michal Zahornacky, Curves #2, Photography

Michal Zahornacky

Curves #2, 2019
23.6 x 23.6 x 0.1 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


Michel Monteaux, Un_Still, Photography

Michel Monteaux

Un_Still, 2020
23.2 x 23.2 inch


Monica Denevan, Convergence, Photography

Monica Denevan

Convergence, 2011
34.3 x 34.3 inch


Isabel Devos, Layers, Photography

Isabel Devos

Layers, 2020
13.8 x 11.8 x 2 inch


Andreas Fux, Nico in der Wueste, Photography

Andreas Fux

Nico in der Wueste, 1997
14.8 x 22 inch


Bruno Palisson, In our Intimate Moments - 01, Photography

Bruno Palisson

In our Intimate Moments - 01, 2020
31.5 x 31.5 inch


Romain Liverato, Dissolution, Photography

Romain Liverato

Dissolution, 2021
36.2 x 23.6 x 0.1 inch


Patrick Betbeder, Main dans la main, Photography

Patrick Betbeder

Main dans la main, 2020
27.6 x 39.4 x 1.2 inch


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