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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, Fish & Chip Van, Haddenham, Photography

Richard Heeps

Fish & Chip Van, Haddenham, 1993
24 x 36.6 x 0.4 inch


Richard Unglick, Hendrix, Photography

Richard Unglick

Hendrix, 2021
17.7 x 11.8 x 0.2 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


Pierrot Men, De père en fils, Ranomafana, Madagascar, Photography

Pierrot Men

De père en fils, Ranomafana, Madagascar, 2015
11.8 x 17.7 inch


Mihaela Ivanova, The dead man walking, Photography

Mihaela Ivanova

The dead man walking, 2014
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


Jason Engelund, Go, Photography

Jason Engelund

Go, 2021
20 x 16 x 0 inch


K-Arty, El macho, Photography


El macho, 2021
31.5 x 47.2 x 0.2 inch


Liu Bolin, Hiding in the city - Supermarket Pyongyang, Photography

Liu Bolin

Hiding in the city - Supermarket Pyongyang, 2018
26.8 x 35.4 inch


Patrick Chappert-Gaujal, Sans titre, Photography

Patrick Chappert-Gaujal

Sans titre, 2018
37 x 29.1 x 0.1 inch


Thierry Genay, Trois citrons, Photography

Thierry Genay

Trois citrons, 2015
19.7 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch


Slim Aarons, New Year's At Romanoff's, Photography

Slim Aarons

New Year's At Romanoff's, 1957
16 x 20 x 1 inch


Antoine Rose, Organic Clock - Italy Tuscany, Photography

Antoine Rose

Organic Clock - Italy Tuscany, 2015
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch


Stefanie Schneider, Pasolini (Immaculate Springs) starring Jacinda Barrett, based on a Polaroid, Photography

Stefanie Schneider

Pasolini (Immaculate Springs) starring Jacinda Barrett, based on a Polaroid, 1998
22.4 x 22 x 0 inch

$2,289 $2,861

Max Steven Grossman, Rock SQ8 (Lightbox), Photography

Max Steven Grossman

Rock SQ8 (Lightbox), 2020
50 x 55 x 3 inch


Serge Hamad, Temporal Perception # 126-b, Photography

Serge Hamad

Temporal Perception # 126-b, 2019
36 x 48 x 0.1 inch


Alain Daussin, Nun, Photography

Alain Daussin

Nun, 2019
15.7 x 19.7 inch


Patrick Lajoie, Swiss Ritz, Photography

Patrick Lajoie

Swiss Ritz, 2020
37 x 48.8 x 1.2 inch


Lionel le Jeune, Couple mixte, Photography

Lionel le Jeune

Couple mixte, 2021
31.5 x 31.5 x 0.2 inch


David LaChapelle, Jesus is My Homeboy, Sermon, Photography

David LaChapelle

Jesus is My Homeboy, Sermon, 2003
15 x 24 inch


Miguel Winograd, Bosque Tropical Húmedo Nuquí, Photography

Miguel Winograd

Bosque Tropical Húmedo Nuquí, 2021
43.3 x 36.2 x 0.1 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


Heike Bohnstengel, Into the Storm, Photography

Heike Bohnstengel

Into the Storm, 2017
15.7 x 15.7 x 0 inch


Andres Serrano, Blood Cross, Photography

Andres Serrano

Blood Cross, 1985
27.5 x 40 inch


Alexandre Manuel, Zhangjiajie I, China, Photography

Alexandre Manuel

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


Franck Guedj, Impulse 1.0, Photography

Franck Guedj

Impulse 1.0, 2019
39.4 x 59.1 x 3.9 inch


Herb Ritts, Stephanie Seymour, Los Angeles, Photography

Herb Ritts

Stephanie Seymour, Los Angeles, 1989
14 x 11 inch


Terry O'Neill, Faye Dunaway, Photography

Terry O'Neill

Faye Dunaway, 1977
20 x 20 inch


Camille Léage, Bus 60, Chateau Rouge, Photography

Camille Léage

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


Barry Cawston, Golden windows, Photography

Barry Cawston

Golden windows, 2014
26.4 x 78.7 x 0.8 inch


Mauren Brodbeck, Midtown 05, Photography

Mauren Brodbeck

Midtown 05, 2020
31.5 x 25.7 inch


Fabrice Quignette, Toys for kids 1, Photography

Fabrice Quignette

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


Allan Forsyth, Wild Heart, Photography

Allan Forsyth

Wild Heart, 2010
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.4 inch


Derrick Ofosu Boateng, Bon Rire v2.0, Photography

Derrick Ofosu Boateng

Bon Rire v2.0, 2021
35.4 x 26.4 x 0.4 inch


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

Matthew Rolston

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


Van de Camp & Heesterbeek, 2050-9, Photography

Van de Camp & Heesterbeek

2050-9, 2019
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.4 inch


Philippe Bréson, Mnémosys #333, Photography

Philippe Bréson

Mnémosys #333, 2017
10.6 x 10.6 inch


Paulo Behar, Olhar felino, Photography

Paulo Behar

Olhar felino, 2017
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.4 inch


Stéphane Navailles, Sortie bw Paris, Photography

Stéphane Navailles

Sortie bw Paris, 2021
15.7 x 23.6 x 0 inch


Alex, Poisson, Photography


Poisson, 2019
16.6 x 23.4 inch

$1,791 $1,990

David Drebin-USA, Swept Away, Photography

David Drebin-USA

Swept Away, 2018
59.1 x 39.4 x 2 inch


Sérgio Ranalli, L'eau I, Photography

Sérgio Ranalli

L'eau I, 2021
59.1 x 39.4 x 2 inch


Issei Suda, Issei Suda, Ginzan Spa, Contemporary Japanese Photography, Photography

Issei Suda

Issei Suda, Ginzan Spa, Contemporary Japanese Photography, 1976
19 x 13 inch


Ron van Dongen, Tulipa Royal Dreams (Flora, Fleur, Flower), Photography

Ron van Dongen

Tulipa Royal Dreams (Flora, Fleur, Flower), 2005
39.4 x 31.5 x 0.4 inch


Madeleine Gross, Untitled Miami Beach, Photography

Madeleine Gross

Untitled Miami Beach, 2021
24 x 16 inch


Thierry Dubrunfaut, Dsc1872, Photography

Thierry Dubrunfaut

Dsc1872, 2012
35.4 x 23.6 x 1 inch


Nandini Valli Muthiah, Reassurance, Photography

Nandini Valli Muthiah

Reassurance, 2006
30 x 30 x 1 inch


Yumi Watanabe, After Image of Love, Photography

Yumi Watanabe

After Image of Love, 2020
3.9 x 3.9 x 0 inch


Axel Crieger GE, Amazing Grace, Photography

Axel Crieger GE

Amazing Grace, 2020
47.2 x 63 x 0.4 inch


Baptiste Tavernier, Martian Minarets, Photography

Baptiste Tavernier

Martian Minarets, 2021
6.3 x 5.5 x 1.2 inch

$325 $361

Jorge Miño, Tension Balance Series, Photography

Jorge Miño

Tension Balance Series, 2020
28 x 20 inch


Jeff Widener, Tank Man, Photography

Jeff Widener

Tank Man, 1989
17 x 20 inch


Jonathan Dy, Trout Lake, Photography

Jonathan Dy

Trout Lake, 2009
7.9 x 10.5 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


Araquém Alcântara, Brasileiros, Child with pan, Photography

Araquém Alcântara

Brasileiros, Child with pan, 2004
15.7 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch


Patrick  Van der Elst, Asservissement 2, Photography

Patrick Van der Elst

Asservissement 2, 2021
44.9 x 32.7 x 0.4 inch


Isabelle van Zeijl, She is Here, Photography

Isabelle van Zeijl

She is Here, 2019
44.5 x 40.5 x 2 inch


Richard Morrison, Olive Heads, Luberon, France, Photography

Richard Morrison

Olive Heads, Luberon, France, 2019
25.2 x 37.8 x 0 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


Catherine Larré, Sans Titre "Ouch", Photography

Catherine Larré

Sans Titre "Ouch", 2014
6.3 x 4.3 inch


Our recommendations Daphnée Marie Harper, Bleu, blanc, rouge, Photography

Daphnée Marie Harper

Bleu, blanc, rouge, 2016
35.4 x 23.6 inch


Our recommendations Sameer Tawde, Dialogues of an introvert #6, Photography

Sameer Tawde

Dialogues of an introvert #6, 2017
30 x 40 inch


Eikoh Hosoe, Breathing In the Spirit of Shohaku Soga, Asia, Contemporary Japanese Photography, Photography

Eikoh Hosoe

Breathing In the Spirit of Shohaku Soga, Asia, Contemporary Japanese Photography, 2003
19 x 13 inch


Toshio Shibata, #189 Yunoyani Village, Nigata Prefecture, Contemporary Japanese Photography, Photography

Toshio Shibata

#189 Yunoyani Village, Nigata Prefecture, Contemporary Japanese Photography, 1989
13 x 19 inch


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