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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, Vespa La Greca, Milan, Photography

Richard Heeps

Vespa La Greca, Milan, 2019
29.5 x 24 x 0.2 inch


Antoine Rose, Gossip Girls, Photography

Antoine Rose

Gossip Girls, 2019
19.7 x 19.7 inch


Cécile Baldewyns, La chambre verte, Photography

Cécile Baldewyns

La chambre verte, 2018
23.6 x 23.6 x 0 inch


Heidler & Heeps, Vinyl Collection 'Made in England', Photography

Heidler & Heeps

Vinyl Collection 'Made in England', 2014
18.9 x 18.9 x 0 inch


Laura Makabresku, The Mother (La Mère), Photography

Laura Makabresku

The Mother (La Mère), 2013
11.8 x 17.7 inch

$594 $659

Claude Billès, Night walks, Photography

Claude Billès

Night walks, 2020
23.6 x 43.3 x 0.8 inch


Léo  Caillard, Hipster 20s XXIII, Muse, Photography

Léo Caillard

Hipster 20s XXIII, Muse, 2017
31.5 x 47.2 inch


Vincent Carpentier, Lutteurs#1 (LK), Photography

Vincent Carpentier

Lutteurs#1 (LK), 2019
35.4 x 35.4 x 1 inch


Strahil Penev, Total Screen II, Photography

Strahil Penev

Total Screen II, 2021
30.7 x 22.4 x 0.4 inch


Bernard Pras, Gainsbourg, Photography

Bernard Pras

Gainsbourg, 2008
31.5 x 23.6 x 0.1 inch


Stefanie Schneider, Springtime (Paris), Photography

Stefanie Schneider

Springtime (Paris), 1995
19.7 x 23.6 x 0 inch


Our recommendations James Sparshatt, La Linea, Photography

James Sparshatt

La Linea, 2004
15.7 x 19.7 inch


Patrick Lajoie, Tel Aviv No 525, Photography

Patrick Lajoie

Tel Aviv No 525, 2017
32 x 48 x 1.5 inch


Lionel le Jeune, Dieu créa l'homme à son image..., Photography

Lionel le Jeune

Dieu créa l'homme à son image..., 2019
19.7 x 19.7 x 0.2 inch


Bernhard Lang, AV_Miami_15, Photography

Bernhard Lang

AV_Miami_15, 2015
47.2 x 33.5 x 0.8 inch


Thomas Dellert, The Butterfly Effect, Photography

Thomas Dellert

The Butterfly Effect, 2021
39.4 x 27.6 x 1.2 inch


Miguel Winograd, Lagunas de Buitrago Chingaza, Photography

Miguel Winograd

Lagunas de Buitrago Chingaza, 2018
11 x 14 x 0.1 inch


Serge Hamad, Temporal Perception # 56, Photography

Serge Hamad

Temporal Perception # 56, 2018
36 x 48 x 0.1 inch


Franck Doat, Chanel Autrement, Photography

Franck Doat

Chanel Autrement, 2021
11.8 x 9.8 x 0 inch


Ifig, Jungle Fever (Série), Photography


Jungle Fever (Série), 2021
16.5 x 11.8 inch


Franck Guedj, Global warming 1.2, Photography

Franck Guedj

Global warming 1.2, 2019
35.8 x 54.7 x 3.9 inch


Pierrot Men, Série Brique-"Eclat de lumière" - Fianarantsoa, Photography

Pierrot Men

Série Brique-"Eclat de lumière" - Fianarantsoa, 2020
19.7 x 27.6 x 0.4 inch


Heike Bohnstengel, Valley of Fire, Photography

Heike Bohnstengel

Valley of Fire, 2015
15.7 x 15.7 x 0 inch


Max Steven Grossman, Rock BL4, Photography

Max Steven Grossman

Rock BL4, 2018
37 x 75 x 2 inch


Alain Le Chapelier, The Boom, Photography

Alain Le Chapelier

The Boom, 2018
15.7 x 23.6 inch


Natasha Zupan, Sphere of Life, #2238, Mixed-Media Collage, Photography

Natasha Zupan

Sphere of Life, #2238, Mixed-Media Collage, 2018
21.25 x 17.32 x 1 inch


Jean-Claude Byandb, According to Hokusai, Photography

Jean-Claude Byandb

According to Hokusai, 2018
19.7 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch


Gonçalo Martins, Ice Block, Iceland, Photography

Gonçalo Martins

Ice Block, Iceland, 2014
7.5 x 7.5 x 0 inch


Steven Rudin, Party in Patchogue, Photography

Steven Rudin

Party in Patchogue, 2018
52 x 56 x 3 inch

5,000 - $ 10,000

Fabrizio Alzati, Waiting to enter, Photography

Fabrizio Alzati

Waiting to enter, 2019
7.9 x 10.6 inch


Sander Schilthuizen, Sky, Photography

Sander Schilthuizen

Sky, 2019
26 x 39.4 x 0.1 inch


Valérie Donzelli, De Myrha à Babylone - Le Panama, Photography

Valérie Donzelli

De Myrha à Babylone - Le Panama, 2015
19.7 x 19.7 inch


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


Yves Bordes Lapeyre, Composition avec pont Nr 4, Photography

Yves Bordes Lapeyre

Composition avec pont Nr 4, 2021
11.8 x 17.7 x 0.4 inch


Annalaura Pretaroli, Vauxhall riverwalk, UK, Photography

Annalaura Pretaroli

Vauxhall riverwalk, UK, 2020
11 x 7.4 inch


David Tesinsky, YES, Prague, Photography

David Tesinsky

YES, Prague, 2019
7.4 x 11 inch

$236 $314

Pablo Guillamon, London City-1, Photography

Pablo Guillamon

London City-1, 2020
31.5 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch


Yannick Fournié, Blue Mood 4, Photography

Yannick Fournié

Blue Mood 4, 2021
41.7 x 55.1 x 0.8 inch


Juan Pablo Castro, Welcome To Miami Beach, Photography

Juan Pablo Castro

Welcome To Miami Beach, 2016
24 x 36 x 0.1 inch


Serigne Niang, Sea of dream, Photography

Serigne Niang

Sea of dream, 2021
15.7 x 23.6 inch


Lluís Barba, Self Portrait - Dali, Photography

Lluís Barba

Self Portrait - Dali, 2011
60 x 48 x 1 inch


Ysabel Lemay, Amber, Photography

Ysabel Lemay

Amber, 2012
32 x 32 inch

2,500 - $ 5,000

Leandro Franco, Diamonds, Photography

Leandro Franco

Diamonds, 2020
59.1 x 47.2 inch


Romain Liverato, Le confiné, Photography

Romain Liverato

Le confiné, 2020
21.1 x 35 x 0.1 inch


Thierry Bazin, Le banc public devant la ville - série vision du monde, Photography

Thierry Bazin

Le banc public devant la ville - série vision du monde, 2020
19.7 x 19.7 inch


Ryan Arbilo, Charito Zarate Torino, Photography

Ryan Arbilo

Charito Zarate Torino, 2020
19.7 x 27.6 x 0.4 inch


Jenny Owens, Traces of Medellín, Photography

Jenny Owens

Traces of Medellín, 2019
13.8 x 20.1 x 0.2 inch


Cédric Klapisch, Repérage Casse tête chinois New York vers Wall Street, Water street, Photography

Cédric Klapisch

Repérage Casse tête chinois New York vers Wall Street, Water street, 2011
15.7 x 20.9 inch


Philippe Gras, Nina Simone au Festival Panafricain, Alger - série Jazz, Photography

Philippe Gras

Nina Simone au Festival Panafricain, Alger - série Jazz, 1969
15.7 x 23.6 x 0.1 inch


Marcel Antelo, Serie Chapadmalal #8482, Photography

Marcel Antelo

Serie Chapadmalal #8482, 2011
16.9 x 23.2 inch


Izabela Sawicka, Lévitation, Photography

Izabela Sawicka

Lévitation, 2020
35.4 x 47.2 x 0.4 inch


Clara Delaporte, Le Canapé, Photography

Clara Delaporte

Le Canapé, 2016
15.7 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch


Caroline Leite, Audierne, le carrelage bleu, Photography

Caroline Leite

Audierne, le carrelage bleu, 2021
23.6 x 15.7 x 0.1 inch


Thierry Dubrunfaut, Fire 1108, Photography

Thierry Dubrunfaut

Fire 1108, 2019
61 x 106.3 x 1 inch


William Stewart, Venice #6, Photography

William Stewart

Venice #6, 2020
23.6 x 15.7 x 0 inch


Zin Taylor, Lichen Voices (Stripes and Dots), Photography

Zin Taylor

Lichen Voices (Stripes and Dots), 2013
6.1 x 30.5 inch


Nathan Soulez-Larivière, In the Pink Basin, Photography

Nathan Soulez-Larivière

In the Pink Basin, 2018
23.6 x 15.7 inch


Sjaak Korsten, Hide 2, Photography

Sjaak Korsten

Hide 2, 2017
33.5 x 27.6 x 0.4 inch


Laurence Winram, Sophie VIII, Photography

Laurence Winram

Sophie VIII, 2016
23.4 x 23.4 x 0.1 inch


Cyrille  Charro, Conscience, Photography

Cyrille Charro

Conscience, 2004
39.4 x 39.4 x 1.2 inch


Alexander Benz, Going In Circles, Photography

Alexander Benz

Going In Circles, 2019
15.7 x 15.7 x 0.1 inch


Elise Vincent, Treasure Island - série univers oniriques intérieurs, Photography

Elise Vincent

Treasure Island - série univers oniriques intérieurs, 2020
27.6 x 27.6 x 0.4 inch


Isabelle van Zeijl, Own, Photography

Isabelle van Zeijl

Own, 2019
44.5 x 40.5 x 2 inch


Bert Alan, Hide and Sick, Photography

Bert Alan

Hide and Sick, 2020
15 x 10 inch


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