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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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Bernard Pras, Frida, Photography

Bernard Pras

Frida, 2021
41.7 x 34.6 x 0.8 inch


Heidler & Heeps, Vinyl Collection - White Label, Photography

Heidler & Heeps

Vinyl Collection - White Label, 2014
18.9 x 18.9 x 0 inch


Paul Snell, Bleed # 202021, Photography

Paul Snell

Bleed # 202021, 2021
31.5 x 118.1 inch


Derrick Ofosu Boateng, Untitled, Photography

Derrick Ofosu Boateng

Untitled, 2021
15.7 x 11.8 x 0.1 inch


Aleix  Plademunt, Cult #08 Las Vegas, Photography

Aleix Plademunt

Cult #08 Las Vegas, 2009
49.2 x 55.1 x 0.1 inch


Thierry Genay, Cube noir et deux tomates, Photography

Thierry Genay

Cube noir et deux tomates, 2021
31.5 x 31.5 x 1.2 inch


Léo  Caillard, Hipster in Stone VII, Hoplite, Photography

Léo Caillard

Hipster in Stone VII, Hoplite, 2017
31.5 x 47.2 inch


Tenesh Webber, Passing Through 1, Photography

Tenesh Webber

Passing Through 1, 2021
20 x 20 inch


Feng Wang, Beetle I, Photography

Feng Wang

Beetle I, 2021
19.7 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch


Liu Bolin, Hiding in the city - Sleeping loin, Photography

Liu Bolin

Hiding in the city - Sleeping loin, 2014
23.6 x 31.5 inch


Robertas Ursache, A flower within a flower, Photography

Robertas Ursache

A flower within a flower, 2017
11.8 x 11.8 inch


Caroline Lazaro, Fenêtre sur le passé, Photography

Caroline Lazaro

Fenêtre sur le passé, 2020
59.1 x 49.6 inch


Dani Garcia Sarabia, Contemplum #023, Photography

Dani Garcia Sarabia

Contemplum #023, 2021
7.5 x 11.4 x 0 inch


Chema Madoz, Untitled, Photography

Chema Madoz

Untitled, 1987
23.6 x 19.7 inch


Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe: The Last Sitting Portfolio 4, Photography

Bert Stern

Marilyn Monroe: The Last Sitting Portfolio 4, 1962
24 x 24 inch


Stefanie Schneider, Prince Cuckoo's Indian Dream (Chicks and Chicks and sometimes Cocks), Photography

Stefanie Schneider

Prince Cuckoo's Indian Dream (Chicks and Chicks and sometimes Cocks), 2017
7.9 x 9.4 x 0 inch


Lionel le Jeune, Lady, Photography

Lionel le Jeune

Lady, 2021
19.7 x 27.6 x 0.2 inch


Serge Hamad, Temporal Perception "Golden Moment #1", Photography

Serge Hamad

Temporal Perception "Golden Moment #1", 2018
36 x 48 x 0.1 inch


Heike Bohnstengel, Bird of Paradise, LA, Photography

Heike Bohnstengel

Bird of Paradise, LA, 2018
23.6 x 23.6 x 0 inch


Jean-Robert Franco, Mangia, mangia, Photography

Jean-Robert Franco

Mangia, mangia, 2021
31.5 x 31.5 x 0.4 inch


Patrick Blanc, Sunken Boat, Photography

Patrick Blanc

Sunken Boat, 2016
27.6 x 41.3 x 0.4 inch


Linda Chapman, Drawn Light, Photography

Linda Chapman

Drawn Light, 2020
15.7 x 15.7 x 0 inch


Detlev Schneider, Nenneh Cherry, Photography

Detlev Schneider

Nenneh Cherry, 1996
19.7 x 15.7 inch


Frantisek Drtikol, 2 women with bouquet of roses, Photography

Frantisek Drtikol

2 women with bouquet of roses, 1919
10.2 x 7.5 inch


Nathalie Daoust, Riria, Photography

Nathalie Daoust

Riria, 2009
17.7 x 25.6 x 0.4 inch

$1,192 $1,324

Antonio Briceño, We from Series: I Am We - The Endless Journey, Photography

Antonio Briceño

We from Series: I Am We - The Endless Journey, 2020
8.9 x 29.5 inch

$867 $963

Thomas Ruff, Substrat 31 III, Photography

Thomas Ruff

Substrat 31 III, 2021
13.4 x 20.1 inch


Richard Morrison, Damme Canal, Bruges, Photography

Richard Morrison

Damme Canal, Bruges, 2018
25.2 x 37.8 inch


Sergei Sviatchenko, Sergei Sviatchenko - Capacity For Conjuring Illusion 1, Photography

Sergei Sviatchenko

Sergei Sviatchenko - Capacity For Conjuring Illusion 1, 2013
14.2 x 10.2 inch


Eduard Boev, Digital era, Photography

Eduard Boev

Digital era, 2020
24 x 36 x 2 inch


Jan Saudek, Ost und West, 1945, Photography

Jan Saudek

Ost und West, 1945, 1998
8 x 5.9 inch


Horst P. Horst, Yasmin Le Bon Chanel contact sheet, Vogue UK, Photography

Horst P. Horst

Yasmin Le Bon Chanel contact sheet, Vogue UK, 1986
70.9 x 54.1 x 0.1 inch


Robert van der Hilst, Chinese Interior #1, Photography

Robert van der Hilst

Chinese Interior #1, 2010
16.5 x 19.3 inch


Eliška Bartek, Untitled (10). From series: Secret Photography - Cliché Verre and Photograms, Photography

Eliška Bartek

Untitled (10). From series: Secret Photography - Cliché Verre and Photograms, 2010
15.7 x 11.8 inch


Claus Stolz, Chamber play #1, Photography

Claus Stolz

Chamber play #1, 2020
23.6 x 16.5 inch


Anthony Horth, Twilight Splendour, Photography

Anthony Horth

Twilight Splendour, 2016
20 x 28 x 0.25 inch

$729 $810

Olivier Urfer, Glace, Photography

Olivier Urfer

Glace, 2014
39.4 x 25.6 x 0.2 inch


Vicky Martin, Green Light Cabin Free, Photography

Vicky Martin

Green Light Cabin Free, 2016
39.4 x 29.5 x 0.4 inch


Michael James O'Brien, Joey Arias Channeling Billie Holiday, NYC, Photography

Michael James O'Brien

Joey Arias Channeling Billie Holiday, NYC, 1992
36 x 24 x 0.1 inch


Carmen Lazarescu, Glaciers, Photography

Carmen Lazarescu

Glaciers, 2018
23.6 x 35.4 x 0.8 inch


Rose Hartman, Mick and Bianca Jagger, Studio 54, New York, 1977, Photography

Rose Hartman

Mick and Bianca Jagger, Studio 54, New York, 1977, 2021
20 x 24 x 0.1 inch


Javier Rey, Recordings III, Photography

Javier Rey

Recordings III, 2015
31.5 x 17.3 x 0 inch


Osher Partovi, Black Magic, Photography

Osher Partovi

Black Magic, 2019
39.4 x 55.1 x 0.8 inch


Les Krims, Mary's Middle-Class, Photography

Les Krims

Mary's Middle-Class, 1985
15.4 x 19.3 x 0.2 inch


Alexia Rousse, Marble Sky, Photography

Alexia Rousse

Marble Sky, 2021
38 x 55 x 1.3 inch


Our recommendations Clara Delaporte, Le ranch, Photography

Clara Delaporte

Le ranch, 2019
23.6 x 15.7 x 0.4 inch


Charlie Tronchot, Sans Titre, Photography

Charlie Tronchot

Sans Titre, 2021
47.2 x 31.5 x 1.2 inch


James Chiew, Beauty with gold, Photography

James Chiew

Beauty with gold, 2020
31.5 x 31.5 x 1.2 inch


David Burdeny, Broome 2 Western Australia, Photography

David Burdeny

Broome 2 Western Australia, 2021
44 x 44 x 2 inch

5,000 - $ 10,000

Patrick  Van der Elst, L'homme-objet, Photography

Patrick Van der Elst

L'homme-objet, 2021
33.5 x 44.9 x 0.4 inch


Judy Cheng, Surfer Perth, Photography

Judy Cheng

Surfer Perth, 2021
44 x 44 x 2 inch

5,000 - $ 10,000

Béatrice Berg, Islands, Photography

Béatrice Berg

Islands, 2021
9.8 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch


Franco Fontana, Paesaggio urbano, Venice, Los Angeles, Photography

Franco Fontana

Paesaggio urbano, Venice, Los Angeles, 1990
23.6 x 15.7 x 0.2 inch


Alexander Benz, Curtain Call, Photography

Alexander Benz

Curtain Call, 2019
15.7 x 15.7 x 0 inch


Raynald Najosky, Blue Dream - 05, Photography

Raynald Najosky

Blue Dream - 05, 2017
19.7 x 29.5 inch


Sandra Gonçalves, Pandemic - 01, Photography

Sandra Gonçalves

Pandemic - 01, 2020
27.6 x 27.6 inch


Peter Knapp, Zazie, Hamburg (stern), Photography

Peter Knapp

Zazie, Hamburg (stern), 1970
8.3 x 8.3 x 0.2 inch


J. Marquette Romeu, Passing Under the Shadows, Photography

J. Marquette Romeu

Passing Under the Shadows, 2021
15.7 x 19.7 x 0 inch


Markus Rock, Lilien (Lilies) - Vanitas, Photography

Markus Rock

Lilien (Lilies) - Vanitas, 2016
16.5 x 23.4 x 0.1 inch


Richard Heeps, Utopian Foyer, Milan, Photography

Richard Heeps

Utopian Foyer, Milan, 2020
24 x 29.5 x 0 inch


Antoine Rose, Gossip Girls, Photography

Antoine Rose

Gossip Girls, 2019
19.7 x 19.7 inch


Patrick Rubinstein, Pop Marilyn, Photography

Patrick Rubinstein

Pop Marilyn, 2019
27.2 x 27.2 x 0.8 inch


Gina Vor, Prussian Blue 4, Photography

Gina Vor

Prussian Blue 4, 2020
11.7 x 8.3 x 0 inch


Man Ray, Portrait of Francis Picabia, Photography

Man Ray

Portrait of Francis Picabia, 1935
10.6 x 8.3 x 0.1 inch


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