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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, Utopian Foyer, Milan, Photography

Richard Heeps

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


Hassan Hajjaj, JR, Photography

Hassan Hajjaj

JR, 2018
44.1 x 29.9 x 0.4 inch


Thandiwe Muriu, Camo 16, Photography

Thandiwe Muriu

Camo 16, 2021
39.4 x 39.4 x 1.6 inch


Antoine Rose, Blue leader, Photography

Antoine Rose

Blue leader, 2019
19.7 x 19.7 inch


Patrick Rubinstein, Mona's dots, Photography

Patrick Rubinstein

Mona's dots, 2021
44.5 x 44.5 inch


Samuel Cueto, Silence, Photography

Samuel Cueto

Silence, 2014
19.7 x 15.7 inch


Paul Snell, Bleed # 202002, Photography

Paul Snell

Bleed # 202002, 2020
70.9 x 45.3 inch


Derrick Ofosu Boateng, A new decade, Photography

Derrick Ofosu Boateng

A new decade, 2021
35.4 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch


Dominique Jullien, Mourir maintenant pour renaître au printemps, Photography

Dominique Jullien

Mourir maintenant pour renaître au printemps, 2021
7.9 x 11.8 x 0.4 inch

$391 $434

Heidler & Heeps, Vinyl Collection 'Other Side (Blue)', Photography

Heidler & Heeps

Vinyl Collection 'Other Side (Blue)', 2020
18.9 x 18.9 x 0 inch


Philippe Pasqua, Vanité Gainée De Cuir Tatouée IV, Photography

Philippe Pasqua

Vanité Gainée De Cuir Tatouée IV, 2011
47.2 x 36.2 inch


Alia Ali, TadhHiya 9:2, Photography

Alia Ali

TadhHiya 9:2, 2021
42.1 x 28.3 x 2.4 inch


Liu Bolin, Hiding in Italy - Piazza di Spagna, Photography

Liu Bolin

Hiding in Italy - Piazza di Spagna, 2018
26.8 x 35.4 inch


Larry Clark, Sans titre 3 (Jonathan), Photography

Larry Clark

Sans titre 3 (Jonathan), 2005
9.1 x 6.7 x 0 inch


Bernhard Lang, Coal_mines_east_001, Photography

Bernhard Lang

Coal_mines_east_001, 2020
35.4 x 47.2 x 1.2 inch


James Sparshatt, La vieja guajira, Photography

James Sparshatt

La vieja guajira, 2000
13.8 x 13.8 x 0.4 inch


Serge Hamad, Temporal Perception #125, Photography

Serge Hamad

Temporal Perception #125, 2019
45 x 60 inch


John Kenny, Behind the Great Mosque in Djenne, Photography

John Kenny

Behind the Great Mosque in Djenne, 2006
26.4 x 17.7 x 0.8 inch


Stefanie Schneider, Springtime (Paris), Photography

Stefanie Schneider

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


Patrick Lajoie, Parlor, Photography

Patrick Lajoie

Parlor, 2021
40 x 40 x 1.5 inch


Grzegorz Sikorski, In Silk We Trust! 2, Photography

Grzegorz Sikorski

In Silk We Trust! 2, 2019
22 x 19.7 x 0 inch


Lionel le Jeune, Méditerranée, Photography

Lionel le Jeune

Méditerranée, 2021
35.4 x 23.6 x 0.2 inch


Heike Bohnstengel, Joshua Tree, Photography

Heike Bohnstengel

Joshua Tree, 2014
15.7 x 15.7 x 0 inch


Miguel Winograd, Lagunas de Buitrago Chingaza, Photography

Miguel Winograd

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


Simona Rota, Chrysalis 2. Big Exit off series, Photography

Simona Rota

Chrysalis 2. Big Exit off series, 2012
5.1 x 7.1 x 0.8 inch


Tyler Shields, Lips, Photography

Tyler Shields

Lips, 2021
18 x 18 x 0.5 inch


Ifig, Jungle Fever (Série), Photography


Jungle Fever (Série), 2021
16.5 x 11.8 inch


Rose Hartman, Donna Karan Models Backstage, 1985, Photography

Rose Hartman

Donna Karan Models Backstage, 1985, 2021
20 x 24 x 0.1 inch


Alain Le Chapelier, The Woman with the Gulls, Photography

Alain Le Chapelier

The Woman with the Gulls, 2007
15.7 x 23.6 inch


David Van Dartel, Guido en Sil in de Kwelder - Guido and Sil in the Salt Marsh, Photography

David Van Dartel

Guido en Sil in de Kwelder - Guido and Sil in the Salt Marsh, 2020
19.3 x 13 inch


Leila Boucif, Ensemble, Photography

Leila Boucif

Ensemble, 2017
23.6 x 15.7 x 0.1 inch


Mauren Brodbeck, Sans titre 07 : Loyalland serie, Photography

Mauren Brodbeck

Sans titre 07 : Loyalland serie, 2014
11.8 x 9.8 inch


Julia Beyer, Home By The Sea, Photography

Julia Beyer

Home By The Sea, 2021
11.8 x 16.9 x 0 inch

$536 $595

Richard Dunkley, Matisse's Venetian Chair, Photography

Richard Dunkley

Matisse's Venetian Chair, 2017
16 x 23 inch


Romain Liverato, I was here, Photography

Romain Liverato

I was here, 2020
31.5 x 23.6 x 0.2 inch


Cody Choi, Dancer: Flora #2, Photography

Cody Choi

Dancer: Flora #2, 2016
30 x 40 x 1.2 inch


Valérie Donzelli, De Myrha à Babylone - Jeanne visage baissé, Photography

Valérie Donzelli

De Myrha à Babylone - Jeanne visage baissé, 2015
19.7 x 19.7 inch


Franck Guedj, Mouvement 3.3, Photography

Franck Guedj

Mouvement 3.3, 2019
47.2 x 31.5 x 3.9 inch


Quentin DMR, Seth Guecko, Photography

Quentin DMR

Seth Guecko, 2020
11.8 x 7.9 x 0.2 inch


Lisa Toboz, Ghost Story, Photography

Lisa Toboz

Ghost Story, 2020
9.4 x 7.9 x 0 inch

$424 $471

Shinji Nagabe, Objets saisis n07, Photography

Shinji Nagabe

Objets saisis n07, 2018
13.4 x 13.4 x 0.4 inch


Cédric Klapisch, Porte Naturelle, Photography

Cédric Klapisch

Porte Naturelle, 2015
15.7 x 23.6 inch


Shauna La, Forest, Photography

Shauna La

Forest, 2021
10 x 10 inch


Philippe Bréson, Mnémosis #167, Photography

Philippe Bréson

Mnémosis #167, 2012
10.6 x 10.6 inch


Forough Yavari, The Courtesan, Photography

Forough Yavari

The Courtesan, 2016
40 x 32 x 1 inch


Joël Ducorroy, Blue, Photography

Joël Ducorroy

Blue, 2003
11.8 x 8.3 x 0.2 inch


Annalaura Pretaroli, Target, Italy, Photography

Annalaura Pretaroli

Target, Italy, 2020
11 x 7.4 inch


Mohamed Yakub, Oculus Series WP 282, Photography

Mohamed Yakub

Oculus Series WP 282, 2021
24 x 41 inch


Jessie Lie, Sak Yan, Photography

Jessie Lie

Sak Yan, 2017
23.6 x 35.4 inch


Bertrand Gruyer, Window - 07, Photography

Bertrand Gruyer

Window - 07, 2020
23.6 x 18.9 inch


Beatriz Moreno, Métamorphose de Medusa, Photography

Beatriz Moreno

Métamorphose de Medusa, 2017
23.6 x 16.5 x 0.1 inch


Charles Hamonnais, Human Metamorphosis - 02, Photography

Charles Hamonnais

Human Metamorphosis - 02, 2021
19.7 x 27.6 inch


Thierry Parhad, Intense | Mikael, Photography

Thierry Parhad

Intense | Mikael, 2009
19.7 x 29.5 x 0.3 inch


Leanne Surfleet, Self-Portrait, Photography

Leanne Surfleet

Self-Portrait, 2020
19.7 x 19.7 x 0 inch


Clare Marie Bailey, Other Side of the Eye, Photography

Clare Marie Bailey

Other Side of the Eye, 2019
15.7 x 15.7 x 0 inch


David Arky, Handbag #2, Photography

David Arky

Handbag #2, 2019
40 x 40 inch


Baptiste Tavernier, Fish on Mars, Photography

Baptiste Tavernier

Fish on Mars, 2021
20.1 x 20.1 x 1.6 inch


Alex, Les enfants des rues, les Talibés, Photography


Les enfants des rues, les Talibés, 2019
33 x 23.4 inch


Edmund Sumner, House N, Photography

Edmund Sumner

House N, 2008
16.9 x 23.6 x 0 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


Clara Delaporte, Les champs, Photography

Clara Delaporte

Les champs, 2020
23.6 x 35.4 x 0.8 inch


Lucia Tallová, Paris Diary, Photography

Lucia Tallová

Paris Diary, 2020
15.7 x 11.8 inch


Edouard de Francisci, El Juell - Serie of Cap de Creuse Cadaqués Spain, Photography

Edouard de Francisci

El Juell - Serie of Cap de Creuse Cadaqués Spain, 2020
19.1 x 23.8 x 0.1 inch


Pierre-François O, Point de vue, Photography

Pierre-François O

Point de vue, 2020
9.8 x 7.5 x 0.2 inch


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