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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, Nomad VII, New York, Photography

Richard Heeps

Nomad VII, New York, 2017
29.5 x 24 x 0 inch


Mihaela Ivanova, Shadowfax, Photography

Mihaela Ivanova

Shadowfax, 2012
19.7 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch


Lionel le Jeune, Parasols, Photography

Lionel le Jeune

Parasols, 2021
19.7 x 29.5 x 0.2 inch


José Sierra, #18 From El envuelto Divino Series, Photography

José Sierra

#18 From El envuelto Divino Series, 2021
40 x 27.5 x 0.1 inch


Ricky Cohete, Miguel, Photography

Ricky Cohete

Miguel, 2021
36 x 24 x 0.1 inch


David Drebin, Escape to Paris, Photography

David Drebin

Escape to Paris, 2020
31.1 x 46.5 inch


Eli Joteva, CryoLumen Storm Print: Pine Needles & Hand Sanitizer in a Snow Storm, 7- day exposure (Sofia) Jan 12-19 2021, Photography

Eli Joteva

CryoLumen Storm Print: Pine Needles & Hand Sanitizer in a Snow Storm, 7- day exposure (Sofia) Jan 12-19 2021, 2021
39.4 x 31.5 x 1.6 inch


Shine Huang, Rebirth II, Photography

Shine Huang

Rebirth II, 2018
20 x 16 x 0.1 inch


Linda Tuloup, #2, Photography

Linda Tuloup

#2, 2021
9.4 x 11.8 x 0.4 inch


Franck Rozet, The Old Cars, Photography

Franck Rozet

The Old Cars, 2021
11.8 x 15.7 x 0 inch


Vincent Carpentier, Les pêcheurs, Photography

Vincent Carpentier

Les pêcheurs, 2021
28.7 x 45.3 x 1 inch


Samzaï, Mucemecum, Photography


Mucemecum, 2019
19.7 x 29.1 x 0.4 inch


Nicolas Le Beuan Bénic, Les arbres royaux, Photography

Nicolas Le Beuan Bénic

Les arbres royaux, 2021
39.4 x 39.4 x 0 inch


Richard Unglick, Rock Around, Photography

Richard Unglick

Rock Around, 2020
9.4 x 14.2 x 0.2 inch


Heike Bohnstengel, After the Storm, Mojave, Photography

Heike Bohnstengel

After the Storm, Mojave, 2019
23.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch


Grzegorz Sikorski, Soft morning, Photography

Grzegorz Sikorski

Soft morning, 2018
19.7 x 19.7 x 0 inch


Damola Ayegbayo, Against All Odds II, Photography

Damola Ayegbayo

Against All Odds II, 2021
36 x 36 x 2 inch


Léo  Caillard, Hipster in Stone V, The Faun Barberini, Photography

Léo Caillard

Hipster in Stone V, The Faun Barberini, 2013
31.5 x 47.2 inch


Kristin Hart, DESERT GARDEN - AQUAMARINE, Photography

Kristin Hart

36 x 24 x 1 inch


Elena Raceala, Waterfall, Photography

Elena Raceala

Waterfall, 2021
36 x 24 x 0.1 inch


Olivier Urfer, Gornergrat n°1, Photography

Olivier Urfer

Gornergrat n°1, 2014
15.7 x 43.3 x 0.2 inch


Jaume Muñoz, It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine, Photography

Jaume Muñoz

It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine, 2021
15.7 x 11.8 inch


Ralph Hasenohr, Palm Springs in January. 8:14 am., Photography

Ralph Hasenohr

Palm Springs in January. 8:14 am., 2019
17.7 x 23.6 inch


Lilia El Golli, Blooming Day, Photography

Lilia El Golli

Blooming Day, 2021
23.6 x 15.7 x 0.2 inch


Jean-Robert Franco, Monochrome rouge, Photography

Jean-Robert Franco

Monochrome rouge, 2021
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch


Alexandre Henry, Paris sous la pluie, Photography

Alexandre Henry

Paris sous la pluie, 2021
17.7 x 11.8 inch


Nadia Ferroukhi, Chine-Les Moso_Yunnan, Photography

Nadia Ferroukhi

Chine-Les Moso_Yunnan, 2008
15.7 x 23.6 inch


Didier Fournet, NY Chinatown, Photography

Didier Fournet

NY Chinatown, 2018
51.2 x 51.2 x 2 inch


Ivan Butorac, Spray Can #9, Photography

Ivan Butorac

Spray Can #9, 2020
14 x 11 x 1 inch


Mario Pascual Cámara, Snow on the mountain, Photography

Mario Pascual Cámara

Snow on the mountain, 2008
23.4 x 41.7 inch


Pascal Therme, Poétique Française, 25 éléments., Photography

Pascal Therme

Poétique Française, 25 éléments., 1996
24.4 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch


Camille Léage, Bus 60, Parc de Belleville, Photography

Camille Léage

Bus 60, Parc de Belleville, 2016
11.8 x 15.7 x 0 inch


Nic Notion, Speramus Meliora 1, Photography

Nic Notion

Speramus Meliora 1, 2018
24 x 24 x 3.5 inch


Aline Isoard, Habitants sur route 1_2019, Photography

Aline Isoard

Habitants sur route 1_2019, 2019
35.4 x 35.4 inch


Gilles Morteveille, Islande 131, Photography

Gilles Morteveille

Islande 131, 2021
22.4 x 15 x 0 inch


Edouard Partoes, Les chevaux de l'ocean, Photography

Edouard Partoes

Les chevaux de l'ocean, 2017
15.7 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch


Mekbib Tadesse, Adey Abeba, Photography

Mekbib Tadesse

Adey Abeba, 2020
23.6 x 35.4 x 0.8 inch


Tim Klein, Tropical Palm in B&W, Photography

Tim Klein

Tropical Palm in B&W, 2017
35 x 52 x 1 inch


JC Pratt, Nature(s) Maritime(s) (3007114), Photography

JC Pratt

Nature(s) Maritime(s) (3007114), 2020
11.8 x 17.7 x 0.2 inch


Eric Chauvet, New.York 34, Photography

Eric Chauvet

New.York 34, 2018
11.8 x 11.8 x 0.2 inch


Simon Yung, Vies.Vues (1014168), Photography

Simon Yung

Vies.Vues (1014168), 2021
11.8 x 17.7 x 0.2 inch


Theo Arno, Barrios 25, Photography

Theo Arno

Barrios 25, 2020
17.7 x 11.8 x 0.2 inch


Maria Martin, Hombre Ordinaire 13, Photography

Maria Martin

Hombre Ordinaire 13, 2020
17.7 x 11.8 x 0.2 inch


Ivaylo Stoimenov, Yellow Flower, Photography

Ivaylo Stoimenov

Yellow Flower, 2019
39.4 x 39.4 x 0 inch


Christer Hamp, Portrait d'Arnaud, Photography

Christer Hamp

Portrait d'Arnaud, 1995
11.8 x 8.3 inch


Philippe Cas, U-Bunker Martha n°1, Photography

Philippe Cas

U-Bunker Martha n°1, 2006
31.5 x 43.3 x 1.2 inch


Paméla Maria, IJhorst 3, Photography

Paméla Maria

IJhorst 3, 2020
11.8 x 11.8 x 1 inch


Adam Starr, Hey Ma, Photography

Adam Starr

Hey Ma, 2019
15.7 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch


Jérôme Revon, J0nOne Jacket 1, Photography

Jérôme Revon

J0nOne Jacket 1, 2021
70.9 x 47.2 x 0.8 inch


Our recommendations Hassan Hajjaj, V.B.F., Photography

Hassan Hajjaj

V.B.F., 2011
28.3 x 18.9 x 0.4 inch


Our recommendations Patrick Rubinstein, Ahava Pop yellow, Photography

Patrick Rubinstein

Ahava Pop yellow, 2019
20.1 x 20.1 x 0.8 inch


Our recommendations Thierry Genay, Composition 3C-2, Photography

Thierry Genay

Composition 3C-2, 2019
31.5 x 31.5 x 1.1 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


Our recommendations Bernard Pras, Inventaire 65 - Bruce Lee, Photography

Bernard Pras

Inventaire 65 - Bruce Lee, 2006
63 x 47.2 x 2 inch


Our recommendations Derrick Ofosu Boateng, Love for Ghana, Photography

Derrick Ofosu Boateng

Love for Ghana, 2019
15.7 x 11.8 x 0.1 inch


Our recommendations Samsofy, Brexit, Photography


Brexit, 2017
29.5 x 29.5 x 1.2 inch


Our recommendations Gerry Cranham, White Hart Lane, Photography

Gerry Cranham

White Hart Lane, 1964
15.7 x 23.6 inch


Our recommendations James Sparshatt, Ensayo, Photography

James Sparshatt

Ensayo, 2004
15.7 x 19.7 inch


Uwe Ommer, Total, Photography

Uwe Ommer

Total, 1965
16 x 20 x 0.1 inch


Our recommendations JR, Clichy Sous Bois, Photography


Clichy Sous Bois, 2006
18.1 x 24 inch


Our recommendations Barry Cawston, Eclipse motel, Photography

Barry Cawston

Eclipse motel, 2018
35.4 x 35.4 x 0.8 inch


Our recommendations Théo Gosselin, Lost and Found, Photography

Théo Gosselin

Lost and Found, 2019
7.9 x 11.8 x 1.2 inch


Our recommendations John Kenny, Kashi, Photography

John Kenny

Kashi, 2014
26.4 x 17.7 x 0.8 inch


Our recommendations Julie Peiffer, Les fleurs respirent la nuit, Photography

Julie Peiffer

Les fleurs respirent la nuit, 2016
47.2 x 49.2 x 0 inch


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