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Animal Photography

“Art is continually haunted by the animal," wrote Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari in the 70s. Indeed our animal friends make frequent appearances in artists' works, especially photographers.

Animals are a pervasive source of inspiration and can be found everywhere: open spaces, the savannah, in meadows, or even your back garden. Both professional and amateur photographers do their best to capture the diversity of wildlife and many travel the world hopeing to come face to face with some of the rarest species.

Wildlife photography has now become an art of its own, made famous by documentaries and magazines such as National Geographic and Terre Sauvage. By using photographic techniques such as aerial or underwater shots, this artistic practice incites us to travel and let our mind wander to breathtaking landscapes or mountain and exceptional lighting.

The genre started to develop well after the invention of photography by Daguerre in 1842. Back then, even taking a simple portrait was a major undertaking. At the end of the 19th century, a photographic safari was often a full-blown expedition, with a team of porters handling the heavy equipment. The long exposure time required to fix the image onto a plate made it very difficult to capture animals as they were elusive and didn't stay put for long, especially in their natural habitats. For this reason, wildlife photography only gained more traction 100 years later when faster shutters speeds made it easier to photograph moving animals. Nonetheless, some of them takePolaroid as well.

Today, technological progress makes it possible for photographers to capture galloping horses and speedy cheetahs from far away. However, photographs still need to arm themselves with patience and the ability to stay discreet if they hope to get the perfect shot of the world's most stunning wildlife.

So how do photographers capture the intensity of wild animals? Wildlife photography is a very demanding discipline and there are several techniques which enable photographer get the widest angle and best framing possible. Camouflaging techniques are used to enable the photographer to get as close as possible to the animal. Similar to snipers, the wildlife photographer uses elements of nature and wears camouflage print to not disturb the animal, win its trust, and be able to get the right shot at the right time. Photographers might also choose to leave a camera hidden and control it remotely. Infrared systems, powerful lenses and automatic flash all help the photographer work from a distance. The preparation is done well in advance and requires a perfect knowledge of the animal's habits in order to obtain impressive images.

Nature is an ideal playground to explore one's artistic style. Many artists travel around the world trying to capture exceptional shots of unique animals. Famous wildlife photographers include Bence Maté, who captures photos of birds such as hawks in flight, as well s Jim Brandenburg and Nick Brandt.

On Artsper you will find beautiful images by Clément Reisky, Pierre Schwartz, Brad Wilson, and many others. Explore our unique selection of animal photographs by some of the greatest photographers.

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Feng Wang, Beetle I, Photography

Feng Wang

Beetle I, 2021
19.7 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$1,565

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

Liu Bolin

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

$12,040

Dani Garcia Sarabia, Contemplum #023, Photography

Dani Garcia Sarabia

Contemplum #023, 2021
7.5 x 11.4 x 0 inch
Photography

$783

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
Photography

$421

Aurélie Sarramon, Sans titre 11, Photography

Aurélie Sarramon

Sans titre 11, 2016
14.2 x 9.4 inch
Photography

$72

Tanguy Mendrisse, Before the mess, Photography

Tanguy Mendrisse

Before the mess, 2019
9.4 x 11.8 x 0 inch
Photography

$169

Bogdan Boev, Liquid metal, Photography

Bogdan Boev

Liquid metal, 2013
23.6 x 35.4 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$686

Sonac, Le Lama en Urbex, Photography

Sonac

Le Lama en Urbex, 2018
23.6 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$1,324

Tali Amitai-Tabib, Dalia, Photography

Tali Amitai-Tabib

Dalia, 2017
11.8 x 15.7 x 0.8 inch
Photography

$2,288

Ivan Argote, Horse (Paris, Hôtel de Ville), Photography

Ivan Argote

Horse (Paris, Hôtel de Ville), 2011
24.4 x 16.5 inch
Photography

$6,381

Raphaël Groux, Patterning, Photography

Raphaël Groux

Patterning, 2017
19.7 x 19.7 inch
Photography

$163

Ben Thouard, Au vol, Photography

Ben Thouard

Au vol, 2019
31.5 x 47.2 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$3,311

Su Yang, A Strange Encounter, Photography

Su Yang

A Strange Encounter, 2017
19.7 x 15.7 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$903

Pol Lujan, Chien - Christian Dior, Photography

Pol Lujan

Chien - Christian Dior, 1990
19.7 x 15.7 inch
Photography

$963

Ian Bradshaw, Reagan and the queen, Photography

Ian Bradshaw

Reagan and the queen, 1982
15.7 x 23.6 x 0 inch
Photography

$1,445

Alain Schroeder, Kid Jockey I, Photography

Alain Schroeder

Kid Jockey I, 2017
15.7 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$1,806

Marie-Laure Possovre, Prairie, Photography

Marie-Laure Possovre

Prairie, 2019
11.8 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$132

Ivaylo Zafirov, Black-Headed Gulls (Chroicocephalus ridibundus) and Mediterranean Gulls (Ichthyaetus melanocephalus), Photography

Ivaylo Zafirov

Black-Headed Gulls (Chroicocephalus ridibundus) and Mediterranean Gulls (Ichthyaetus melanocephalus), 2019
18.1 x 27.6 inch
Photography

$325

Valentina Murabito, Illusion Study no. 1, Photography

Valentina Murabito

Illusion Study no. 1, 2019
14.2 x 15.7 x 0.2 inch
Photography

$6,020

Eric Isselée, Lioness Yawing in the Storm, Photography

Eric Isselée

Lioness Yawing in the Storm, 2015
39.4 x 24.6 x 2 inch
Photography

$3,491

Damien De Bellis, Belly's Pollens, Photography

Damien De Bellis

Belly's Pollens, 2018
27.6 x 27.6 inch
Photography

$277

Aleksandros Kanellopoulos, Alien, Photography

Aleksandros Kanellopoulos

Alien, 2017
27.6 x 19.7 inch
Photography

$205

Zhao Bandi, No smoking, Photography

Zhao Bandi

No smoking, 1999
19.7 x 19.7 inch
Photography

$301

Jean-Loup Gautreau, Sans titre, Photography

Jean-Loup Gautreau

Sans titre, 2009
13 x 16.9 inch
Photography

$337

Our recommendations Elliott Erwitt, Untitled, Photography

Elliott Erwitt

Untitled, 2000
15.7 x 22.4 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$2,407

Dominique Leroy, Mère et fils. Singe. Inde du nord., Photography

Dominique Leroy

Mère et fils. Singe. Inde du nord., 2010
35.4 x 27.6 x 0.8 inch
Photography

$963

Marie Christine Palombit, Earth Mind, Photography

Marie Christine Palombit

Earth Mind, 2018
25.2 x 41.3 x 0.8 inch
Photography

$1,987

Dariusz Klimczak, Hippohome, Photography

Dariusz Klimczak

Hippohome, 2012
18 x 16 inch
Photography

$867 $963

Art Grafts, Ape, Thailand, Photography

Art Grafts

Ape, Thailand, 2002
15 x 12 inch
Photography

$722

Gabriel Orozco, Batwaves, Photography

Gabriel Orozco

Batwaves, 2012
8 x 6 inch
Photography

$1,203

Mathias Le Forestier, Le chat, Photography

Mathias Le Forestier

Le chat, 2011
6.7 x 5.1 inch
Photography

$301

Brad Wilson, Black Palm Cockatoo #1, Photography

Brad Wilson

Black Palm Cockatoo #1, 2016
29.9 x 43.3 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$2,974

Our recommendations Thiago Barros, Wolf, Photography

Thiago Barros

Wolf, 2013
39.4 x 39.4 x 0 inch
Photography

$2,288

Henry Horenstein, Bottlenose Dolphin, Tursiops truncates, Photography

Henry Horenstein

Bottlenose Dolphin, Tursiops truncates, 2006
23 x 15.25 inch
Photography

$3,058

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

Issei Suda

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

$1,600

Samuel Dejong, Goliath Beetle Open, Photography

Samuel Dejong

Goliath Beetle Open, 2020
19.7 x 19.7 inch
Photography

$1,505

Karine Payette, Entre nous I, Photography

Karine Payette

Entre nous I, 2016
24 x 36 inch
Photography

$2,288

Antoine Buttafoghi, Kalaallit Nunaat 01-01, Photography

Antoine Buttafoghi

Kalaallit Nunaat 01-01, 2017
23.6 x 35.4 inch
Photography

$1,445

Chien Hua Huang, Transcoder - The Secret about Curves, Photography

Chien Hua Huang

Transcoder - The Secret about Curves, 2016
15.7 x 29.5 x 1.6 inch
Photography

$3,612

Bernard Reignier, Cavalcade, Photography

Bernard Reignier

Cavalcade, 2019
20.5 x 20.5 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$650

Line Taarnberg, The power of love 1, Photography

Line Taarnberg

The power of love 1, 2016
11.8 x 11.8 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$692

Alfons Alt, Croco Nimensis, Photography

Alfons Alt

Croco Nimensis, 2009
23.6 x 19.7 x 2 inch
Photography

$2,288

Rory Carnegie, Angelo, Siberian Tiger, Photography

Rory Carnegie

Angelo, Siberian Tiger, 2016
21.3 x 28.3 inch
Photography

$3,251

Steven Rudin, The Five Elements, Photography

Steven Rudin

The Five Elements, 2018
35 x 33 inch
Photography

2,500 - $ 5,000

Tere Duro, ¡Vaya troncos!, Photography

Tere Duro

¡Vaya troncos!, 2000
39.4 x 31.5 inch
Photography

$1,505

Ejaz Khan, Autopilot, Photography

Ejaz Khan

Autopilot, 2018
35.5 x 53.25 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$1,555

Michel Zoghzoghi, Glider, Photography

Michel Zoghzoghi

Glider, 2013
31.5 x 47.2 inch
Photography

$2,167

Mercedes Cosano, Méduses 4, Photography

Mercedes Cosano

Méduses 4, 2019
15.7 x 15.7 inch
Photography

$963

Rémi Chapeaublanc, Kochakan, Photography

Rémi Chapeaublanc

Kochakan, 2011
23.6 x 35.4 inch
Photography

$1,324

Bob Tabor, Horse 43, Photography

Bob Tabor

Horse 43, 2015
40.2 x 57.5 inch
Photography

$12,040

Luz, La Douche, Photography

Luz

La Douche, 2012
29.5 x 19.7 inch
Photography

$963

Lisa Mezghenna, Bison américain en marche, Photography

Lisa Mezghenna

Bison américain en marche, 2019
25.4 x 37.2 x 0.9 inch
Photography

$1,246

Anne Berry, Baboon in Window, Photography

Anne Berry

Baboon in Window, 2012
19.7 x 19.7 inch
Photography

$1,174

Beatriz Moreno, Aigle Blanc, Photography

Beatriz Moreno

Aigle Blanc, 2016
23.6 x 16.5 x 0.2 inch
Photography

$2,047

Loza Maléombho, Helmet of Grace, Photography

Loza Maléombho

Helmet of Grace, 2018
29.5 x 29.5 x 1.6 inch
Photography

$2,649

Hv, Sanguins, Photography

Hv

Sanguins, 2017
47.2 x 31.5 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$2,709

Mats Bäcker, Conte de fées / Fairy tales, Plupp, Photography

Mats Bäcker

Conte de fées / Fairy tales, Plupp, 2007
9.4 x 19.3 x 2 inch
Photography

$2,167

Andrés Calamaro, La Suerte Suprema. JT, Nimes, Francia., Photography

Andrés Calamaro

La Suerte Suprema. JT, Nimes, Francia., 2021
15.7 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch
Photography

$8,668

Christine Chanu, Black wings, Photography

Christine Chanu

Black wings, 2021
15.7 x 15.7 inch
Photography

$602

Melanie Sherman, Three Platters and two Vases with Fish, Grapes, Berries, Pomegranate, Deer Skull, Photography

Melanie Sherman

Three Platters and two Vases with Fish, Grapes, Berries, Pomegranate, Deer Skull, 2013
24 x 16 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$1,500

Benjamin Goss, Horus, Photography

Benjamin Goss

Horus, 2012
26.4 x 18.5 inch
Photography

$2,227

Peter Zupnik, Chatte noire, 3/15, Photography

Peter Zupnik

Chatte noire, 3/15, 1996
11.8 x 15.7 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$2,047

Kirsteen Titchener, Menagerie - from The Missing Series, Photography

Kirsteen Titchener

Menagerie - from The Missing Series, 2017
23.2 x 16.5 inch
Photography

$460

Sun Mi Ahn, Yali, Photography

Sun Mi Ahn

Yali, 2012
26 x 39.4 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$3,010

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