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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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Katarzyna Widmanska, Follow the white rabbit, Photography

Katarzyna Widmanska

Follow the white rabbit, 2015
23.6 x 15.7 inch
Photography

$909

Chema Madoz, Untitled, Photography

Chema Madoz

Untitled, 1987
23.6 x 19.7 inch
Photography

$3,211

Jan Saudek, Ost und West, 1945, Photography

Jan Saudek

Ost und West, 1945, 1998
8 x 5.9 inch
Photography

$1,817

Philip Provily, Narcisse, Photography

Philip Provily

Narcisse, 2021
5.9 x 3.9 x 0 inch
Photography

$145

Jeremy Hunter, Derwish - whirling at the Sema ceremony, Photography

Jeremy Hunter

Derwish - whirling at the Sema ceremony, 2005
39.4 x 27.6 x 0 inch
Photography

$3,898

Jeremy Junter, Tibetan Monks, Great Monlam Festival, Photography

Jeremy Junter

Tibetan Monks, Great Monlam Festival, 2002
27.6 x 39.4 x 0 inch
Photography

$3,898

Stephane Charpentier, 481-01, Photography

Stephane Charpentier

481-01, 2012
7.9 x 11.8 x 0.2 inch
Photography

$3,150

Feng Hatat, Ciel 29, Photography

Feng Hatat

Ciel 29, 2016
23.6 x 15.7 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$606

Feng Kaixuan, Cheveux d'encre photo, Photography

Feng Kaixuan

Cheveux d'encre photo, 2012
11.8 x 17.7 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$727

Our recommendations Sébastien Chauchot, Céréales 3, Photography

Sébastien Chauchot

Céréales 3, 2019
15.7 x 13.8 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$382 $424

Dominique Jullien, Ascendance descendance, Photography

Dominique Jullien

Ascendance descendance, 2019
7.9 x 7.9 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$382 $424

Pierrot Men, Série briques, Fianarantsoa, Madagascar, Photography

Pierrot Men

Série briques, Fianarantsoa, Madagascar, 2015
11.8 x 17.7 inch
Photography

$2,302

Bruno Fournier, Diane Kruger 4, Photography

Bruno Fournier

Diane Kruger 4, 1993
18.1 x 11.8 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$1,817

Hei Yue, Ciel Terre Humain, Photography

Hei Yue

Ciel Terre Humain, 2018
15.7 x 15.7 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$1,333

Wang XiaoZhou, Fleur 5, Photography

Wang XiaoZhou

Fleur 5, 2017
11.8 x 15.7 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$545

Emmanuelle Barbaras, Assemblée femmes Dakar, Photography

Emmanuelle Barbaras

Assemblée femmes Dakar, 2018
17.7 x 15 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$848

Our recommendations Pierre Schwartz, Victoire Montmorency, Photography

Pierre Schwartz

Victoire Montmorency, 2010
31.5 x 31.5 inch
Photography

$969

Pol Lujan, Chien - Christian Dior, Photography

Pol Lujan

Chien - Christian Dior, 1990
19.7 x 15.7 inch
Photography

$969

Songlin Ji, Manger la montagne no.1, Photography

Songlin Ji

Manger la montagne no.1, 2020
19.7 x 27.6 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$1,212

Laetitia Lesaffre, De-Sol-Es, enfance exilée n°1, Photography

Laetitia Lesaffre

De-Sol-Es, enfance exilée n°1, 2017
19.7 x 19.7 x 1.6 inch
Photography

$1,090

Muriel Despiau, Maheo Road, Photography

Muriel Despiau

Maheo Road, 2019
7.5 x 11.4 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$133

Jodi Bieber, Cardiff by night, Photography

Jodi Bieber

Cardiff by night, 2003
27.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch
Photography

$3,199

Bruno Charoy, Tracks II, Photography

Bruno Charoy

Tracks II, 2014
15.7 x 15.7 x 0 inch
Photography

$969

Abel Bourgeois, Série Aragon n°6, Photography

Abel Bourgeois

Série Aragon n°6, 2016
25.6 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$485

Alessandro Puccinelli, Mare #3, Photography

Alessandro Puccinelli

Mare #3, 2005
19.7 x 19.7 x 1.6 inch
Photography

$2,181

Nicolas Demeersman, Le Chaman - Nazca Line, Pérou, Photography

Nicolas Demeersman

Le Chaman - Nazca Line, Pérou, 2011
39.4 x 39.4 inch
Photography

$2,181

Shen Yongji, Eventually Unified to the Original, Photography

Shen Yongji

Eventually Unified to the Original, 2015
35.4 x 43.3 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$2,908

James Sparshatt, El amor, Photography

James Sparshatt

El amor, 2002
15.7 x 19.7 inch
Photography

$843

Alain Daussin, Nun, Photography

Alain Daussin

Nun, 2019
15.7 x 19.7 inch
Photography

$1,199

Catherine Balet, Looking for the Masters in Ricardo's Golden Shoes #120 (Damage vintage portrait trend), Photography

Catherine Balet

Looking for the Masters in Ricardo's Golden Shoes #120 (Damage vintage portrait trend), 2016
11.8 x 9.4 x 1.6 inch
Photography

$1,090

Tony Frank, Serge Gainsbourg, Photography

Tony Frank

Serge Gainsbourg, 1962
15.7 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$2,272

François Brumas, Bestiaire 01, Photography

François Brumas

Bestiaire 01, 2015
23.6 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$2,052

Our recommendations Roger Schall, Le Moulin Rouge, Paris, 1930, Photography

Roger Schall

Le Moulin Rouge, Paris, 1930, 2015
19.7 x 15.7 inch
Photography

$969

Fabrizio La Torre, L’Addio, l’adieu, New York décembre 1955, Photography

Fabrizio La Torre

L’Addio, l’adieu, New York décembre 1955, 1955
16.5 x 23.6 x 0.2 inch
Photography

$1,999

Joanna Chudy, Oblivion. Hidden identity., Photography

Joanna Chudy

Oblivion. Hidden identity., 2019
19.7 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$836

Alain Longeaud, Le Passeur de l'aube, Photography

Alain Longeaud

Le Passeur de l'aube, 1975
25.6 x 19.7 inch
Photography

$1,454

Our recommendations Xavier-Alexandre Pons, La relève d'Atlas, Photography

Xavier-Alexandre Pons

La relève d'Atlas, 2013
15.7 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$1,454

Matthias Leupold, De la série : La beauté des femmes - ambiance de vacances, Photography

Matthias Leupold

De la série : La beauté des femmes - ambiance de vacances, 1995
9.4 x 7.1 inch
Photography

$1,454

Juan Cobo Escorial, Control 12, Photography

Juan Cobo Escorial

Control 12, 2013
19.7 x 15.7 inch
Photography

$424

Our recommendations Malick Sidibé, Vue de dos, Photography

Malick Sidibé

Vue de dos, 2003
9.4 x 7.3 inch
Photography

$848

Our recommendations Richard Dunkley, Duo Dive, Photography

Richard Dunkley

Duo Dive, 2001
30 x 20 inch
Photography

$1,127

Grzegorz Sikorski, El Color Grana III, Photography

Grzegorz Sikorski

El Color Grana III, 2018
13.8 x 23.6 x 0 inch
Photography

$230

Philippe Bonan, Speedy Graphito, Photography

Philippe Bonan

Speedy Graphito, 2007
19.7 x 15.7 inch
Photography

$1,090

Joseph Ó Riagáin, Distant Skies #1, Photography

Joseph Ó Riagáin

Distant Skies #1, 2020
7.9 x 7.9 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$424

Hannibal Renberg, Les Jumelles au chapeau, Photography

Hannibal Renberg

Les Jumelles au chapeau, 2017
15.4 x 15.4 inch
Photography

$969

William Stewart, Venice #6, Photography

William Stewart

Venice #6, 2020
23.6 x 15.7 x 0 inch
Photography

$425

Pierre Terrasson, Serge visant au F2 Nikon, Photography

Pierre Terrasson

Serge visant au F2 Nikon, 1984
19.7 x 15.7 inch
Photography

$1,212

Clara Cena, Au-delà de nous-même 6, Photography

Clara Cena

Au-delà de nous-même 6, 2019
11.8 x 17.7 x 0 inch
Photography

$727

Jean-Yves Goujard, Le baiser de l'Odéon, Photography

Jean-Yves Goujard

Le baiser de l'Odéon, 2010
23.6 x 35.4 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$2,052

Andre Teixeira, Boy with kite, Photography

Andre Teixeira

Boy with kite, 2015
16.5 x 23.4 x 0.8 inch
Photography

$1,030

Rocío Verdejo, Crashroom 2, Photography

Rocío Verdejo

Crashroom 2, 2014
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$1,333

Dennis Church, Highway 9, Iowa, Photography

Dennis Church

Highway 9, Iowa, 2007
7.4 x 11 inch
Photography

$424

Marco Girolami, Spike Lee, Photography

Marco Girolami

Spike Lee, 1989
19.7 x 15.7 x 0 inch
Photography

$1,333

Sasha Manovceva, Bolshoi, Photography

Sasha Manovceva

Bolshoi, 2005
27.6 x 35.4 inch
Photography

$2,181

Our recommendations Sylvie Castioni, Léa, Photography

Sylvie Castioni

Léa, 2016
35.4 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch
Photography

$2,181

Jean-Paul Veison Marcelli, T7, Photography

Jean-Paul Veison Marcelli

T7, 2019
7.9 x 11.8 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$190

Sylvia Galmot, La parisienne vaut bien une messe, Photography

Sylvia Galmot

La parisienne vaut bien une messe, 2015
19.7 x 11.8 inch
Photography

$2,423

Frantisek Drtikol, 2 women with bouquet of roses, Photography

Frantisek Drtikol

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

$1,454

Emanuele Cucuzza, WhatEyeAm I, Photography

Emanuele Cucuzza

WhatEyeAm I, 2011
35.4 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$1,212

Patrick Braoudé, Bord de mer, Photography

Patrick Braoudé

Bord de mer, 2017
5.1 x 5.1 inch
Photography

$303

Hervé Gloaguen, Louis Armstrong, Paris, Photography

Hervé Gloaguen

Louis Armstrong, Paris, 1965
19.7 x 15.7 inch
Photography

$2,181

Jacques  Benaroch, Serge Gainsbourg, Photography

Jacques Benaroch

Serge Gainsbourg, 1976
23.2 x 16.5 inch
Photography

$1,939

Rachel Wolfe, Ruisseau Holocene I, Photography

Rachel Wolfe

Ruisseau Holocene I, 2019
19.7 x 13.8 x 0 inch
Photography

$553

Simone Arrigoni, Burning Lightning, Photography

Simone Arrigoni

Burning Lightning, 2016
24.8 x 39.4 inch
Photography

$1,575

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