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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, Vespa La Greca, Milan, Photography

Richard Heeps

Vespa La Greca, Milan, 2019
29.5 x 24 x 0.2 inch
Photography

$862

Laura Makabresku, The Mother (La Mère), Photography

Laura Makabresku

The Mother (La Mère), 2013
11.8 x 17.7 inch
Photography

$659

Bernard Pras, Gainsbourg, Photography

Bernard Pras

Gainsbourg, 2008
31.5 x 23.6 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$1,507

Max Steven Grossman, Rock BL4, Photography

Max Steven Grossman

Rock BL4, 2018
37 x 75 x 2 inch
Photography

$9,000

Heike Bohnstengel, Succulents, LA, Photography

Heike Bohnstengel

Succulents, LA, 2018
19.7 x 15.7 x 0 inch
Photography

$364

Michel Monteaux, Anima, Photography

Michel Monteaux

Anima, 2020
36.2 x 26 inch
Photography

$3,517

Feng Hatat, Ombre et lumière III, Photography

Feng Hatat

Ombre et lumière III, 2014
18.9 x 12.6 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$628

RS Artist, Barrack, Photography

RS Artist

Barrack, 2020
25.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$327

Man Ray, Portrait of Francis Picabia, Photography

Man Ray

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

$40,195

Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Project for a Public Building's Packaging, Photography

Christo and Jeanne-Claude

Project for a Public Building's Packaging, 1971
21.3 x 27.6 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$6,280

Olivier Le Brun, Mada 2, Photography

Olivier Le Brun

Mada 2, 2000
11.8 x 17.7 inch
Photography

$1,325

Robert Longo, A Single Frame, Photography

Robert Longo

A Single Frame, 1995
8.1 x 10 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$4,271

Maud Chalard, Lost & Found, Photography

Maud Chalard

Lost & Found, 2019
7.9 x 11.8 x 0.8 inch
Photography

$440

Muriel Despiau, Maheo Road, Photography

Muriel Despiau

Maheo Road, 2019
7.5 x 11.4 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$138

Ed Reddon, Banana leaves #10, Photography

Ed Reddon

Banana leaves #10, 2020
8.3 x 5.5 inch
Photography

$113

Mihaela Ivanova, Svyatibor, Photography

Mihaela Ivanova

Svyatibor, 2011
19.7 x 19.7 inch
Photography

$690 $766

Sonac, Le Lama en Urbex, Photography

Sonac

Le Lama en Urbex, 2018
23.6 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$1,382

Claudio Palmieri, Figura Fitomorfa, Photography

Claudio Palmieri

Figura Fitomorfa, 2006
38.2 x 29.5 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$5,652

Michel Di Maggio, Poséidon (Christophe Charbonnel), Photography

Michel Di Maggio

Poséidon (Christophe Charbonnel), 2018
43.3 x 37 x 2 inch
Photography

$2,763

Bruno Timmermans, Bowie +, Photography

Bruno Timmermans

Bowie +, 2011
39.4 x 39.4 inch
Photography

$4,019

Christophe Battifero, Under the Bridge, Photography

Christophe Battifero

Under the Bridge, 2020
15.7 x 11.8 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$528

Samzaï, Au pied des grues, Photography

Samzaï

Au pied des grues, 2019
11.8 x 17.3 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$251

José Nicolas, La Sainte Victoire, Photography

José Nicolas

La Sainte Victoire, 2019
8.7 x 8.7 inch
Photography

$415

Yuki Onodera, Below Orpheus I. The Missing Person No. 3, Photography

Yuki Onodera

Below Orpheus I. The Missing Person No. 3, 2006
57.9 x 47.2 x 0.2 inch
Photography

$15,701

Ben Thouard, Au vol, Photography

Ben Thouard

Au vol, 2019
31.5 x 47.2 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$3,454

André Le Mauff, L'arbre, n°1/2, Photography

André Le Mauff

L'arbre, n°1/2, 2018
9.8 x 9.8 inch
Photography

$502

Richard Melloul, Sammy Davis, Photography

Richard Melloul

Sammy Davis, 1995
70.9 x 47.2 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$8,165

Mario Schifano, Mario Schifano, Photography

Mario Schifano

Mario Schifano, 1970
27.6 x 39.4 x 0 inch
Photography

$1,068

Alain Schroeder, Kid Jockey I, Photography

Alain Schroeder

Kid Jockey I, 2017
15.7 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$1,884

Anthony Mirial, Blessures de guerre, Photography

Anthony Mirial

Blessures de guerre, 2015
49.2 x 33.5 inch
Photography

$11,305

Emmanuelle Barbaras, Assemblée femmes Dakar, Photography

Emmanuelle Barbaras

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

$879

Valérie Gho, Cyanotype numéro 6, Photography

Valérie Gho

Cyanotype numéro 6, 2018
7.9 x 7.9 inch
Photography

$301

Urs Lüthi, Un’isola nell’aria, Photography

Urs Lüthi

Un’isola nell’aria, 1975
19.7 x 23.6 x 0 inch
Photography

$1,068

Pol Lujan, Chien - Christian Dior, Photography

Pol Lujan

Chien - Christian Dior, 1990
19.7 x 15.7 inch
Photography

$1,005

Maud Bernos, François Gabart, Photography

Maud Bernos

François Gabart, 2013
5.9 x 5.9 inch
Photography

$327

Agus Mistretta, Real, Photography

Agus Mistretta

Real, 2020
12 x 16 x 0.2 inch
Photography

$300

Gerald Bruneau, Portrait of Andy Warhol, Photography

Gerald Bruneau

Portrait of Andy Warhol, 1980
47.2 x 35.4 x 0.2 inch
Photography

$3,140

Bettino Craxi, Zitouna Mosque, Photography

Bettino Craxi

Zitouna Mosque, 1994
19.3 x 20.9 x 0.2 inch
Photography

$691

Justin Dingwall, Three Marys II, Photography

Justin Dingwall

Three Marys II, 2016
35.4 x 27.6 x 0.4 inch
Photography

10,000 - $ 15,000

David Bordes, Sainte Rita et Yves Klein, Photography

David Bordes

Sainte Rita et Yves Klein, 1999
19.7 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$1,821

Ludovic Careme, Mostar Bridge, Photography

Ludovic Careme

Mostar Bridge, 1995
15.7 x 15.7 inch
Photography

$2,487

Ahmet Sel, Chantilly, Photography

Ahmet Sel

Chantilly, 2002
15.7 x 15.7 inch
Photography

$1,005

Claudio Abate, Untitled, Photography

Claudio Abate

Untitled, 1989
15.7 x 11.4 x 0 inch
Photography

$22,609

Sandrine Elberg, Meteor / asteroid, Photography

Sandrine Elberg

Meteor / asteroid, 2017
15.7 x 11.8 x 0.8 inch
Photography

$1,256

Emeline Blanquet, DÉGRAFAGE, Photography

Emeline Blanquet

DÉGRAFAGE, 2019
7.1 x 9.4 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$289

Tali Amitai-Tabib, Dalia, Photography

Tali Amitai-Tabib

Dalia, 2017
11.8 x 15.7 x 0.8 inch
Photography

$2,387

Serge  Delaune, Portrait, Photography

Serge Delaune

Portrait, 2008
24.4 x 20.5 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$1,884

Abel Bourgeois, Série Toscane n°20, Photography

Abel Bourgeois

Série Toscane n°20, 2016
14.2 x 14.2 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$314

Reem Al Faisal, From the serie Japan 2, Photography

Reem Al Faisal

From the serie Japan 2, 2010
23.6 x 31.5 inch
Photography

$8,000

Alain Bouillot, Sans titre, Photography

Alain Bouillot

Sans titre, 2019
9.4 x 11.8 inch
Photography

$879

Samuel Lugassy, Hristina, Photography

Samuel Lugassy

Hristina, 2013
31.5 x 25.6 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$1,382

Olivier Semon, Riding boots, Photography

Olivier Semon

Riding boots, 2015
23.6 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$1,884

Marta Pinilla, Alégrame esas pascuas /  Make this Easter Happy, Photography

Marta Pinilla

Alégrame esas pascuas / Make this Easter Happy, 2018
11 x 16.9 x 0.8 inch
Photography

$550

Javier Silva Meinel, La risa, Photography

Javier Silva Meinel

La risa, 1995
7.1 x 7.1 inch
Photography

$1,884

Robertas Ursache, The Surface, Photography

Robertas Ursache

The Surface, 2019
15.7 x 15.7 inch
Photography

$229

Sumit Mehndiratta, Heavenly Plants No.8, Photography

Sumit Mehndiratta

Heavenly Plants No.8, 2019
45 x 33 x 2 inch
Photography

$1,382

Bruno Bisang, Chanel Haute Couture, Photography

Bruno Bisang

Chanel Haute Couture, 1998
31.5 x 23.6 x 1.6 inch
Photography

$5,024

Fernand Léger, La preuve que l'homme descend du singe, Photography

Fernand Léger

La preuve que l'homme descend du singe, 1916
5.9 x 3.9 inch
Photography

$15,073

Sarah Moon, Tullamore, Photography

Sarah Moon

Tullamore, 1988
11.75 x 14.75 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$7,000

Suki Da, No title (No 11), from Captured series, Photography

Suki Da

No title (No 11), from Captured series, 2019
47.2 x 31.5 x 0 inch
Photography

$1,507

Our recommendations Xavier-Alexandre Pons, Nouveau départ, Photography

Xavier-Alexandre Pons

Nouveau départ, 1998
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$2,638

Our recommendations Brno Del Zou, Ailatan #2, Photography

Brno Del Zou

Ailatan #2, 2013
39.4 x 35.4 x 6.3 inch
Photography

$4,522

Adeline Spengler, A tree to climb, Photography

Adeline Spengler

A tree to climb, 2013
23.6 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$2,128

George Barris, Steve McQueen. En couple. Le script, Photography

George Barris

Steve McQueen. En couple. Le script, 1962
14.2 x 11 inch
Photography

$867

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