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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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Juan Lamarca, Lamerick Neck, Photography

Juan Lamarca

Lamerick Neck, 2015
64 x 49 x 0.1 inch


Claude Cruz, Coquelicots et Flamands roses, Photography

Claude Cruz

Coquelicots et Flamands roses, 2021
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.4 inch


Elena Raceala, The road ahead, Photography

Elena Raceala

The road ahead, 2021
20 x 36 x 0.1 inch


Christophe Gadea, JH, Photography

Christophe Gadea

JH, 2019
15.7 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch


Denis Felix, Prima I, Photography

Denis Felix

Prima I, 2020
4.7 x 5.9 inch


Abraham Calero, I., Photography

Abraham Calero

I., 2021
39.4 x 26 x 1.2 inch


Jean-Michel Berts, Chaises longues, Photography

Jean-Michel Berts

Chaises longues, 2017
42.9 x 42.9 x 1.2 inch


Franz Winzinger, Christian Lattier Portrait, Photography

Franz Winzinger

Christian Lattier Portrait, 1953
6.9 x 6.5 inch


Feng Hatat, Ciel 25, Photography

Feng Hatat

Ciel 25, 2016
15.7 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch


Our recommendations Lucien Clergue, Picasso Preside la Corrida - Frejus, 1962, Photography

Lucien Clergue

Picasso Preside la Corrida - Frejus, 1962, 1962
18 x 22 inch


RS Artist, Barrack, Photography

RS Artist

Barrack, 2020
25.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch


Joanna Chudy, Oblivion. Hidden identity., Photography

Joanna Chudy

Oblivion. Hidden identity., 2019
19.7 x 23.6 inch


Aleix  Plademunt, Julia, Photography

Aleix Plademunt

Julia, 2013
15.7 x 11.8 x 2 inch


Fabienne Cresens, La montée des eaux, Photography

Fabienne Cresens

La montée des eaux, 2018
39.4 x 39.4 inch


Sarah Moon, Tullamore, Photography

Sarah Moon

Tullamore, 1988
11.75 x 14.75 x 0.1 inch


Our recommendations David Drebin, Photographing herself, Photography

David Drebin

Photographing herself, 2009
19.7 x 25.2 inch


Sonac, Le Lama en Urbex, Photography


Le Lama en Urbex, 2018
23.6 x 23.6 inch


Olivier Le Brun, Mada 2, Photography

Olivier Le Brun

Mada 2, 2000
11.8 x 17.7 inch


Martin Munkacsi, Untitled (Church Spire, Seville), Photography

Martin Munkacsi

Untitled (Church Spire, Seville), 1930
14.88 x 11.75 inch


Ludovic Careme, Mostar Bridge, Photography

Ludovic Careme

Mostar Bridge, 1995
15.7 x 15.7 inch


Ahmet Sel, Chantilly, Photography

Ahmet Sel

Chantilly, 2002
15.7 x 15.7 inch


Bruno Timmermans, Bowie +, Photography

Bruno Timmermans

Bowie +, 2011
39.4 x 39.4 inch


Shulan Wang, Moonshine, Photography

Shulan Wang

Moonshine, 2020
17.7 x 11.8 x 0.4 inch


Imagilaire, Dcsq by BTNHMCRWL (Amsterdam), Photography


Dcsq by BTNHMCRWL (Amsterdam), 2019
23.6 x 23.6 x 0.2 inch


Rose Hartman, Dianne Brill, Mudd Club, 1980s, Photography

Rose Hartman

Dianne Brill, Mudd Club, 1980s, 2021
36 x 24 x 0.1 inch


Joël Naar, Mairie de La Baule, Photography

Joël Naar

Mairie de La Baule, 2017
9.4 x 14.2 x 0.8 inch


Christopher Makos, Andy Warhol and Keith Haring, Photography

Christopher Makos

Andy Warhol and Keith Haring, 1983
15 x 19 inch


Emmanuelle Barbaras, Assemblée femmes Dakar, Photography

Emmanuelle Barbaras

Assemblée femmes Dakar, 2018
17.7 x 15 x 0.4 inch


Thomas Turner, Sacrement 2, Photography

Thomas Turner

Sacrement 2, 2018
31.5 x 31.5 x 0.1 inch


Sumit Mehndiratta, Heavenly Plants No.8, Photography

Sumit Mehndiratta

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


Pierre Schwartz, Le cygne de Chantilly, Photography

Pierre Schwartz

Le cygne de Chantilly, 2015
16.9 x 25.6 inch


Elise Khoury, Layers of Beirut's aging materials, Photography

Elise Khoury

Layers of Beirut's aging materials, 2020
23.4 x 16.5 x 0 inch


Tenesh Webber, Passing Through 1, Photography

Tenesh Webber

Passing Through 1, 2021
20 x 20 inch


Larry Clark, Sans titre 3 (Jonathan), Photography

Larry Clark

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


Sandrine Elberg, Meteor / asteroid, Photography

Sandrine Elberg

Meteor / asteroid, 2017
15.7 x 11.8 x 0.8 inch


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


Duncan Wade, X-Ray London, Photography

Duncan Wade

X-Ray London, 2019
38.2 x 70.9 x 2 inch


Pol Lujan, Chien - Christian Dior, Photography

Pol Lujan

Chien - Christian Dior, 1990
19.7 x 15.7 inch


Shulin Chen, Mediation of the Sunshine, Photography

Shulin Chen

Mediation of the Sunshine, 2020
11.8 x 17.7 x 0.4 inch


Agus Mistretta, Real, Photography

Agus Mistretta

Real, 2020
12 x 16 x 0.2 inch


Hervé Dez, Étrange Rivage 1, Photography

Hervé Dez

Étrange Rivage 1, 2019
15.7 x 19.7 x 0 inch


Olivier Semon, Riding boots, Photography

Olivier Semon

Riding boots, 2015
23.6 x 23.6 inch


Alain Schroeder, Kid Jockey I, Photography

Alain Schroeder

Kid Jockey I, 2017
15.7 x 23.6 inch


Philippe Pasqua, Crâne, Photography

Philippe Pasqua

Crâne, 2015
59.1 x 78.7 x 1.2 inch


David Bordes, Sainte Rita et Yves Klein, Photography

David Bordes

Sainte Rita et Yves Klein, 1999
19.7 x 23.6 inch


Maripol, Madonna 'Everybody', Photography


Madonna 'Everybody', 1983
24 x 24 inch


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

André Le Mauff

L'arbre, n°1/2, 2018
9.8 x 9.8 inch


Luc Médrinal, Terres brûlées I, Photography

Luc Médrinal

Terres brûlées I, 2018
13 x 13.8 x 0.2 inch


Serge  Delaune, Portrait, Photography

Serge Delaune

Portrait, 2008
24.4 x 20.5 x 1.2 inch


Matthew Rolston, Madonna as Marlene Dietrich, Los Angeles, Photography

Matthew Rolston

Madonna as Marlene Dietrich, Los Angeles, 1986
20 x 16 inch


Monica Dalmasso, Le mont Huang Shan, Photography

Monica Dalmasso

Le mont Huang Shan, 2018
8.3 x 11.8 x 0.8 inch


Samuel Lugassy, Hristina, Photography

Samuel Lugassy

Hristina, 2013
31.5 x 25.6 x 0.4 inch


Steve Schapiro, Andy Warhol, Nico, and the Velvet Underground, Photography

Steve Schapiro

Andy Warhol, Nico, and the Velvet Underground, 1965
16 x 20 inch


Javier Silva Meinel, La risa, Photography

Javier Silva Meinel

La risa, 1995
7.1 x 7.1 inch


Alain Bouillot, Sans titre, Photography

Alain Bouillot

Sans titre, 2019
9.4 x 11.8 inch


Arthur Elgort, Lauren Hutton in Central Park, Photography

Arthur Elgort

Lauren Hutton in Central Park, 1975
11 x 14 inch


Emeline Blanquet, DÉGRAFAGE, Photography

Emeline Blanquet

7.1 x 9.4 x 0.4 inch


Justin Dingwall, Three Marys II, Photography

Justin Dingwall

Three Marys II, 2016
35.4 x 27.6 x 0.4 inch

10,000 - $ 15,000

Anthony Mirial, Blessures de guerre, Photography

Anthony Mirial

Blessures de guerre, 2015
49.2 x 33.5 inch


Reem Al Faisal, From the serie Japan 2, Photography

Reem Al Faisal

From the serie Japan 2, 2010
23.6 x 31.5 inch


Ralph Gibson, Lips, Rome, Photography

Ralph Gibson

Lips, Rome, 1987
7.9 x 11.8 x 0.8 inch


Willy Ronis, Cave rue de la Huchette, Saint Germain, Photography

Willy Ronis

Cave rue de la Huchette, Saint Germain, 1957
11.8 x 15.7 x 0.4 inch


Alain Daussin, Nun, Photography

Alain Daussin

Nun, 2019
15.7 x 19.7 inch


César Ancelle-Hansen, Beach Bummers, Photography

César Ancelle-Hansen

Beach Bummers, 2008
23.6 x 35.4 inch


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