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

Matthew Rolston

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

$20,000

Sven Pfrommer, Tokyo nights I, Photography

Sven Pfrommer

Tokyo nights I, 2019
31.5 x 47.2 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$2,190

Else Vinæs, Beelitz 3, Photography

Else Vinæs

Beelitz 3, 2017
27.6 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Photography

$1,731

Feng Hatat, Ombre et lumière III, Photography

Feng Hatat

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

$556 $618

Man Ray, Portrait of Francis Picabia, Photography

Man Ray

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

$39,570

RS Artist, Barrack, Photography

RS Artist

Barrack, 2020
25.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$322

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

$6,183

Mihaela Ivanova, Winter wind II, Photography

Mihaela Ivanova

Winter wind II, 2012
19.7 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$754

Ed Reddon, Banana leaves #10, Photography

Ed Reddon

Banana leaves #10, 2020
8.3 x 5.5 inch
Photography

$111

Our recommendations Laura Makabresku, The Mother (La Mère), Photography

Laura Makabresku

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

$649

Our recommendations David Drebin, Photographing herself, Photography

David Drebin

Photographing herself, 2009
19.7 x 25.2 inch
Photography

$5,565

Olivier Le Brun, Mada 2, Photography

Olivier Le Brun

Mada 2, 2000
11.8 x 17.7 inch
Photography

$1,305

Robert Longo, A Single Frame, Photography

Robert Longo

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

$4,204

Bruno Timmermans, Bowie +, Photography

Bruno Timmermans

Bowie +, 2011
39.4 x 39.4 inch
Photography

$3,957

Sonac, Le Lama en Urbex, Photography

Sonac

Le Lama en Urbex, 2018
23.6 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$1,360

Muriel Despiau, Maheo Road, Photography

Muriel Despiau

Maheo Road, 2019
7.5 x 11.4 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$136

Maud Chalard, Lost & Found, Photography

Maud Chalard

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

$433

Christophe Battifero, Under the Bridge, Photography

Christophe Battifero

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

$519

Philippe Pasqua, Crâne, Photography

Philippe Pasqua

Crâne, 2015
59.1 x 78.7 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$12,366

Claudio Palmieri, Figura Fitomorfa, Photography

Claudio Palmieri

Figura Fitomorfa, 2006
38.2 x 29.5 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$5,565

Michel Di Maggio, Poséidon (Christophe Charbonnel), Photography

Michel Di Maggio

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

$2,720

Bruno Fournier, femme masquée II, Photography

Bruno Fournier

femme masquée II, 2008
31.5 x 31.5 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$1,978

Ben Thouard, Au vol, Photography

Ben Thouard

Au vol, 2019
31.5 x 47.2 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$3,401

Alexis Berg, Kilian, Photography

Alexis Berg

Kilian, 2016
11.8 x 11.8 inch
Photography

$655

Gerald Bruneau, Portrait of Andy Warhol, Photography

Gerald Bruneau

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

$3,091

Alain Schroeder, Kid Jockey I, Photography

Alain Schroeder

Kid Jockey I, 2017
15.7 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$1,855

Anthony Mirial, Blessures de guerre, Photography

Anthony Mirial

Blessures de guerre, 2015
49.2 x 33.5 inch
Photography

$11,129

Emmanuelle Barbaras, Assemblée femmes Dakar, Photography

Emmanuelle Barbaras

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

$866

Mario Schifano, Mario Schifano, Photography

Mario Schifano

Mario Schifano, 1970
27.6 x 39.4 x 0 inch
Photography

$1,051

Valérie Gho, Cyanotype numéro 6, Photography

Valérie Gho

Cyanotype numéro 6, 2018
7.9 x 7.9 inch
Photography

$297

Our recommendations Pierre Schwartz, Victoire Montmorency, Photography

Pierre Schwartz

Victoire Montmorency, 2010
31.5 x 31.5 inch
Photography

$989

Pol Lujan, Chien - Christian Dior, Photography

Pol Lujan

Chien - Christian Dior, 1990
19.7 x 15.7 inch
Photography

$989

Sandrine Elberg, Meteor / asteroid, Photography

Sandrine Elberg

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

$1,237

Agus Mistretta, Real, Photography

Agus Mistretta

Real, 2020
12 x 16 x 0.2 inch
Photography

$300

Tali Amitai-Tabib, Dalia, Photography

Tali Amitai-Tabib

Dalia, 2017
11.8 x 15.7 x 0.8 inch
Photography

$2,349

Abel Bourgeois, Série Toscane n°20, Photography

Abel Bourgeois

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

$309

Bettino Craxi, Zitouna Mosque, Photography

Bettino Craxi

Zitouna Mosque, 1994
19.3 x 20.9 x 0.2 inch
Photography

$680

Emeline Blanquet, DÉGRAFAGE, Photography

Emeline Blanquet

DÉGRAFAGE, 2019
7.1 x 9.4 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$284

Urs Lüthi, Un’isola nell’aria, Photography

Urs Lüthi

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

$1,051

Javier Silva Meinel, La risa, Photography

Javier Silva Meinel

La risa, 1995
7.1 x 7.1 inch
Photography

$1,855

Alain Bouillot, Sans titre, Photography

Alain Bouillot

Sans titre, 2019
9.4 x 11.8 inch
Photography

$866

David Bordes, Sainte Rita et Yves Klein, Photography

David Bordes

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

$1,793

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

$495

Claudio Abate, Untitled, Photography

Claudio Abate

Untitled, 1989
15.7 x 11.4 x 0 inch
Photography

$22,258

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

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

Samuel Lugassy, Hristina, Photography

Samuel Lugassy

Hristina, 2013
31.5 x 25.6 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$1,360

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

$1,484

Olivier Semon, Riding boots, Photography

Olivier Semon

Riding boots, 2015
23.6 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$1,855

Serge  Delaune, Portrait, Photography

Serge Delaune

Portrait, 2008
24.4 x 20.5 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$1,855

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

Ludovic Careme, Mostar Bridge, Photography

Ludovic Careme

Mostar Bridge, 1995
15.7 x 15.7 inch
Photography

$2,448

Ahmet Sel, Chantilly, Photography

Ahmet Sel

Chantilly, 2002
15.7 x 15.7 inch
Photography

$989

Robertas Ursache, The Surface, Photography

Robertas Ursache

The Surface, 2019
15.7 x 15.7 inch
Photography

$227

James Sparshatt, El amor, Photography

James Sparshatt

El amor, 2002
15.7 x 19.7 inch
Photography

$857

Franck Doat, Chanel Autrement - Hommage à William Klein / Gainsbarre, Photography

Franck Doat

Chanel Autrement - Hommage à William Klein / Gainsbarre, 2021
11.8 x 9.8 x 0 inch
Photography

$309

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

$14,839

Sarah Moon, Tullamore, Photography

Sarah Moon

Tullamore, 1988
11.75 x 14.75 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$7,000

Sumit Mehndiratta, Heavenly Plants No.8, Photography

Sumit Mehndiratta

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

$1,360

Bruno Bisang, Chanel Haute Couture, Photography

Bruno Bisang

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

$4,946

Adeline Spengler, A tree to climb, Photography

Adeline Spengler

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

$2,095

Our recommendations Brno Del Zou, Ailatan #2, Photography

Brno Del Zou

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

$4,452

Bernard Plossu, Sans titre 3, Photography

Bernard Plossu

Sans titre 3, 1988
5.1 x 7.1 inch
Photography

$1,237

Grzegorz Sikorski, Matador III, Photography

Grzegorz Sikorski

Matador III, 2018
23.6 x 17.7 x 0 inch
Photography

$235

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