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Conceptual Photography

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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Présence Panchounette, PP est de Bordeaux comme DADA de Zurich, Photography

Présence Panchounette

PP est de Bordeaux comme DADA de Zurich, 1976
19.3 x 23.2 x 0.8 inch
Photography

10,000 - $ 15,000

Paloma Castello, Delirio exótico #20. From the series "Exotic Delirium", Photography

Paloma Castello

Delirio exótico #20. From the series "Exotic Delirium", 2020
53.5 x 29.5 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$800

David Arky, For Tom B., Photography

David Arky

For Tom B., 2018
40 x 40 inch
Photography

$5,500

Pierre Lan, Beauté de la résilience #2, Photography

Pierre Lan

Beauté de la résilience #2, 2020
19.7 x 29.9 inch
Photography

$1,046

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

$1,231

Pauline Anne, Banana Roots, Photography

Pauline Anne

Banana Roots, 2018
19.7 x 19.7 inch
Photography

$267

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

$14,770

Martin Parr, Strawberry Fields, Photography

Martin Parr

Strawberry Fields, 2008
8.5 x 11.5 inch
Photography

$1,000

Alen Opsar, Milkyway, Photography

Alen Opsar

Milkyway, 2021
44 x 32 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$1,600

Yasuo Kiyonaga, Identity02, Photography

Yasuo Kiyonaga

Identity02, 2020
39.4 x 27.6 x 1.4 inch
Photography

$2,216

Art Grafts, Canned Fish, Photography

Art Grafts

Canned Fish, 2011
16 x 20 inch
Photography

$886

Pierre Casbas, Clonage, Photography

Pierre Casbas

Clonage, 2019
16.5 x 23.4 inch
Photography

$234

Daniel and Geo Fuchs, Kill Bill, Photography

Daniel and Geo Fuchs

Kill Bill, 2005
57.1 x 70.9 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$22,771

Daniel Mattar, Vista Aérea 04, Photography

Daniel Mattar

Vista Aérea 04, 2020
39.4 x 59.1 inch
Photography

$5,908

Julia Gat, Theodore, Nina and Jack, Photography

Julia Gat

Theodore, Nina and Jack, 2016
13 x 19 inch
Photography

$750

Joseph Ó Riagáin, Blue Flash on Glass, Photography

Joseph Ó Riagáin

Blue Flash on Glass, 2021
15.7 x 15.7 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$1,846

Alessandro Rizzi, Theatre Translation #2, Photography

Alessandro Rizzi

Theatre Translation #2, 2013
24.8 x 33.5 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$8,862

Tokihiro Sato, Photo-respiration 1998 Yura #340, Photography

Tokihiro Sato

Photo-respiration 1998 Yura #340, 1998
13 x 19 inch
Photography

$1,500

Kevin Abosch, Rubedo-Citrinitas: In Transition, Photography

Kevin Abosch

Rubedo-Citrinitas: In Transition, 2016
44 x 44 inch
Photography

$75,000

Gabriel Fabre, Admirable, Photography

Gabriel Fabre

Admirable, 2010
25.6 x 36.6 x 0.6 inch
Photography

$2,857

Lucia Tallová, Together, Photography

Lucia Tallová

Together, 2019
12.6 x 9.4 inch
Photography

$2,216

Guido Segni, Untitled Desert Tile 2, Photography

Guido Segni

Untitled Desert Tile 2, 2017
27.6 x 39.4 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$1,723

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

Saf, Canary night 2, Photography

Saf

Canary night 2, 2020
468.1 x 331.1 inch
Photography

$1,780

Luana Fischer, La Luz, Photography

Luana Fischer

La Luz, 2017
27.6 x 27.6 x 0 inch
Photography

$492

Gábor Kerekes, Flat Iron - 'New York in 4' series, Photography

Gábor Kerekes

Flat Iron - 'New York in 4' series, 1998
9.1 x 5.9 inch
Photography

$1,969

Raquel Pellicano, Belongings 1, Photography

Raquel Pellicano

Belongings 1, 2013
24 x 35.8 x 0 inch
Photography

$1,822

Véronique Gérard, Ruée vers l'or, Photography

Véronique Gérard

Ruée vers l'or, 2014
23.6 x 11.8 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$623

Liliroze, Amor 14, Photography

Liliroze

Amor 14, 2017
15.7 x 11.8 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$886

Florian Hunger-Pegof, 1972 My Love My Queen, Photography

Florian Hunger-Pegof

1972 My Love My Queen, 1972
9.4 x 7.1 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$2,400

Angela Grigolato, Vanitas 74, Photography

Angela Grigolato

Vanitas 74, 2019
53.9 x 39.4 inch
Photography

$3,569

Jean-Samuel Halifi, Homogénéisation, Photography

Jean-Samuel Halifi

Homogénéisation, 2020
31.5 x 31.5 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$862

Tracey Derrick, One in nine - Crysallis, Photography

Tracey Derrick

One in nine - Crysallis, 2009
11.8 x 17.7 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$554

Petros Efstathiadis, Bomb, Photography

Petros Efstathiadis

Bomb, 2016
15.7 x 11.8 inch
Photography

$677

Our recommendations Sarah Moon, Nevermind, Photography

Sarah Moon

Nevermind, 1989
19.5 x 15.5 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$7,000

David Arky, For my Aunts, Photography

David Arky

For my Aunts, 2011
40 x 40 inch
Photography

$5,500

Philippe Ramette, Sans titre, Photography

Philippe Ramette

Sans titre, 2015
39.4 x 49.2 inch
Photography

$15,632

Philippe Ramette, Sans titre (Deauville), Photography

Philippe Ramette

Sans titre (Deauville), 2014
39.4 x 31.5 inch
Photography

$13,047

Jorg Karg, Slow Rain - Large Format, Photography

Jorg Karg

Slow Rain - Large Format, 2018
51.2 x 37.4 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$3,939

Heidler & Heeps, Tape Collection - Tinted Oval Window Cassette, Photography

Heidler & Heeps

Tape Collection - Tinted Oval Window Cassette, 2017
15 x 21.7 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$217

Heidler & Heeps, Tape Collection - Blank Tape Side A, Photography

Heidler & Heeps

Tape Collection - Blank Tape Side A, 2017
15 x 21.7 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$217

Anne Eliayan et Christian Pic, Life as a long cruise (small world) n°15/30, Photography

Anne Eliayan et Christian Pic

Life as a long cruise (small world) n°15/30, 2020
35.4 x 47.2 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$2,462

Pierre Lan, Beauté de la résilience  #6, Photography

Pierre Lan

Beauté de la résilience #6, 2020
13.8 x 19.7 inch
Photography

$615

Christophe Battifero, Light, Photography

Christophe Battifero

Light, 2020
15.7 x 11.8 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$517

Christophe Battifero, Life, Photography

Christophe Battifero

Life, 2020
15.7 x 11.8 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$517

Mihaela Ivanova, Stolen Door, Photography

Mihaela Ivanova

Stolen Door, 2009
15.7 x 15.7 inch
Photography

$751

Pierre Lan, Beauté de la résilience #4, Photography

Pierre Lan

Beauté de la résilience #4, 2020
13.8 x 19.7 inch
Photography

$615

Marc Gaillet, Pretty plants's revenge, Photography

Marc Gaillet

Pretty plants's revenge, 2015
39.4 x 39.4 inch
Photography

$8,616

Lyoudmila Milanova, How to Disappear I, Photography

Lyoudmila Milanova

How to Disappear I, 2017
11.8 x 15.7 inch
Photography

$295

Christophe Battifero, Elements, Photography

Christophe Battifero

Elements, 2020
11.8 x 35.4 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$603

Christophe Battifero, Air, Photography

Christophe Battifero

Air, 2020
15.7 x 11.8 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$517

Christophe Battifero, Feu, Photography

Christophe Battifero

Feu, 2020
15.7 x 11.8 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$517

Songlin Ji, Manger la montagne NO.2, Photography

Songlin Ji

Manger la montagne NO.2, 2020
19.7 x 27.6 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$1,231

Stefanie Schneider, Roy's (California Badlands), Photography

Stefanie Schneider

Roy's (California Badlands), 2010
7.9 x 9.4 x 0 inch
Photography

$677

Stefanie Schneider, Every single incident weighs tons (The Girl behind the White Picket Fence), Photography

Stefanie Schneider

Every single incident weighs tons (The Girl behind the White Picket Fence), 2013
7.9 x 7.9 x 0 inch
Photography

$677

Stefanie Schneider, Dream Scene on Salt Lake, Photography

Stefanie Schneider

Dream Scene on Salt Lake, 2007
49.2 x 60.6 x 0 inch
Photography

$9,847

Stefanie Schneider, Forgive Me (Stay), Photography

Stefanie Schneider

Forgive Me (Stay), 2006
50.4 x 49.6 x 0 inch
Photography

$6,154

Stefanie Schneider, You don't love me! (Till Death do us Part), Photography

Stefanie Schneider

You don't love me! (Till Death do us Part), 2008
7.9 x 9.4 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$800

Stefanie Schneider, Boy Running (Point Dume), Photography

Stefanie Schneider

Boy Running (Point Dume), 2010
23.6 x 31.5 x 0 inch
Photography

$6,154

Stefanie Schneider, Forgotten Land (California Badlands), Photography

Stefanie Schneider

Forgotten Land (California Badlands), 2010
9.4 x 7.9 x 0 inch
Photography

$739

Stefanie Schneider, Roy's (California Badlands), Photography

Stefanie Schneider

Roy's (California Badlands), 2010
7.9 x 9.4 x 0 inch
Photography

$677

Stefanie Schneider, Vacant (California Badlands), Photography

Stefanie Schneider

Vacant (California Badlands), 2010
7.9 x 9.4 x 0 inch
Photography

$468

Stefanie Schneider, Roy's (California Badlands), Photography

Stefanie Schneider

Roy's (California Badlands), 2010
7.9 x 9.4 x 0 inch
Photography

$677

Stefanie Schneider, Road to Nowhere (California Badlands), Photography

Stefanie Schneider

Road to Nowhere (California Badlands), 2010
7.9 x 9.4 x 0 inch
Photography

$468

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