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Everyday life Photography

In the 1830s, Nièpce discovered how to print images onto metal plates. When he died in 1833, Louis Daguerre, followed by Francois Arago, continued to develop his research, resulting in the invention of the daguerreotype which consisted of an image printed onto a silver plate when exposed to the light. Together they had invented photography.

The first ever photographs began to appear. Initially used for research purposes, photography started to spread as daguerreotype studios opened everywhere. Black and white portraits immortalised the faces of the upper middle classes and were later used to capture all members of society. Celebrities were also a popular subject choice and many photographers specialised in taking their portraits, as Jean-Loup Sieff did all throughout his career almost a century after the invention of photography.

In the beginning, taking a portrait or even the simplest of family photos required a great deal of preparation and time in the studio. However, key technological developments brought about the invention of more compact cameras including the Leica and later the digital single-lens reflex, which meant shorter exposure times and made it easier to produce a greater number of photographs.

These advances also helped contribute to the development of the genre of everyday life photography, which became more popular at the end of the Second World War and focused at first on photographing wealthy or urban families. Families, couples, communities... artists were interested in everyday moments (marriage, lovers kissing, children's games). The simplest of moments in life were seen as the most important and were immortalised in film as testaments to the beauty of human life.

Some of the great photographers made a name for themselves in the genre. Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Doisneau, David Goldblatt, Martin Parr and Vivian Maier are only a few of the artists associated with everyday life photography.

Vivian Maier is an American photographer who was born in 1926 in New York. A professional nanny in Chicago, she spent her spare time photographing the world around her and produced around 150,000 photos. Having remained anonymous throughout her artistic life, her genius and photographic accomplishments were finally recognised publicly in 2007.

Cofounder of the Magnum Photographic Cooperative in 1947 alongside David Seymour and Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson was a pioneer of photojournalism but also an excellent photographer in a more artistic sense. He revolutionised photography by working with incredibly lightweight equipment. He didn't use a tripod or a darkroom and treasured a sense of immediacy when taking photographs. He believed that “above all else, the camera is a sketchbook". Henri Cartier-Bresson's photographic technique is unique and unmistakably recognisable. He never photographed with flash and only worked with natural light, something which was highly characteristic of everyday life photography. Often in the same black and white image, the subjects coexist together but are not centred. His framing, focus and depth of field all help us to see the simple beauty of everyday life that he so exquisitely enhances.

Artsper has a range of everyday life photographs for you to discover, including works from Cartier-Bresson as well as many other artists, whose photos reveal the precious moments of the everyday lives of men and women from around the world.

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Lionel le Jeune, Lady, Photography

Lionel le Jeune

Lady, 2021
19.7 x 27.6 x 0.2 inch
Photography

$783

Robert van der Hilst, Chinese Interior #1, Photography

Robert van der Hilst

Chinese Interior #1, 2010
16.5 x 19.3 inch
Photography

$2,170

Vicky Martin, Green Light Cabin Free, Photography

Vicky Martin

Green Light Cabin Free, 2016
39.4 x 29.5 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$2,772

Les Krims, Mary's Middle-Class, Photography

Les Krims

Mary's Middle-Class, 1985
15.4 x 19.3 x 0.2 inch
Photography

$1,446

Patrick  Van der Elst, L'homme-objet, Photography

Patrick Van der Elst

L'homme-objet, 2021
33.5 x 44.9 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$2,652

Judy Cheng, Surfer Perth, Photography

Judy Cheng

Surfer Perth, 2021
44 x 44 x 2 inch
Photography

5,000 - $ 10,000

Antoine Rose, Gossip Girls, Photography

Antoine Rose

Gossip Girls, 2019
19.7 x 19.7 inch
Photography

$2,531

Nobuyoshi Araki, Sans Titre, Photography

Nobuyoshi Araki

Sans Titre, 2000
4.3 x 3.5 inch
Photography

$1,145

Our recommendations Julie Peiffer, La Femme Rousse, Photography

Julie Peiffer

La Femme Rousse, 2015
39.4 x 39.4 inch
Photography

$2,531

Cécile Baldewyns, Circus, Photography

Cécile Baldewyns

Circus, 2015
15.7 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$844

Pierrot Men, De père en fils, Ranomafana, Madagascar, Photography

Pierrot Men

De père en fils, Ranomafana, Madagascar, 2015
11.8 x 17.7 inch
Photography

$2,531

Our recommendations Joost Wensveen, Blackrock, Photography

Joost Wensveen

Blackrock, 2015
23.6 x 35.4 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$2,832

Julien Dubois, HK Woker, Photography

Julien Dubois

HK Woker, 2016
39.4 x 27.6 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$1,446

Laura Makabresku, Lovers (Amants), Photography

Laura Makabresku

Lovers (Amants), 2014
23.6 x 15.7 inch
Photography

$934

Muriel Bordier, Les maîtres nageurs, Photography

Muriel Bordier

Les maîtres nageurs, 2015
35.4 x 66.9 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$6,629

Jean-Pierre Attal, Paysages ethnographiques #7, Photography

Jean-Pierre Attal

Paysages ethnographiques #7, 2012
29.5 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Photography

$3,495

Baptiste Blanchett, Gotta catch'em all, Photography

Baptiste Blanchett

Gotta catch'em all, 2018
19.7 x 29.5 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$783

Olivier Le Brun, Mada 2, Photography

Olivier Le Brun

Mada 2, 2000
11.8 x 17.7 inch
Photography

$1,272

Jodi Bieber, Cardiff by night, Photography

Jodi Bieber

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

$3,182

Our recommendations Cristina Aldehuela, Lelo 1, Photography

Cristina Aldehuela

Lelo 1, 2014
15.7 x 23.6 x 0 inch
Photography

$1,567

Anne Eliayan et Christian Pic, La croisière n°15/30, Photography

Anne Eliayan et Christian Pic

La croisière n°15/30, 2020
11.8 x 15.7 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$603

Wylda Bayrón, Bailarín Bhutanés, Photography

Wylda Bayrón

Bailarín Bhutanés, 2012
15.7 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$1,326

Uwe Ommer, Foot de rue, Photography

Uwe Ommer

Foot de rue, 1962
15.7 x 18.9 x 0 inch
Photography

$1,446

Emmanuelle Barbaras, Assemblée femmes Dakar, Photography

Emmanuelle Barbaras

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

$844

Sandrine Darcos, Amazing Sunset Croisette Cannes, Photography

Sandrine Darcos

Amazing Sunset Croisette Cannes, 2019
23.6 x 35.4 x 0.8 inch
Photography

$458

Our recommendations Tommy Schultz, Best wave I, Photography

Tommy Schultz

Best wave I, 2015
19.7 x 29.5 inch
Photography

$964

Cyril Manzini, Purification, Photography

Cyril Manzini

Purification, 2019
11.8 x 11.8 inch
Photography

$1,326

Linda Tuloup, Viens, Photography

Linda Tuloup

Viens, 2009
11.8 x 11.8 x 3.1 inch
Photography

$2,652

Elisa Haberer, Plongeurs, Photography

Elisa Haberer

Plongeurs, 2008
39.4 x 39.4 x 0 inch
Photography

$4,098

Isabelle Picarel, Ecosse, Photography

Isabelle Picarel

Ecosse, 2013
20.9 x 31.5 inch
Photography

$1,266

David Bordes, Sainte Rita et Yves Klein, Photography

David Bordes

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

$1,748

João Luiz Bulcão, Brasil 9, Photography

João Luiz Bulcão

Brasil 9, 2003
15.7 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$1,205

Lyoudmila Milanova, Hidden Object, Photography

Lyoudmila Milanova

Hidden Object, 2020
23.4 x 16.5 inch
Photography

$265

Alessandra Bisi, Ibrid Cracovia, Photography

Alessandra Bisi

Ibrid Cracovia, 2018
18.5 x 13.8 x 0.6 inch
Photography

$398

Cheryl Maeder, Far Away IX, Photography

Cheryl Maeder

Far Away IX, 2010
47.2 x 31.5 inch
Photography

$4,580

Yuyang Liu, Alone on Flight, Photography

Yuyang Liu

Alone on Flight, 2020
19.7 x 19.7 x 0 inch
Photography

$1,326

Thomas Hoeffgen, Soweto, Photography

Thomas Hoeffgen

Soweto, 2009
15.7 x 21.3 x 0 inch
Photography

$2,893

Panos Kokkinias, Chalandriani, Photography

Panos Kokkinias

Chalandriani, 1999
31.5 x 43.9 inch
Photography

$11,450

Chiara Dazi, Le lutteur, Photography

Chiara Dazi

Le lutteur, 2003
23.6 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$1,205

Ludovic Careme, Mostar Bridge, Photography

Ludovic Careme

Mostar Bridge, 1995
15.7 x 15.7 inch
Photography

$2,387

Ahmet Sel, Chantilly, Photography

Ahmet Sel

Chantilly, 2002
15.7 x 15.7 inch
Photography

$964

Gilberto Perin, Tuneis, Photography

Gilberto Perin

Tuneis, 2012
15.7 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$1,109

Stephan Zaubitzer, Echecs, Photography

Stephan Zaubitzer

Echecs, 2012
19.7 x 23.6 x 2 inch
Photography

$1,567

Estelle Hanania, Last Parade, Photography

Estelle Hanania

Last Parade, 2015
22 x 16.1 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$362

Rodrigo, Healthy, Photography

Rodrigo

Healthy, 2019
8.3 x 11.7 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$228

Nadine Track, Central Park, Photography

Nadine Track

Central Park, 2015
48 x 75.2 inch
Photography

$10,848

Lídia Vives, The Rival, Photography

Lídia Vives

The Rival, 2015
19.7 x 31.5 inch
Photography

$904

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

$482

Bernhard Lang, AV_Miami_15, Photography

Bernhard Lang

AV_Miami_15, 2015
47.2 x 33.5 x 0.8 inch
Photography

$2,519

Catherine Balet, Looking for the Masters in Ricardo's Golden Shoes #58 (Tribute to William Eggleston), Photography

Catherine Balet

Looking for the Masters in Ricardo's Golden Shoes #58 (Tribute to William Eggleston), 2016
19.7 x 15.7 x 1.6 inch
Photography

$2,531

Jean Ribière, Les petits gitans qui rêvent d'avoir un vélo, Photography

Jean Ribière

Les petits gitans qui rêvent d'avoir un vélo, 1946
10.8 x 8.9 inch
Photography

$1,483

Our recommendations Richard Dunkley, Duo Dive, Photography

Richard Dunkley

Duo Dive, 2001
30 x 20 inch
Photography

$1,122

Our recommendations Elliott Erwitt, Untitled, Photography

Elliott Erwitt

Untitled, 2000
15.7 x 22.4 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$2,409

Maurice Renoma, 1053Cuba, Photography

Maurice Renoma

1053Cuba, 2017
19.7 x 27.6 x 0.8 inch
Photography

$2,772

César Ancelle-Hansen, Beach Bummers, Photography

César Ancelle-Hansen

Beach Bummers, 2008
23.6 x 35.4 inch
Photography

$723

Pieter Bauermeister, "I believe", Photography

Pieter Bauermeister

"I believe", 2007
33.1 x 46.5 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$2,531

Michael Townsend, Doho, Photography

Michael Townsend

Doho, 2017
47.2 x 31.5 inch
Photography

$1,085

David Van Dartel, Jasper en Sil in de Duinen - Jasper and Sil in the Dunes, Photography

David Van Dartel

Jasper en Sil in de Duinen - Jasper and Sil in the Dunes, 2020
19.3 x 13 inch
Photography

$663

Tyler Shields, Smoke, Photography

Tyler Shields

Smoke, 2015
14 x 18 x 0.5 inch
Photography

$2,823

Myles McGuinness, Sunkissed cross step, Photography

Myles McGuinness

Sunkissed cross step, 2016
23.6 x 35.4 inch
Photography

$723

Hannibal Renberg, Les Jumelles au chapeau, Photography

Hannibal Renberg

Les Jumelles au chapeau, 2017
15.4 x 15.4 inch
Photography

$964

Antoine Guibert, Cork-Eire, Photography

Antoine Guibert

Cork-Eire, 2015
29.5 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Photography

$638

Our recommendations Diane Arbus, A Widow in Her Bedroom, 55th St, NYC, Photography

Diane Arbus

A Widow in Her Bedroom, 55th St, NYC, 1963
14 x 11 inch
Photography

$50,000

Pawel Jaszczuk, High Fashion, Photography

Pawel Jaszczuk

High Fashion, 2009
15.7 x 11.8 inch
Photography

$1,085

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