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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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Slim Aarons, Poolside Pairs, Photography

Slim Aarons

Poolside Pairs, 2020
40 x 60 inch
Photography

$3,950

Lionel le Jeune, Rock n roll, Photography

Lionel le Jeune

Rock n roll, 2021
31.5 x 31.5 x 0.2 inch
Photography

$683

Monica Denevan, Convergence, Photography

Monica Denevan

Convergence, 2011
34.3 x 34.3 inch
Photography

$4,299

Marino Parisotto, La Douce Obsession Totale 6_bw, Photography

Marino Parisotto

La Douce Obsession Totale 6_bw, 2016
11.8 x 15.7 inch
Photography

$1,241

Niklas Soestmeyer, Berlin Nights #1, Photography

Niklas Soestmeyer

Berlin Nights #1, 2021
11.8 x 17.7 x 0 inch
Photography

$645

Yasuhiro Ishimoto, Joy of Color, Contemporary Japanese Photography, Photography

Yasuhiro Ishimoto

Joy of Color, Contemporary Japanese Photography, 2002
19 x 13 inch
Photography

$1,500

Shigeichi Nagano, Monk of Kita Kamakura, Contemporary Japanese Photography, Photography

Shigeichi Nagano

Monk of Kita Kamakura, Contemporary Japanese Photography, 1950
19 x 13 inch
Photography

$1,500

Aldo Sardoni, Good friday in Cuglieri #184, Photography

Aldo Sardoni

Good friday in Cuglieri #184, 2008
7.9 x 11.8 x 0 inch
Photography

$434

Alejandra Leon, The Sleeping Dehli, Photography

Alejandra Leon

The Sleeping Dehli, 2019
19.7 x 27.6 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$1,489

Axel Pilyser, La 10 janvier, Photography

Axel Pilyser

La 10 janvier, 2020
23.6 x 15.7 inch
Photography

$1,067

Our recommendations Julie Peiffer, La Femme Rousse, Photography

Julie Peiffer

La Femme Rousse, 2015
39.4 x 39.4 inch
Photography

$2,606

Cécile Baldewyns, Fairy, Photography

Cécile Baldewyns

Fairy, 2014
15.7 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$869

Our recommendations Joost Wensveen, Blackrock, Photography

Joost Wensveen

Blackrock, 2015
23.6 x 35.4 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$2,917

Nobuyoshi Araki, Sans Titre, Photography

Nobuyoshi Araki

Sans Titre, 2000
4.3 x 3.5 inch
Photography

$1,179

Pierrot Men, Mananara, Madagascar, 2014, Photography

Pierrot Men

Mananara, Madagascar, 2014, 2016
11.8 x 17.7 inch
Photography

$2,606

Olivier Le Brun, Mada 2, Photography

Olivier Le Brun

Mada 2, 2000
11.8 x 17.7 inch
Photography

$1,309

Julien Dubois, HK Woker, Photography

Julien Dubois

HK Woker, 2016
39.4 x 27.6 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$1,489

Muriel Bordier, Les maîtres nageurs, Photography

Muriel Bordier

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

$6,826

Black Sheep, Worth the Wait, Photography

Black Sheep

Worth the Wait, 2020
29.5 x 23.6 x 0 inch
Photography

$670 $745

Samzaï, Au pied des grues, Photography

Samzaï

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

$248

Caroline Giraud Rachet, Nageuse, Photography

Caroline Giraud Rachet

Nageuse, 2018
23.6 x 31.5 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$881

Baptiste Blanchett, Bande d'ordures, Photography

Baptiste Blanchett

Bande d'ordures, 2018
19.7 x 29.5 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$993

Elisa Haberer, Plongeurs, Photography

Elisa Haberer

Plongeurs, 2008
39.4 x 39.4 x 0 inch
Photography

$4,220

Corinne Dubreuil, Twins, Photography

Corinne Dubreuil

Twins, 2014
15.7 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$1,365

Jodi Bieber, Cardiff by night, Photography

Jodi Bieber

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

$3,277

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

$621

Our recommendations Cristina Aldehuela, Lelo 1, Photography

Cristina Aldehuela

Lelo 1, 2014
15.7 x 23.6 x 0 inch
Photography

$1,613

Rodrigo, Healthy, Photography

Rodrigo

Healthy, 2019
8.3 x 11.7 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$235

Cheryl Maeder, Far Away XI, Photography

Cheryl Maeder

Far Away XI, 2010
47.2 x 31.5 inch
Photography

$4,716

Cyril Manzini, Purification, Photography

Cyril Manzini

Purification, 2019
11.8 x 11.8 inch
Photography

$1,365

Emmanuelle Barbaras, Assemblée femmes Dakar, Photography

Emmanuelle Barbaras

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

$869

Lyoudmila Milanova, Hidden Object, Photography

Lyoudmila Milanova

Hidden Object, 2020
23.4 x 16.5 inch
Photography

$273

Sandrine Darcos, Amazing Sunset Croisette Cannes, Photography

Sandrine Darcos

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

$472

Bishin Jumonji, Syura 2, Photography

Bishin Jumonji

Syura 2, 2018
10 x 14.9 inch
Photography

$2,110

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

$496

João Luiz Bulcão, Brasil 2, Photography

João Luiz Bulcão

Brasil 2, 2000
11.8 x 17.7 x 0 inch
Photography

$993

Djamel Djebbour, Havane I, Photography

Djamel Djebbour

Havane I, 2015
31.5 x 47.2 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$7,447

Uwe Ommer, Foot de rue, Photography

Uwe Ommer

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

$1,489

Yuyang Liu, Alone on Flight, Photography

Yuyang Liu

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

$1,365

Panos Kokkinias, Chalandriani, Photography

Panos Kokkinias

Chalandriani, 1999
31.5 x 43.9 inch
Photography

$11,791

Thomas Hoeffgen, Soweto, Photography

Thomas Hoeffgen

Soweto, 2009
15.7 x 21.3 x 0 inch
Photography

$2,979

Our recommendations Tommy Schultz, Best wave I, Photography

Tommy Schultz

Best wave I, 2015
19.7 x 29.5 inch
Photography

$993

Alessandra Bisi, Ibrid Cracovia, Photography

Alessandra Bisi

Ibrid Cracovia, 2018
18.5 x 13.8 x 0.6 inch
Photography

$410

Nadine Track, Central Park, Photography

Nadine Track

Central Park, 2015
48 x 75.2 inch
Photography

$11,170

Linda Tuloup, Viens, Photography

Linda Tuloup

Viens, 2009
11.8 x 11.8 x 3.1 inch
Photography

$2,730

Estelle Hanania, Last Parade, Photography

Estelle Hanania

Last Parade, 2015
22 x 16.1 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$372

Philippe De Poulpiquet, Tripoli, Photography

Philippe De Poulpiquet

Tripoli, 2011
11.8 x 17.7 inch
Photography

$1,365

Jean-Pierre Attal, Paysages ethnographiques #7, Photography

Jean-Pierre Attal

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

$2,879 $3,599

Lionel Hahn, Champions du monde, Photography

Lionel Hahn

Champions du monde, 2018
11.8 x 17.7 inch
Photography

$819

David Bordes, Sainte Rita et Yves Klein, Photography

David Bordes

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

$1,800

Ludovic Careme, Mostar Bridge, Photography

Ludovic Careme

Mostar Bridge, 1995
15.7 x 15.7 inch
Photography

$2,457

Stephan Zaubitzer, Echecs, Photography

Stephan Zaubitzer

Echecs, 2012
19.7 x 23.6 x 2 inch
Photography

$1,613

Larry Clark, Sans titre, Photography

Larry Clark

Sans titre, 2005
4.9 x 7.1 x 0 inch
Photography

$397

Stéphane Daireaux, Xynthia 37, Photography

Stéphane Daireaux

Xynthia 37, 2010
6.7 x 12.6 inch
Photography

$496

Chiara Dazi, Le lutteur, Photography

Chiara Dazi

Le lutteur, 2003
23.6 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$1,241

Isabelle Picarel, Ecosse, Photography

Isabelle Picarel

Ecosse, 2013
20.9 x 31.5 inch
Photography

$1,303

Ahmet Sel, Chantilly, Photography

Ahmet Sel

Chantilly, 2002
15.7 x 15.7 inch
Photography

$993

Gilberto Perin, Tuneis, Photography

Gilberto Perin

Tuneis, 2012
15.7 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$1,142

Nicolas Le Beuan Bénic, Surf avec moi, Photography

Nicolas Le Beuan Bénic

Surf avec moi, 2020
23.6 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$472

Our recommendations Jean Ribière, L'École est finie !, Photography

Jean Ribière

L'École est finie !, 1947
11.8 x 8.7 inch
Photography

$1,080

Myles McGuinness, Central Coast Rush Hour, Photography

Myles McGuinness

Central Coast Rush Hour, 2015
31.5 x 47.2 inch
Photography

$1,117

Willy Ronis, Le petit parisien, Photography

Willy Ronis

Le petit parisien, 1952
15.7 x 11.8 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$3,723

Leonard Freed, Martin Luther King, Vintage Photograph, Photography

Leonard Freed

Martin Luther King, Vintage Photograph, 1964
11 x 14 inch
Photography

$8,500

Michael Townsend, Doho, Photography

Michael Townsend

Doho, 2017
47.2 x 31.5 inch
Photography

$1,117

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