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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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Mihaela Ivanova, Life is a winking light in the darkness, Photography

Mihaela Ivanova

Life is a winking light in the darkness, 2021
15.7 x 23.6 inch


James Sparshatt, El campesino, Photography

James Sparshatt

El campesino, 2000
13.8 x 13.8 x 0.4 inch


Hunter & Gatti, Le Fauteuil de l'oubli, Photography

Hunter & Gatti

Le Fauteuil de l'oubli, 2020
29.9 x 24 x 0.1 inch


Ifig, Rose, the pink panteher, Photography


Rose, the pink panteher, 2021
23.6 x 23.6 inch


Dora Franco, Cebolla y bandeja, Photography

Dora Franco

Cebolla y bandeja, 2021
23.6 x 31.5 x 0.1 inch


Karol Kállay, Midtown Still-life, Photography

Karol Kállay

Midtown Still-life, 1965
11.8 x 11.8 inch

$1,157 $1,446

Alexander Benz, Outlook, Photography

Alexander Benz

Outlook, 2021
31.5 x 31.5 x 0 inch


Mercedes Cosano, Méduses 14, Photography

Mercedes Cosano

Méduses 14, 2019
15.7 x 15.7 inch


Baptiste Tavernier, Windows, Photography

Baptiste Tavernier

Windows, 2021
34.3 x 29.1 x 0.8 inch

$1,946 $2,289

Fabrizio La Torre, 100th Anniversary Celebration Coffret # 11 - Hong Kong 1956 - Tiré à part # 1, Photography

Fabrizio La Torre

100th Anniversary Celebration Coffret # 11 - Hong Kong 1956 - Tiré à part # 1, 1956
16.5 x 11.8 x 0.1 inch


Mathieu Puga, Aube de désir, Photography

Mathieu Puga

Aube de désir, 2021
29.5 x 19.7 x 0 inch


Brno Del Zou, Hommage à JPW, Photography

Brno Del Zou

Hommage à JPW, 2008
11.8 x 17.7 inch


Jörg Krichbaum, Step by Step - Tiré à part # 1, Photography

Jörg Krichbaum

Step by Step - Tiré à part # 1, 1973
16.5 x 23.6 x 0.1 inch


Albert Féraud, Abstraction, Photography

Albert Féraud

Abstraction, 1970
15.7 x 11 inch

$804 $3,494

Samuel Cueto, Silence, Photography

Samuel Cueto

Silence, 2014
19.7 x 15.7 inch


Léa Bon, Lady of Naggaroth 1, Photography

Léa Bon

Lady of Naggaroth 1, 2013
36 x 24 x 0.1 inch


Bruno Fournier, Paysages forêt, Photography

Bruno Fournier

Paysages forêt, 2018
18.1 x 11.8 x 0.4 inch


Barry Cawston, Last bar in Vegas, Photography

Barry Cawston

Last bar in Vegas, 2018
35.4 x 35.4 x 0.8 inch


Arturo Fermandois, Éclipse, Photography

Arturo Fermandois

Éclipse, 2017
15.7 x 19.7 inch


Monica Denevan, Anchor, Photography

Monica Denevan

Anchor, 2013
15.7 x 19.7 inch


Pierre Terrasson, Serge visant au F2 Nikon, Photography

Pierre Terrasson

Serge visant au F2 Nikon, 1984
19.7 x 15.7 inch


Venelina Katanska, Divine, Photography

Venelina Katanska

Divine, 2015
35.4 x 53.1 inch


Katarzyna Widmanska, The Hatter, Photography

Katarzyna Widmanska

The Hatter, 2009
23.6 x 15.7 inch


Annie Leibovitz, Elvis Presley's TV, Graceland, Memphis, Tennessee, Photography

Annie Leibovitz

Elvis Presley's TV, Graceland, Memphis, Tennessee, 2011
13.87 x 17.91 inch


Oriol Texidor, Manufactura 3, Photography

Oriol Texidor

Manufactura 3, 2008
15.7 x 19.7 x 2.8 inch


Ramon Cornadó, Diàlegs amb la natura 14, Photography

Ramon Cornadó

Diàlegs amb la natura 14, 2018
7.9 x 11.8 inch


Olivier Le Brun, Mada 2, Photography

Olivier Le Brun

Mada 2, 2000
11.8 x 17.7 inch


Baptiste Blanchett, Gotta catch'em all, Photography

Baptiste Blanchett

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


Herb Ritts, Stephanie Seymour, Los Angeles, Photography

Herb Ritts

Stephanie Seymour, Los Angeles, 1989
14 x 11 inch


Guilherme Licurgo, Desert Rose II - Desert Flower, Medium Print, Photography

Guilherme Licurgo

Desert Rose II - Desert Flower, Medium Print, 2014
35 x 23 x 0.1 inch


Helmut Newton, Fashion Photograph, Paris 1976, Photography

Helmut Newton

Fashion Photograph, Paris 1976, 1980
16.1 x 10.6 inch


Tali Amitai-Tabib, Scarlett, Photography

Tali Amitai-Tabib

Scarlett, 2020
30 x 40 x 0.2 inch


Our recommendations Roger Ballen, Spooky Eyes, Photography

Roger Ballen

Spooky Eyes, 2012
14.2 x 9.4 x 0.8 inch


Vanessa Vercel, Arc de triomphe, Photography

Vanessa Vercel

Arc de triomphe, 2020
27.6 x 41.3 x 0.8 inch


Terry O'Neill, Faye Dunaway, Photography

Terry O'Neill

Faye Dunaway, 1977
20 x 20 inch


Stéphane Veerecken, On the Moon 1 - série femmes en noir, Photography

Stéphane Veerecken

On the Moon 1 - série femmes en noir, 2020
15.7 x 11.8 x 0.8 inch


Daniel Nikolic, Melankolia N°45, Photography

Daniel Nikolic

Melankolia N°45, 2017
29.5 x 29.5 x 0.4 inch


Duncan Wade, X-Ray London, Photography

Duncan Wade

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


Michael James O'Brien, Still life with a Pink Opalina Vase and a Mirror, Antwerp (Large), Photography

Michael James O'Brien

Still life with a Pink Opalina Vase and a Mirror, Antwerp (Large), 2014
60 x 40 x 0.1 inch


Hervé Dez, Étrange Rivage 1, Photography

Hervé Dez

Étrange Rivage 1, 2019
15.7 x 19.7 x 0 inch


Alain Longeaud, Le Passeur de l'aube, Photography

Alain Longeaud

Le Passeur de l'aube, 1975
25.6 x 19.7 inch


Valentina Murabito, Illusion Study no. 1, Photography

Valentina Murabito

Illusion Study no. 1, 2019
14.2 x 15.7 x 0.2 inch


LaO PaZ, Perdida en la ciudad, Photography


Perdida en la ciudad, 2011
15.7 x 23.6 x 2 inch


Alessandra Bisi, Ibrid Cracovia, Photography

Alessandra Bisi

Ibrid Cracovia, 2018
18.5 x 13.8 x 0.6 inch


Jeff Widener, Tank Man, Photography

Jeff Widener

Tank Man, 1989
17 x 20 inch


Jurgen Schadeberg, Botswana Beer Festival, Photography

Jurgen Schadeberg

Botswana Beer Festival, 1973
18.5 x 23.6 inch


Emanuele Ravagnani, Insta #8, Photography

Emanuele Ravagnani

Insta #8, 2020
4.7 x 3.3 inch


Thierry des Ouches, Retraite dorée, Photography

Thierry des Ouches

Retraite dorée, 2019
39.4 x 59.1 inch


Laurent Castellani, Les rêves engloutis, Photography

Laurent Castellani

Les rêves engloutis, 2018
27.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch


Roger Moukarzel, Covered head, Photography

Roger Moukarzel

Covered head, 2013
31.5 x 27.6 inch


Bob Willoughby, Barbara Streisand in the pool at the Beverly Hills Hotel, Photography

Bob Willoughby

Barbara Streisand in the pool at the Beverly Hills Hotel, 1963
20 x 16 inch


Claude Lê Anh, Carolyn Carlson 2, Photography

Claude Lê Anh

Carolyn Carlson 2, 1985
15.7 x 11.8 inch


Eric Isselée, Herd of Elephants, Photography

Eric Isselée

Herd of Elephants, 2015
32.3 x 39.4 x 2 inch


Lut Moerenhout, To be the architect of your own work 6/8, Photography

Lut Moerenhout

To be the architect of your own work 6/8, 2017
27.6 x 41.3 x 1.2 inch


Sophie Mabille, Calacuccia, Photography

Sophie Mabille

Calacuccia, 2014
39.4 x 59.1 x 0.4 inch


Detlev Schneider, Grace Jones, Photography

Detlev Schneider

Grace Jones, 1996
19.7 x 15.7 inch


André de Dienes, Marylin Monroe (1949), Photography

André de Dienes

Marylin Monroe (1949), 1965
10.6 x 11 x 0.4 inch


Willy Ronis, Quai Malaquai, Photography

Willy Ronis

Quai Malaquai, 1953
15.7 x 11.8 x 0.4 inch


Just Jaeckin, Bardot - L'enchanteresse (1969), Photography

Just Jaeckin

Bardot - L'enchanteresse (1969), 2014
31.5 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch


Our recommendations Elliott Erwitt, Untitled, Photography

Elliott Erwitt

Untitled, 2000
15.7 x 22.4 x 0.4 inch


Michael Townsend, Doho, Photography

Michael Townsend

Doho, 2017
47.2 x 31.5 inch


Lesya Rozova, Sunny line, Photography

Lesya Rozova

Sunny line, 2020
35.4 x 23.6 x 0 inch


Our recommendations Sylvie Castioni, Léa, Photography

Sylvie Castioni

Léa, 2016
35.4 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch


Sean MacLeod, Dong man - South-western China, Photography

Sean MacLeod

Dong man - South-western China, 2003
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch


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