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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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Miguel Winograd, Lagunas de Buitrago Chingaza, Photography

Miguel Winograd

Lagunas de Buitrago Chingaza, 2018
11 x 14 x 0.1 inch


Pierrot Men, Série Brique-"Eclat de lumière" - Fianarantsoa, Photography

Pierrot Men

Série Brique-"Eclat de lumière" - Fianarantsoa, 2020
19.7 x 27.6 x 0.4 inch


Valérie Donzelli, De Myrha à Babylone - Série rue noir et blanc mouvement 1, Photography

Valérie Donzelli

De Myrha à Babylone - Série rue noir et blanc mouvement 1, 2015
13.8 x 13.8 inch


Alain Le Chapelier, The Boom, Photography

Alain Le Chapelier

The Boom, 2018
15.7 x 23.6 inch


Jean-Claude Byandb, According to Hokusai, Photography

Jean-Claude Byandb

According to Hokusai, 2018
19.7 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch


Gonçalo Martins, Ice Block, Iceland, Photography

Gonçalo Martins

Ice Block, Iceland, 2014
7.5 x 7.5 x 0 inch


Yves Bordes Lapeyre, Composition avec pont Nr 4, Photography

Yves Bordes Lapeyre

Composition avec pont Nr 4, 2021
11.8 x 17.7 x 0.4 inch


Lluís Barba, Self Portrait - Dali, Photography

Lluís Barba

Self Portrait - Dali, 2011
60 x 48 x 1 inch


Cédric Klapisch, Repérage Casse tête chinois New York, Hotel Midtown, Photography

Cédric Klapisch

Repérage Casse tête chinois New York, Hotel Midtown, 2008
13.3 x 23.6 inch


Leandro Franco, Diamonds, Photography

Leandro Franco

Diamonds, 2020
59.1 x 47.2 inch


Ryan Arbilo, Charito Zarate Torino, Photography

Ryan Arbilo

Charito Zarate Torino, 2020
19.7 x 27.6 x 0.4 inch


Jenny Owens, Traces of Medellín, Photography

Jenny Owens

Traces of Medellín, 2019
13.8 x 20.1 x 0.2 inch


Sjaak Korsten, Hide 2, Photography

Sjaak Korsten

Hide 2, 2017
33.5 x 27.6 x 0.4 inch


Laurence Winram, Sophie VIII, Photography

Laurence Winram

Sophie VIII, 2016
23.4 x 23.4 x 0.1 inch


Isabelle van Zeijl, Own, Photography

Isabelle van Zeijl

Own, 2019
44.5 x 40.5 x 2 inch


Jean Claude Figenwald, Place de la Bastille le 10 Mai 1981, Photography

Jean Claude Figenwald

Place de la Bastille le 10 Mai 1981, 1981
19.7 x 27.6 x 0.4 inch


Ghost Art, Scarface, Photography

Ghost Art

Scarface, 2019
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.4 inch


Olivier Le Brun, Mada 2, Photography

Olivier Le Brun

Mada 2, 2000
11.8 x 17.7 inch


Muriel Despiau, Maheo Road, Photography

Muriel Despiau

Maheo Road, 2019
7.5 x 11.4 x 0.4 inch


Baptiste Blanchett, Bande d'ordures, Photography

Baptiste Blanchett

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


Faith XLVII, The Unbound 1 (L), Photography


The Unbound 1 (L), 2018
35 x 29 inch


Jean-Loup Gautreau, Agnès Varda - Les plages d'Agnès, Photography

Jean-Loup Gautreau

Agnès Varda - Les plages d'Agnès, 2008
11.8 x 15.7 inch


Michel Di Maggio, Poséidon (Christophe Charbonnel), Photography

Michel Di Maggio

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


Vanessa Vercel, Arc de triomphe, Photography

Vanessa Vercel

Arc de triomphe, 2020
27.6 x 41.3 x 0.8 inch


Daniele Sigalot, Self portrait on the gulf on Naples, Photography

Daniele Sigalot

Self portrait on the gulf on Naples, 2019
23.6 x 35.4 inch


Yuriko Takagi, SEI P-44, Photography

Yuriko Takagi

SEI P-44, 1991
13 x 13 x 0.8 inch


Shinya Nakazato, No.32, Photography

Shinya Nakazato

No.32, 2016
31.5 x 26.8 inch


Ben Thouard, Au vol, Photography

Ben Thouard

Au vol, 2019
31.5 x 47.2 x 0.4 inch


Arturo Fermandois, Éclipse, Photography

Arturo Fermandois

Éclipse, 2017
15.7 x 19.7 inch


LaO PaZ, Perdida en la ciudad, Photography


Perdida en la ciudad, 2011
15.7 x 23.6 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


Pol Lujan, Chien - Christian Dior, Photography

Pol Lujan

Chien - Christian Dior, 1990
19.7 x 15.7 inch


Valentina Murabito, Illusion Study no. 1, Photography

Valentina Murabito

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


Roger Moukarzel, Covered head, Photography

Roger Moukarzel

Covered head, 2013
31.5 x 27.6 inch


Roger Ballen, Spooky Eyes, Photography

Roger Ballen

Spooky Eyes, 2012
14.2 x 9.4 x 0.8 inch


Helmut Newton, Père Lachaise, Paris 1977, Photography

Helmut Newton

Père Lachaise, Paris 1977, 1980
16.1 x 10.6 inch


Eric Isselée, Lion cubs playing, Photography

Eric Isselée

Lion cubs playing, 2015
29.5 x 29.5 x 2 inch


Jurgen Schadeberg, Botswana Beer Festival, Photography

Jurgen Schadeberg

Botswana Beer Festival, 1973
18.5 x 23.6 inch


Luc Médrinal, Vu d'ici 1, Photography

Luc Médrinal

Vu d'ici 1, 2016
8.3 x 23.2 x 0.1 inch


Raphaël Groux, Patterning, Photography

Raphaël Groux

Patterning, 2017
19.7 x 19.7 inch


Kohey Kanno, Invisible Memories #2, Photography

Kohey Kanno

Invisible Memories #2, 2018
23.4 x 16.5 x 1.6 inch


Laetitia Lesaffre, De-Sol-Es, enfance exilée n°1, Photography

Laetitia Lesaffre

De-Sol-Es, enfance exilée n°1, 2017
19.7 x 19.7 x 1.6 inch


Sophie Mabille, Calacuccia, Photography

Sophie Mabille

Calacuccia, 2014
39.4 x 59.1 x 0.4 inch


James Sparshatt, La sonrisa, Photography

James Sparshatt

La sonrisa, 2001
15.7 x 19.7 inch


Alessandra Bisi, Ibrid Cracovia, Photography

Alessandra Bisi

Ibrid Cracovia, 2018
18.5 x 13.8 x 0.6 inch


Michael Townsend, Doho, Photography

Michael Townsend

Doho, 2017
47.2 x 31.5 inch


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


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

Jean Ribière

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


Alain Longeaud, Le Passeur de l'aube, Photography

Alain Longeaud

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


Alain Daussin, Terrasse St Trop, Photography

Alain Daussin

Terrasse St Trop, 2005
15.7 x 19.7 inch


Bernard Plossu, Sans titre 3, Photography

Bernard Plossu

Sans titre 3, 1988
5.1 x 7.1 inch


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

Just Jaeckin

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


Cédric Bouteiller, Guess - NYC - 2012, Photography

Cédric Bouteiller

Guess - NYC - 2012, 2012
35.4 x 51.2 x 0.8 inch


Our recommendations Maurice Renoma, Acte Pulsionnel, Photography

Maurice Renoma

Acte Pulsionnel, 1998
27.6 x 78.7 x 0.8 inch


Kevin Westenberg, Bowie on Stage, Photography

Kevin Westenberg

Bowie on Stage, 2020
59.8 x 39.8 inch


Hengki Koentjoro, Liquid Garden, Photography

Hengki Koentjoro

Liquid Garden, 2016
16.9 x 16.9 x 0 inch


Hugh Turvey, Red Rose, Photography

Hugh Turvey

Red Rose, 2014
39.4 x 39.4 inch


Laurent Castellani, Les rêves engloutis, Photography

Laurent Castellani

Les rêves engloutis, 2018
27.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch


Warwick Saint, Neck Tattoo, Photography

Warwick Saint

Neck Tattoo, 2010
31 x 25 inch


Mark Fisher, Sympathy for the Devil, Photography

Mark Fisher

Sympathy for the Devil, 2010
35.4 x 23.6 inch


Francesca Pompei, Rhapsody in Blue, Photography

Francesca Pompei

Rhapsody in Blue, 2013
31.5 x 47.2 x 1.6 inch


Ed Feingersh, Marilyn Candid Moment (1955), Photography

Ed Feingersh

Marilyn Candid Moment (1955), 2020
20.1 x 24 inch


Oriol Texidor, Manufactura 3, Photography

Oriol Texidor

Manufactura 3, 2008
15.7 x 19.7 x 2.8 inch


Christoph Martin Schmid, Kate Moss Venice Beach I, Photography

Christoph Martin Schmid

Kate Moss Venice Beach I, 1992
17.3 x 13 inch


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