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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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Klyöwa, Cezanne's colors II, Photography


Cezanne's colors II, 2021
19.7 x 15.7 x 0 inch


Our recommendations Sameer Tawde, Dialogues of an introvert #6, Photography

Sameer Tawde

Dialogues of an introvert #6, 2017
30 x 40 inch


Richard Morrison, Olive Heads, Luberon, France, Photography

Richard Morrison

Olive Heads, Luberon, France, 2019
25.2 x 37.8 x 0 inch


Corentin Fohlen, Karnaval #01, Photography

Corentin Fohlen

Karnaval #01, 2016
31.5 x 20.9 inch


Thandiwe Muriu, Camo 2.0 3953, Photography

Thandiwe Muriu

Camo 2.0 3953, 2015
35.4 x 23.6 x 0.1 inch


Our recommendations Gerry Cranham, White Hart Lane, Photography

Gerry Cranham

White Hart Lane, 1964
15.7 x 23.6 inch


Jean-Pierre Roux, Honolulu, Hawaï, Photography

Jean-Pierre Roux

Honolulu, Hawaï, 1976
15.7 x 23.6 inch


Louis Oke-Agbo, Sans titre 1, Photography

Louis Oke-Agbo

Sans titre 1, 2018
11.8 x 15.7 x 0.1 inch


Derrick Ofosu Boateng, Fruit of Life 1, Photography

Derrick Ofosu Boateng

Fruit of Life 1, 2019
15.7 x 11.8 x 0.1 inch


Our recommendations Laura Makabresku, The Mother (La Mère), Photography

Laura Makabresku

The Mother (La Mère), 2013
11.8 x 17.7 inch


Charlotte Abramow, Find Your Clitoris II, Photography

Charlotte Abramow

Find Your Clitoris II, 2017
23.6 x 18.3 inch


Ebuka Michael, Bad Habits - Greed, Photography

Ebuka Michael

Bad Habits - Greed, 2019
15.7 x 11.8 x 0.1 inch


Jodi Bieber, Cardiff by night, Photography

Jodi Bieber

Cardiff by night, 2003
27.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch


Our recommendations Cristina Aldehuela, Lelo 1, Photography

Cristina Aldehuela

Lelo 1, 2014
15.7 x 23.6 x 0 inch


Zahrin Kahlo, Kelaa, Photography

Zahrin Kahlo

Kelaa, 2015
23.6 x 19.7 x 0.2 inch


Shinya Nakazato, No.32, Photography

Shinya Nakazato

No.32, 2016
31.5 x 26.8 inch


Our recommendations Tommy Schultz, Best wave I, Photography

Tommy Schultz

Best wave I, 2015
19.7 x 29.5 inch


Marie-Laure Vareilles, New York, Photography

Marie-Laure Vareilles

New York, 2015
39.4 x 39.4 x 1.6 inch


Bishin Jumonji, Something 1, Photography

Bishin Jumonji

Something 1, 2002
10 x 10 inch


Wylda Bayrón, Bailarín Bhutanés, Photography

Wylda Bayrón

Bailarín Bhutanés, 2012
15.7 x 23.6 inch


Panos Kokkinias, Chalandriani, Photography

Panos Kokkinias

Chalandriani, 1999
31.5 x 43.9 inch


Ben Thouard, Au vol, Photography

Ben Thouard

Au vol, 2019
31.5 x 47.2 x 0.4 inch


Alexis Berg, Kilian, Photography

Alexis Berg

Kilian, 2016
11.8 x 11.8 inch


Thierry Van Vreckem, Knokke dreams I, Photography

Thierry Van Vreckem

Knokke dreams I, 2015
39.4 x 55.1 x 0.8 inch


Corinne Dubreuil, Serena, Photography

Corinne Dubreuil

Serena, 2017
15.7 x 23.6 inch


Ian Bradshaw, Reagan and the queen, Photography

Ian Bradshaw

Reagan and the queen, 1982
15.7 x 23.6 x 0 inch


João Luiz Bulcão, Brasil 2, Photography

João Luiz Bulcão

Brasil 2, 2000
11.8 x 17.7 x 0 inch


Jean-François Talivez, Power struggle, Photography

Jean-François Talivez

Power struggle, 1992
23.6 x 15.7 inch


Yagazie Emezi, When Did A Piece Fall Off #1, Photography

Yagazie Emezi

When Did A Piece Fall Off #1, 2016
23.4 x 33.1 inch


Sandrine Elberg, Meteor / asteroid, Photography

Sandrine Elberg

Meteor / asteroid, 2017
15.7 x 11.8 x 0.8 inch


Yves Hayat, Mask 9 - Voile, Photography

Yves Hayat

Mask 9 - Voile, 2008
15.7 x 11.8 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


Luc Médrinal, Vu d'ici 1, Photography

Luc Médrinal

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


Abel Bourgeois, Série Toscane n°20, Photography

Abel Bourgeois

Série Toscane n°20, 2016
14.2 x 14.2 x 0.4 inch


Eric Isselée, Lion cubs playing, Photography

Eric Isselée

Lion cubs playing, 2015
29.5 x 29.5 x 2 inch


Isabelle Picarel, Ecosse, Photography

Isabelle Picarel

Ecosse, 2013
20.9 x 31.5 inch


Arturo Fermandois, Éclipse, Photography

Arturo Fermandois

Éclipse, 2017
15.7 x 19.7 inch


Gregory Crewdson, Production Still (Oak Street 02), Photography

Gregory Crewdson

Production Still (Oak Street 02), 2008
22 x 17 inch


Djamel Djebbour, Havane I, Photography

Djamel Djebbour

Havane I, 2015
31.5 x 47.2 x 1.2 inch


Kohey Kanno, Invisible Memories #2, Photography

Kohey Kanno

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


Maud Bernos, Bertrand de Broc, Photography

Maud Bernos

Bertrand de Broc, 2013
31.5 x 31.5 x 2 inch


Chiara Dazi, Le lutteur, Photography

Chiara Dazi

Le lutteur, 2003
23.6 x 23.6 inch


Laurent Troude, Jougs, Photography

Laurent Troude

Jougs, 2007
15.7 x 23.6 x 0 inch


Pierre-Emmanuel Rastoin, Green and Bunker, Photography

Pierre-Emmanuel Rastoin

Green and Bunker, 2011
23.6 x 31.5 x 0 inch


Ludovic Careme, Mostar Bridge, Photography

Ludovic Careme

Mostar Bridge, 1995
15.7 x 15.7 inch


Ahmet Sel, Chantilly, Photography

Ahmet Sel

Chantilly, 2002
15.7 x 15.7 inch


Gilberto Perin, Tuneis, Photography

Gilberto Perin

Tuneis, 2012
15.7 x 23.6 inch


Christophe Calais, Courir, Photography

Christophe Calais

Courir, 2006
23.6 x 35.4 x 1.2 inch


Stephan Zaubitzer, Echecs, Photography

Stephan Zaubitzer

Echecs, 2012
19.7 x 23.6 x 2 inch


Espen Rasmussen, Pain, Photography

Espen Rasmussen

Pain, 2012
15.7 x 23.6 inch


Yasuo Kiyonaga, Identity02, Photography

Yasuo Kiyonaga

Identity02, 2020
39.4 x 27.6 x 1.4 inch


Bruno Bisang, Chanel Haute Couture, Photography

Bruno Bisang

Chanel Haute Couture, 1998
31.5 x 23.6 x 1.6 inch


Our recommendations Xavier-Alexandre Pons, La relève d'Atlas, Photography

Xavier-Alexandre Pons

La relève d'Atlas, 2013
15.7 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch


Maurice Renoma, Last Supper, Photography

Maurice Renoma

Last Supper, 2012
40.2 x 80.3 x 2 inch


Marie Christine Palombit, Earth Mind, Photography

Marie Christine Palombit

Earth Mind, 2018
25.2 x 41.3 x 0.8 inch


Patrice Delmotte, Nymphea #25-3, Photography

Patrice Delmotte

Nymphea #25-3, 2016
53.1 x 19.7 inch


Hugh Turvey, Enoki Grouping, Photography

Hugh Turvey

Enoki Grouping, 2012
21.7 x 21.7 inch


Laurent Castellani, Les rêves engloutis, Photography

Laurent Castellani

Les rêves engloutis, 2018
27.6 x 19.7 x 0 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


Arnaud Ele, Ambre, Photography

Arnaud Ele

Ambre, 2019
16.5 x 11.7 x 0.1 inch


Pieter Bauermeister, "I believe", Photography

Pieter Bauermeister

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


Jan Locus, Sony ZX60 side B, Photography

Jan Locus

Sony ZX60 side B, 2016
8.5 x 6 x 1 inch


Jean-Paul Baret, N°1150, Photography

Jean-Paul Baret

N°1150, 2017
23.6 x 23.6 inch


Jenny Owens, Fossils - post house 002, Photography

Jenny Owens

Fossils - post house 002, 2019
5.3 x 7.9 x 0.1 inch


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