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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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Borjana Ventzislavova, And the sky clears up (protection egg), Photography

Borjana Ventzislavova

And the sky clears up (protection egg), 2019
23.6 x 15.7 inch


Christophe Gadea, JH, Photography

Christophe Gadea

JH, 2019
15.7 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch


Our recommendations Gerry Cranham, White Hart Lane, Photography

Gerry Cranham

White Hart Lane, 1964
15.7 x 23.6 inch


Derrick Ofosu Boateng, Untilted, Photography

Derrick Ofosu Boateng

Untilted, 2021
15.7 x 11.8 inch


Hugh Turvey, Xogram - Polychromatic Fiori - Rose II, Photography

Hugh Turvey

Xogram - Polychromatic Fiori - Rose II, 2015
27.6 x 27.6 inch


Charlotte Abramow, Rouge sur Blanc, Photography

Charlotte Abramow

Rouge sur Blanc, 2018
3.9 x 5.9 inch


Liu Bolin, Red No 1, Photography

Liu Bolin

Red No 1, 2012
35.4 x 47.2 inch


Laura Makabresku, Lovers (Amants), Photography

Laura Makabresku

Lovers (Amants), 2014
23.6 x 15.7 inch


Thandiwe Muriu, Camo 2.0 4415, Photography

Thandiwe Muriu

Camo 2.0 4415, 2018
35.4 x 23.6 x 0.1 inch


Arturo Fermandois, Éclipse, Photography

Arturo Fermandois

Éclipse, 2017
15.7 x 19.7 inch


Ceridwen Raynor, Captured by the Wind, Photography

Ceridwen Raynor

Captured by the Wind, 2019
29.5 x 29.5 inch


Our recommendations Tommy Schultz, Best wave I, Photography

Tommy Schultz

Best wave I, 2015
19.7 x 29.5 x 0 inch


Corinne Dubreuil, Serena, Photography

Corinne Dubreuil

Serena, 2017
15.7 x 23.6 inch


Franck Seguin, Guillaume Nery I, Photography

Franck Seguin

Guillaume Nery I, 2006
23.6 x 35.4 inch


Pierre Radisic, Sans Titre, Photography

Pierre Radisic

Sans Titre, 2017
36.1 x 36.1 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


Our recommendations Ebuka Michael, Hardwork and discipline, Photography

Ebuka Michael

Hardwork and discipline, 2020
15.7 x 11.8 inch


Casey Waterman, Tennis, Photography

Casey Waterman

Tennis, 2018
18 x 14 x 0.1 inch


Lyoudmila Milanova, Seeing clouds from both sides, Photography

Lyoudmila Milanova

Seeing clouds from both sides, 2018
16.1 x 16.1 inch


Ian Bradshaw, Reagan and the queen, Photography

Ian Bradshaw

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


Our recommendations Cristina Aldehuela, Lelo 1, Photography

Cristina Aldehuela

Lelo 1, 2014
15.7 x 23.6 x 0 inch


Thierry Bazin, Le banc public devant le pont d'Avignon - série vision du monde, Photography

Thierry Bazin

Le banc public devant le pont d'Avignon - série vision du monde, 2020
19.7 x 19.7 inch


Jean-François Talivez, Power struggle, Photography

Jean-François Talivez

Power struggle, 1992
23.6 x 15.7 inch


Philippe  Frisée, La plage, Photography

Philippe Frisée

La plage, 2017
35.4 x 47.2 x 0.4 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


Panos Kokkinias, Chalandriani, Photography

Panos Kokkinias

Chalandriani, 1999
31.5 x 43.9 inch


Thomas Turner, Sacrement 2, Photography

Thomas Turner

Sacrement 2, 2018
31.5 x 31.5 x 0.1 inch


Elise Khoury, Layers of Beirut's aging materials, Photography

Elise Khoury

Layers of Beirut's aging materials, 2020
23.4 x 16.5 x 0 inch


Sandrine Elberg, Meteor / asteroid, Photography

Sandrine Elberg

Meteor / asteroid, 2017
15.7 x 11.8 x 0.8 inch


Zahrin Kahlo, Kelaa, Photography

Zahrin Kahlo

Kelaa, 2015
23.6 x 19.7 x 0.2 inch


Abel Bourgeois, Série Aragon n°6, Photography

Abel Bourgeois

Série Aragon n°6, 2016
25.6 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch


Jodi Bieber, Cardiff by night, Photography

Jodi Bieber

Cardiff by night, 2003
27.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch


Chris Saunders, Nozinja, Photography

Chris Saunders

Nozinja, 2012
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch


Pierre-Emmanuel Rastoin, Green and Bunker, Photography

Pierre-Emmanuel Rastoin

Green and Bunker, 2011
23.6 x 31.5 x 0 inch


Wylda Bayrón, Bienvenidos, Photography

Wylda Bayrón

Bienvenidos, 2015
15.7 x 23.6 inch


Yves Hayat, Mask 9 - Voile, Photography

Yves Hayat

Mask 9 - Voile, 2008
15.7 x 11.8 inch


João Luiz Bulcão, Brasil 9, Photography

João Luiz Bulcão

Brasil 9, 2003
15.7 x 23.6 inch


Gustavo Cabarcas, Amazonie, Photography

Gustavo Cabarcas

Amazonie, 2016
11.8 x 17.7 x 0 inch


Stéphane Martin, Hydrocarbure, Photography

Stéphane Martin

Hydrocarbure, 2018
15.7 x 11.8 x 0 inch


Mark Fontaine, Fashion show@1, Photography

Mark Fontaine

Fashion show@1, 2019
16.5 x 27.6 x 0 inch


Ben B, Vibration, Photography

Ben B

Vibration, 2020
11.8 x 15.7 x 0 inch


Chiara Dazi, Le lutteur, Photography

Chiara Dazi

Le lutteur, 2003
23.6 x 23.6 inch


Isabelle Picarel, Ecosse, Photography

Isabelle Picarel

Ecosse, 2013
20.9 x 31.5 inch


Laurent Troude, Jougs, Photography

Laurent Troude

Jougs, 2007
15.7 x 23.6 x 0 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


Sally Davies, Jesus Saves, Photography

Sally Davies

Jesus Saves, 2010
13 x 19 inch


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

Gregory Crewdson

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


Marie-Laure Vareilles, New York, Photography

Marie-Laure Vareilles

New York, 2015
39.4 x 39.4 x 1.6 inch


Maud Bernos, Bertrand de Broc, Photography

Maud Bernos

Bertrand de Broc, 2013
31.5 x 31.5 x 2 inch


Thierry Van Vreckem, Knokke dreams I, Photography

Thierry Van Vreckem

Knokke dreams I, 2015
39.4 x 55.1 x 0.8 inch


Laurent Castellani, Les rêves engloutis, Photography

Laurent Castellani

Les rêves engloutis, 2018
27.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch


Eric Isselée, Herd of Elephants, Photography

Eric Isselée

Herd of Elephants, 2015
32.3 x 39.4 x 2 inch


Yann Merran, This is so Illegal, Photography

Yann Merran

This is so Illegal, 2010
23.6 x 35.4 x 0.8 inch


Maurice Renoma, 1049Cuba, Photography

Maurice Renoma

1049Cuba, 2017
9.8 x 15.7 x 0.8 inch


Our recommendations Jean-Paul Baret, N°2064, Photography

Jean-Paul Baret

N°2064, 2018
39.4 x 25.6 inch


Our recommendations Mohamed Bourouissa, Azul, Photography

Mohamed Bourouissa

Azul, 2009
24 x 30.7 x 0.4 inch


Patrice Delmotte, Nymphea #25-3, Photography

Patrice Delmotte

Nymphea #25-3, 2016
53.1 x 19.7 inch


Arnaud Ele, Ambre, Photography

Arnaud Ele

Ambre, 2019
16.5 x 11.7 x 0.1 inch


Yasuo Kiyonaga, A Journey to Reencounter Japanese Landscapes 8, Photography

Yasuo Kiyonaga

A Journey to Reencounter Japanese Landscapes 8, 2019
16.1 x 11.4 x 0 inch


Marie Christine Palombit, Earth Mind, Photography

Marie Christine Palombit

Earth Mind, 2018
25.2 x 41.3 x 0.8 inch


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