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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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Patrick Lajoie, Early bird, Photography

Patrick Lajoie

Early bird, 2018
36 x 36 x 1.5 inch


Alain Longeaud, Le Passeur de l'aube, Photography

Alain Longeaud

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


Alexander Benz, In Bed With Helmut, Photography

Alexander Benz

In Bed With Helmut, 2016
15.7 x 15.7 x 0.1 inch


Antoine Rose, Rhapsody in blue, Photography

Antoine Rose

Rhapsody in blue, 2020
39.4 x 52.4 x 0.2 inch


Tanguy Mendrisse, Before the mess, Photography

Tanguy Mendrisse

Before the mess, 2019
9.4 x 11.8 x 0 inch


Bruno Mallart, Pueril John, Photography

Bruno Mallart

Pueril John, 2016
31.1 x 31.1 inch


Muriel Bordier, Les maîtres nageurs, Photography

Muriel Bordier

Les maîtres nageurs, 2015
35.4 x 66.9 x 0.1 inch


Our recommendations Konstantin Kornakov, Codes esthétiques 0373, Photography

Konstantin Kornakov

Codes esthétiques 0373, 2015
23.6 x 17.7 inch


Muriel Despiau, Maheo Road, Photography

Muriel Despiau

Maheo Road, 2019
7.5 x 11.4 x 0.4 inch


Nyaba Léon Ouedraogo, Confrontation, Photography

Nyaba Léon Ouedraogo

Confrontation, 2020
27.6 x 19.7 inch


Anthony Mirial, Blessures de guerre, Photography

Anthony Mirial

Blessures de guerre, 2015
49.2 x 33.5 inch


Yoriyas, The eyes of Niqab, Photography


The eyes of Niqab, 2016
35.4 x 23.6 inch


Estelle Hanania, Skull & Bread, Photography

Estelle Hanania

Skull & Bread, 2015
16.5 x 22 x 0.4 inch

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Our recommendations Patrick Gripe, Polytechnique, Photography

Patrick Gripe

Polytechnique, 2001
15.7 x 23.6 x 0 inch


Maud Bernos, François Gabart, Photography

Maud Bernos

François Gabart, 2013
5.9 x 5.9 inch


Leticia Felgueroso, Trafalgar, Photography

Leticia Felgueroso

Trafalgar, 2013
39.4 x 39.4 inch


Samuel Lugassy, Hristina, Photography

Samuel Lugassy

Hristina, 2013
31.5 x 25.6 x 0.4 inch


Lídia Vives, The Rival, Photography

Lídia Vives

The Rival, 2015
19.7 x 31.5 inch


Adeline Spengler, A tree to climb, Photography

Adeline Spengler

A tree to climb, 2013
23.6 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch


Catherine Balet, Looking for the Masters in Ricardo's Golden Shoes #120 (Damage vintage portrait trend), Photography

Catherine Balet

Looking for the Masters in Ricardo's Golden Shoes #120 (Damage vintage portrait trend), 2016
11.8 x 9.4 x 1.6 inch


Gwenaël Bollinger, Red corner, Photography

Gwenaël Bollinger

Red corner, 2012
23.6 x 15.7 x 0.4 inch


Our recommendations Brno Del Zou, Tiphaine #2, Photography

Brno Del Zou

Tiphaine #2, 2013
39.4 x 35.4 x 6.3 inch


Jean Valera, Le Grand Geroldseck 3, Photography

Jean Valera

Le Grand Geroldseck 3, 2017
15.7 x 23.6 x 0 inch


Our recommendations Ralph Gibson, Vertical horizon #1, Photography

Ralph Gibson

Vertical horizon #1, 2016
44 x 32 inch


Robert Longo, Gabriel's Wing, Photography

Robert Longo

Gabriel's Wing, 2016
31.9 x 52 x 0.4 inch


Baptiste Léonne, Diva #3, Photography

Baptiste Léonne

Diva #3, 2015
31.5 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch


Our recommendations Cat Soubbotnik, Longueur d'ondes, Photography

Cat Soubbotnik

Longueur d'ondes, 2012
66.1 x 63 x 1.2 inch


Bruno Bisang, Linda Evangelista & Claudia Schiffer Versace - Haute Couture (Unframed), Photography

Bruno Bisang

Linda Evangelista & Claudia Schiffer Versace - Haute Couture (Unframed), 1998
31.5 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch


Simona Rota, Big Exit 04, Photography

Simona Rota

Big Exit 04, 2012
5.1 x 7.1 x 0.8 inch


Laurent Chabot, Champ de meules de paille 07, Photography

Laurent Chabot

Champ de meules de paille 07, 2016
10.2 x 15.7 x 0.2 inch


César Ordóñez, Ashimoto. Ashimoto series, Photography

César Ordóñez

Ashimoto. Ashimoto series, 2007
12.6 x 18.5 inch


Daniel Mansur, In Paradisum #1, Rainforest, Brazil, Photography

Daniel Mansur

In Paradisum #1, Rainforest, Brazil, 2019
39.4 x 59.1 x 2 inch


Brad Wilson, Capuchin Monkey #5, Photography

Brad Wilson

Capuchin Monkey #5, 2014
29.9 x 43.3 x 0.4 inch


Andy Julia, Ambrosia, Photography

Andy Julia

Ambrosia, 2016
41.3 x 29.5 x 2 inch


Juan Cobo Escorial, Control 12, Photography

Juan Cobo Escorial

Control 12, 2013
19.7 x 15.7 inch


Lesya Rozova, Sunny line, Photography

Lesya Rozova

Sunny line, 2020
35.4 x 23.6 x 0 inch


Clara Cena, Au-delà de nous-même 6, Photography

Clara Cena

Au-delà de nous-même 6, 2019
11.8 x 17.7 x 0 inch


Samir Tlatli, La rêverie, Photography

Samir Tlatli

La rêverie, 2013
35.4 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch


Alejandra Carles-Tolra, The Shadows Of The Birds, Mission Hill, Photography

Alejandra Carles-Tolra

The Shadows Of The Birds, Mission Hill, 2012
19.7 x 19.7 inch


Geraldo Pestalozzi, Rebolada, Photography

Geraldo Pestalozzi

Rebolada, 2016
15.7 x 11.7 x 0.1 inch


Sean MacLeod, Waiting for the birds, Photography

Sean MacLeod

Waiting for the birds, 2011
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.4 inch


Gaëlle Girbes, La Réponse - série Tango, Photography

Gaëlle Girbes

La Réponse - série Tango, 2015
15.7 x 23.6 inch


Our recommendations Daffke Hollstein, P090809-01, Photography

Daffke Hollstein

P090809-01, 2009
20.5 x 16.5 x 0.4 inch


Marie-Agnès Périgault, Étude 29, Photography

Marie-Agnès Périgault

Étude 29, 2016
35.4 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch


Anthony Liège, Poste d'observation, Photography

Anthony Liège

Poste d'observation, 2014
35.4 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch


Patricio Cassinoni, Common People 15, Photography

Patricio Cassinoni

Common People 15, 2016
9.8 x 7.9 x 0.4 inch


Clément Reisky, Eléphant, Photography

Clément Reisky

Eléphant, 2013
35.4 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch


Patrick Braoudé, Bord de mer, Photography

Patrick Braoudé

Bord de mer, 2017
5.1 x 5.1 inch


Our recommendations Marie-Fa Lazzari, Rubis, Photography

Marie-Fa Lazzari

Rubis, 2014
14.6 x 10.6 inch


Jim Kazanjian, Untitled (Chateau), Photography

Jim Kazanjian

Untitled (Chateau), 2011
11 x 11 inch


Thierry Le Gouès, Naomi Campbell, Photography

Thierry Le Gouès

Naomi Campbell, 1990
29.5 x 23.6 inch


Our recommendations Irene Cruz, Drowning in Blue e5, Photography

Irene Cruz

Drowning in Blue e5, 2018
9.8 x 9.8 x 0.4 inch


NumericEric, Minimal modern 1, Photography


Minimal modern 1, 2016
15.7 x 15.7 x 0.8 inch


Corinne Héraud, Miroir secret #29, Photography

Corinne Héraud

Miroir secret #29, 2015
59.1 x 39.4 x 1.6 inch


Dominique Moreau, L'or de l'eau, Photography

Dominique Moreau

L'or de l'eau, 2012
35.4 x 23.6 x 0.2 inch


Mac Oller, Chiesa Nuova II, Rome, Italy, Churches of Rome, Photography

Mac Oller

Chiesa Nuova II, Rome, Italy, Churches of Rome, 2019
47.2 x 59.1 x 2 inch


Tony Ellwood, In No Time #38, Photography

Tony Ellwood

In No Time #38, 2012
29.9 x 39.8 inch


Eugeni Gay Marín, Desde la isla cuántica I, Photography

Eugeni Gay Marín

Desde la isla cuántica I, 2014
19.7 x 29.5 inch


David Salcedo, 3 - 04, Photography

David Salcedo

3 - 04, 2017
7.1 x 5.1 x 0.4 inch


June Stolian, Galda, Photography

June Stolian

Galda, 2014
23.6 x 15.7 inch


Arnault Joubin, Paysage Naturel 13, Photography

Arnault Joubin

Paysage Naturel 13, 2014
25.2 x 35.4 inch


Jaione García, Urban Beehive I, Photography

Jaione García

Urban Beehive I, 2015
9.4 x 14.2 inch


Ekrem Serif EGELI, Série Modèle - N°2, Photography

Ekrem Serif EGELI

Série Modèle - N°2, 2014
7.9 x 7.9 x 0.4 inch


Rémi Chapeaublanc, Kochakan, Photography

Rémi Chapeaublanc

Kochakan, 2011
23.6 x 35.4 inch


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