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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


Monika Nowak, Who's That Guy, Photography

Monika Nowak

Who's That Guy, 2015
55.1 x 27.6 x 0.8 inch


Chris Grundy, Elements of Indo, Photography

Chris Grundy

Elements of Indo, 2017
23.6 x 35.4 inch


Feng Kaixuan, Cheveux d'encre photo, Photography

Feng Kaixuan

Cheveux d'encre photo, 2012
11.8 x 17.7 x 0.4 inch


Justina Napiorkowska, Jump, Photography

Justina Napiorkowska

Jump, 2017
11.8 x 15.7 inch


Joost Wensveen, Playing on the lake, Photography

Joost Wensveen

Playing on the lake, 2017
19.7 x 29.5 x 0.4 inch


David LaChapelle, Mythical Swans: Madonna, New York, Rolling Stone, Photography

David LaChapelle

Mythical Swans: Madonna, New York, Rolling Stone, 1998
17 x 24 inch


Jacques Renoir, Dentelles de vagues - n° I/VI, Photography

Jacques Renoir

Dentelles de vagues - n° I/VI, 2016
22.8 x 15.2 inch


Paloma Castello, Delirio Exótico #14, Photography

Paloma Castello

Delirio Exótico #14, 2020
47.2 x 32.6 x 0.1 inch


Guilherme Licurgo, Blooming Flower I - Desert Flower, Medium Print, Photography

Guilherme Licurgo

Blooming Flower I - Desert Flower, Medium Print, 2014
35 x 23 x 0.1 inch


Muriel Bordier, Les maîtres nageurs, Photography

Muriel Bordier

Les maîtres nageurs, 2015
35.4 x 66.9 x 0.1 inch


Pierre Radisic, Sans Titre, Photography

Pierre Radisic

Sans Titre, 2017
36.1 x 36.1 x 0 inch


Shenqi Tang, Louvre II, Photography

Shenqi Tang

Louvre II, 2020
12.2 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch


Lyoudmila Milanova, Seeing clouds from both sides, Photography

Lyoudmila Milanova

Seeing clouds from both sides, 2018
16.1 x 16.1 inch


Jacques Humbert, Sans titre, Photography

Jacques Humbert

Sans titre, 2019
15.7 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch


Stéphane Daireaux, Voog 29, Photography

Stéphane Daireaux

Voog 29, 2018
7.1 x 15.7 inch


Mark Leech, Diego, Photography

Mark Leech

Diego, 1980
23.6 x 15.7 x 0 inch


Philippe  Frisée, La plage, Photography

Philippe Frisée

La plage, 2017
35.4 x 47.2 x 0.4 inch


Ivan Argote, Horse (Paris, Pont Neuf), Photography

Ivan Argote

Horse (Paris, Pont Neuf), 2011
24.4 x 16.5 inch


Jeremy Bernard, Haines, Photography

Jeremy Bernard

Haines, 2014
23.6 x 47.2 x 0.8 inch


João Luiz Bulcão, Brasil 9, Photography

João Luiz Bulcão

Brasil 9, 2003
15.7 x 23.6 inch


Gilberto Perin, Tuneis, Photography

Gilberto Perin

Tuneis, 2012
15.7 x 23.6 inch


Sally Davies, Jesus Saves, Photography

Sally Davies

Jesus Saves, 2010
13 x 19 inch


Thierry Van Vreckem, Knokke dreams I, Photography

Thierry Van Vreckem

Knokke dreams I, 2015
39.4 x 55.1 x 0.8 inch


CharlElie Couture, Manhattan Photo-Grafs, Photography

CharlElie Couture

Manhattan Photo-Grafs, 2009
23.6 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch


Stefanie Schneider, Thunderbird Motel (The Last Picture Show), Photography

Stefanie Schneider

Thunderbird Motel (The Last Picture Show), 2005
22.4 x 22 x 0 inch


Nicolas Le Beuan Bénic, L'été sans fin II, Photography

Nicolas Le Beuan Bénic

L'été sans fin II, 2019
39.4 x 39.4 x 0 inch


Li Wei, Bright Apex 075-01, Photography

Li Wei

Bright Apex 075-01, 2007
26.4 x 39.4 inch


Thomas Lamadieu, Séoul, Photography

Thomas Lamadieu

Séoul, 2016
39.4 x 29.5 x 0.4 inch


Richard Dunkley, Splash!, Photography

Richard Dunkley

Splash!, 2002
30 x 20 inch


Francesca Pompei, Soft Vibrations, Photography

Francesca Pompei

Soft Vibrations, 2013
31.5 x 47.2 x 1.6 inch


Pierre Lesage, Still alive, Photography

Pierre Lesage

Still alive, 2006
39.4 x 29.5 x 0.8 inch


Alberto Sánchez, Monumento I, Photography

Alberto Sánchez

Monumento I, 2019
20.9 x 16.9 x 1.6 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


Cody Choi, Dance Game #3, Photography

Cody Choi

Dance Game #3, 2010
29.5 x 19.7 x 0.6 inch


Ann O'Brien, Behind the dock, Photography

Ann O'Brien

Behind the dock, 2017
26 x 35.4 inch


Adrien Ballanger, Hot Perfection, Photography

Adrien Ballanger

Hot Perfection, 2016
23.6 x 35.4 inch


Héctor Mediavilla, Latingo Border #1, Photography

Héctor Mediavilla

Latingo Border #1, 2010
18.9 x 23.6 x 0.1 inch


Our recommendations Philippe Martins, Memory, Photography

Philippe Martins

Memory, 2021
35.4 x 35.4 x 0.2 inch


Our recommendations Cat Soubbotnik, Longueur d'ondes, Photography

Cat Soubbotnik

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


Our recommendations Madeleine Gross, Rainbow Boat Scene, Photography

Madeleine Gross

Rainbow Boat Scene, 2020
18 x 12 x 1 inch


Serigne Niang, Purple and blue flowers, Photography

Serigne Niang

Purple and blue flowers, 2021
15.7 x 23.6 inch


Gisela Gaffoglio, Mediodía, Photography

Gisela Gaffoglio

Mediodía, 2018
29.5 x 18.9 x 0.4 inch


Albert Pepermans, Journal Brut 22, Photography

Albert Pepermans

Journal Brut 22, 2019
31.5 x 23.6 x 1.6 inch


Joseph Ó Riagáin, Distant Skies #1, Photography

Joseph Ó Riagáin

Distant Skies #1, 2020
7.9 x 7.9 x 0.4 inch


Jacinto Santamaria, The Beach, Photography

Jacinto Santamaria

The Beach, 2020
23.4 x 16.5 x 0.4 inch


Elvira Carrasco, Efecto Mariposa, Photography

Elvira Carrasco

Efecto Mariposa, 2018
19.7 x 14.6 inch


Tony Soulié, Sans titre, Photography

Tony Soulié

Sans titre, 2020
15.7 x 19.7 inch


Patrick Bérubé, Wraparound, Photography

Patrick Bérubé

Wraparound, 2020
11.8 x 17.7 x 1.2 inch


Sabyl Ghoussoub, Traces juives du Liban, Photography

Sabyl Ghoussoub

Traces juives du Liban, 2016
19.7 x 27.6 x 0.4 inch


Matthias Heiderich, Nowhere in particular 29, Photography

Matthias Heiderich

Nowhere in particular 29, 2015
31.5 x 31.5 inch


Christopher Lavenair, Cap d'Ail, Photography

Christopher Lavenair

Cap d'Ail, 2012
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch


Alícia Cohim, No title, Photography

Alícia Cohim

No title, 2020
16.5 x 11.7 x 0 inch


Alun Be, Cultivation, Photography

Alun Be

Cultivation, 2017
31.5 x 47.2 x 0.4 inch


Catherine Vasseur, Vision 1, Photography

Catherine Vasseur

Vision 1, 2019
35.4 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch


Grey Cruz, From the series Anonymous Landscapes, Photography

Grey Cruz

From the series Anonymous Landscapes, 2017
20 x 24 x 1 inch


Lionel Perret, A l'horizon, Photography

Lionel Perret

A l'horizon, 2012
23.6 x 35.4 x 1.2 inch


Véronique Loh, Brumes, Photography

Véronique Loh

Brumes, 2018
23.6 x 35.4 x 1.2 inch


Mila Mayer, Imperial I, Photography

Mila Mayer

Imperial I, 2011
11.8 x 17.7 x 0.4 inch


Marco Lanza, Velatura 09, Photography

Marco Lanza

Velatura 09, 2014
23.6 x 34.4 x 0.1 inch


Gabriel Isak, Two moons - surreal photography, Photography

Gabriel Isak

Two moons - surreal photography, 2016
39.4 x 39.4 inch


Paul-Louis Leger, Bain du 1er Janvier, Photography

Paul-Louis Leger

Bain du 1er Janvier, 2012
11.8 x 17.7 x 0.4 inch


Guillaume Ledoux, Surf Lesson, Photography

Guillaume Ledoux

Surf Lesson, 2017
20.3 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch


Mark MacKinnon, Polka Dots, Photography

Mark MacKinnon

Polka Dots, 2015
40.2 x 40.2 x 1.2 inch


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