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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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Alia Ali, Stellar 1, Photography

Alia Ali

Stellar 1, 2021
33.1 x 33.1 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$6,326

David Law, Platine, Photography

David Law

Platine, 2021
31.5 x 31.5 x 0.2 inch
Photography

$2,984

Richard Unglik, Mount Rushmore, Unglik original, signed by the artist, Photography

Richard Unglik

Mount Rushmore, Unglik original, signed by the artist, 2012
23.6 x 30.3 x 1 inch
Photography

$950

José Nicolas, Messe à Saint Briac  Bretagne, Photography

José Nicolas

Messe à Saint Briac Bretagne, 2017
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$1,790

Jean-Michel Berts, Chaises longues, Photography

Jean-Michel Berts

Chaises longues, 2017
42.9 x 42.9 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$5,353

Samsofy, Exorciste, Photography

Samsofy

Exorciste, 2019
23.6 x 23.6 x 1 inch
Photography

$430

Aurélie Sarramon, Sans titre 3, Photography

Aurélie Sarramon

Sans titre 3, 2016
35.4 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$430

Fabien Novarino, Manhattan Traffic, Photography

Fabien Novarino

Manhattan Traffic, 2020
31.5 x 47.2 x 0.8 inch
Photography

$1,408

RS Artist, Barrack, Photography

RS Artist

Barrack, 2020
25.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$310

Our recommendations Julie Peiffer, Les fleurs respirent la nuit, Photography

Julie Peiffer

Les fleurs respirent la nuit, 2016
47.2 x 49.2 x 0 inch
Photography

$2,029

Christian Bruneau, Au fil du temps, Photography

Christian Bruneau

Au fil du temps, 2015
23.6 x 35.4 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$430

Our recommendations Philippe Ramette, Promenade irrationnelle, Photography

Philippe Ramette

Promenade irrationnelle, 2003
39.4 x 31.5 inch
Photography

$12,651

Cécile Baldewyns, Fairy, Photography

Cécile Baldewyns

Fairy, 2014
15.7 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$835

Our recommendations Vik Muniz, The Great Turf, after Dürer (Pictures of Paper), Photography

Vik Muniz

The Great Turf, after Dürer (Pictures of Paper), 2010
53.7 x 40 inch
Photography

$42,000

Heidler & Heeps, Vinyl collection - Press Conference, Photography

Heidler & Heeps

Vinyl collection - Press Conference, 2016
28.9 x 28.9 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$790

Nathalie Roux, Barbiturique, Photography

Nathalie Roux

Barbiturique, 2019
44.9 x 29.9 x 0.8 inch
Photography

$692

Our recommendations David Drebin, Photographing herself, Photography

David Drebin

Photographing herself, 2009
19.7 x 25.2 inch
Photography

$5,371

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
Photography

$477

Efren Isaza, Haute Color Yellow Dress, Photography

Efren Isaza

Haute Color Yellow Dress, 2009
23.75 x 38 x 2 inch
Photography

$7,500

Michel Verna, Au fil des rêves d'eau, Photography

Michel Verna

Au fil des rêves d'eau, 2020
23.6 x 47.2 x 0.2 inch
Photography

$1,158

Philippe  Frisée, La plage, Photography

Philippe Frisée

La plage, 2017
35.4 x 47.2 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$2,148

Bastien Bonnarme, Fred David - Dolphin Bodysurf, Photography

Bastien Bonnarme

Fred David - Dolphin Bodysurf, 2017
31.5 x 47.2 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$1,790

Duncan Wade, X-Ray London, Photography

Duncan Wade

X-Ray London, 2019
38.2 x 70.9 x 2 inch
Photography

$3,566

Agus Mistretta, Real, Photography

Agus Mistretta

Real, 2020
12 x 16 x 0.2 inch
Photography

$300

Tiantian Xu, L'encre dansant : mars, Photography

Tiantian Xu

L'encre dansant : mars, 2014
39.4 x 39.4 inch
Photography

$2,626

Samuel Lugassy, Hristina, Photography

Samuel Lugassy

Hristina, 2013
31.5 x 25.6 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$1,313

Panos Kokkinias, Chalandriani, Photography

Panos Kokkinias

Chalandriani, 1999
31.5 x 43.9 inch
Photography

$11,339

Lionel Morateur, Mort d'un clown, Photography

Lionel Morateur

Mort d'un clown, 2019
23.6 x 35.4 x 0.2 inch
Photography

$1,194

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
Photography

$2,626

Sophie Mabille, Calacuccia, Photography

Sophie Mabille

Calacuccia, 2014
39.4 x 59.1 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$7,877

CharlElie Couture, Manhattan Photo-Grafs, Photography

CharlElie Couture

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

$1,432

Maurice Renoma, 1049Cuba, Photography

Maurice Renoma

1049Cuba, 2017
9.8 x 15.7 x 0.8 inch
Photography

$1,790

David Vuillermoz, Enjoy Skiing - Dôme du Gouter, Photography

David Vuillermoz

Enjoy Skiing - Dôme du Gouter, 2015
13.8 x 13.8 x 0.8 inch
Photography

$621

Mami Kiyoshi, Sakura, Kazuhiro Tokyo, Japan, 2015. Série New Reading Portraits, Photography

Mami Kiyoshi

Sakura, Kazuhiro Tokyo, Japan, 2015. Série New Reading Portraits, 2015
11.8 x 11.8 inch
Photography

$1,313

Our recommendations Claude Lévêque, Oriflamme, Photography

Claude Lévêque

Oriflamme, 2019
11.8 x 11.8 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$656

Joëlle Dollé, Anémones blanches -01-154-4, Photography

Joëlle Dollé

Anémones blanches -01-154-4, 2015
23.6 x 31.5 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$835

Pierre Lesage, Still alive, Photography

Pierre Lesage

Still alive, 2006
39.4 x 29.5 x 0.8 inch
Photography

$1,790

Julie Lagier, Laisse moi rêver - DERNIER EXEMPLAIRE, Photography

Julie Lagier

Laisse moi rêver - DERNIER EXEMPLAIRE, 2019
23.6 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$1,790

Cody Choi, Dance Game #3, Photography

Cody Choi

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

$2,098

Pep Ventosa, Rio de la Madoneta, Venice, Photography

Pep Ventosa

Rio de la Madoneta, Venice, 2018
36 x 24 x 1 inch
Photography

$1,200

Sam, 10000 Dollars, Photography

Sam

10000 Dollars, 2020
11.8 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$363 $477

Daniel Mansur, Tropical Foliage, Photography

Daniel Mansur

Tropical Foliage, 2017
41.3 x 27.6 x 1.6 inch
Photography

$2,387

A-MO, Gorille, Photography

A-MO

Gorille, 2016
23.2 x 35 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$895

Lauric Gourbal, Distillerie, Photography

Lauric Gourbal

Distillerie, 2017
31.5 x 47.2 x 0 inch
Photography

$1,013

Manolo Chretien, Santec #1, Photography

Manolo Chretien

Santec #1, 2014
31.5 x 47.2 x 2 inch
Photography

$6,712

Callypso, Reflets argents, Photography

Callypso

Reflets argents, 2019
35.4 x 23.6 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$716

Michael Wallner, Borough Station 1, Photography

Michael Wallner

Borough Station 1, 2017
15 x 18.9 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$692

Paula Wilkins, Mother and Child 1540, Photography

Paula Wilkins

Mother and Child 1540, 2015
15.7 x 19.7 x 1 inch
Photography

$559

Cédric Bouteiller, Guess - NYC - 2012, Photography

Cédric Bouteiller

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

$6,564

Bruno Bisang, Chanel Haute Couture, Photography

Bruno Bisang

Chanel Haute Couture, 1998
31.5 x 23.6 x 1.6 inch
Photography

$4,774

Jakub Pasierkiewicz, Natural resemblance I, Photography

Jakub Pasierkiewicz

Natural resemblance I, 2016
29.5 x 39.4 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$1,398

Morgan  Paslier, Daft Punk, Photography

Morgan Paslier

Daft Punk, 2013
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Photography

$1,671

Catherine Leutenegger, Slice 001b, Failed 3D-printed Cross Section of a Human Torso, Top, Photography

Catherine Leutenegger

Slice 001b, Failed 3D-printed Cross Section of a Human Torso, Top, 2015
19.7 x 25.6 inch
Photography

$2,387

Roman Koenig, Serie New World #3, Photography

Roman Koenig

Serie New World #3, 2016
35.4 x 23.6 x 2 inch
Photography

$1,194

Laurent Chabot, Champ de meules de paille 08, Photography

Laurent Chabot

Champ de meules de paille 08, 2016
10.2 x 15.7 x 0.2 inch
Photography

$597

Elodie et Nicolas, Jaquemus (1), Photography

Elodie et Nicolas

Jaquemus (1), 2018
17.7 x 11.8 inch
Photography

$716

Didier Bizet, Centre de Pyongyang, Photography

Didier Bizet

Centre de Pyongyang, 2012
31.5 x 47.2 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$2,387

Eduard Boev, Digital era, Photography

Eduard Boev

Digital era, 2020
24 x 36 x 2 inch
Photography

$1,400

Olivier Urfer, Riffelberg, Photography

Olivier Urfer

Riffelberg, 2014
27.6 x 27.6 x 0.2 inch
Photography

$1,741

Tommy Kwak, Aurora, Photography

Tommy Kwak

Aurora, 2016
24 x 18 inch
Photography

$950

Our recommendations Alva Bernadine, Flower outline II, Photography

Alva Bernadine

Flower outline II, 2010
23.6 x 35.4 x 3.9 inch
Photography

$2,268

Oleg Dou, Impossible Love, Photography

Oleg Dou

Impossible Love, 2018
12.6 x 9.4 inch
Photography

$1,432

Our recommendations Tao Mao, No One is an Island, Photography

Tao Mao

No One is an Island, 2013
22 x 14.6 x 0.2 inch
Photography

$1,432

Yannick Fraud, Bristol - Hopscotch on Colston Street, Photography

Yannick Fraud

Bristol - Hopscotch on Colston Street, 2009
29.5 x 23.2 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$1,265

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