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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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Yves Bordes Lapeyre, DB5 Pink, Photography

Yves Bordes Lapeyre

DB5 Pink, 2017
23.6 x 35.4 x 0.4 inch


Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe: The Last Sitting Portfolio 4, Photography

Bert Stern

Marilyn Monroe: The Last Sitting Portfolio 4, 1962
24 x 24 inch


Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Wrapped Monument for Vittorio Emmanuelle, Photography

Christo and Jeanne-Claude

Wrapped Monument for Vittorio Emmanuelle, 1970
34 x 28 inch


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

Hugh Turvey

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


Patrick Rubinstein, I Love Luxe Bleu, Photography

Patrick Rubinstein

I Love Luxe Bleu, 2019
19.3 x 19.3 x 1.2 inch


Our recommendations Lucien Clergue, Picasso Preside la Corrida - Frejus, 1962, Photography

Lucien Clergue

Picasso Preside la Corrida - Frejus, 1962, 1962
18 x 22 inch


Angeles Peña, Hielos de San Rafael (Patagonia), Photography

Angeles Peña

Hielos de San Rafael (Patagonia), 2015
39 x 27.5 x 0.1 inch


Our recommendations Robert Mapplethorpe, Bill T. Jones, Photography

Robert Mapplethorpe

Bill T. Jones, 1985
19.75 x 15.75 x 0.1 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


Richard Caldicott, Untitled 109, Photography

Richard Caldicott

Untitled 109, 1999
14.2 x 11 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


Oriol Texidor, Manufactura 3, Photography

Oriol Texidor

Manufactura 3, 2008
15.7 x 19.7 x 2.8 inch


Annie Leibovitz, Elvis Presley's TV, Graceland, Memphis, Tennessee, Photography

Annie Leibovitz

Elvis Presley's TV, Graceland, Memphis, Tennessee, 2011
13.87 x 17.91 inch


Our recommendations Gelitin, Hase, Photography


Hase, 2014
9.4 x 31.5 x 2 inch


Slim Aarons, Poolside Party, Photography

Slim Aarons

Poolside Party, 2020
40 x 60 inch


Andrea Zvadova, So Beautiful, So Abandoned II, Photography

Andrea Zvadova

So Beautiful, So Abandoned II, 2015
27.2 x 18.9 x 0.4 inch


Ka Xiaoxi, Windy Girls, Photography

Ka Xiaoxi

Windy Girls, 2012
15.7 x 23.6 x 0.2 inch


Czeslaw Czaplinski, Lily, Photography

Czeslaw Czaplinski

Lily, 1995
25.2 x 30.3 inch


Herb Ritts, Stephanie Seymour, Los Angeles, Photography

Herb Ritts

Stephanie Seymour, Los Angeles, 1989
14 x 11 inch


Franck Seguin, Guillaume Nery I, Photography

Franck Seguin

Guillaume Nery I, 2006
23.6 x 35.4 inch


Helmut Newton, Fashion Photograph, Paris 1976, Photography

Helmut Newton

Fashion Photograph, Paris 1976, 1980
16.1 x 10.6 inch


Tali Amitai-Tabib, Scarlett, Photography

Tali Amitai-Tabib

Scarlett, 2020
30 x 40 x 0.2 inch


Will Cooper, Ha Long Kerala, Photography

Will Cooper

Ha Long Kerala, 2020
25 x 35.4 x 0.4 inch


Murat Germen, Facsimile - Chicago #3, Photography

Murat Germen

Facsimile - Chicago #3, 2015
31.5 x 98.4 x 0.4 inch


Pierre Radisic, Sans Titre, Photography

Pierre Radisic

Sans Titre, 2017
36.1 x 36.1 x 0 inch


Samira Sabulis, Two Pomegranates, Photography

Samira Sabulis

Two Pomegranates, 2021
24 x 39.8 inch


Terry O'Neill, Faye Dunaway, Photography

Terry O'Neill

Faye Dunaway, 1977
20 x 20 inch


Christopher Makos, Andy Warhol and Keith Haring, Photography

Christopher Makos

Andy Warhol and Keith Haring, 1983
15 x 19 inch


Su Yang, A Strange Encounter, Photography

Su Yang

A Strange Encounter, 2017
19.7 x 15.7 x 0.1 inch


John Yuyi, Pay 1, Photography

John Yuyi

Pay 1, 2018
19.7 x 15.7 x 0 inch


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

Ivan Argote

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


Tenesh Webber, Passing Through 1, Photography

Tenesh Webber

Passing Through 1, 2021
20 x 20 inch


Zahrin Kahlo, Kelaa, Photography

Zahrin Kahlo

Kelaa, 2015
23.6 x 19.7 x 0.2 inch


Martin Parker, Chincherinchee, Photography

Martin Parker

Chincherinchee, 2019
29.9 x 25.6 x 0.4 inch


James Godman, 070425, Photography

James Godman

070425, 2007
36 x 36 inch


Pierre-Emmanuel Rastoin, Green and Bunker, Photography

Pierre-Emmanuel Rastoin

Green and Bunker, 2011
23.6 x 31.5 x 0 inch


Seb Janiak, Gravity liquid 01, Photography

Seb Janiak

Gravity liquid 01, 2014
43.3 x 33.9 inch


Maripol, Madonna 'Everybody', Photography


Madonna 'Everybody', 1983
24 x 24 inch


Mark Fontaine, Fashion show@1, Photography

Mark Fontaine

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


Matthew Rolston, Madonna as Marlene Dietrich, Los Angeles, Photography

Matthew Rolston

Madonna as Marlene Dietrich, Los Angeles, 1986
20 x 16 inch


Pierre Lan, Beauté de la résilience #2, Photography

Pierre Lan

Beauté de la résilience #2, 2020
19.7 x 29.9 inch


Yuyang Liu, Alone on Flight, Photography

Yuyang Liu

Alone on Flight, 2020
19.7 x 19.7 x 0 inch


Zhao Bandi, No smoking, Photography

Zhao Bandi

No smoking, 1999
19.7 x 19.7 inch


Our recommendations Priscilla Beccari, La chute et le chien, Photography

Priscilla Beccari

La chute et le chien, 2012
15.7 x 23.6 inch


Jeff Widener, Tank Man, Photography

Jeff Widener

Tank Man, 1989
17 x 20 inch


Steve Schapiro, Andy Warhol, Nico, and the Velvet Underground, Photography

Steve Schapiro

Andy Warhol, Nico, and the Velvet Underground, 1965
16 x 20 inch


Sally Davies, Jesus Saves, Photography

Sally Davies

Jesus Saves, 2010
13 x 19 inch


Jurgen Schadeberg, Botswana Beer Festival, Photography

Jurgen Schadeberg

Botswana Beer Festival, 1973
18.5 x 23.6 inch


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

Gregory Crewdson

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


Emanuele Ravagnani, Insta #8, Photography

Emanuele Ravagnani

Insta #8, 2020
4.7 x 3.3 inch


Andoche Praudel, Arbre seul, Photography

Andoche Praudel

Arbre seul, 2015
13.8 x 13.8 inch


Gianfranco Pezzot, IX: Genesi, Photography

Gianfranco Pezzot

IX: Genesi, 2017
94.5 x 70.9 inch


Arthur Elgort, Lauren Hutton in Central Park, Photography

Arthur Elgort

Lauren Hutton in Central Park, 1975
11 x 14 inch


Demian Schopf, Jukumari y su Pay, Photography

Demian Schopf

Jukumari y su Pay, 2011
19.7 x 29.5 inch


Denis Darzacq, Contreforme n°24, Photography

Denis Darzacq

Contreforme n°24, 2017
41.3 x 33.5 x 0 inch


Yoriyas, The eyes of Niqab, Photography


The eyes of Niqab, 2016
35.4 x 23.6 inch


Bob Willoughby, Barbara Streisand in the pool at the Beverly Hills Hotel, Photography

Bob Willoughby

Barbara Streisand in the pool at the Beverly Hills Hotel, 1963
20 x 16 inch


Rodrigo, Healthy, Photography


Healthy, 2019
8.3 x 11.7 x 0.1 inch


Gérard Allaguillemette, Immobilités #04, Photography

Gérard Allaguillemette

Immobilités #04, 2019
7.9 x 59.1 x 0.1 inch


Claude Lê Anh, Carolyn Carlson 2, Photography

Claude Lê Anh

Carolyn Carlson 2, 1985
15.7 x 11.8 inch


Alexia Tailleur, Paris II, Photography

Alexia Tailleur

Paris II, 2018
43.3 x 21.7 inch


George Barris, Car Montage (1962), Photography

George Barris

Car Montage (1962), 1987
24 x 26 x 0.4 inch


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