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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 Blanc, Sunken Boat, Photography

Patrick Blanc

Sunken Boat, 2016
27.6 x 41.3 x 0.4 inch


Dominique Jullien, Pêcheur de Loire, Photography

Dominique Jullien

Pêcheur de Loire, 2019
5.1 x 11.8 x 0.4 inch


Pierrot Men, Série briques, Fianarantsoa, Madagascar, Photography

Pierrot Men

Série briques, Fianarantsoa, Madagascar, 2015
11.8 x 17.7 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


Claudio Palmieri, Figura Fitomorfa, Photography

Claudio Palmieri

Figura Fitomorfa, 2006
38.2 x 29.5 x 0.1 inch


Joëlle Acoulon, 24 février 2018, Photography

Joëlle Acoulon

24 février 2018, 2018
23.6 x 27.6 inch


Franck Seguin, Guillaume Nery I, Photography

Franck Seguin

Guillaume Nery I, 2006
23.6 x 35.4 inch


Daniel Nikolic, Melankolia N°44, Photography

Daniel Nikolic

Melankolia N°44, 2017
19.7 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch


Our recommendations Tommy Schultz, Best wave I, Photography

Tommy Schultz

Best wave I, 2015
19.7 x 29.5 inch


Ben Thouard, Sparkling, Photography

Ben Thouard

Sparkling, 2019
23.6 x 35.4 x 0 inch


Abel Bourgeois, Série Toscane n°20, Photography

Abel Bourgeois

Série Toscane n°20, 2016
14.2 x 14.2 x 0.4 inch


Muriel Despiau, Maheo Road, Photography

Muriel Despiau

Maheo Road, 2019
7.5 x 11.4 x 0.4 inch


Cheryl Maeder, Far Away IX, Photography

Cheryl Maeder

Far Away IX, 2010
47.2 x 31.5 inch


Daniele Sigalot, Self portrait on the gulf on Naples, Photography

Daniele Sigalot

Self portrait on the gulf on Naples, 2019
23.6 x 35.4 inch


Emre, Hercule Surf, Photography


Hercule Surf, 2017
33.5 x 47.2 inch


Thierry Van Vreckem, Knokke dreams I, Photography

Thierry Van Vreckem

Knokke dreams I, 2015
39.4 x 55.1 x 0.8 inch


Ludovic Careme, Mostar Bridge, Photography

Ludovic Careme

Mostar Bridge, 1995
15.7 x 15.7 inch


Matthias Leupold, De la série : La beauté des femmes - ambiance de vacances, Photography

Matthias Leupold

De la série : La beauté des femmes - ambiance de vacances, 1995
9.4 x 7.1 inch


Jeremiah Klein, Diamond Mine, Photography

Jeremiah Klein

Diamond Mine, 2014
19.7 x 19.7 inch


Larissa Sansour, Haifa 1, Photography

Larissa Sansour

Haifa 1, 2018
11.8 x 15.7 x 1.2 inch


Justina Napiorkowska, Beach, Photography

Justina Napiorkowska

Beach, 2019
11.8 x 11.8 inch


Michael Townsend, Doho, Photography

Michael Townsend

Doho, 2017
47.2 x 31.5 inch


Mehran Naghshbandi, Echoes of Light, Photography

Mehran Naghshbandi

Echoes of Light, 2017
15.7 x 23.6 inch


Myles McGuinness, Sunkissed cross step, Photography

Myles McGuinness

Sunkissed cross step, 2016
23.6 x 35.4 inch


Marie-Fa Lazzari, Galaxie, Photography

Marie-Fa Lazzari

Galaxie, 2015
10.6 x 15 inch


Gwenaël Bollinger, L'envol, Photography

Gwenaël Bollinger

L'envol, 2013
19.7 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch


Gabriel Orozco, Batwaves, Photography

Gabriel Orozco

Batwaves, 2012
8 x 6 inch


Maurice Rebeix, Young Surfer, Photography

Maurice Rebeix

Young Surfer, 2001
15.7 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


Jill Peters, Paddle Boarders, Photography

Jill Peters

Paddle Boarders, 2015
27 x 39 inch


Ramon Cornadó, Diàlegs amb la natura 01, Photography

Ramon Cornadó

Diàlegs amb la natura 01, 2018
16.9 x 11.4 inch


Mark Fisher, First descent, Photography

Mark Fisher

First descent, 2010
17.7 x 11.8 inch


Sophie Patry, People, Photography

Sophie Patry

People, 2018
15.7 x 19.7 inch


Giovanni Cocco, A che ora chiude Venezia #2, Photography

Giovanni Cocco

A che ora chiude Venezia #2, 2016
19.7 x 15.7 inch


Pedro Correa, Heaven Burning, Photography

Pedro Correa

Heaven Burning, 2014
47.2 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch


Callypso, Frémissements n.2, Photography


Frémissements n.2, 2019
35.4 x 23.6 x 0.1 inch


Arelys Photos, Reflets du soir, Photography

Arelys Photos

Reflets du soir, 2018
35.4 x 35.4 inch


David Jay, Geyser #1, Photography

David Jay

Geyser #1, 2012
40 x 60 inch


Our recommendations Cat Soubbotnik, Longueur d'ondes, Photography

Cat Soubbotnik

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


LN Le Cheviller, Horizon 1, Photography

LN Le Cheviller

Horizon 1, 2016
18.5 x 27.6 x 0 inch


Stella Kaloudis, Comme mon ombre, Photography

Stella Kaloudis

Comme mon ombre, 2009
15.7 x 11.8 x 0 inch


Mik Mød, Searching for the stars, Photography

Mik Mød

Searching for the stars, 2017
35.4 x 23.6 inch


Ann O'Brien, Behind the dock, Photography

Ann O'Brien

Behind the dock, 2017
26 x 35.4 inch


Yoann Segalen, D-landes, Photography

Yoann Segalen

D-landes, 2007
11.8 x 17.7 inch


Catherine Vasseur, Vision 1, Photography

Catherine Vasseur

Vision 1, 2019
35.4 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch


P van Bolderick, Venice Beach Purple Sea, Photography

P van Bolderick

Venice Beach Purple Sea, 2018
39.4 x 27.6 x 0.1 inch


Annelie Bruijn, 't Ij - The Ij, Photography

Annelie Bruijn

't Ij - The Ij, 2018
23.6 x 15.7 inch


Michelle Sank, Untitled, Photography

Michelle Sank

Untitled, 2013
20 x 24 inch


Tero Repo, Virgin Spine, Photography

Tero Repo

Virgin Spine, 2011
47.2 x 31.5 inch


Mario Giacomelli, Landscape, Photography

Mario Giacomelli

Landscape, 1960
15.7 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch


Isabel Devos, Rhein, Photography

Isabel Devos

Rhein, 2016
13.8 x 19.7 x 2 inch


Claudio Garrudo, Trinus 1606, Photography

Claudio Garrudo

Trinus 1606, 2018
23.6 x 35.4 x 0.4 inch


Laetitia Waegel, Sunshine on Leith, Photography

Laetitia Waegel

Sunshine on Leith, 2019
19.7 x 27.6 inch


Laurent Bertrais, Untitled 4, Photography

Laurent Bertrais

Untitled 4, 2015
15.7 x 23.6 inch


François Darmigny, Adrianna Karembeu by François Darmigny, Photography

François Darmigny

Adrianna Karembeu by François Darmigny, 2003
31.5 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch


Tony Ellwood, In No Time #18, Photography

Tony Ellwood

In No Time #18, 2012
29.9 x 39.8 inch


Jaider Lozano, Surfing, Photography

Jaider Lozano

Surfing, 2011
23.6 x 35.4 inch


Anne Colson, Méditation sur la beauté n°4 : Le jaillissement, Photography

Anne Colson

Méditation sur la beauté n°4 : Le jaillissement, 2011
11.8 x 15.7 inch


Chloé Coislier, Paysages psychédéliques 21, Photography

Chloé Coislier

Paysages psychédéliques 21, 2019
17.8 x 27.6 x 0.1 inch


Michel Roy, La Défense, Photography

Michel Roy

La Défense, 2006
23.6 x 31.5 x 0.4 inch


Our recommendations Christopher Lavenair, The sun 2, Photography

Christopher Lavenair

The sun 2, 2012
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch


Harry Benhaiem, N.O.B.O.D.Y (India), Photography

Harry Benhaiem

N.O.B.O.D.Y (India), 2012
31.5 x 47.2 inch


Rémy Badan, The Vanishing Line, Photography

Rémy Badan

The Vanishing Line, 2019
43.7 x 69.7 inch


Jose Quintanilla, Transcurso 17, Photography

Jose Quintanilla

Transcurso 17, 2019
11.8 x 14.6 inch


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