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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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Jill Peters, Sandbar, Photography

Jill Peters

Sandbar, 2015
40 x 60 inch


Matthias Leupold, De la série : La beauté des femmes - Ceintures d'Aphrodite, Photography

Matthias Leupold

De la série : La beauté des femmes - Ceintures d'Aphrodite, 1995
7.9 x 5.9 inch


Markus Klinko, Meditation, Photography

Markus Klinko

Meditation, 2002
24 x 20 inch


Hein Gravenhorst, Wellenelement multiple Rotation, Photography

Hein Gravenhorst

Wellenelement multiple Rotation, 1966
19.7 x 19.7 inch


Clément Reisky, Eléphant, Photography

Clément Reisky

Eléphant, 2013
35.4 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch


Justina Napiorkowska, Jump, Photography

Justina Napiorkowska

Jump, 2017
11.8 x 15.7 inch


Stefanie Renoma, Junk Food (Large), Photography

Stefanie Renoma

Junk Food (Large), 2017
71 x 47.5 x 1 inch


Melvin Sokolsky, Fly Dior, Photography

Melvin Sokolsky

Fly Dior, 1963
29.9 x 29.9 inch


Michel Ajerstejn, No art people, Photography

Michel Ajerstejn

No art people, 2013
29.5 x 51.2 x 1.6 inch


Thierry Clech, Japon - Tokyo - 1, Photography

Thierry Clech

Japon - Tokyo - 1, 2016
15.7 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch


Sean MacLeod, Waiting for the birds, Photography

Sean MacLeod

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


Pierre Radisic, Sans Titre, Photography

Pierre Radisic

Sans Titre, 2017
36.1 x 36.1 x 0 inch


Robin Austin, Marilyn Monroe, Photography

Robin Austin

Marilyn Monroe, 2016
40.2 x 53.1 x 0.4 inch


Lorenz Holder, Northern Bikers, Photography

Lorenz Holder

Northern Bikers, 2010
47.2 x 31.5 inch


Michael Vincent Manalo, The Serenity of Sorrow, Photography

Michael Vincent Manalo

The Serenity of Sorrow, 2013
14 x 12 inch


Adrianna MJW, Megève winter, Photography

Adrianna MJW

Megève winter, 2020
15.7 x 11.8 x 0.3 inch


Vladimir Clavijo-Telepnev, Architecture I, Photography

Vladimir Clavijo-Telepnev

Architecture I, 2015
76.8 x 59.1 x 1.6 inch


Alen Opsar, Milkyway, Photography

Alen Opsar

Milkyway, 2021
44 x 32 x 0.1 inch


Yasuo Kiyonaga, Identity02, Photography

Yasuo Kiyonaga

Identity02, 2020
39.4 x 27.6 x 1.4 inch


Leandro Franco, corps figuré #4, Photography

Leandro Franco

corps figuré #4, 2019
23.6 x 15.7 inch


Laurent Thérèse, Time 10, Photography

Laurent Thérèse

Time 10, 2018
10.2 x 10.2 inch


Luca Lionello, Floating doors over Laete, Photography

Luca Lionello

Floating doors over Laete, 2018
44.5 x 33.5 x 1 inch


Carlo D'Orta, Liquidance # 93, Photography

Carlo D'Orta

Liquidance # 93, 2015
26.4 x 31.5 x 0.4 inch


Fabian Albertini, Untitled, Photography

Fabian Albertini

Untitled, 2017
23.6 x 23.6 x 1.6 inch

$4,021 $4,468

Malena Mazza, Pink back, Photography

Malena Mazza

Pink back, 2010
39.4 x 39.4 inch


Clare Marie Bailey, Bounjour Cecille, Photography

Clare Marie Bailey

Bounjour Cecille, 2019
7.9 x 7.9 x 0 inch


Lisa Toboz, Still Life in Yellow, Photography

Lisa Toboz

Still Life in Yellow, 2018
9.4 x 9.4 x 0 inch


Yu Hanyu, Tibetan Plateau, Tibet, Photography

Yu Hanyu

Tibetan Plateau, Tibet, 2013
16 x 20 inch


Eric Swayne, Pattie Boyd, London, Photography

Eric Swayne

Pattie Boyd, London, 1963
19 x 19 inch


John Hopkins (Hoppy), 2i’s Café, London, Photography

John Hopkins (Hoppy)

2i’s Café, London, 1964
20 x 16 inch


Sheila Rock, Debbie Harry of Blondie, London, Photography

Sheila Rock

Debbie Harry of Blondie, London, 1977
10 x 8 inch


Marie-Agnès Périgault, Étude 29, Photography

Marie-Agnès Périgault

Étude 29, 2016
35.4 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch


Thomas Davtin, En suspension - Albanie, Photography

Thomas Davtin

En suspension - Albanie, 2019
19.7 x 27.6 inch


Paul J Bucknall, Tram Street, Photography

Paul J Bucknall

Tram Street, 2019
12 x 10 x 0.01 inch


Patricio Cassinoni, Common People 15, Photography

Patricio Cassinoni

Common People 15, 2016
9.8 x 7.9 x 0.4 inch


Leo Matiz, Frida Kahlo, Casa Azul Coyoacan, Photography

Leo Matiz

Frida Kahlo, Casa Azul Coyoacan, 1945
8.75 x 6.5 x 1 inch


Murat Germen, Facsimile - Istanbul, Kuzguncuk #8, Photography

Murat Germen

Facsimile - Istanbul, Kuzguncuk #8, 2012
31.5 x 98.4 x 0.4 inch


Lisa Palomino, Untitled VII, Photography

Lisa Palomino

Untitled VII, 2018
36 x 24 inch


Léa Bon, Occult Games, Photography

Léa Bon

Occult Games, 2016
47.24 x 31.49 x 0.1 inch


David Jay, Geyser #1, Photography

David Jay

Geyser #1, 2012
40 x 60 inch


Kenro Izu, Still Life #108, Photography

Kenro Izu

Still Life #108, 1991
12.25 x 14.63 x 0.1 inch


Juan Lamarca, Tixie on Red II, Photography

Juan Lamarca

Tixie on Red II, 2016
40 x 30 inch


Roxane Petitier, Musicien au turban, Photography

Roxane Petitier

Musicien au turban, 2017
35.4 x 23.6 x 0.2 inch


Coralie Salaun, Un homme à la mer #10, Photography

Coralie Salaun

Un homme à la mer #10, 2018
31.5 x 31.5 x 4 inch


Sylvia Rime, Ying Yang, Photography

Sylvia Rime

Ying Yang, 2018
31.5 x 31.5 inch


Sabyl Ghoussoub, Traces juives du Liban, Photography

Sabyl Ghoussoub

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


Christophe Audebert, Aux premières loges, Photography

Christophe Audebert

Aux premières loges, 2017
23.6 x 35.4 x 0 inch


Pierre Cherix, Free Spirit nº1, Photography

Pierre Cherix

Free Spirit nº1, 2017
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch


Anthony Lanneretonne, Stone Faces #1, Photography

Anthony Lanneretonne

Stone Faces #1, 2017
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.2 inch


Roman Koenig, Serie New World #3, Photography

Roman Koenig

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


Julien Legrand, 05 Pink Car, Photography

Julien Legrand

05 Pink Car, 2017
15.7 x 23.6 inch


Corinne Héraud, Miroir secret #33, Photography

Corinne Héraud

Miroir secret #33, 2015
27.6 x 19.7 x 1.2 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


Chema Madoz, Untitled, Photography

Chema Madoz

Untitled, 2003
19.7 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch


Patrick Braoudé, Bord de mer, Photography

Patrick Braoudé

Bord de mer, 2017
5.1 x 5.1 inch


Paco Puentes, The Royal House - Luxury shopping for a large family, Photography

Paco Puentes

The Royal House - Luxury shopping for a large family, 2015
15.7 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch


Our recommendations Georges Rousse, Dravert, Photography

Georges Rousse

Dravert, 2006
70.9 x 90.6 inch


Charles Xelot, Pin hiver 1, Photography

Charles Xelot

Pin hiver 1, 2012
49.2 x 63 x 1.2 inch


Art Grafts, Canned Fish, Photography

Art Grafts

Canned Fish, 2011
16 x 20 inch


Alex Llovet, The waiting, Photography

Alex Llovet

The waiting, 2020
39.4 x 27.6 x 0.1 inch


Romain Thiery, Requiem pour pianos 31, Photography

Romain Thiery

Requiem pour pianos 31, 2018
19.7 x 29.5 x 0.1 inch


Giorgio Di Maio, Feminine / Milan, February 2018 #1, Photography

Giorgio Di Maio

Feminine / Milan, February 2018 #1, 2018
15.7 x 23.6 inch


Paula Coderch, Lonely mall, Photography

Paula Coderch

Lonely mall, 2017
15.7 x 23.6 x 0 inch


Sebastian Wickeroth, Matter / constant - untitled 4, Photography

Sebastian Wickeroth

Matter / constant - untitled 4, 2019
19.1 x 14.4 x 1.6 inch


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