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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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Ka Xiaoxi, Windy Girls, Photography

Ka Xiaoxi

Windy Girls, 2012
15.7 x 23.6 x 0.2 inch


Cyril Manzini, Purification, Photography

Cyril Manzini

Purification, 2019
11.8 x 11.8 inch


Ben Thouard, Au vol, Photography

Ben Thouard

Au vol, 2019
31.5 x 47.2 x 0.4 inch


Laurent Gudin, Hand I, Photography

Laurent Gudin

Hand I, 2004
15.7 x 15.7 x 0 inch


Emmanuelle Barbaras, Assemblée femmes Dakar, Photography

Emmanuelle Barbaras

Assemblée femmes Dakar, 2018
17.7 x 15 x 0.4 inch


Jason Engelund, Feel, Canyon Road (Abstract photography), Photography

Jason Engelund

Feel, Canyon Road (Abstract photography), 2020
20.1 x 16.1 inch


Charlotte Abramow, Find Your Clitoris II, Photography

Charlotte Abramow

Find Your Clitoris II, 2017
23.6 x 18.3 inch


Lyoudmila Milanova, Hidden Object, Photography

Lyoudmila Milanova

Hidden Object, 2020
23.4 x 16.5 inch


Thierry des Ouches, Sillons, Photography

Thierry des Ouches

Sillons, 2020
23.6 x 35.4 inch


Yuriko Takagi, SEI P-44, Photography

Yuriko Takagi

SEI P-44, 1991
13 x 13 x 0.8 inch


Sandrine Darcos, Amazing Sunset Croisette Cannes, Photography

Sandrine Darcos

Amazing Sunset Croisette Cannes, 2019
23.6 x 35.4 x 0.8 inch


Bishin Jumonji, Syura 2, Photography

Bishin Jumonji

Syura 2, 2018
10 x 14.9 inch


Yoriyas, The eyes of Niqab, Photography


The eyes of Niqab, 2016
35.4 x 23.6 inch


Laura Makabresku, Lovers (Amants), Photography

Laura Makabresku

Lovers (Amants), 2014
23.6 x 15.7 inch


Wylda Bayrón, Joel sin su máscara, Photography

Wylda Bayrón

Joel sin su máscara, 2015
15.7 x 23.6 inch


Jacques Grison, 18430_03, Photography

Jacques Grison

18430_03, 2018
58.9 x 32.5 x 0 inch


André Le Mauff, L'arbre, n°1/2, Photography

André Le Mauff

L'arbre, n°1/2, 2018
9.8 x 9.8 inch


Michel Di Maggio, Poséidon (Christophe Charbonnel), Photography

Michel Di Maggio

Poséidon (Christophe Charbonnel), 2018
43.3 x 37 x 2 inch


Louis Oke-Agbo, Sans titre 1, Photography

Louis Oke-Agbo

Sans titre 1, 2018
11.8 x 15.7 x 0.1 inch


Daniel Nikolic, Melankolia N°44, Photography

Daniel Nikolic

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


Bert Stern, Marilyn in Vogue (1962), Photography

Bert Stern

Marilyn in Vogue (1962), 2011
18.9 x 13 x 0.4 inch


Helmut Newton, Père Lachaise, Paris 1977, Photography

Helmut Newton

Père Lachaise, Paris 1977, 1980
16.1 x 10.6 inch


Marc Gaillet, Candy Boom Boom, Photography

Marc Gaillet

Candy Boom Boom, 2014
52.4 x 39.4 inch


Alexis Berg, Diagonale des fous, Photography

Alexis Berg

Diagonale des fous, 2015
23.6 x 35.4 inch


Bruno Timmermans, Zuckerberg +, Photography

Bruno Timmermans

Zuckerberg +, 2011
39.4 x 39.4 inch


Li Hui, Untitled, Photography

Li Hui

Untitled, 2017
19.7 x 15.7 x 0 inch


Christophe Battifero, Under the Bridge, Photography

Christophe Battifero

Under the Bridge, 2020
15.7 x 11.8 x 0.4 inch


Arturo Fermandois, Éclipse, Photography

Arturo Fermandois

Éclipse, 2017
15.7 x 19.7 inch


Gregory Crewdson, Production Still (The Falls 01), Photography

Gregory Crewdson

Production Still (The Falls 01), 2008
22 x 17 inch


Ian Bradshaw, Reagan and the queen, Photography

Ian Bradshaw

Reagan and the queen, 1982
15.7 x 23.6 x 0 inch


Su Yang, A Strange Encounter, Photography

Su Yang

A Strange Encounter, 2017
19.7 x 15.7 x 0.1 inch


Yuki Onodera, 12 Speed No. 17, Photography

Yuki Onodera

12 Speed No. 17, 2008
47.6 x 66.9 x 0.2 inch


Alain Schroeder, Kid Jockey I, Photography

Alain Schroeder

Kid Jockey I, 2017
15.7 x 23.6 inch


Wang XiaoZhou, Landscape I, Photography

Wang XiaoZhou

Landscape I, 2015
11.8 x 15.7 x 0.4 inch


Our recommendations Patrick Gripe, Polytechnique, Photography

Patrick Gripe

Polytechnique, 2001
15.7 x 23.6 x 0 inch


Yions Schwenke, Amy, Photography

Yions Schwenke

Amy, 2015
47.2 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch


João Luiz Bulcão, Brasil 2, Photography

João Luiz Bulcão

Brasil 2, 2000
11.8 x 17.7 x 0 inch


Sam Dougados, Coral leaf, Photography

Sam Dougados

Coral leaf, 2015
29.5 x 29.5 x 1.2 inch


Yagazie Emezi, When Did A Piece Fall Off #1, Photography

Yagazie Emezi

When Did A Piece Fall Off #1, 2016
23.4 x 33.1 inch


Jorge Luis Dieguez, Paracas 06, Photography

Jorge Luis Dieguez

Paracas 06, 2018
15.7 x 19.7 inch


Samuel Chambi, Mototaxi, Photography

Samuel Chambi

Mototaxi, 2014
21.3 x 21.3 inch


Dani Olivier, Q1, Photography

Dani Olivier

Q1, 2013
23.6 x 15.7 x 0.4 inch


Yves Hayat, Mask 9 - Voile, Photography

Yves Hayat

Mask 9 - Voile, 2008
15.7 x 11.8 inch


Valérie Gho, Cyanotype numéro 6, Photography

Valérie Gho

Cyanotype numéro 6, 2018
7.9 x 7.9 inch


Djamel Djebbour, Havane I, Photography

Djamel Djebbour

Havane I, 2015
31.5 x 47.2 x 1.2 inch


Uwe Ommer, Foot de rue, Photography

Uwe Ommer

Foot de rue, 1962
15.7 x 18.9 x 0 inch


Pol Lujan, Chien - Christian Dior, Photography

Pol Lujan

Chien - Christian Dior, 1990
19.7 x 15.7 inch


Olivier Liégent, Canonus de caelo, Photography

Olivier Liégent

Canonus de caelo, 2014
20.1 x 35.4 x 0.8 inch


Paula Guagliardi, Threads XIX, Photography

Paula Guagliardi

Threads XIX, 2020
16.5 x 11.7 x 0.2 inch


James Godman, 070425, Photography

James Godman

070425, 2007
36 x 36 inch


Yuyang Liu, Alone on Flight, Photography

Yuyang Liu

Alone on Flight, 2020
19.7 x 19.7 x 0 inch


Joël Cadiou, Allahabad, cérémonie sur le Gange, Photography

Joël Cadiou

Allahabad, cérémonie sur le Gange, 2013
15.7 x 23.6 inch


Panos Kokkinias, Chalandriani, Photography

Panos Kokkinias

Chalandriani, 1999
31.5 x 43.9 inch


Christophe Paucelier, Caveman, Photography

Christophe Paucelier

Caveman, 2007
15.7 x 23.6 x 0 inch


Demian Schopf, Jukumari y su Pay, Photography

Demian Schopf

Jukumari y su Pay, 2011
19.7 x 29.5 inch


Thomas Hoeffgen, Soweto, Photography

Thomas Hoeffgen

Soweto, 2009
15.7 x 21.3 x 0 inch


LaO PaZ, Perdida en la ciudad, Photography


Perdida en la ciudad, 2011
15.7 x 23.6 x 2 inch


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


Elvira Carrasco, Raspberry 2/7, Photography

Elvira Carrasco

Raspberry 2/7, 2017
53.1 x 39.4 x 1.6 inch


Our recommendations Michel Birot, Frères, Photography

Michel Birot

Frères, 2005
23.6 x 35.4 x 0 inch


Abel Bourgeois, Série Toscane n°7, Photography

Abel Bourgeois

Série Toscane n°7, 2016
14.2 x 14.2 x 0.4 inch


Our recommendations Tommy Schultz, Best wave I, Photography

Tommy Schultz

Best wave I, 2015
19.7 x 29.5 inch


Maud Bernos, François Gabart, Photography

Maud Bernos

François Gabart, 2013
5.9 x 5.9 inch


Alessandra Bisi, Ibrid Cracovia, Photography

Alessandra Bisi

Ibrid Cracovia, 2018
18.5 x 13.8 x 0.6 inch


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