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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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Laurent Troude, Jougs, Photography

Laurent Troude

Jougs, 2007
15.7 x 23.6 x 0 inch


Jumi Bae, Erable 1, n° 1/7, Photography

Jumi Bae

Erable 1, n° 1/7, 2018
23.6 x 35.4 inch


Sophie Mabille, Calacuccia, Photography

Sophie Mabille

Calacuccia, 2014
39.4 x 59.1 x 0.4 inch


Bruno Charoy, Tracks II, Photography

Bruno Charoy

Tracks II, 2014
15.7 x 15.7 x 0 inch


Our recommendations Julien Poupart, Ensemble, Photography

Julien Poupart

Ensemble, 2011
15.7 x 23.6 x 0 inch


Catherine Cabrol, Laura Flessel, Photography

Catherine Cabrol

Laura Flessel, 2004
15 x 20.5 x 0 inch


Ahmet Sel, Chantilly, Photography

Ahmet Sel

Chantilly, 2002
15.7 x 15.7 inch


Gilberto Perin, Tuneis, Photography

Gilberto Perin

Tuneis, 2012
15.7 x 23.6 inch


Christophe Calais, Courir, Photography

Christophe Calais

Courir, 2006
23.6 x 35.4 x 1.2 inch


Claude Rodriguez, Sperone, Photography

Claude Rodriguez

Sperone, 2004
15.7 x 47.2 x 0 inch


Peter Marhavy, Plants can bleed too, Photography

Peter Marhavy

Plants can bleed too, 2017
15.7 x 23.6 inch


Damien De Bellis, Belly's Pollens, Photography

Damien De Bellis

Belly's Pollens, 2018
27.6 x 27.6 inch


Aleksandros Kanellopoulos, Alien, Photography

Aleksandros Kanellopoulos

Alien, 2017
27.6 x 19.7 inch


Pauline Anne, Banana Roots, Photography

Pauline Anne

Banana Roots, 2018
19.7 x 19.7 inch


France-Noëlle Pellecer, La vie est belle, Photography

France-Noëlle Pellecer

La vie est belle, 2014
23.6 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch


Yevgeniy Repiashenko, No title (No 52), from Spirit series, Photography

Yevgeniy Repiashenko

No title (No 52), from Spirit series, 2019
47.2 x 47.2 inch


Sumit Mehndiratta, Heavenly Plants No.8, Photography

Sumit Mehndiratta

Heavenly Plants No.8, 2019
45 x 33 x 2 inch


Stefanie Schneider, Solitaire (Heavenly Falls), Photography

Stefanie Schneider

Solitaire (Heavenly Falls), 2016
7.9 x 7.9 x 0 inch


Lídia Vives, The Rival, Photography

Lídia Vives

The Rival, 2015
19.7 x 31.5 inch


Nicolas Le Beuan Bénic, Surf avec moi, Photography

Nicolas Le Beuan Bénic

Surf avec moi, 2020
23.6 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch


Karl Lagasse, StoreHouse, Photography

Karl Lagasse

StoreHouse, 2020
16.7 x 12.2 x 0 inch


Thomas Lamadieu, Gérone, Photography

Thomas Lamadieu

Gérone, 2014
29.5 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch


Our recommendations Tony Frank, Serge Gainsbourg dans sa bibliothèque rue de Verneuil, Photography

Tony Frank

Serge Gainsbourg dans sa bibliothèque rue de Verneuil, 1969
19.7 x 15.7 inch


Pep Ventosa, Rio de la Madoneta, Venice, Photography

Pep Ventosa

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


Our recommendations Xavier-Alexandre Pons, Nouveau départ, Photography

Xavier-Alexandre Pons

Nouveau départ, 1998
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.4 inch


Fernand Léger, La preuve que l'homme descend du singe, Photography

Fernand Léger

La preuve que l'homme descend du singe, 1916
5.9 x 3.9 inch


Gottfried Salzmann, Paris Panthéon, Photography

Gottfried Salzmann

Paris Panthéon, 2006
15 x 20.1 inch


Grzegorz Sikorski, Would You Swim with Me? II, Photography

Grzegorz Sikorski

Would You Swim with Me? II, 2021
25.6 x 21.7 x 0 inch


Lynn S.K., Béatrice dalle et Coralie Trinh Thi, Photography

Lynn S.K.

Béatrice dalle et Coralie Trinh Thi, 2010
7.9 x 11.8 inch


Adeline Spengler, A tree to climb, Photography

Adeline Spengler

A tree to climb, 2013
23.6 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch


Jean-Paul Veison Marcelli, E3, Photography

Jean-Paul Veison Marcelli

E3, 2018
15.7 x 23.6 x 0.1 inch


Antoine Guibert, Electric Bangkok, Photography

Antoine Guibert

Electric Bangkok, 2018
19.7 x 29.5 x 0.8 inch


Our recommendations Jean Ribière, L'École est finie !, Photography

Jean Ribière

L'École est finie !, 1947
11.8 x 8.7 inch


George Barris, Steve McQueen. En couple. Le script, Photography

George Barris

Steve McQueen. En couple. Le script, 1962
14.2 x 11 inch


Our recommendations Li Wei, On the surface of the earth, Photography

Li Wei

On the surface of the earth, 2004
39.4 x 39.4 inch


Victoire d'Harcourt, Swimming Pool Palm Trees, Photography

Victoire d'Harcourt

Swimming Pool Palm Trees, 2020
47.2 x 70.9 x 0.8 inch


Plastic Jesus, Pat Down, Photography

Plastic Jesus

Pat Down, 2019
13 x 19 inch


Manolo Chretien, Golden Edge, Photography

Manolo Chretien

Golden Edge, 2013
43.7 x 70.9 x 2 inch


Catherine Balet, Looking for the Masters in Ricardo's Golden Shoes #120 (Damage vintage portrait trend), Photography

Catherine Balet

Looking for the Masters in Ricardo's Golden Shoes #120 (Damage vintage portrait trend), 2016
11.8 x 9.4 x 1.6 inch


Our recommendations Robert Mapplethorpe, Bill T. Jones, Photography

Robert Mapplethorpe

Bill T. Jones, 1985
20 x 16 x 1 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


Our recommendations Guilherme Licurgo, Lost in the Fog III, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Photography

Guilherme Licurgo

Lost in the Fog III, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2011
35 x 23 inch


Man Ray, Untitled Portrait of Female, Photography

Man Ray

Untitled Portrait of Female, 1940
10.13 x 10.25 inch


Marie Christine Palombit, Wild Tribe 2, Photography

Marie Christine Palombit

Wild Tribe 2, 2018
26 x 35.4 x 0.8 inch


Myles McGuinness, Central Coast Rush Hour, Photography

Myles McGuinness

Central Coast Rush Hour, 2015
31.5 x 47.2 inch


Gwenaël Bollinger, Red corner, Photography

Gwenaël Bollinger

Red corner, 2012
23.6 x 15.7 x 0.4 inch


Our recommendations Michel Gueranger, Mt Blanc 6, Photography

Michel Gueranger

Mt Blanc 6, 1986
43.3 x 65 x 2.4 inch


Diane Bellier, Un soir en Polynésie, Photography

Diane Bellier

Un soir en Polynésie, 2018
23.6 x 15.7 x 0.4 inch


Willy Ronis, Le petit parisien, Photography

Willy Ronis

Le petit parisien, 1952
15.7 x 11.8 x 0.4 inch


Koray Erkaya, TooLess 7225, Photography

Koray Erkaya

TooLess 7225, 2018
61 x 44 x 0.1 inch


Leonard Freed, Martin Luther King, Vintage Photograph, Photography

Leonard Freed

Martin Luther King, Vintage Photograph, 1964
11 x 14 inch


Seth, Tahiti, Photography


Tahiti, 2015
29.5 x 37.4 x 0.2 inch


Mehdi Mirbagheri, N°630 - Pin Up collection, Photography

Mehdi Mirbagheri

N°630 - Pin Up collection, 2014
39.4 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch


Michael Townsend, Doho, Photography

Michael Townsend

Doho, 2017
47.2 x 31.5 inch


David Vuillermoz, Enjoy Skiing - Rappel, Photography

David Vuillermoz

Enjoy Skiing - Rappel, 2015
13.8 x 13.8 x 0.8 inch


Suki Da, No title (No 11), from Captured series, Photography

Suki Da

No title (No 11), from Captured series, 2019
47.2 x 31.5 x 0 inch


Our recommendations Brno Del Zou, Tiphaine #2, Photography

Brno Del Zou

Tiphaine #2, 2013
39.4 x 35.4 x 6.3 inch


Maurice Renoma, Last Supper, Photography

Maurice Renoma

Last Supper, 2012
40.2 x 80.3 x 2 inch


André de Dienes, Marilyn. La sortie de bain. (1945), Photography

André de Dienes

Marilyn. La sortie de bain. (1945), 2006
20.1 x 16.1 inch


Bernard Plossu, Sans titre 3, Photography

Bernard Plossu

Sans titre 3, 1988
5.1 x 7.1 inch


Beata Bieniak, Flying Circus, Photography

Beata Bieniak

Flying Circus, 2011
18 x 16 inch


Yann Merran, I Love Zizi, Photography

Yann Merran

I Love Zizi, 2012
7.9 x 11.8 x 0.4 inch


Malick Sidibé, Vue de dos, Photography

Malick Sidibé

Vue de dos, 2003
9.4 x 7.3 inch


Jacques Humbert, Sans titre, Photography

Jacques Humbert

Sans titre, 2019
15.7 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch


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