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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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J.Léo, The Pool, Photography


The Pool, 2018
23.6 x 23.6 inch


Bernard Reignier, Ombre et lumière, Photography

Bernard Reignier

Ombre et lumière, 2019
33.5 x 13.8 x 0.4 inch


Thiago Barros, Tom Jobim, Photography

Thiago Barros

Tom Jobim, 1995
28.9 x 43.3 x 0 inch


Clara Cena, Au-delà de nous-même 6, Photography

Clara Cena

Au-delà de nous-même 6, 2019
11.8 x 17.7 x 0 inch


Linda Chapman, Outside In II, Photography

Linda Chapman

Outside In II, 2019
33.1 x 23.2 x 0 inch


Jan Locus, Sony ZX60 side B, Photography

Jan Locus

Sony ZX60 side B, 2016
8.5 x 6 x 1 inch


Baudouin Mouanda, Sapeurs de Bacongo, Photography

Baudouin Mouanda

Sapeurs de Bacongo, 2008
23.6 x 35.4 inch


Imagilaire, Dcsq by BTNHMCRWL (Amsterdam), Photography


Dcsq by BTNHMCRWL (Amsterdam), 2019
23.6 x 23.6 x 0.2 inch


Kirsten Thys van den Audenaerde, While You Were Sleeping, Photography

Kirsten Thys van den Audenaerde

While You Were Sleeping, 2019
7.9 x 7.9 x 0 inch


Vincent Citot, L'annonciation (Islande), Photography

Vincent Citot

L'annonciation (Islande), 2018
15.7 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch


Arnaud Ele, Ambre, Photography

Arnaud Ele

Ambre, 2019
16.5 x 11.7 x 0.1 inch


Claude Lévêque, Oriflamme, Photography

Claude Lévêque

Oriflamme, 2019
11.8 x 11.8 x 0.4 inch


Zoobs Ansari, Horseback, Photography

Zoobs Ansari

Horseback, 2003
59.1 x 39.4 inch


Kiko Kairuz, Quadrifolio - Ventana, Photography

Kiko Kairuz

Quadrifolio - Ventana, 2018
13.7 x 17.7 x 0.1 inch


Antonio Castañeda, Shadow, Cartagena, Photography

Antonio Castañeda

Shadow, Cartagena, 2017
43.3 x 34.3 inch


Vladimir Bazan, New York, Photography

Vladimir Bazan

New York, 2010
17.3 x 11 inch


Marilyn  Minter, Prism, Photography

Marilyn Minter

Prism, 2009
20.1 x 15.7 x 2 inch


Samir Tlatli, La rêverie, Photography

Samir Tlatli

La rêverie, 2013
35.4 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch


Anaïs Legeay, Lines 1, Photography

Anaïs Legeay

Lines 1, 2014
11.8 x 15.7 x 1.2 inch


Celso Castro, Roli, Photography

Celso Castro

Roli, 2001
39.4 x 27.2 inch


Edgar Nabla, Hidden, Photography

Edgar Nabla

Hidden, 2019
39.4 x 31.5 x 0.2 inch


Didier Fournet, NYC Brooklyn Bridge 10, Photography

Didier Fournet

NYC Brooklyn Bridge 10, 2018
51.2 x 37 x 2 inch


Caramés Maite, American Style - Exit, Photography

Caramés Maite

American Style - Exit, 2010
23.6 x 15.7 inch


Custodio Coimbra, Cristo, Photography

Custodio Coimbra

Cristo, 2012
16.5 x 23.4 x 0.8 inch


Olive Santaoloria, Série "Le Léviathan" - 11, Photography

Olive Santaoloria

Série "Le Léviathan" - 11, 2015
44.5 x 29.5 x 0.8 inch


Jean-Paul Baret, N°1150, Photography

Jean-Paul Baret

N°1150, 2017
23.6 x 23.6 inch


Adrien Ballanger, Hot Perfection, Photography

Adrien Ballanger

Hot Perfection, 2016
23.6 x 35.4 inch


Dominique Poilpré, Vieil Homme au Parapluie dans sa Barque, Photography

Dominique Poilpré

Vieil Homme au Parapluie dans sa Barque, 2005
31.5 x 45.3 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


Isabelle Menin, Song For Dead Heroes #12, Photography

Isabelle Menin

Song For Dead Heroes #12, 2017
15.7 x 39.4 inch


Geraldo Pestalozzi, Rebolada, Photography

Geraldo Pestalozzi

Rebolada, 2016
15.7 x 11.7 x 0.1 inch


Hannibal Renberg, Les Jumelles au chapeau, Photography

Hannibal Renberg

Les Jumelles au chapeau, 2017
15.4 x 15.4 inch


Our recommendations Georges Rousse, Dravert, Photography

Georges Rousse

Dravert, 2006
70.9 x 90.6 inch


Alain Schwarzstein, Marilyn Forever, Photography

Alain Schwarzstein

Marilyn Forever, 2016
47.2 x 31.5 inch


Basile Minatchy, Job Lolly, Photography

Basile Minatchy

Job Lolly, 2016
23.6 x 15.7 x 0.4 inch


Alexandre Lewkowicz, Harlem Beach, Photography

Alexandre Lewkowicz

Harlem Beach, 1965
39.4 x 27.6 x 0.8 inch


A-MO, Colibri, Photography


Colibri, 2016
23.2 x 35 x 0.4 inch


Solène Ballesta, Evanidis XI, Photography

Solène Ballesta

Evanidis XI, 2014
27.6 x 23.6 inch


Eduard Boev, Fireworks of colours, Photography

Eduard Boev

Fireworks of colours, 2020
24 x 30 x 1 inch


Darlene Hammond, Star Trio 1953 Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart and Marilyn Monroe, Photography

Darlene Hammond

Star Trio 1953 Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart and Marilyn Monroe, 2020
29.9 x 39.8 inch


Léa Dedieu, Pivoine, Photography

Léa Dedieu

Pivoine, 2020
23.6 x 17.7 x 1.2 inch


Kevin Krag, Long live the king, Photography

Kevin Krag

Long live the king, 2019
48 x 32 x 0.1 inch


Dora Franco, Peras con bandeja I. From the bodegon series, Photography

Dora Franco

Peras con bandeja I. From the bodegon series, 2015
30 x 40 x 0.1 inch


Herbert Ponting, British Antarctic Expedition, Photography

Herbert Ponting

British Antarctic Expedition, 2020
40 x 30 inch


Dasha & Mari, Madam Butterfly, Photography

Dasha & Mari

Madam Butterfly, 2017
16 x 20 inch


Sander Schilthuizen, Swings, Photography

Sander Schilthuizen

Swings, 2020
39.4 x 59.1 x 0.1 inch

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Salvatore Arnone, Egg, from the Immaculate series., Photography

Salvatore Arnone

Egg, from the Immaculate series., 2020
50 x 35 x 0.1 inch


Jean-Michel Voge, Tree, Omo Valley Ethiopia Africa, Photography

Jean-Michel Voge

Tree, Omo Valley Ethiopia Africa, 1996
24 x 17 inch


D-A Woisard, Paris VIIème, Photography

D-A Woisard

Paris VIIème, 2004
19.7 x 15.7 inch


Mehran Naghshbandi, Land of misplaced dreams, Photography

Mehran Naghshbandi

Land of misplaced dreams, 2014
15.7 x 15.7 inch


Our recommendations Barnaby Irish, Deep Field 1, Photography

Barnaby Irish

Deep Field 1, 2019
15 x 11.2 inch


Arslan Sükan, Untitled 28 from the series of INtheVISIBLE, 2019, Photography

Arslan Sükan

Untitled 28 from the series of INtheVISIBLE, 2019, 2019
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch


Sophie Patry, People, Photography

Sophie Patry

People, 2018
15.7 x 19.7 inch


Michael Kenna, Torii Hokaido, Photography

Michael Kenna

Torii Hokaido, 1989
9.8 x 7.9 x 1.2 inch


Ian Art, We are all Pins on a Someone's Map_IV, Photography

Ian Art

We are all Pins on a Someone's Map_IV, 2019
39.4 x 59.1 x 0 inch


Marina Sersale, Aquarium, Genoa, Photography

Marina Sersale

Aquarium, Genoa, 2015
7.9 x 7.9 inch


Horst P. Horst, Classics -  Classic Still Life, 1937, Photography

Horst P. Horst

Classics - Classic Still Life, 1937, 2018
44.5 x 35.4 x 0.1 inch


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


Stefanie Renoma, Junk Food (Large), Photography

Stefanie Renoma

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


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