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Animal Photography

“Art is continually haunted by the animal," wrote Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari in the 70s. Indeed our animal friends make frequent appearances in artists' works, especially photographers.

Animals are a pervasive source of inspiration and can be found everywhere: open spaces, the savannah, in meadows, or even your back garden. Both professional and amateur photographers do their best to capture the diversity of wildlife and many travel the world hopeing to come face to face with some of the rarest species.

Wildlife photography has now become an art of its own, made famous by documentaries and magazines such as National Geographic and Terre Sauvage. By using photographic techniques such as aerial or underwater shots, this artistic practice incites us to travel and let our mind wander to breathtaking landscapes or mountain and exceptional lighting.

The genre started to develop well after the invention of photography by Daguerre in 1842. Back then, even taking a simple portrait was a major undertaking. At the end of the 19th century, a photographic safari was often a full-blown expedition, with a team of porters handling the heavy equipment. The long exposure time required to fix the image onto a plate made it very difficult to capture animals as they were elusive and didn't stay put for long, especially in their natural habitats. For this reason, wildlife photography only gained more traction 100 years later when faster shutters speeds made it easier to photograph moving animals. Nonetheless, some of them takePolaroid as well.

Today, technological progress makes it possible for photographers to capture galloping horses and speedy cheetahs from far away. However, photographs still need to arm themselves with patience and the ability to stay discreet if they hope to get the perfect shot of the world's most stunning wildlife.

So how do photographers capture the intensity of wild animals? Wildlife photography is a very demanding discipline and there are several techniques which enable photographer get the widest angle and best framing possible. Camouflaging techniques are used to enable the photographer to get as close as possible to the animal. Similar to snipers, the wildlife photographer uses elements of nature and wears camouflage print to not disturb the animal, win its trust, and be able to get the right shot at the right time. Photographers might also choose to leave a camera hidden and control it remotely. Infrared systems, powerful lenses and automatic flash all help the photographer work from a distance. The preparation is done well in advance and requires a perfect knowledge of the animal's habits in order to obtain impressive images.

Nature is an ideal playground to explore one's artistic style. Many artists travel around the world trying to capture exceptional shots of unique animals. Famous wildlife photographers include Bence Maté, who captures photos of birds such as hawks in flight, as well s Jim Brandenburg and Nick Brandt.

On Artsper you will find beautiful images by Clément Reisky, Pierre Schwartz, Brad Wilson, and many others. Explore our unique selection of animal photographs by some of the greatest photographers.

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Ben Goossens (BEL), Coiled, Photography

Ben Goossens (BEL)

Coiled, 2020
40.6 x 50.8 cm

$903 $1,004

Antoine Buttafoghi, Kalaallit Nunaat 01, Photography

Antoine Buttafoghi

Kalaallit Nunaat 01, 2017
60 x 90 cm


Aurélie Sarramon, Sans titre 5, Photography

Aurélie Sarramon

Sans titre 5, 2016
36 x 24 cm


Mihaela Ivanova, Svyatibor, Photography

Mihaela Ivanova

Svyatibor, 2011
50 x 50 cm


Bogdan Boev, Winter Robin II, Photography

Bogdan Boev

Winter Robin II, 2019
60 x 90 x 0.2 cm


Sonac, Le Lama en Urbex, Photography


Le Lama en Urbex, 2018
60 x 60 cm


Ivan Argote, Horse (Paris, Pont Neuf), Photography

Ivan Argote

Horse (Paris, Pont Neuf), 2011
62 x 42 cm


Franck Seguin, Cachalots (2), Photography

Franck Seguin

Cachalots (2), 2018
80 x 120 x 0.1 cm


Valentina Murabito, Illusion Study no. 1, Photography

Valentina Murabito

Illusion Study no. 1, 2019
36 x 40 x 0.5 cm


Pierre Schwartz, Vautour fauve 04, Photography

Pierre Schwartz

Vautour fauve 04, 2015
40 x 61 cm


Marie-Laure Possovre, Prairie, Photography

Marie-Laure Possovre

Prairie, 2019
30 x 60 cm


Raphaël Groux, Patterning, Photography

Raphaël Groux

Patterning, 2017
50 x 50 cm


Ian Bradshaw, Reagan and the queen, Photography

Ian Bradshaw

Reagan and the queen, 1982
40 x 60 x 0.1 cm


Ivaylo Zafirov, Black-Headed Gulls (Chroicocephalus ridibundus) and Mediterranean Gulls (Ichthyaetus melanocephalus), Photography

Ivaylo Zafirov

Black-Headed Gulls (Chroicocephalus ridibundus) and Mediterranean Gulls (Ichthyaetus melanocephalus), 2019
46 x 70 cm


Ben Thouard, Au vol, Photography

Ben Thouard

Au vol, 2019
80 x 120 x 1 cm


Alain Schroeder, Kid Jockey I, Photography

Alain Schroeder

Kid Jockey I, 2017
40 x 60 cm


Zhao Bandi, No smoking, Photography

Zhao Bandi

No smoking, 1999
50 x 50 cm


Su Yang, A Strange Encounter, Photography

Su Yang

A Strange Encounter, 2017
50 x 40 x 0.3 cm


Wang XiaoZhou, Landscape I, Photography

Wang XiaoZhou

Landscape I, 2015
30 x 40 x 1 cm


Pol Lujan, Chien - Christian Dior, Photography

Pol Lujan

Chien - Christian Dior, 1990
50 x 40 cm


Eric Isselée, Lion cubs playing, Photography

Eric Isselée

Lion cubs playing, 2015
75 x 75 x 5 cm


Damien De Bellis, Belly's Pollens, Photography

Damien De Bellis

Belly's Pollens, 2018
70 x 70 cm


Aleksandros Kanellopoulos, Alien, Photography

Aleksandros Kanellopoulos

Alien, 2017
70 x 50 cm


Tali Amitai-Tabib, Dalia, Photography

Tali Amitai-Tabib

Dalia, 2017
30 x 40 x 2 cm


Marie Christine Palombit, Earth Mind, Photography

Marie Christine Palombit

Earth Mind, 2018
64 x 105 x 2 cm


Hengki Koentjoro, Liquid Garden, Photography

Hengki Koentjoro

Liquid Garden, 2016
43 x 43 x 0.02 cm


Michael K. Yamaoka, Dove, San Luis Obispo, Photography

Michael K. Yamaoka

Dove, San Luis Obispo, 1965
61 x 91.4 x 0.3 cm


Dominic Rouse, Go-between, Photography

Dominic Rouse

Go-between, 2005
40.6 x 50.8 cm


Mathias Le Forestier, Le chat, Photography

Mathias Le Forestier

Le chat, 2011
17 x 13 cm


Paula Wilkins, Sleeping Beauty, Photography

Paula Wilkins

Sleeping Beauty, 2017
30 x 21 x 1 cm


Dariusz Klimczak, Hippohome, Photography

Dariusz Klimczak

Hippohome, 2012
45.7 x 40.6 cm

$677 $753

César Ancelle-Hansen, Beach Bummers, Photography

César Ancelle-Hansen

Beach Bummers, 2008
30 x 45 cm


Annalaura Pretaroli, Hyde Park, UK, Photography

Annalaura Pretaroli

Hyde Park, UK, 2020
28 x 18.67 cm


Lionel Morateur, Mort d'un clown, Photography

Lionel Morateur

Mort d'un clown, 2019
60 x 90 x 0.5 cm


Arno Elias, Mtoto, Photography

Arno Elias

Mtoto, 2018
96.5 x 132.1 cm


Elliott Erwitt, Untitled, Photography

Elliott Erwitt

Untitled, 2000
40 x 57 x 1 cm


Bob Tabor, Horse 43, Photography

Bob Tabor

Horse 43, 2015
102 x 146 cm


Brad Wilson, Capuchin Monkey #5, Photography

Brad Wilson

Capuchin Monkey #5, 2014
76 x 110 x 1 cm


Clément Reisky, Eléphant, Photography

Clément Reisky

Eléphant, 2013
90 x 60 x 3 cm


Gabriel Orozco, Batwaves, Photography

Gabriel Orozco

Batwaves, 2012
20.32 x 15.24 cm


Loza Maléombho, Mami Wata, Photography

Loza Maléombho

Mami Wata, 2018
75 x 75 x 4 cm


Marcus Davies, Elephant, Photography

Marcus Davies

Elephant, 2001
14 x 12.7 cm


Ahmed Bennani, Sans titre, Photography

Ahmed Bennani

Sans titre, 2013
150 x 100 x 1 cm


Roberta Fineberg, Blue, Butterfly Series, Contemporary Photography, Photography

Roberta Fineberg

Blue, Butterfly Series, Contemporary Photography, 2017
61 x 45.7 cm


Mercedes Cosano, Méduses 4, Photography

Mercedes Cosano

Méduses 4, 2019
40 x 40 cm


Laurent Baheux, Mowgli, Photography

Laurent Baheux

Mowgli, 2018
127 x 127 cm


Luz, La Douche, Photography


La Douche, 2012
75 x 50 cm


Diana Thorneycroft, Dirty Harry on the Buffalo Trail (I know what you're thinking... punk), Photography

Diana Thorneycroft

Dirty Harry on the Buffalo Trail (I know what you're thinking... punk), 2012
76 x 61 cm


Lisa Mezghenna, Portrait d'un bison américain, Photography

Lisa Mezghenna

Portrait d'un bison américain, 2019
64.6 x 64.6 x 2.3 cm


Anne Berry, Baboon in Window, Photography

Anne Berry

Baboon in Window, 2012
50 x 50 cm


Samuel Dejong, Goliath Beetle Open, Photography

Samuel Dejong

Goliath Beetle Open, 2020
50 x 50 cm


Kamil Vojnar, White horse, Photography

Kamil Vojnar

White horse, 2020
19.5 x 28 x 1.5 cm


Dominique Leroy, Mère et fils. Singe. Inde du nord., Photography

Dominique Leroy

Mère et fils. Singe. Inde du nord., 2010
90 x 70 x 2 cm


Karine Payette, Entre nous I, Photography

Karine Payette

Entre nous I, 2016
61 x 91.5 cm


Angela Gomes, The lost paradise, Photography

Angela Gomes

The lost paradise, 2019
120 x 140 x 3 cm


Peter Zupnik, Chatte noire, 3/15, Photography

Peter Zupnik

Chatte noire, 3/15, 1996
30 x 40 x 1 cm


Miki Kato, Peeps, Photography

Miki Kato

Peeps, 2009
150 x 100 x 3 cm


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

Salvatore Arnone

Egg, from the Immaculate series., 2020
127 x 88.9 x 0.3 cm


Paul-Louis Leger, Elephant, Photography

Paul-Louis Leger

Elephant, 2016
100 x 100 x 1 cm


Alfons Alt, Croco Nimensis, Photography

Alfons Alt

Croco Nimensis, 2009
60 x 50 x 5 cm


Rory Carnegie, Monty, Rhino, Photography

Rory Carnegie

Monty, Rhino, 2016
93 x 110 cm


Alen Opsar, Milkyway, Photography

Alen Opsar

Milkyway, 2021
111.8 x 81.3 x 0.3 cm


Guillaume Pépy, Terra Incognita - Le Grand Canyon, Photography

Guillaume Pépy

Terra Incognita - Le Grand Canyon, 2010
70 x 105 cm

< $ 2,500

Michel Zoghzoghi, Glider, Photography

Michel Zoghzoghi

Glider, 2013
80 x 120 cm


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