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Everyday life Photography

In the 1830s, Nièpce discovered how to print images onto metal plates. When he died in 1833, Louis Daguerre, followed by Francois Arago, continued to develop his research, resulting in the invention of the daguerreotype which consisted of an image printed onto a silver plate when exposed to the light. Together they had invented photography.

The first ever photographs began to appear. Initially used for research purposes, photography started to spread as daguerreotype studios opened everywhere. Black and white portraits immortalised the faces of the upper middle classes and were later used to capture all members of society. Celebrities were also a popular subject choice and many photographers specialised in taking their portraits, as Jean-Loup Sieff did all throughout his career almost a century after the invention of photography.

In the beginning, taking a portrait or even the simplest of family photos required a great deal of preparation and time in the studio. However, key technological developments brought about the invention of more compact cameras including the Leica and later the digital single-lens reflex, which meant shorter exposure times and made it easier to produce a greater number of photographs.

These advances also helped contribute to the development of the genre of everyday life photography, which became more popular at the end of the Second World War and focused at first on photographing wealthy or urban families. Families, couples, communities... artists were interested in everyday moments (marriage, lovers kissing, children's games). The simplest of moments in life were seen as the most important and were immortalised in film as testaments to the beauty of human life.

Some of the great photographers made a name for themselves in the genre. Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Doisneau, David Goldblatt, Martin Parr and Vivian Maier are only a few of the artists associated with everyday life photography.

Vivian Maier is an American photographer who was born in 1926 in New York. A professional nanny in Chicago, she spent her spare time photographing the world around her and produced around 150,000 photos. Having remained anonymous throughout her artistic life, her genius and photographic accomplishments were finally recognised publicly in 2007.

Cofounder of the Magnum Photographic Cooperative in 1947 alongside David Seymour and Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson was a pioneer of photojournalism but also an excellent photographer in a more artistic sense. He revolutionised photography by working with incredibly lightweight equipment. He didn't use a tripod or a darkroom and treasured a sense of immediacy when taking photographs. He believed that “above all else, the camera is a sketchbook". Henri Cartier-Bresson's photographic technique is unique and unmistakably recognisable. He never photographed with flash and only worked with natural light, something which was highly characteristic of everyday life photography. Often in the same black and white image, the subjects coexist together but are not centred. His framing, focus and depth of field all help us to see the simple beauty of everyday life that he so exquisitely enhances.

Artsper has a range of everyday life photographs for you to discover, including works from Cartier-Bresson as well as many other artists, whose photos reveal the precious moments of the everyday lives of men and women from around the world.

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Antoine Rose, Gossip Girls, Photography

Antoine Rose

Gossip Girls, 2019
50 x 50 cm
Photography

$2,635

Slim Aarons, Poolside Pairs, Photography

Slim Aarons

Poolside Pairs, 2020
101.6 x 152.4 cm
Photography

$3,950

Our recommendations James Sparshatt, La Linea, Photography

James Sparshatt

La Linea, 2004
40 x 50 cm
Photography

$1,385

Lionel le Jeune, Rock n roll, Photography

Lionel le Jeune

Rock n roll, 2021
80 x 80 x 0.5 cm
Photography

$690

Heike Bohnstengel, Valley of fire, Photography

Heike Bohnstengel

Valley of fire, 2015
40 x 40 x 0.1 cm
Photography

$364

Franck Guedj, Global warming 1.0, Photography

Franck Guedj

Global warming 1.0, 2019
110 x 165 x 1 cm
Photography

$9,409

Marino Parisotto, La Douce Obsession Totale 6_bw, Photography

Marino Parisotto

La Douce Obsession Totale 6_bw, 2016
30 x 40 cm
Photography

$1,255

Monica Denevan, Convergence, Photography

Monica Denevan

Convergence, 2011
87 x 87 cm
Photography

$4,373

Stéphane Navailles, Atmosphère Color, Photography

Stéphane Navailles

Atmosphère Color, 2020
60 x 40 x 0.1 cm
Photography

$650

Niklas Soestmeyer, Berlin Nights #1, Photography

Niklas Soestmeyer

Berlin Nights #1, 2021
30 x 45 x 0.1 cm
Photography

$656

Aldo Sardoni, Good friday in Cuglieri #184, Photography

Aldo Sardoni

Good friday in Cuglieri #184, 2008
20 x 30 x 0.1 cm
Photography

$439

Alejandra Leon, The Sleeping Dehli, Photography

Alejandra Leon

The Sleeping Dehli, 2019
50 x 70 x 0.2 cm
Photography

$1,004

Patrick Betbeder, Main dans la main, Photography

Patrick Betbeder

Main dans la main, 2020
70 x 100 x 3 cm
Photography

$1,882

Alain Bernardini, C’est comme C.D.F #1, Photography

Alain Bernardini

C’est comme C.D.F #1, 2014
90 x 120 x 2 cm
Photography

$3,136

Anne-Sophie Granjon, Les parasols, Photography

Anne-Sophie Granjon

Les parasols, 2015
60 x 90 x 5 cm
Photography

$3,764

Our recommendations Julie Peiffer, La Femme Rousse, Photography

Julie Peiffer

La Femme Rousse, 2015
100 x 100 cm
Photography

$2,635

Cécile Baldewyns, Fairy, Photography

Cécile Baldewyns

Fairy, 2014
40 x 60 cm
Photography

$878

Our recommendations Joost Wensveen, Blackrock, Photography

Joost Wensveen

Blackrock, 2015
60 x 90 x 1 cm
Photography

$2,948

Nobuyoshi Araki, Sans Titre, Photography

Nobuyoshi Araki

Sans Titre, 2000
10.8 x 8.9 cm
Photography

$1,192

Julien Dubois, HK Woker, Photography

Julien Dubois

HK Woker, 2016
100 x 70 x 1 cm
Photography

$1,505

Pierrot Men, Mananara, Madagascar, 2014, Photography

Pierrot Men

Mananara, Madagascar, 2014, 2016
30 x 45 cm
Photography

$2,635

Olivier Le Brun, Mada 2, Photography

Olivier Le Brun

Mada 2, 2000
30 x 45 cm
Photography

$1,324

Muriel Bordier, Les maîtres nageurs, Photography

Muriel Bordier

Les maîtres nageurs, 2015
90 x 170 x 0.2 cm
Photography

$6,900

Lyoudmila Milanova, Hidden Object, Photography

Lyoudmila Milanova

Hidden Object, 2020
59.4 x 42 cm
Photography

$276

Baptiste Blanchett, Bande d'ordures, Photography

Baptiste Blanchett

Bande d'ordures, 2018
50 x 75 x 1 cm
Photography

$1,004

Caroline Giraud Rachet, Nageuse, Photography

Caroline Giraud Rachet

Nageuse, 2018
60 x 80 x 1 cm
Photography

$891

Elisa Haberer, Plongeurs, Photography

Elisa Haberer

Plongeurs, 2008
100 x 100 x 0.1 cm
Photography

$4,266

Corinne Dubreuil, Twins, Photography

Corinne Dubreuil

Twins, 2014
40 x 60 cm
Photography

$1,380

Rodrigo, Healthy, Photography

Rodrigo

Healthy, 2019
21 x 29.7 x 0.2 cm
Photography

$237

Our recommendations Cristina Aldehuela, Lelo 1, Photography

Cristina Aldehuela

Lelo 1, 2014
40 x 60 x 0.1 cm
Photography

$1,631

Samzaï, Au pied des grues, Photography

Samzaï

Au pied des grues, 2019
30 x 44 x 1 cm
Photography

$251

Anne Eliayan et Christian Pic, La croisière n°15/30, Photography

Anne Eliayan et Christian Pic

La croisière n°15/30, 2020
30 x 40 x 1 cm
Photography

$627

Cheryl Maeder, Far Away XI, Photography

Cheryl Maeder

Far Away XI, 2010
120 x 80 cm
Photography

$4,767

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

André Le Mauff

L'arbre, n°1/2, 2018
25 x 25 cm
Photography

$502

Emmanuelle Barbaras, Assemblée femmes Dakar, Photography

Emmanuelle Barbaras

Assemblée femmes Dakar, 2018
45 x 38 x 1 cm
Photography

$878

Cyril Manzini, Purification, Photography

Cyril Manzini

Purification, 2019
30 x 30 cm
Photography

$1,380

Bishin Jumonji, Syura 2, Photography

Bishin Jumonji

Syura 2, 2018
25.4 x 37.8 cm
Photography

$2,133

Laura Makabresku, Silence, Photography

Laura Makabresku

Silence, 2017
20 x 30 cm
Photography

$408

Jodi Bieber, Cardiff by night, Photography

Jodi Bieber

Cardiff by night, 2003
70 x 50 x 0.1 cm
Photography

$3,312

Sandrine Darcos, Amazing Sunset Croisette Cannes, Photography

Sandrine Darcos

Amazing Sunset Croisette Cannes, 2019
60 x 90 x 2 cm
Photography

$477

João Luiz Bulcão, Brasil 2, Photography

João Luiz Bulcão

Brasil 2, 2000
30 x 45 x 0.1 cm
Photography

$1,004

Alessandra Bisi, Ibrid Cracovia, Photography

Alessandra Bisi

Ibrid Cracovia, 2018
47 x 35 x 1.5 cm
Photography

$414

Estelle Hanania, Last Parade, Photography

Estelle Hanania

Last Parade, 2015
56 x 41 x 1 cm
Photography

$376

Djamel Djebbour, Havane I, Photography

Djamel Djebbour

Havane I, 2015
80 x 120 x 3 cm
Photography

$7,527

Thomas Hoeffgen, Soweto, Photography

Thomas Hoeffgen

Soweto, 2009
40 x 54 x 0.1 cm
Photography

$3,011

Uwe Ommer, Foot de rue, Photography

Uwe Ommer

Foot de rue, 1962
40 x 48 x 0.1 cm
Photography

$1,505

Our recommendations Tommy Schultz, Best wave I, Photography

Tommy Schultz

Best wave I, 2015
50 x 75 cm
Photography

$1,004

Yuyang Liu, Alone on Flight, Photography

Yuyang Liu

Alone on Flight, 2020
50 x 50 x 0.1 cm
Photography

$1,380

Nadine Track, Central Park, Photography

Nadine Track

Central Park, 2015
122 x 191 cm
Photography

$11,291

Stéphane Daireaux, Xynthia 37, Photography

Stéphane Daireaux

Xynthia 37, 2010
17 x 32 cm
Photography

$502

Panos Kokkinias, Chalandriani, Photography

Panos Kokkinias

Chalandriani, 1999
80 x 111.5 cm
Photography

$11,918

Philippe De Poulpiquet, Tripoli, Photography

Philippe De Poulpiquet

Tripoli, 2011
30 x 45 cm
Photography

$1,380

Jean-Pierre Attal, Paysages ethnographiques #7, Photography

Jean-Pierre Attal

Paysages ethnographiques #7, 2012
75 x 100 x 2 cm
Photography

$3,638

Lionel Hahn, Champions du monde, Photography

Lionel Hahn

Champions du monde, 2018
30 x 45 cm
Photography

$828

David Bordes, Sainte Rita et Yves Klein, Photography

David Bordes

Sainte Rita et Yves Klein, 1999
50 x 60 cm
Photography

$1,819

Ludovic Careme, Mostar Bridge, Photography

Ludovic Careme

Mostar Bridge, 1995
40 x 40 cm
Photography

$2,484

Ahmet Sel, Chantilly, Photography

Ahmet Sel

Chantilly, 2002
40 x 40 cm
Photography

$1,004

Stephan Zaubitzer, Echecs, Photography

Stephan Zaubitzer

Echecs, 2012
50 x 60 x 5 cm
Photography

$1,631

Larry Clark, Sans titre, Photography

Larry Clark

Sans titre, 2005
12.5 x 18 x 0.02 cm
Photography

$401

Linda Tuloup, Viens, Photography

Linda Tuloup

Viens, 2009
30 x 30 x 8 cm
Photography

$2,760

Chiara Dazi, Le lutteur, Photography

Chiara Dazi

Le lutteur, 2003
60 x 60 cm
Photography

$1,255

Isabelle Picarel, Ecosse, Photography

Isabelle Picarel

Ecosse, 2013
53 x 80 cm
Photography

$1,317

Gilberto Perin, Tuneis, Photography

Gilberto Perin

Tuneis, 2012
40 x 60 cm
Photography

$1,154

Myles McGuinness, Central Coast Rush Hour, Photography

Myles McGuinness

Central Coast Rush Hour, 2015
80 x 120 cm
Photography

$1,129

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